FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR COLLEGE FRESHMAN

Here’s what to expect when you start your lifelong journey as a Benildean.

Welcome, Students!

We are excited to welcome you to De La Salle-College of Benilde! While we have successfully shifted to online learning through Virtual Benilde due to the pandemic, we are also gradually reopening the College through blended or hybrid limited face-to-face classes and limited in-person student activities. We have already secured our Safety Seal and Certification from the City of Manila and the Acknowledgment from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

WHAT WILL BE THE LEARNING MODALITIES DURING MY FIRST YEAR (AND MOST PROBABLY FOR THE REST OF MY STAY IN BENILDE)?

Courses will be delivered through a combination of online learning, blended learning, and hybrid learning. These form part of what we refer to as our Benildean BLEnD (Blended Learning Experience and Delivery).

FACE-TO-FACE learning

Onsite learning where courses are taught in person to a group of students.

blended learning

A combination of face-to-face and online learning. There is a separate schedule for face-to-face and online meetings. Online meetings may be synchronous or asynchronous.

HYBRID learning

A form of flexible learning where discussion happens simultaneously, with some students inside the classroom attending face-to-face classes while others are online. Faculty teach remote and in-person students at the same time using technology like video conferencing.

online learning

All required course contact hours are delivered and facilitated online without requiring your physical presence on campus. The instructional delivery is done synchronously and asynchronously. Synchronous sessions use technology like video conferencing.

For whichever learning modality, courses are delivered and facilitated using BigSky Benilde, our official learning management system. You will be able to access BigSky Benilde as soon as you receive your login credentials. At the start of the term, the course syllabus and the other course instructions (e.g. Zoom links, first limited face-to-face schedule, etc.) will be posted or uploaded on the platform.

I AM LIVING ABROAD / OUTSIDE OF METRO MANILA. MAY I CONTINUE WITH ONLINE LEARNING?

As we have gradually reopened, we will already be transitioning to the face-to-face and blended learning modalities. The full online option will no longer be available. If you are living abroad or outside of Manila, you should now start preparing for your stay in Manila.

WHAT WILL BE THE LEARNING MODALITIES DURING MY FIRST TERM OF MY FIRST YEAR AND WHAT DO I NEED TO PREPARE FOR?

Courses during your first term of your first year will either be delivered using the face-to-face, blended or hybrid learning modality.

Since the blended and the hybrid modality have online components, you will manage with a standard desktop computer or laptop (with camera, speaker and microphone), any word processing tool, spreadsheet program, & presentation software, and reliable internet connection. There are courses, however, that require a little bit more because of its nature, and the list of specific course requirements will be posted in the SIS login page before the term starts (click on the enrollment button and specific course requirements).

WILL CAFETERIA services BE AVAILABLE FOR THE STUDENTS?

Yes, the Cafeteria will be open at the Taft Campus, the AKIC Campus, Design and Arts Campus, and the Atrium@Benilde Campus.

CAN I STAY INSIDE CAMPUS WHILE WAITING FOR SOMEONE TO PICK ME UP AFTER CLASS?

Yes. There will be designated areas where students can wait such as the Greenway Square or the Library at the Br. Fidelis Leddy Center for Learning Resources (CLR).

If you would like to use the learning spaces at CLR, you need to reserve a seat two (2) days before your visit. CLR may allow walk-ins depending on the availability of learning spaces but it is best to make use of their seat reservation system. Seats are currently limited as we observe physical distancing guidelines.

DO YOU HAVE SHUTTLE SERVICE FOR STUDENTS?

Benilde provides transfer service using our e-jeeps to bona fide students and associates from one campus to another on a fixed schedule.  We are reminded, however, to wear the school ID and practice minimum health protocols when riding the e-jeep. 

The e-jeep departs every 5 minutes, regardless of occupancy. The e-jeep may also leave immediately when it reaches full seating capacity. Please bear in mind that arrivals and departures may be delayed by the traffic congestion in the area, and possible disruptions to schedule might occur due to adverse weather conditions.

DO YOU HAVE A DORMITORY FOR THE STUDENTS?

Our Benilde Sports and Dormitory Complex is primarily for our athletes and scholars but some slots are open for enrolled students who wish to pay for accommodation in the Dormitory. Interested students may send their inquiries to student.residence@benilde.edu.ph.

There are also available condominiums or apartments for rent nearby that students can avail of.

WHAT ARE THE PROTOCOLS IN PLACE IN CASE A STUDENT OR FACULTY TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19?

First, we enjoin everyone to continue to observe personal safety practices such as wearing face masks, observing physical distancing, frequent handwashing, and hand hygiene. Everyone is required to undergo screening procedures prior to campus entry.

Students should Inform the College through the Center for Health and Medical Services (CHMS) by email at clinic@benile.edu.ph and copy furnish their respective Program Chairperson at any time before, during, and after the face-to-face classes and/or College activities should they:

  • experience fever, colds, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle, and joint pains, sneezing, and other COVID-19 symptoms;
  • come in close contact with a known case of COVID-19; or
  • in any manner whatsoever, contract COVID-19.

Depending on the recommendation by the CHMS, the concerned student may have to take a Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test or a Rapid Antigen Test administered by a DOH accredited laboratory at his/her own cost. A student who was identified as a suspect while inside the campus may also be required to take a Rapid Antigen Test in the campus clinic administered by the CHMS or as evaluated by the College Physician.

Should a student contract COVID-19 anytime during the term/s of participation in limited face-to-face classes or online classes, he/she will be asked to submit a medical clearance prior to rejoining classes and/or participating in College activities.

WHAT ARE THE MEDICAL SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE CLINIC?

Students who are on-campus can utilize the in-person clinic services listed below:

  • Medical consultation
  • Curative treatment–First aid treatment and dispensing of over-the-counter medicines.
  • Medical referral–for illnesses that need a referral to a specialist of concern for further evaluation, management, and clearance.
  • Benilde Well-Being Center (BWC) referral–patients exhibiting symptoms of mental health illness may be referred to BWC.

Among the services the Clinic provides online are:

  • Teleconsultation
  • Virtual Health Talks
  • Health Infographics

CAN I STILL BE ADMITTED OR ENROLL IN BENILDE EVEN IF I AM UNVACCINATED DUE TO RELIGIOUS BELIEFS/HEALTH REASONS?

Yes. Following the mandate of CHED, unvaccinated students may now participate in face-to-face or onsite classes.

Benilde Center for Admissions
2544 Taft Avenue, Malate, Manila, Philippines 1004
admissions@benilde.edu.ph
Facebook: DLS-CSB Admissions Center

For admissions-related inquiries, contact us at (63) 2 8230 5100 local 1801 or Viber us: 09452788877 (Ms. Claire) / 09496683082 (Mr. Paulo) / 09452785612 (Ms. Lhor)

For other concerns, check out our office directory or submit a ticket at Benilde Hub for Info.

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