Saint Xavier University campus
Saint Xavier University campus
Saint Xavier University campus
Saint Xavier University campus
Saint Xavier University campus
Saint Xavier University campus

From the School

Saint Xavier is a private, four-year Catholic university where time-honored achievements meet cutting-edge programs. At Saint Xavier, our focus is on providing a meaningful education while preparing students for successful, 21st century careers. Small class sizes and engaging professors offer a unique, small-school experience, while 43 undergraduate and 25 graduate programs offer endless opportunities.

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier was the first Mercy institution of higher learning in the United States. As one of 17 colleges and universities sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Saint Xavier is part of a vibrant network that links nearly 43,000 students nationwide and a global community of educators.

As a Mercy university, our mission is to educate men and women to search for truth, to think critically, to communicate effectively and to serve wisely and compassionately in support of human dignity and the common good. The University is committed to service and we challenge our community members to teach, learn, research and act not only for themselves but also for others.

Overall

From The School

A Saint Xavier University education opens the door to a broad array of opportunities for professional development, personal fulfillment and much more. Here you'll discover rigorous, values-based education in a dynamic and supportive learning community. Saint Xavier prepares you to use your talents and education as a foundation for professional achievement and a successful life.

If you're ready to apply for admission, follow these steps to complete the process:
1.Apply online (no fee);
2.Request an *official high school transcript or GED score report;
3.Request your official ACT or SAT score(s), unless included on high school transcript.

*Options for official transcript submission:
Paper transcripts can be accepted as official provided they are either mailed or personally delivered to the Office of Admission in the original, sealed envelope from the school.
Electronic transcripts can be accepted as official provided they are emailed directly from the school or are submitted via an electronic transcript service to admission@sxu.edu.

Overview

Applicants
6,693
Acceptance Rate
79%

GPA Breakdown

33%
Over 3.75
14%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
20%
2.50 - 2.99
4%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
455 - 570
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
440 - 545
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
455 - 540
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
19 - 24

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay

Selectivity Rating

Overall

From The School


Academic Programs

Saint Xavier University is accredited at the institutional level by the Higher Learning Commission. With four academic divisions and 43 undergraduate programs, the possibilities are endless. Saint Xavier provides programs in arts and sciences, management, education, and nursing.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Bachelor's degrees, post baccalaureate certificates, and master's degrees are offered.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
398
with Terminal Degree
194

234
Women
164
Men
36
Minority

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
30%
Graduate in 5 years
45%
Graduate in 6 years
47%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology
  • Botany/Plant Biology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Finance, General
  • Financial Planning and Services
  • Human Resources Management and Services, Other
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Investments and Securities
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Taxation

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education, General
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • History Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Reading Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management
  • Nursing Administration (MSN, MS, PhD)
  • Nursing Science (MS, PhD)
  • Nursing, Other
  • Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
  • Perioperative/Operating Room and Surgical Nurse/Nursing
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing
  • Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)
  • Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing
  • Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General

  • Psychology

  • Counseling Psychology
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Psychology, General

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

  • Social Sciences

  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Music Performance, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Internship

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
30%
Graduate in 5 years
45%
Graduate in 6 years
47%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Internship

ROI & Outcomes


Colleges that Create Futures

Overview

From The School


Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Record numbers of our students are taking advantage of the University's residential facilities. Students interested in living on campus need to submit a $150 housing deposit and the housing contract. Room and board costs are approximately $10,000 per year. Most residents receive additional financial aid just by choosing to live on campus. Tuition at Saint Xavier University is $30,020 per year for undergraduate students and $915 per semester hour for graduate students.

Financial Aid

99% of new full-time undergraduates in 2014-2015 received an academic scholarship, a grant or both from Saint Xavier. Saint Xavier University is committed to serving the educational needs of students from all backgrounds, including those with significant financial need. Some of the scholarships provided by SXU include art, music, athletic, academic, and merit-based scholarships.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$10,123

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,775

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,932

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$19,374

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$10,123

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$29,990
Required Fees
$820
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
FFEL PLUS loans
FFEL Subsidized Stafford Loans
FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

From The School

Want to get involved on campus? On-campus activities and events help to keep residents and commuter students connected and involved. There are 47 SXU clubs and organizations related to academic, cultural, spiritual, social, political, club sports, student media, government, and leadership groups.

Saint Xavier also provides international education opportunities. Studying abroad can be one of the most memorable experiences of your life. It allows you the opportunity to learn about the world and other cultures through first-hand experiences. Students can participate in a semester abroad through program providers with college students from across the United States. Our students have interned, volunteered and studied in such wide-ranging destinations as Australia, Jordan, Korea and Peru.

Athletics are another aspect of the Saint Xavier experience. Saint Xavier University competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Since 2005, 10 of Saint Xavier's 17 varsity teams have qualified for the NAIA national championships including football, baseball, softball, women's volleyball, and men's and women's soccer, cross country and basketball.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,920
Out of State
5%

International
0%
Foreign Countries Represented

Demographics

2.65%
Asian
16.37%
African-American
23.36%
Hispanic
50.41%
Caucasian
5.20%
Unknown

67% female
33% male
5% are out of state
84% are full time
16% are part time

Overview

From The School


Location

Saint Xavier University has a small campus size with a total enrollment of over 4,000 students and is located in Chicago, Illinois.

This fall, the University will open its doors to an 87,000-square-foot satellite location in the downtown Heritage District of Gilbert, Arizona. Saint Xavier University's brand new, four-story building will provide students premier access to state-of-the-art technology, smart classrooms, nursing labs and student lounges, as well as gathering and study space.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Shannon Center The main arena in this 85,000-square-foot facility seats up to 3,200 for athletic events, graduation ceremonies, concerts and other special events. Athletic resources in the center include a state-of-the-art fitness center; two recreation gyms; indoor running track; racquetball courts; and athletic training rooms.

Dining Services With six locations to choose from, there are a variety of dining options on campus that allow students to sample international cuisine or grab a quick sandwich between classes. The SXU Diner menus are constructed around our "Profiles in Good Taste" concepts, featuring a combination of freshly prepared, made-to-order entrees, salads and sandwiches developed by our campus executive chef.

Health Center The Health Center is staffed by two family practice nurse practitioners who provide comprehensive medical care for students, staff and the surrounding community. Other services include immunizations and limited laboratory services.

Counseling Center The mission of the Counseling Center is to guide students toward personal wellness, balance and growth. Licensed counselors facilitate this through personal counseling and the Alcohol and Other Drug and Education Program/Committee (AODEP).

Public Safety Department Saint Xavier University provides a professional Public Safety Department to serve its students, faculty and staff. The Department of Public Safety is committed to the highest quality of protective services in order to maintain and improve our unique educational environment and quality of life.

Residence Halls The Chicago campus includes six residence halls that house approximately 800 students. Housing includes halls built with Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design technology. The University housing staff also includes Resident Directors and Resident Assistants to help students adjust to life on campus.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Saint Xavier University's lush 74-acre main campus is located in Chicago's southwest side. Students enjoy the quaint charm of the historic Mount Greenwood neighborhood while being conveniently located only 30 minutes from downtown Chicago, with all of the sights, attractions, and culture the city has to offer. Student life centers around academic enrichment, exciting social events and award-winning athletics that bring the entire campus together as a community.

Through the "Discover Chicago" program, SXU makes it easy for you to take advantage of the city's one-of-a-kind entertainment and cultural resources. The program offers access, including transportation, to a wide range of attractions and events from visits to the Chicago Art Institute to Chicago Bulls home games all for free or at a low cost to Saint Xavier University students.

Student Organizations & Activities

Want to get involved on campus? On-campus activities and events help to keep residents and commuter students connected and involved. There are 47 SXU clubs and organizations related to academic, cultural, spiritual, social, political, club sports, student media, government, and leadership groups.

Saint Xavier also provides international education opportunities. Studying abroad can be one of the most memorable experiences of your life. It allows you the opportunity to learn about the world and other cultures through first-hand experiences. Students can participate in a semester abroad through program providers with college students from across the United States. Our students have interned, volunteered and studied in such wide-ranging destinations as Australia, Jordan, Korea and Peru.

Athletics are another aspect of the Saint Xavier experience. Saint Xavier University competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Since 2005, 10 of Saint Xavier's 17 varsity teams have qualified for the NAIA national championships including football, baseball, softball, women's volleyball, and men's and women's soccer, cross country and basketball.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
22%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
32%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
41
Number of Honor Societies
2

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
2

Sports

Athletic Division
NAIA

Men's Sports (Cougars)
4 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Football
Soccer
Women's Sports (Cougars)
5 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Soccer
Softball
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Illinois Institute

Sustainability


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
13

Average Number of PC's per Lab
306

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Natelie K. Herring
Associate Director of Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
3700 West 103rd Street
Chicago, IL 60655

Phone
773-298-3050


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Convocation and Athletic Center
McDonough Chapel and Mercy Ministry Center
McCarthy Hall
Speech language Pathology Clinic
Art Gallery

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown Chicago
Field Museum of Natural History
Art Institute
Nayvy Pier
Shedd Aquarium

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: by personal appt.
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
by personal interview

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
1 week

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
during fall semester only

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
On campus shuttles. Easy access to public transportation buses and trains. Closest airport is the Midway Airport.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Via the Tri-State (I-294) Southbound: Exit East on 95th Street (17 mile marker). Drive East on 95th to Pulaski Avenue (approximately 5 miles East of the Tri-State). Turn right (South) on Pulaski and drive 1 mile to 103rd. Turn left and Saint Xavier is 2 blocks ahead on the left. Via the Tri-State (I-294) Northbound: Exit North on Cicero Avenue (12 mile marker). Drive North on Cicero to 103rd Street (20 blocks). Turn right (East) on 103rd. Saint Xavier is approximately 1.5 miles ahead on the left. From I-57 (Northbound): Take the Monterey Avenue/111th Street exit (#355) and turn left (West). Stay on Monterey, which eventually becomes 111th. Continue on 111th to Kedzie Avenue and turn right (North). Follow Kedzie to 103rd Street. Turn left (West) on 103rd. Saint Xavier is 5 blocks ahead on the right. Via I-80 Eastbound or Westbound: Take the Tri-State (I-294) Nroth (exit #155). See directions for the Tri-State Northbound. Via I-55 Northbound: Take the Tri-State (I-294) South to Indiana (exit 278). See directions for Tri-State Southbound. Via I-55 Southbound: Exit South on Pulaski Avenue (exit 287). Continue south on Pulaski to 103rd Street. Turn left (East) on 103rd. Saint Xavier is 2 blocks ahead on the left.

Local Accommodations
Local accommodations: Holiday Inn (4140 West 95th Street, Oak Lawn; 708-425-7900), Radisson Inn (5000 West 127th Street, Alsip; 800-333-3333), Baymont Inn (12807 South Cicero, Alsip; 708-597-3900), Hampton Inn (13303 South Cicero, Crestwood; 708-597-3330), Budgeteer Inn (5150 West 127th Street, Alsip; 708-371-5600). Alumni Hall is accessible via a separate entrance in one of our residence halls (Regina Hall), the Inn offers comfortable and convenient overnight accommodations. Guests may choose from a variety of completely furnished rooms, including private shower/bath facilities and a television. For further information about the Alumni Inn, please call Saint Xavier's Conference Scheduling Office at 773-298-3256.