Benedictine University: Narrative Description

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5700 College Rd.
Lisle, IL 60532-0900
Tel: (630)829-6000; 888-829-6363; Admissions: (630)829-6306; Fax: (630)960-1126; Web Site:

Description: Independent Roman Catholic, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1887. Setting: 108-acre suburban campus with easy access to Chicago. Endowment: $7.5 million. Research spending 2002-03: $744,378. Educational spending 2002-03: $7119 per student. Total enrollment: 2,968. Faculty: 313 (94 full-time, 219 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 20% from top 10% of their high school class, 48% from top quarter, 75% from top half. 18 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,472 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 642 students, 67% women, 33% men. Students come from 25 states and territories, 8 other countries, 4% from out-of-state, 0% Native American, 8% Hispanic, 10% black, 13% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 28% 25 or older, 23% live on campus, 12% transferred in. Retention: 77% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; biological/life sciences; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at 3 members of the Council of West Suburban Colleges. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, recommendations, ACT. Recommended: rank in top 50% of high school class, ACT score of 21. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $40. Comprehensive fee: $23,840 includes full-time tuition ($16,960), mandatory fees ($510), and college room and board ($6370). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to class time and degree level. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $570 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $15 per credit hour. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to class time and degree level.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 38 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, campus ministry, choir/gospel choir. Major annual events: homecoming, Quad Day, Spring Fest. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 404 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Benedictine Library with 166,341 books, 332,895 microform titles, 8,900 serials, 9,349 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $274,645. 102 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Lisle (population 19,000) is a suburban city located in Greater Chicago between Downers Grove and Naperville; it enjoys a temperate climate. Trains and buses serve the area. Ten shopping centers are located within 10 miles of the campus. Part-time employment is available for students. Recreational activities include varsity and intramural sports. Lisle is the home of the world famous Morton Arboretum. Benedictine University is located in DuPage County, one of the fastest growing areas in the Midwest.

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