Xavier University

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3800 Victory Parkway

Cincinnati, OH 45207

Phone: (513) 745-3000
2012-2013 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#4 Overall Score: 89 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Xavier University is a private institution that was founded in 1831. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,485, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 180 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Xavier University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 4. Its tuition and fees are $32,070 (2012-13).

Xavier University is a Jesuit college located in Cincinnati. As the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the country, it includes the Bellarmine Chapel at the center of campus for both residents and students to attend. Although Xavier doesn’t offer traditional fraternities or sororities, there are historically black Greek-letter organizations as well as many other clubs for students to join. Each fall, student groups compete in the Club Olympics, where they play games to practice team building and win prizes. Xavier athletics include many Division I sports for student athletes to choose from, but it’s best known for its men’s basketball team that plays in the NCAA Division I Atlantic 10 Conference. Although its sports team is the Musketeers, one of  Xavier’s mascots is The Blue Blob, who cheers with fans at the Cintas Center arena and has appeared in a few ESPN commercials.

Unless they live with their parents nearby, Xavier students must live on campus for the first two years of school. About a quarter of undergraduate students study in the Williams College of Business, which also offers M.B.A. programs for graduate students. There are other graduate programs to choose from as well, including health fields such as clinical psychology, healthcare management, and nursing. Speaker of the House John Boehner graduated from Xavier and was once honored with a personalized Musketeer jacket at a men’s basketball game.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

There is an incredible power at the heart of Xavier. Xavier represents an institution of perfect balance. It is where challenging academics are enriched by a strong community of support and a city full of opportunity; where state-of-the-art facilities stand beside beautiful historic buildings; where enduring Jesuit, Catholic values are expressed via 21st-century methods; and where momentum springs from a rich, long heritage. At Xavier, we are driven by our commitment to the common good and to the education of the whole person. We create learning opportunities through rigorous academic programs integrated with co-curricular engagement. Xavier provides an inclusive environment of open and free inquiry, preparing students for a world that is increasingly diverse, complex and interdependent. The power of X is what stands behind each Xavier student. It connects and carries our students throughout their lives. It inspires our community to work for the greater good of all and to care not only about accomplishments, but about each other. In short, it inspires us to live a life that truly matters. A better education for a better world. That is the power of X.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1831
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $117,352,538


When applying to Xavier University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at Xavier University is $35. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 67.7 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 67.7%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Xavier University is 12:1, and the school has 44.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Xavier University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; Health Professions and Related Programs; Social Sciences; and Education. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 83.3 percent.

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Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 71%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 29%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 16%
Health Professions and Related Programs 8%
Social Sciences 8%
Education 5%

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Student Life

Xavier University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,485, with a gender distribution of 46.4 percent male students and 53.6 percent female students. At this school, 50 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 50 percent of students live off campus. Xavier University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 6,650
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Xavier University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, health service, and health insurance. Xavier University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Xavier University, 58 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Xavier University.

Students who have cars on campus 58%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Tuition and fees $32,070 (2012-13)
Room and board $11,010 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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