Every university has a history; Xavier has a heritage. Pride stems from centuries of Jesuit commitment to educating the whole person. This tradition originated in the middle of the 16th century with the founder of the Society of Jesus, St. Ignatius of Loyola. Xavier's Jesuit tradition of academic excellence inspires students not only to think critically and communicate effectively, but also to foster a love of learning and a commitment to service.

With a low student/faculty ratio, students are the primary focus at Xavier. Class sizes are small ensuring an intimate learning environment. Xavier library provides access to information resources for research and study in all subject areas. Information concerning class schedules, registration and academic records is available from the office of the registrar. Numerous academic support services are available to help students succeed in achieving their academic, career and personal development goals.

Xavier is a vital member of the Greater Cincinnati community. Through public lectures, theater and music performances, a variety of centers offering professional services and training opportunities, and other outreach and service activities, the University and its students are active participants in the community.