by a handful of Benedictine monks serving 11 sons of
immigrants in the late 1800’s, Lisle, Illinois-based
Benedictine University now serves more than 10,000
students of all races, nationalities and religions.
The Mesa branch campus will harness Benedictine’s
125-year history of academic excellence
distinguished and guided by Roman Catholic tradition
and Benedictine heritage to offer numerous liberal
arts and professional education programs.
Current degree offerings include a Bachelor of Fine Arts,
Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts in
Communication Arts, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of
Arts in Theology, Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Bachelor
of Business Administration in Management and Organizational
Behavior, in addition to a minor in Religious Studies.
In 2012, Forbes magazine named Benedictine University among
the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for the second
consecutive year. TheBestColleges.org ranked the private
nonprofit university ninth among the Top 10 Online Catholic
Colleges and Universities of 2011, and The Chronicle of Higher
Education ranked it the No.1 fastest-growing campus in the
country among private nonprofit research institutions between
2000-2010. The school is also listed as a 2012 “Military
Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs, a veteran-owned publication
focusing on post-military education and employment. Benedictine
University has also received honors for campus racial diversity
and freshman retention, among others.
The Benedictine University at Mesa branch campus is also part
of an effort to help revitalize downtown Mesa. Benedictine
University at Mesa occupies a 65,000-square-foot building at 225
E. Main Street in downtown Mesa. This historic building once
served as Southside Hospital and the Tri City Community Service
Center, and has been renovated to current architectural and
In 2012, the City
Council authorized the City Manager to enter into a Memorandum
of Understanding with BenU (MOU) which laid out the framework
for the development of a branch campus in Mesa. Initially, BenU
will open an office at 51 E. Main that will serve as its
administrative offices while they establish their new campus.
The campus is scheduled to open up for classes in the Fall of
2013 and will be built at 225 E. Main St. in the former Tri-City
Community Service Center. Construction on the main campus
building is set to start in Fall of 2012.