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Saint Xavier University

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Saint Xavier University in Chicago, IL, was founded in 1846 as a private, comprehensive, Catholic institution by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. Saint Xavier, or SXU, sits on a 74-acre campus and serves just under 5,000 students each year. SXU students are expected to exhibit the values set forth by the university and show respect, strive for excellence, be compassionate, and serve others. In addition, students are expected to be hospitable, practice integrity, welcome diversity, and continue to pursue knowledge.

Based on a survey conducted in 2008, students at St. Xavier University feel actively engaged. Talented faculty and staff provide students with guidance and support so that they are able to attain their personal and professional goals.


St. Xavier University offers 43 undergraduate majors and 40 graduate programs to its students. SXU’s five schools and colleges include:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Nursing
  • Graham School of Management
  • School of Education
  • School for Continuing and Professional Studies

St. Xavier University offers students with a solid liberal arts foundation alongside practical career preparation. The U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2009 listed SXU as one of the top 40 comprehensive master’s universities in the Midwest. The undergraduate program continues to rank in the top 25% of all 4-year programs, making SXU an extremely competitive and desirable school.

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Known as Chicago’s “South Side” university, Saint Xavier highly encourages prospective students to visit and take a tour. During the visit, admissions officers will be standing by to answer any questions that may arise.

Incoming Freshmen are required to submit a completed application, a small fee if filling out a paper application (no fee if using online application), a high school transcript or GED score report, ACT or SAT scores, and a personal essay.

Many students seek transfers to SXU, which has been named as one of the top 10 private, non-profit colleges for transfers in the state. Transfer students are accepted during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Students applying for graduate programs may submit their applications to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Each school also has its own requirements, which are all posted online.

Financial Aid

A number of financial aid sources are available to students at SXU. All students who file for aid are automatically considered for federal, state, and institutional grants, scholarships, loans, or work study. New students can also apply for a number of academic scholarships, which are based on high school GPA as well as ACT/SAT scores. Eligibility requirements for financial aid include:

  • Be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Be registered with Selective Service (if required)
  • Be admitted to a program leading to a degree or certificate
  • Be enrolled at least half time
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • Not be in default for any other load or grant
  • Comply with the use of funds for educational purposes only

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3286th for the average student loan amount.
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Six air-conditioned residence halls are available for the convenience of roughly 780 SXU students. Pacelli and Regina Halls are traditional dormitories and house mostly underclassmen. The other four halls, McCarthy, Morris, Rubloff, and O’Brien provide students with apartment-style suites with kitchenettes, furnished living areas, and private bedrooms and baths. Rubloff Hall, built in 2006, was the first green residence hall on campus and boasts a partially green roof, recycled carpeting, and toilets with two flush modes. The second green residence hall, O’Brien, opened in 2008 with an environmentally friendly design. It has a green roof and a mechanical room that boasts the most advanced technology to run the building efficiently.

In addition to participating in residence hall activities, students are also encouraged to join clubs and organizations. There are over 100 to choose from that fall into the following categories:

  • Academic / Honorary
  • Ethnic / Cultural
  • Faith / Spiritual
  • Club Sports
  • Leadership Groups
  • Social / Political / Special Interest
  • Government / Programming
  • Student Media

There is a Student Activities Board that students can access to learn more about upcoming events and to offer suggestions of events that they might want to see on campus.

Saint Xavier University also provides students with several dining options while they are on campus. Chartwells Dining Services oversees food services, making sure there is a wide variety to satisfy a range of palettes. Students have the option of sampling international cuisine as well as grab a quick bite to eat between classes. A couple favorites include Coffee Cats and The Diner.

At Saint Xavier University, students, faculty, and staff are able to stay connected throughout the day through social media. The University regularly posts information on Facebook, updates stakeholders through Twitter, and connects with their working graduates through LinkedIn.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The SXU Cougars play in several conferences including the National Association of Intercollegiate Atheltics, the Mid-States Football Association, and the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, to name a few. Varsity teams are offered in eight sports. There are also two club teams, the Paw Prints (Dance Team) and Cheerleading.

In addition to intercollegiate and club sports, students are also able to stay fit. On campus, there is an outdoor sports center for students to utilize before, between, or after classes. The Shannon Center is also available for student use. The state-of-the-arts facility houses a weight room, two racquetball courts, an indoor track, two gymnasiums, a snack/smoothie bar, a dance studio, and meeting areas. The main arena at the Shannon Center, alone, seats as many as 3,000 people for sporting events, concerts, and special occasions.


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  • SXU Cougars. SXU Cougars. n.d. Web. 18 July, 2011.

Information Summary

Ranks 33rd in Illinois and 869th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 21 0.45
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 2 0.04
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3 0.06
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 8 0.17

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 12,408 0.46
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 431 0.02
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 13,975 0.52
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 26,420 0.98
Larceny 72,373 2.68
Vehicle theft 19,446 0.72

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Chicago, IL 60655
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population29,138 (29,138 urban / N/A rural)
Households10,774 (2.67 people per house)
Median Household Income$59,849
Families7,491 (3.29 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate professional (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringPost-master's certificate
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Congressional District1703

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 563rd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $28,150 $28,150 $28,150
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $820 $820 $820
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $650 $650 $650
FT Graduate Tuition $13,860 $13,860 $13,860
FT Graduate Required Fees $300 $300 $300
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $770 $770 $770
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $41,772 $41,772 $41,772
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $40,250 $40,250 $40,250
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $32,538 $32,538 $32,538

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $27,060 $28,110 $27,060 $28,110 $27,060 $28,110
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,040 $9,490
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,530 $1,579
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,686 $6,900
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,731 $2,905
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,183 $2,251

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$25
Graduate Application Fee$35
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 10,513 (3,761 male / 6,729 female)
Admitted 5,313 (1,823 male / 3,484 female)
Admission rate 51%
First-time Enrollment 594 (214 male / 380 female)
FT Enrollment 591 (212 male / 379 female)
PT Enrollment 3 (2 male / 1 female)
Total Enrollment4,252

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NAIA
NAIA Football Conference Mid-States Football Association
NAIA Basketball Conference Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conf
NAIA Baseball Conference Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conf
NAIA Track & Field Conference Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conf

ACT Test Admission

956th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 99%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 24

SAT Test Admission

799th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 4%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 455 / 570
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 545
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 895 / 1115

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity828
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 6 207 117 21 6 803 90 1,263
Accounting 2 3 8 3 16
Actuarial Science
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing
Art Teacher Education 1 1
Art/Art Studies, General 5 5
Biological and Physical Sciences 1 1
Biology Teacher Education 1 3 2 6
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 7 4 3 1 23 5 43
Botany/Plant Biology
Business Administration and Management, General 1 17 2 20 2 43
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 14 5 17 1 38
Business/Commerce, General 6 9 1 27 7 50
Chemistry, General 2 1 3
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
Computer Science 6 8 1 15
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other 2 2 1 3 8
Counseling Psychology 8 9 1 27 3 49
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 7 3 9 19
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 10 3 1 23 2 39
Curriculum and Instruction 5 41 5 52
Customer Service Management 2 2
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 2 7 9
Education, General 2 1 4
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities 3 2 17 22
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 17 2 61 3 87
Elementary Education and Teaching 2 2 49 5 58
Engineering, Other
English Language and Literature, General 2 5 1 8
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 12 12
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 3 2 2 10 2 20
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other 10 7 1 31 3 52
Finance, General 4 2 20 2 28
Financial Planning and Services 1 8 1 11
French Language and Literature
General Studies
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
History Teacher Education 2 2
History, General 2 2 4
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Human Resources Management and Services, Other
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Industrial and Organizational Psychology 2 6 2 10
International Business/Trade/Commerce 1 1
International Relations and Affairs 1 1
Investments and Securities
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 13 14 1 38 5 72
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 8 3 20 4 36
Mathematics Teacher Education 1 7 8
Mathematics, General 5 5
Music Management
Music Performance, General
Music Teacher Education
Music, General 2 1 3
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management 1 1
Nursing Administration
Nursing Education
Nursing Science 11 2 4 28 5 50
Perioperative/Operating Room and Surgical Nurse/Nursing
Philosophy 3 3
Political Science and Government, General 1 1 5 1 8
Pre-Dentistry Studies
Pre-Law Studies
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Pre-Pharmacy Studies
Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies
Pre-Veterinary Studies
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing
Psychology, General 1 3 10 4 18
Public Health, General
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing
Reading Teacher Education 3 26 1 31
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 26 16 5 1 74 8 131
Religion/Religious Studies
Religious/Sacred Music
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 1 1 25 28
Social Science Teacher Education 3 3
Social Sciences, General 1 1
Social Sciences, Other
Sociology 3 6 9
Spanish Language Teacher Education 1 1
Spanish Language and Literature 1 2 3 6
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 4 2 7 2 15
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 4 7 4 52 2 69
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 1 38 7 46
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
Theology/Theological Studies
Voice and Opera

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1275th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $70,970 ($75,268 male / $68,187 female)
Number of FT Faculty 171 (72 male / 99 female)
Number of PT Faculty 401
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $4,952,312

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