May 28, 2018  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018

Xavier at a Glance

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Location: On 189 acres in a residential section of Cincinnati, Ohio, which was ranked by Money magazine as the fifth best place to live in the Midwest, and is home to 15 Fortune 1000 companies and two professional sports teams. The city is known for its neighborhoods, parks, cultural activities, zoo, amusement parks, and seasonal events and festivals along the Ohio River.

Affiliation: Founded in 1831, Xavier University is a private, coeducational university. It is third largest independent institution in Ohio. It is the fourth oldest of the 28 Jesuit institutions of higher education in the United States, the sixth oldest Catholic university in the nation, and the first Catholic institution of higher education in the Northwest Territory.

National Honors: Xavier has been ranked among the top 10 for 17 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report. Xavier is ranked among the nation’s best colleges and universities by The Princeton Review and is on’s list of America’s best colleges.

Curriculum: Xavier offers 83 undergraduate areas of study from which to choose in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Professional Sciences, and the Williams College of Business. Undergraduate minors are offered in 57 areas of study.  In addition, Xavier offers comprehensive preparation for admission to professional schools in the areas of medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometry, and pharmacy. Graduate programs are offered in 30 areas, including a doctorate in psychology and a doctorate of education in Leadership Studies. Xavier also offers several certificate programs.

Enrollment: Approximately 7,000 students with about 4,540 undergraduates, and 2,405 graduate students. More than 85 percent of the freshman and sophomore students live on campus. Of the full-time undergraduates, 47 percent are men and 53 percent are women. Students come here from more than 46 states and 43 countries.

Typical Freshman Profile: The middle 50 percent of new students at Xavier have High School GPAs between 3.2 and 3.9; ACT composites from 22 to 27; SAT composites from 990 to 1180. More than 85 percent rank in the top half of their high school class. Approximately 90 percent live on campus in our modern residential facilities. The average freshman retention rate is 85 percent.

Faculty: Xavier has 343 full-time faculty and 323 part-time faculty. The student-faculty ratio is 12:1.

Activities: Students choose from approximately 150 different academic clubs and social organizations. Some of those organizations include student government association, student activities council, jazz and pep bands, choir, campus ministry, academic clubs, and intramurals.

Athletics: Division I in all 18 varsity sports and a member of the prestigious Big East Conference. Sports include men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, track, baseball, and women’s volleyball. Club sports include boxing, crew, cycling, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, ultimate Frisbee, rugby, soccer, volleyball, fencing, sailing, snow skiing, and wrestling. Intramural programs are available in more than 30 sports including basketball, racquetball, volleyball, floor hockey, golf, soccer, and softball.

Scholarship Opportunities: Academic scholarships, which are competitive and renewable for four years, are offered in five categories. Departmental, alumni, athletic, performing and visual arts, multicultural, and other scholarships are also available.