Xavier Facts

The following information may be useful in writing descriptions of Xavier University for grant applications. Please note:  the information is accurate as of January 1, 2012.  For more recent information, contact Cheryl McElroy ext. 1909 or mcelroyc@xavier.edu).

  • Founded in 1831, Xavier University is a private, coeducational institution.  Xavier is the third largest independent institution in Ohio, the sixth oldest Catholic university in the nation, and one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities nationwide.
  • The University offers 59 undergraduate majors, 52 undergraduate minors, 17 masters programs, one doctoral program, and four certificate programs.  These degree programs are offered within three colleges:  Arts and Sciences; Social Sciences, Health and Education; and the Williams College of Business.
  • In the 2011-12 fall semester, Xavier had an enrollment of 4,540 undergraduates and 2,405 graduate students.  Xavier's student body, including graduate students, is drawn from 45 states and 3 territories, as well as 43 foreign countries.
  • During the 2010-2011 academic year, the University awarded 879 undergraduate diplomas and 950 graduate degrees.  Xavier alumni total  71,000 with 34,000 currently residing in the Greater Cincinnati area.
  • Xavier's mission is to serve society by forming students intellectually, morally and spiritually, with rigor and compassion, toward lives of solidarity, service and success.  The University's academic excellence is embodied in a diverse faculty dedicated to outstanding teaching, scholarly activity, and service.  Consistent with its Jesuit tradition, Xavier offers a rich, collaborative learning environment that challenges its diverse and capable student body.  The University's rigorous undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies empower students to integrate theoretical and applied knowledge with questions of human values and ethical behavior.  Its curriculum is intended to stimulate critical thinking and interdisciplinary learning that inspire cooperative, innovative approaches to problem solving and engagement with society.  Xavier's intellectual vitality, coupled with genuine care for the personal and professional lives of the University's students and alumni, promotes life-long learning and service to others.