New and returning students move into residence halls and new University Station apartments

New development brings housing, retail and offices to neighborhoods | August 21, 2014

Move-in day for Xavier University freshmen is always big, loud and fun as new students get settled into their new homes. This year, the same is true for nearly 500 upperclassmen who are the first students to live in the new University Station development next to campus.

More than 1,100 first-year students moved into the residence halls on Thursday, Aug. 21. The Class of 2018 includes approximately 1,230 students, with 1,120 of them living on campus.

About 300 moved in on Wednesday, Aug. 20, and the remainder arrived Thursday. The Manresa freshman orientation program started Thursday evening and lasts through the weekend. Classes begin on Monday, Aug. 25.

This year’s class is the sixth consecutive year of classes with more than 1,000 students. Members of the Class of 2018 were chosen from nearly 11,500 applicants, the largest application pool ever. The class continues the national trend of more women than men attending college with 53 percent female and 47 percent male students. It is also highly diverse with 27 percent African-American, Hispanic, Asian or other, and 21 percent of the class are the first in their families to attend college. More than half the class—55 percent—are from outside Ohio.

Aided by the Xavier Move Crew of hundreds of upper-class students plus faculty and staff volunteers, new students are welcomed as they pull up in their cars, and their belongings are whisked out of the cars and into their rooms. Xavier has five residence halls and five apartment buildings providing on-campus housing for 2,450 students. View local coverage of Xavier's move-in day.

On Thursday afternoon, President Michael J. Graham, S.J., welcomed the students and their families during a community celebration in the Cintas Center. At the end of the welcome, parents said goodbye and students began the Manresa program. The name Manresa is taken from a town in Spain where the founder of the Society of Jesus experienced his spiritual transformation. The Jesuits are the religious order of priests who own and manage Xavier and 27 other Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S.

Manresa orientation includes informational programs and entertainment, offering students the chance to get to know each other, meet faculty and learn about life at Xavier.

In addition to freshman move-in, about 480 sophomores, juniors and seniors began moving into their apartments in the newly completed University Station on Friday, Aug. 22. The $54 million mixed-use development sits on 15 acres near Xavier, straddling the city of Norwood and the Cincinnati neighborhood of Evanston. The project is an off-campus development intended to serve the University and larger community and create a welcoming environment for the whole neighborhood.

Located on Cleneay Avenue off Montgomery Road, the University Station leasing office planned a nautical-themed event for students and parents that includes a photo booth with a boat prop, snacks, giveaways and a happy hour for parents sponsored by Listerman’s Brewery. 

University Station is bringing new business startups and job opportunities to the Evanston and Norwood communities. Retail outlets include the Xavier bookstore, a full-service Starbucks and Graeter’s ice cream. The office space in Phase I of the development is leased by TriHealth, which is providing new clinic locations for Bethesda Family Practice, Queen City Physicians and CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services.

The development is also creating academic partnerships and restaurant, entertainment, service and additional retail options for students and community residents. The land is owned by XUPROP CO and leased for 95 years to a Messer Construction Co./Ackermann Group entity, with the buildings and other improvements owned by the developer as well.