The Benedictine University Library directly supports the academic mission of the University through selecting, curating, creating, preserving, and providing anytime access to digital and physical resources and through providing the finest in-person and virtual support and services to all of our regional and global library constituents. The library also seeks to support the General Education Curriculum which is at the heart of our liberal arts-based system of curricular and co-curricular electives in areas representing multiple disciplinary approaches and modes of problem-solving. Benedictine’s courses are designed to represent critical skill and knowledge areas for active and responsible citizenship and stewardship of the Earth, lifelong learning, global awareness, integrative knowledge and effective interpersonal communication.
In accordance with the University’s mission, the library endeavors to enhance the University’s Roman Catholic tradition and Benedictine heritage, the multicultural character of the campus community, and the commitment to assist students in becoming responsible citizens and leaders in the world community. The library will also share its resources appropriately with outside communities, including the broader academic community and local users.
The Information Literacy Curriculum offered by the library covers all coursework and is designed to help students at all levels to find, evaluate, use, analyze and share information and construct knowledge in a clear, compelling and ethical manner. Librarians are available to work with faculty, classes and individual students to achieve these goals.
- More than 335,000 books (print and electronic)
- Access to more than 125,000 periodicals (print and electronic)
- More than 86,000 streaming videos
- More than 90 different databases in a variety of subject areas, most accessible from off campus
- Instructional Materials Collection – juvenile books, teacher’s kits, curriculum resources
- Copies of theses and dissertations completed at Benedictine University and George Williams College
- Institutional Repository/Constellation
- Archives and Special Collections
- Information Literacy Instruction
- Interlibrary Loan
- Collection Development, Acquisitions
- Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI)
- Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA)
- Theological Library Cooperative of Arizona (TLCA)
Academic Support Center
The mission of the Academic Support Center (ASC) is to support students’ academic development through resources and services that serve to maximize their academic success, enhance their student experience and better prepare them for further study. The Academic Support Center engages students by providing support for academic work as well as co-curricular activities and professional goals. The center’s services include:
- Academic support and tutoring functions
- Learning specialists
- Peer tutors
- Study skills
- Accommodations services for students with disabilities
Academic Support Services
The Academic Support Center provides a variety of academic support services for all student groups. These services are free of charge to all students.
Students may arrange for individual appointments with one of our learning specialists in the areas of math, science and literacy (reading and writing). Appointments can be made by contacting the learning specialists directly or by contacting the main office number at (630) 829-6041. Students who need remote assistance should contact learning specialists directly.
In cooperation with the academic departments, the Academic Support Center offers peer tutoring sessions for a variety of classes. These sessions help students clarify difficult concepts and prepare for quizzes and exams. They are led by instructional assistants who have successfully completed the course and have been identified by faculty members as individuals who possess both content knowledge and the ability to communicate that knowledge to fellow students. Subject areas that are typically supported by these sessions include accounting, biology, chemistry, economics, physics, psychology and the humanities. The availability and times of tutoring sessions vary by semester.
The Academic Support Center assists students with the development of general study skills to improve performance and reduce stress associated with college study. This can be arranged through an individual appointment, or students can take advantage of a series of study skills workshops conducted each semester. Contact the center at (630) 829-6041 to arrange an individual appointment for assistance.
Benedictine University is dedicated to creating an accessible environment through reasonable and appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities. Students with a disability are encouraged to seek assistance with the Academic Support Center. Special accommodation services are available for students with disabilities on a case-by-case basis and if documentation from a properly licensed clinician supports the accommodation. Students eligible under the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) and/or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973), whose disability interferes with a major life activity, are urged to self-identify so that the process for receiving assistance can begin as soon as possible.
Commonly granted accommodations include the following:
- Extended time for testing in a quiet test environment
- Designated note taker in class
- Modified or enlarged classroom/reading materials
- Test Reader and/or Scribe
- Preferential classroom seating
Students with questions or in need of special academic or housing accommodations should stop by the Academic Support Center or call (630) 829-6041 to arrange proper documentation for equal access to educational and campus services.
Career & Personal Development
The Office of Career and Personal Development takes a customized approach to the services it offers to students, alumni, employers, faculty, and staff — helping these valuable members of the Benedictine community to thrive.
Students and Alumni:
We work closely with students and alumni to understand their career goals and provide individualized guidance on how to achieve them. We view career development as part of the academic process. We help students with key career readiness elements, so they are equipped with the tools they need to meet and exceed their goals. We do this by:
- Facilitating an understanding of self-including passions, values, interests, strengths, skills, and goals.
- Encouraging exploration and open-mindedness to career possibilities.
- Providing meaningful learning experiences.
- Facilitating connections with employers and alumni that lead to mentoring relationships, internship opportunities and career opportunities.
The Office of Career and Personal Development cultivates employer partnerships. We help to connect Benedictine candidates with jobs and internships by maintaining close communication with employer partners to ensure understanding, trust, and cooperation when developing employment opportunities. These relationships allow us to coach students properly and successfully on skills, techniques, and tactics to land their job and accomplish their career goals.
Faculty and Staff:
We collaborate with faculty and staff to equip students with tools that will help them successfully attain the careers they aspire to. We do this by delivering classroom presentations and integrating career learning activities into the curriculum so that students develop skills in career exploration, resume writing, interviewing, networking, marketing themselves, and internship and job searching.
Campus Ministry celebrates the Catholic acknowledgement of the rich diversity of faiths at Benedictine University. Through our programs and services, we aim to assist Benedictine students, staff, and administration in their spiritual and personal growth.
You are invited to get involved with the wide variety of opportunities we have to offer. Whether you are in need of spiritual direction, would like to use your musical talents in worship, or are seeking to learn more about your faith or others, our doors are always open.
Wellness Student Center
The staff of Wellness Center is dedicated to the promotion and maintenance of health on campus as well as the promotion of a life lived in balance. We recognize the important role that health and well-being play in students’ academic success and achievement of their goals. It is our mission to support students in maintaining wellness and educate them to take responsibility for their own health and wellness as they transition into adulthood.
The Wellness Center is open 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Monday-Friday during the academic year to all registered students of Benedictine University. Students may drop in any time we are open. All office visits are confidential. In the event of serious illness or injury, parents or guardians will be notified at the discretion of the staff.
- Evaluation and treatment of minor acute illness and injury.
- Family practice physician on campus two hours per week.
- Variety of over-the-counter treatments and limited antibiotics as prescribed by physician.
- Health education resources.
- Individual, couples and group counseling with a licensed professional and graduate level interns.
- Crisis Intervention.
Students are required to complete and submit both pages of the Student Health Form (ben.edu/healthform) and a copy of their childhood immunization record in accordance with the State of Illinois College Immunization Code (77 Ill. Adm.Code 694). Visit the Form and Immunization Page on the University’s website for electronic submission of the Student Health Form and Immunization Record. ben.edu/healthform (http://www.ben.edu/healthform/)
Student Activities is charged with helping students with their growth and development outside the classroom, as well as assisting in the area of program content and purpose.
Student Activities oversees many annual campus programs and events such as Homecoming, SpringFest, and Fall and Spring Quad Days. Student Activities also plans special lectures, seminars and cultural events throughout the calendar year.
Benedictine University maintains and operates two residence halls and the Founders’ Woods apartments. They are an integral part of academic life in the belief that educational experiences are not solely contained to the classroom, laboratory, or library. The residence halls and apartments provide an opportunity for students to combine academic life with social development. Students must establish and test their own values, develop social skills, determine priorities, and learn to organize their time. Daily living with others encourages the development of a cooperative attitude, respect for individual rights, and a sense of group responsibility. As a result, students in the residence halls and apartments develop diverse communities that meet the needs of its members both individually and collectively, and create attitudes and skills necessary to progress toward the realization of those conditions which make up a healthy community.
Our Athletics Department prepares every student-athlete to be a champion of leadership. We establish an atmosphere where academic distinction, personal integrity, respect for all others, community service, and athletic excellence are expected. We develop well-rounded and informed citizens who carry the Benedictine values now and throughout their lives.
The department maintains the standard of graduating informed and enlightened citizens into a global society. We establish a stance of competitive leadership in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference while consistently creating opportunities for regional and national competition. We become leaders of hospitality, stewardship and communication to all of our constituents. We create a profound sense of pride among all members, friends, and fans of the Benedictine University community.
Men’s Sports Teams
- Cross Country
- Indoor Track and Field
- Outdoor Track and Field
Women’s Sports Teams
- Cross Country
- Indoor Track and Field
- Outdoor Track and Field
Not NCAA DIII
For more information about dining options on campus please visit http://dining.ben.edu.
Campus Store and Online Bookstore at Benedictine University
You can expect reduced textbooks costs and a quick, easy ordering process from the Benedictine University Online Bookstore. New, used, and electronic textbooks and other required course materials can be purchased or rented by visiting http://books.ben.edu. The online bookstore also offers a price match guarantee, if a lower price is found on any new, used, or textbook rental orders within seven (7) days of purchase, then the online bookstore will match that price.
Show your school spirit with Benedictine University apparel. The campus store sells a variety of apparel items and offers a number of sales throughout the year. Visit the online storefront at http://books.ben.edu/ or stop by the campus store located on the Lisle campus in the Krasa Student Center to see the latest styles and selections.
You can contact the campus store and online bookstore by calling (630) 829-6010 or by email at email@example.com.
As a Benedictine student, you are invited to take part in campus recreation opportunities. Campus Recreation encompasses a variety of activities including intramurals, group fitness classes, informal sports and adventure activities. All of these activities will give you the opportunity to connect with the University community, meet new people on campus and have fun. For questions, contact Campus Recreation at (630) 829-6144.
Benedictine Fitness Center
The Benedictine Fitness Center, opened in October 2011, provides state-of-the-art facilities for students, athletes, faculty, and staff. The center has both early morning and evening hours of operation. For more information, check out the Athletics website at benueagles.com.
The Advising Center provides quality advising services and resources to new freshman and transfer students.
Benedictine University Campus Safety
Benedictine University Campus Safety serves and protects students, faculty, staff and guests of the University 24 hours a day and is committed to maintaining the highest standards of personal integrity and ethics. Our highly trained staff is there to respond to any safety concerns or emergency situations. Some of our services that we provide are safety escorts, vehicle lockouts/jumpstarts, incident reports/investigations, accident reports, educational programs and much more. We also maintain a close working relationship with Lisle Police Department who will respond when needed. For more information please visit us, we are located in the lower level of the parking garage or call us at (630)-829-6122.
Graduating students are members of an ever-expanding organization – the Benedictine University Alumni Association. As an alumnus, the University still plays a very important role in your life. There are many ways for alumni to stay involved with Benedictine and to keep in touch with classmates. In addition, Benedictine University alumni are entitled to many special benefits. The Alumni Association operates through the services of a volunteer governing board of directors consisting of 24 members. The function of this board is to support all alumni programs and activities through the Office of Alumni Development. These programs include: class reunions; Homecoming; admissions recruitment; regional alumni activities; alumni chapters; and many other events both on and off campus. Contact the Alumni Association at: https://ben.edu/alumni/ or (630) 829-6077.