A Revitalized University 1980 to 2012
Acquisition of Edgecliff College
On July 1, 1980, Xavier acquired the Edgecliff College. The Sisters of Mercy had opened Edgecliff in 1935 as Our Lady of Cincinnati College for women. Though Xavier sold the property in 1986, it sustained Edgecliff traditions by moving the fine arts and human service programs to the main campus. Art, music, nursing, and social work figure prominently in the University’s educational mission.
Academics Return to Jesuit Heritage
The University’s core curriculum, revised in 1992, builds upon Xavier’s Jesuit heritage and requires students to take 64 of the 120 hours necessary for graduation in mandated areas like history, English, literature, philosophy, theology, the sciences, foreign language, and the arts. Consistent with its mission and ministry, the University created the ethics, religion, and society program.
Hoff Administration Brings Growth and Prosperity
During the presidency of James E. Hoff, S.J. (1991-2000), Xavier experienced a remarkable growth spurt. The addition of the Lindner Family Physics Building (1991) and the closing of a portion of Ledgewood Avenue in 1993 were followed by the creation of the residential and academic malls in the mid-1990s. The restoration of Hinkle, Schmidt and Edgecliff (formerly Alumni) halls, Bellarmine Chapel and the construction of the Cintas Center and a student recreation park soon followed. Since 1919, when Xavier established its permanent home in Avondale, the campus has grown from 26 acres to 78 in 1990 and 125 in 2001.
A 21st Century Campus
Michael J. Graham, S.J., began his presidency in 2001, continuing the pattern of growth across campus with a particular focus on academics. A new academic vision statement helped drive Xavier to increased national recognition. The Conaton Learning Commons and Smith Hall, home of the Williams College of Business, were constructed with 21st century teaching and learning styles in mind, increasing the use of technology and interaction between faculty and students. New residence halls and a dining complex helped accomodate the growing demand for enrollment at the University.
Jesuit Spiritual Development
Xavier's Jesuit heritage continues to be a hallmark of the University. The Center for Mission and Identity is home to the Conway Institute for Jesuit Education and provides programs and resources for faculty and staff that emphasize Jesuit pedagogy and Ignatian spirituality. The spiritual lives of students are enriched through programs offered by The Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice and the Office for Interfaith Community Engagement.
As an NCAA Division I School, Xavier sponsors 18 intercollegiate athletic teams, including nationally ranked men's and women's basketball teams that both reached the Elite Eight in 2010. Xavier maintains one of the nation's highest graduation rates for Division I student-athletes.