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Benedictine University at Mesa graduates first class, broadens extracurricular opportunities


If your religion comes first, you might want to consider a religious college. Benedictine University is one of the few Catholic universities in the state, and whether you’re transferring from community college or a state school, the opportunities there rival those of larger universities.

At the Benedictine University of Mesa campus, receiving an education that is rooted in Roman Catholic tradition is available to Arizona students. The Mesa campus stems from the main campus and original location in Lise, Illinois, and now with three established campuses—two in Illinois and the other in Arizona—students are offered traditional undergraduate, adult accelerated undergraduate and graduate degree opportunities.

Benedictine University at Mesa arrived in fall 2013 as part of former mayor Scott Smith’s initiative to build and expand Mesa’s healthcare, education, aerospace and tourism/technology (H.E.A.T.).

Benedictine University was originally established 127 years ago to honor the spirit of its founders who dedicated their lives and work to the St. Benedict’s Rule for Monks. Students can expect an education guided by Roman Catholic tradition and Benedictine legacy, touted as a way to foster the dialogue between religious and secular communities. Students are not required to be Roman Catholic to attend.

Benedictine University at Mesa hasn’t been open as long as other schools in the area. As a result, the university offers state-of-the-art facilities and small class sizes. The university has many opportunities off campus, too. Study abroad programs, internship opportunities and a number of sports for both men and women are available, including golf, tennis, cross country and volleyball. Students can look forward to the addition of a men’s basketball team as of the fall 2015 semester.

The university has partnered with local businesses throughout the city to offer internship opportunities to students in an array of fields. One unique internship opportunity provided to Benedictine University at Mesa students is to work with the City of Mesa Police Department.

“Due to the nature of these internships and the background check necessary to work as an intern for the Mesa Police Department, students are encouraged to apply for an internship months in advance,” Kevin Broeckling, associate vice president for Student Life, says in a press release. “We are growing our relationships with the community every day to develop other professional internship experiences.”

In December 2014, the Benedictine University at Mesa campus celebrated their first graduation ceremony with degrees awarded to four student graduates.

Benedictine University, 225 E. Main Street, Mesa, 602.888.5500, ben.edu/mesa


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