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Xavier University
"Xavier University educates the whole student. The University’s Jesuit heritage, dynamic campus community, and...

Xavier University

Cincinnati, Ohio

A Better Education for a Better World.


Rich history and traditions, great opportunities for academic and social growth, and the promise of a rewarding future come with a Xavier degree. Xavier University provides a holistic education. Over 145 academic clubs, student organizations, campus activities, international study opportunities in six continents, small student to faculty ratio, and an excellent reputation with employers offer Xavier students unlimited potential.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
4,548 undergraduate students
93% of undergrad students are full time
46% male — 54% female
54% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
363 full-time faculty
347 part-time faculty
11 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

51% of students live on campus

School Location

Cincinnati, Ohio

Retention Fall 2015

83% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

74% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 3%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Black or African American 10%
White 71%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 5%


18 Division I Sports (9 male; 9 female)

Other Information

Xavier University is a four-year, private, liberal arts university founded in 1831. It is affiliated with the Society of Jesus (Jesuit Order) of the Roman Catholic Church.

Academic Programs

Areas of study include: Accountancy, Actuarial Science, Advertising, Art, Athletic Training, Biology, Biophysics, Business, Chemistry, Classics, Classical Humanities, Communication Arts, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, Electronic Media, English, Entrepreneurial Studies, Environmental Science, Finance, Fine Arts, French, German, Graphic Design, Health Services, History, Human Resources, Information Systems, International Business, International Studies, Liberal Arts, Life Science for Business, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Modern Languages and International Economics, Music, Natural Sciences, Nursing, Occupational Therapy,  Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Relations, Radiologic Technology, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Sport Management, Sport Marketing, Theology.

More Distinctions

  • U.S. News & World Report 2012 edition of "America's Best Colleges:" ranked Xavier fourth among Midwest comprehensive colleges and universities.

  • Xavier is rated among "The Best 376 Colleges in America" by The Princeton Review.

  • Xavier University ranks #1 in graduation rates among all other Master's level Midwest universities according to the 2012 edition of US News & World Report.

Xavier students find their own paths with more than 87 undergraduate areas of study. Undergraduate minors are offered in 55 areas. Graduate programs are offered in 35 areas including psychology. Several certification programs are also available. Three honors programs provide greater depth and intensity, pushing the limits of critical thought to new levels. Ethics and morals are important aspects of the Xavier experience that permeate into the curriculum.

A Campus of Support and Opportunity

From the moment freshmen arrive on campus, Xavier’s support services provide the guidance and support they need to stay on track. These services encourage students to get involved in on-campus activities, inform students of the University’s services and resources, monitor and encourage academic progress, and help resolve any personal problems.  Through the Manresa orientation program, upperclassmen help incoming freshmen learn everything they need to know about the University, including where to eat and how to find their first classes.


Xavier’s location in Cincinnati provides the resources to help students gain meaningful career experience through local internships. 13 Fortune 1000 companies operate in Cincinnati. In the past, students have interned with Procter and Gamble, Cincinnati Reds and the Cincinnati Bengals.

study abroad

International study opportunities at Xavier are constantly expanding. To date, students have studied abroad in 20 different countries including Argentina, Australia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Panama, and South Africa. Study abroad can be completed on both short- and long-term time increments as well as over the summer or through direct exchange with a foreign college or university. Academic learning semesters in Ghana, Nicaragua, and in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood even allow students to grow spiritually through volunteer service.

Professors at Xavier have a greater goal than simply to demonstrate a mastery of their subject area. They take pride in creating living forums of discussion and debate.

An Intimate Learning Environment

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1, students are the primary focus at Xavier. They receive the personal attention needed to succeed.   Students at Xavier are encouraged to interact in discussion in all of their courses, serving as active rather than passive members of the classroom.

honors programs

For students who wish to push themselves further, Xavier offers admission into specialized honors programs. The three honors programs at Xavier are characterized by small class sizes, interdisciplinary coursework, opportunities for international study, and a close-knit community of students and teachers. University Scholars, Honors Bachelor of Arts, and Philosophy, Politics, and the Public each have a competitive selection process and a unique focus and emphasis. The amenities that accompany admission into the honors program include: summer study abroad in London or Rome, reserved residential hall wings, and priority registration during class-selection periods.


Xavier’s academic resources ensure students’ success. With numerous computer facilities on campus, students can either find an available computer at any time of the day or check out a wireless laptop from the library. The Mathematics Tutoring Lab provides assistance in both major and non-major courses through Calculus II. No appointment is necessary, and the services are free to Xavier students. The university requires a high quality of writing, but instruction and assistance to succeed is available through the James E. Glenn Writing Center. The Learning Assistance Center also offers free tutoring services to all Xavier students. One-on-one tutoring is available in almost all academic subjects, study groups and drop-in tutoring sessions are offered in various subjects, and study-skills assistance is available for both individual and group study.

The Xavier campus and the surrounding area have plenty to offer. Whether attending a public lecture, writing for the school newspaper, volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, or rooting on the Reds, students at Xavier are active participants in their community.

A World of Activity

The Xavier Musketeers have a tradition of excellence. Xavier’s men’s soccer team qualified for the NCAA Tournament competition in 2010-2011. Xavier saw three teams qualify for the NCAA Tournament competition in 2009-2010, including men’s basketball (fifth straight), women’s basketball (fourth straight), and men’s tennis (third straight). In recent years Xavier has earned team or individual spots in the NCAA Championship competition in a variety of sports. In addition, Xavier has sent individual standouts to the NCAA Championship competition in track and field.

As a Division I school, Xavier athletics provide excitement not only for the athletes themselves but also for the entire campus community. Xavier basketball games are broadcast nationally from the Cintas Center arena, which seats over 10,000 fans. Xavier also abounds with resources for the active student. The O’Connor Sports Center hosts a six-lane indoor pool, a three-court gymnasium, a strength room, racquetball courts, and more.

a world of service

At Xavier, the Jesuit mission to educate the whole person is apparent in a number of programs. A variety of campus activities give students the opportunity to participate in programs larger than themselves. Service opportunities facilitate personal growth while giving back to the local and global community. These activities include the Academic Service Learning and the Community-Engaged Fellows Program. Campus Ministry offers student liturgies, faith-sharing groups, and retreats for spiritual enrichment. The Center for Faith & Justice sponsors over 25 clubs such as Pax Christi, Amnesty International, Muslim Students Association, Habitat for Humanity, and other activities.

the world beyond

The surrounding Cincinnati area offers many cultural resources and leisure activities, including the Cincinnati Ballet, Newport Aquarium, and the nation’s largest Oktoberfest. Professional sports include the Cincinnati Reds baseball team, the Cincinnati Bengals football team, and the Cyclones hockey team.  For students who prefer to spend time on campus, Xavier’s student clubs and organizations promote a constant stream of events that include performances by well known comedians, late-night movies, improvs, and student plays.

excellent alumni

Recent graduates have gone on to work with successful organizations such as Procter & Gamble, The Nielsen Company, Internal Revenue Service, and the United Way.

Students who earn their degree at Xavier go on to make their mark on the world in a wide variety of fields.  Notable Xavier alumni include: John Boehner, U.S. Congressman and Speaker of the House; Sara Mathew, president and COO of Dun & Bradstreet; Charles Geschke, president of Adobe Systems; and David West, NBA player.

An Incredible Future

The Xavier name earns graduates the respect of both graduate schools and employers. More than 1,100 jobs and internships are posted to the XU Career Services Center’s online job board each year to help students easily identify internships and postgraduate, degree-required positions. In addition, initiatives such as on-campus recruiting and alumni networking, the Business Professions Program and formal professional mentoring programs help prepare students for successful transitions to graduate schools and careers after graduation.  Finally, each student at Xavier has an assigned career counselor who specializes in a subset of academic offerings at Xavier.


Admissions Fall 2015

10,661 Total Applicants 
7,631 Total Admissions 
1,150 Total Freshman Enrollment

71.58% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 490 590
SAT Math 490 590
SAT Writing 480 590
ACT Composite 22 27
ACT Math 21 27
ACT English 22 28
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $34,050
Fees $1,030
Total $35,080
Room and Board (on campus) $11,380
Room Only $6,300
Board Only $5,080
Estimated Total On Campus $46,460


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

99% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
67% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$20,389 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$8,350 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates