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Xavier University is a Jesuit liberal arts university that encourages students to become well-rounded, reflective citizens through a comprehensive core curriculum and a focus on critical analysis and application. All students take part in the First-Year Experience, which includes a First-Year Seminar and the Goa program, a series of six small group meetings throughout the year in which students engage in discussion and activities. All of this togetherness and shared experience create a "great sense of community that allows students to feel welcomed and accepted." All in all, Xavier "helps students achieve what they set out for. We are provided the means to be successful, and it is our responsibility to take them."

The academics here "can be tough at times" but "really small" class sizes make it "very easy for you to know your professor and receive extra help." The "warm and caring" teachers can "maintain strong professional bonds with the students" while feeling like people the students can come easily talk to. They "take an actual interest in you as a student" and "do what they can to help you grow as an individual and to succeed in life."

Above everything, students speak of the inclusive environment as being the most enabling aspect of Xavier, and how important it is to attend a school with "an outstanding community, built on love, support, and understanding." The intimate university has a real "rising tide lifts all boats" feel, and the vast majority of students "put a lot of stock into getting an education and… will actually turn in quality work that they put thought and effort into."

Student Body

This is a group of "independent and careful young adults who enjoy living life to the fullest" and hold doors open for one another. Xavier is the kind of school that does not discriminate by grade: "seniors talk to freshman and freshman talk to seniors." For the most part, everyone is "positive and outgoing" and "talks to everyone." "We are a small community—you see a familiar face everywhere you go," says a student. There's no question that "diversity could improve at Xavier," but regardless of the numbers "everyone is accepted and Xavier doesn't have a social order that could constrict individuals from becoming friends." There is an evident environment of respect among the school's students, staff and faculty, and "when students want to be heard, they can be and will be."

Campus Life

Weekdays are filled with "studying, classes, extra credit opportunities and club meetings," and weekends find students "attending athletic events or finding parties with peers." Other free hours are used for the standard issue college pastimes: "We watch movies, play games, and just enjoy each other 's company." This "very peaceful campus" is also a very active one, with people frequently "playing sports on the mall or the student organization screening a movie." Many students participate in intramural sports, and everyone "has a lot of school pride," as well as moral pride. "Most people here have an awareness of the injustices in this world and want to do something about it," says a student. Downtown Cincinnati is a big hangout; the zoo is very popular, as well as Newport on the Levee (an entertainment center) and various restaurants. The "beautiful" campus is far enough from the city that students don't feel like they're right in the middle of Cincinnati, but also "close enough that [we] do not feel far away from the action." Men's basketball games are the highlighted sporting event, along with men's soccer, and events on campus such as Xavier Fest and Club Day on the yard have high attendance.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
490 - 580
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
520 - 610
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
480 - 590

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
540 - 640
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
550 - 630

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 28

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

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Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Area Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
  • European Studies/Civilization
  • Latin American Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
  • Biology, General
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biophysics

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Finance, General
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Advertising
  • Communication and Media Studies, Other
  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Communication, General
  • Organizational Communication, General
  • Public Relations/Image Management
  • Radio and Television
  • Radio, Television, and Digital Communication
  • Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology

  • Education

  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Business Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Education, General
  • Education, Other
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programs
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals in Junior High/Middle School Special Education Programs
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals in Secondary Special Education Programs
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Montessori Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Special Education and Teaching, Other
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Health Services Administration
  • Pre-Nursing Studies
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy Studies
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies
  • Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies
  • International/Global Studies
  • International/Global Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
  • Natural Sciences
  • Natural Sciences

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education, General
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry, General
  • Physical Sciences, Other
  • Physics, General
  • Theoretical Chemistry

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General
  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

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

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics
  • Economics, General
  • Economics, Other
  • International Economics
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Political Science and Government, Other
  • Sociology
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Design and Applied Arts, Other
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Music, General
  • Music, Other


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate
Terminal Associate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

John Boehner
Former Speaker of the House/U.S. House of Representatives

Charles Geschke
Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Adobe Systems

David West
NBA San Antonio Spurs

Robert Kohlhepp
Former President/CEO Cintas Corp.

Karen Wells
VP-Nutrition and Menu Strategy, McDonalds Corp.

Sara Matthew
Former CEO Dun and Bradstreet

John Lechleiter
Chairman/President/CEO Eli Lily & Co.

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


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
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



54% female
46% male
52% are out of state
94% are full time
6% are part time


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Office of Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Cassandra Jones, MRC, CRC

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Documentation Required for LD

The Office of Disability Services provides academic accommodations and support services to provide equal access to educational opportunities to Xavier students with documented disabilities as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (amended 2008). Students with learning disabilities requesting accommodations must provide current and comprehensive documentation from a licensed clinical professional who has relevant experience in differential diagnosis (i.e., licensed clinical psychologist, neuropsychologist, or licensed clinical counselor). This type of documentation not only validates the presence of a disability, but is useful in providing information to support educational planning and anticipate future accommodation needs. The provided documentation must be on official letterhead and signed and dated by the certifying professional. A description of preferred documentation is listed below. 1. A comprehensive psycho-educational test battery, which means intelligence/ability testing and educational/achievement testing are recommended. A full diagnostic report, including all standard test scores as well as subtest scores and the evaluator's narrative, is recommended. If you are providing information from a public school, include the most recent Comprehensive Evaluation (i.e. Multi- factored Evaluation) and Individual Educational Program (IEP) and the original eligibility evaluation as well as any other MFE's that include the results of a psycho-educational test battery. These documents alone may or may not provide adequate information to document the learning disability. 2. A diagnosis made by (a) qualified professional(s) i.e., licensed school psychologist, licensed psychologist, learning disabilities/educational specialist is suggested. The learning disability diagnosis must be clearly stated. References to academic weaknesses and learning differences alone may not substantiate a learning disability diagnosis. 3. Assessments normed for adults are preferred. What this means is that your assessments should not be assessments for children, but rather tests that are designed for adults, i.e. WAIS-III rather than WISC-III. 4. A diagnosis of a learning disability and type(s) of learning disability (ies), which should be supported by test data and a description of current functional limitations are important. Psycho-educational testing completed within the last three years provides a better assessment of current functional limitations. 5. Suggestions for appropriate accommodations are helpful. It is important that these suggestions are based upon functional limitations. If it is not evident why an accommodation is suggested by assessing test scores and resulting functional limitations, then a rationale for the accommodations is necessary. 6. Along with the above information, transfer students are encouraged to provide written verification from the previously attended school, which includes the dates served and the accommodations used.

Documentation Required for ADHD

The Office of Disability Services provides academic accommodations and support services to provide equal access to educational opportunities to Xavier students with documented disabilities as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (amended 2008). Students requesting accommodations on the basis of an Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) must provide current and comprehensive documentation from a licensed clinical professional who has relevant experience in differential diagnosis and the full range of psychiatric disorders (i.e., licensed clinical psychologist, neuropsychologist, or psychiatrist). Please note that this office WILL NOT accept documentation provided by a member of the student’s family. The Required Information to be provided by the Certifying Professional must be on official letterhead and signed and dated by the certifying professional. The letter should include the following information: 1. Applicant’s name and date of birth. 2. State and date the applicant’s current diagnosis (es) as per the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-5 (DSM -5 or previous version). 3. Please attach a clinical summary or a psychoeducational evaluation that supports the stated diagnosis. These materials must include: evidence of early impairment, a diagnostic interview, assessment tools and test data that support the ADHD diagnosis and the date when the last evaluation was conducted. The report must describe the extent to which the symptoms of the stated diagnosis would negatively impact the academic performance for which accommodations are being requested.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division I

6% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Musketeers)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Musketeers)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups:

Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Cincinnati


Xavier University is serious about becoming a stalwart of the green movement. As a signatory of the ACUPCC, Xavier created a Sustainability Committee to oversee the school’s commitment to achieving climate neutrality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Overall, the university is working diligently towards minimizing energy use and transportation costs, increasing green space and enacting sustainable maintenance practices. More specifically, Xavier recently finished construction on the Hoff Academic Quad. Consisting of Smith Hall, Conaton Learning Commons and the Central Utility Plant, all three buildings meet (or exceed) the qualifications for LEED Silver certification. Additionally, since completion of the new quad, Xavier has seen a 17.5 percent drop in energy consumption and saw another 5 percent drop in 2014. Beyond construction, the university is doing its part to shift the community away from a car culture. Through Bike XU, students are able to rent bicycles (and helmet, safety light, and lock) for the entire semester for a mere $45! That sure beats the cost of filling up a gas tank! Further, students have the opportunity to participate in the NEXUS Community Garden. This thirty-eight-plot garden, open to both Xavier and the surrounding area, encourages members to learn about sustainable living, grow their own food and discover the joy of engaging with their neighbors. Beginning in 2012, Xavier students can now participate in three interdisciplinary, experiential learning degree programs: sustainability: economics & management; economics, sustainability & society; and land: farming & community. With the established Environmental Science degree and the new Masters in Urban Sustainability, that makes a full house! Finally, student leaders are working together to start a farmers market and a farming business on campus, ban bottled water, reduce printing, and recycle cardboard.


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Julie Mazza
Campus Visit Specialist

Office of Admissions
3800 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45207-5311



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Cintas Center basketball arena and conce
Conaton Learning Commons
The Gallagher Student Center
Smith Hall, home to William's College of Business
Fenwick Place, residence hall and home to the Hoff Dining Commons
Xavier recently opened University Station, a development next to campus featuring a branch of the Xavier Bookstore with a Starbucks, a Graeter's Ice Cream shop, as well as a number of other shops, restaurants and businesses. The development also includes a full apartment complex that many Xavier students now call home.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Rookwood Commons outdoor shopping area
Newport on the Levee
The Gateway Quarter/Over The Rhine
The Banks
Cincinnati Zoo/Newport Aquarium

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F and some Saturdays
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Mon-Fri & most Saturdays

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available



Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) - 20 minutes from campus. Megabus. Greyhound Bus Center. Amtrak Train Station. Taxis. Dayton International Airport (DAY).

Driving Instructions to Campus
10 minutes north of Cincinnati between I-75 and I-71. See website.

Local Accommodations
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza; Hyatt Regency Cinn.; Marriott Kingsgate Conference Hotel; SpringHill Suites Cincinnati Midtown

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