Facts and Figures

As a private, Jesuit, Catholic institution founded in Cincinnati in 1831, Xavier promotes academic excellence in a liberal arts-based education while supporting the philosophy of "men and women for others." Students enjoy an academic environment of challenge and support coupled with opportunities for extra- and co-curricular activities.

As a community of inquiry grounded in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition, Xavier University is dedicated to engaging and forming students intellectually, morally and spiritually, with rigor and compassion, toward lives of solidarity, service and success.

As a comprehensive University, we offer a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. But woven through all our efforts on behalf of our students is an emphasis on ethics and values that stamps a Xavier education as Jesuit and Catholic.

Quick Facts

  • Undergraduate students: 4,652
  • Total students: 6,671
  • Ratio of men and women: 45% male, 55% female
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1
  • Average class size: 22; 70% of Xavier classes have fewer than 24 students.
  • Retention/percent of students who return for their sophomore year: 84%;
  • Freshman class of 2017:
    • Record number of applications: 15,820
    • Record number of acceptances: 7,554
    • Students of color: 23%
    • First generation college students: 22%
    • Xavier's third largest class: 1,284 enrolled
    • 41 states represented
  • Academic Profile: Middle 50%
    • GPA: 3.2-4.0
    • ACT: 22-27
    • SAT: 1000-1190


  • First in Midwest for graduation rate (78 percent over six years) by U.S. News and World Report overall
  • Fourth among Midwest colleges and universities in 2013 ranking by U.S. News and World Report; 19th consecutive year Xavier ranks among top 10
  • One of the Midwest's best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review. The New York-based education services company features Xavier in the 2013 edition of its annual book, "The Best 373 Colleges." Xavier has been featured in the book for ten straight years
  • One of the nation's best business schools by the Princeton Review, which features the Williams College of Business in the 2013 edition of its "Best 294 Business Schools"
  • One of nation's "100 Best Values" in private education by Kiplinger's Personal Finance
  • Ranked first nationally by Modern Healthcare in the magazine's list of "Top Business Graduate Schools for Physicians."

Commitment to service and excellence in education

  • Xavier offers three different honors programs to challenge students: Honors Bachelor of Arts (HAB), University Scholars. Philosophy, Politics and the Public (PPP). Established in 2003, the PPP program is the only one of its kind among American universities.
  • Xavier's James and Delrose Eigel Center for Community-Engaged Learning facilitates collaborative grassroots action among residents, local organizations and institutions leading to comprehensive, asset-based community development.
  • The Cintas Institute for Ethics at Xavier University helps faculty increase their exposure and confidence in the areas of business ethics and social responsibility, enables students to have increased moral courage to do "the hard right, as opposed to the easy wrong," and acts as a resource for the business community.
  • Fenwick Place, opened in 2011, is truly a state-of-the-art living community with suite-style rooms, grand views of campus from the study lounges and hoff Dining Commons right downstairs.


  • Xavier is one of only four schools to have their men's basketball program reach the Sweet 16 four years in a row.
  • Since 1988, Xavier athletic teams have appeared in 44 NCAA Tournaments (not including the rifle team or individual appearances in track and golf).
  • As part of the Atlantic 10 Conference in 1995-2013, Xavier teams have won 23 conference tournament championships and 17 regular season crowns.
  • Xavier has long ranked among the nation's top Division I schools in terms of academic success. For example, since 1985, Xavier has graduated all of its senior men's basketball players.
  • As of July 1, 2013, Xavier was proud to join the Big East Conference.

Financial Aid and Outcomes

  • Xavier's four-year graduation rate of 70 percent is more than double the national average for public institutions at an estimated 30 percent.
  • New Xavier graduates earn an average of $39,000 to $60,000 a year.
  • Scholarships range from $9,000 per year to full tuition.
  • Approximately 100% of Xavier students receive financial aid.