Xavier University


Xavier University is located on a beautiful one hundred sixty-acre campus in Cincinnati, Ohio and was founded in 1831. The university offers over eighty undergraduate programs as well as eleven graduate programs with numerous specializations. Xavier boasts an over eighty percent employment rate as well as being number one in the midwest for successful graduate matriculation. Xavier is the fourth oldest Jesuit college and sixth oldest Catholic college in the United States and offers an active campus life.

Students live in residence halls and have the opportunity to participate in numerous student organizations as well as the chance to choose from nearly twenty varsity sports teams. There are also a wide variety of intramural and club sports including such interesting activities as bass fishing, equestrian events, fencing, paint ball and water polo as well as more traditional activities such as cycling, football and golf.

Information Summary

Ranks 10th in Ohio and 318th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 89.9
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $54,310
Admission Success rate N/A
ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 28 / 1250
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 14 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 84% / N/A
Enrollment Total (all students) 7,127


Xavier University offers more than eighty undergraduate majors offered in three different colleges including the College of Arts and Sciences, Williams College of Business and the College of Social Sciences, Health and Education. On top of traditional courses of study such as psychology, advertising, chemistry and criminal justice, Xavier also offers pre-professional programs such as pre-law, pre-dental, pre-medicine and pre-veterinarian. Because Xavier also offers graduate programs, students may choose to complete their entire education at the same university.

Xavier also offers the Army ROTC program. ROTC is a college elective that generally covers four years. It typically takes about five hours a week, which leaves plenty of time for other classes and social time. Students participating in ROTC develop leadership, management skills and confidence while making new friends and learning how to conquer mental and physical challenges. ROTC encourages discipline and hard work while offering exciting activities. There are a couple of different scholarships available via the program as well.

High school students that are interested in Xavier may choose to participate in their special High School Summer Program, where they will have the opportunity to participate in university activities both socially and academically. Xavier also offers special support services to their adult students via their Center for Adult and Part Time Students. The Center offers flexible options for scheduling as well as other support systems to help adult students overcome difficulties in order to pursue an education.

Graduate Programs

There are eleven graduate programs offering numerous areas of specialization. In addition to master’s degrees and doctorates, there are also continuing education classes and professional certificates available. Many of the graduate programs offer flexible scheduling for working adults including weekend and evening classes. Xavier offers a diverse array of program options including nursing, psychology, business and education.

Xavier University recognizes that today’s nursing careers often require specialized knowledge in areas other than the medical field and thus offers three unique dual degree programs. These programs include Master in the Science of Nursing combined with either a Master in Business Administration (MBA), a Master in Education (MED), or a Master in the Science of Criminal Justice (MSCJ).

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Undergraduate Admissions

Students applying to undergraduate programs at Xavier may begin to do so in late summer prior to the student’s senior year. Admission is extremely competitive, especially in certain programs, so prospective students should apply as early as possible. Xavier’s online application is available for the following year beginning August1 and the deadline for applications for students wishing to apply for competitive scholarships is December 1 of the year prior to enrollment. February 1 is the deadline for all other applicants wishing to apply for aid.

Though several programs have additional requirements in order to be considered for acceptance, there are several documents that are required across the board. All applicants will be required to submit either the Xavier Online Application or the Common Application. Paper applications may be submitted but the application fee will not be waived.

Students will also be required to submit official high school transcripts, transcripts from any colleges attended if applicable, a counselor recommendation form and SAT or ACT results. Students should also submit records of any athletic activities. For information regarding Selective Admission Programs, including the occupational therapy and nursing programs and certain biology and chemistry programs, applicants should contact an admissions counselor for more information.

Graduate Admissions

Each graduate school at Xavier has a separate and individual application process, but there are a few documents that applicants will need for every program. These documents include the application, undergraduate transcripts, personal statements and letters of recommendation. Appropriate graduate school preparedness tests such as the GRE will also be required. For the requirements specific to the program, students should contact the graduate school of choice.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available at Xavier University in the form of private and public merit-based and need-based scholarships, grants, federally subsidized loans and work study programs. The school also has an ROTC program which has a few different scholarship options for students participating in the program. The first step to applying for any form of financial aid is completing the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) which is available online beginning in January.

It is recommended that students complete this form as soon as possible in order to be eligible for all possible forms of aid. Many need-based scholarships are limited in their funding and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants will need financial information for both themselves and their parents in order to complete this form. There is also financial aid available to graduate students.

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The Musketeers are an NCAA Division I athletic club that offers varsity sports teams including men’s and women’s golf, basketball, soccer, swimming, track and field, cross country and tennis. Men also have the option to play baseball and women have the additional choice of volleyball. The school colors are blue and white and the mascot is the Blue Blob.

The basketball and volleyball teams play in the state-of-the-art Cintas Center which is one of the best on-campus arenas in the country. The Center also hosts numerous community concerts, games, exhibits, trade shows and private events. In addition to the main court, there is also a full gymnasium, strength conditioning room and athletic training room that is available to all Xavier student athletes. There are also locker rooms and a media room.


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