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Occupational Therapy Applicants

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Admission to the Occupational Therapy (OT) Program is competitive. Applicants to the OT major will be admitted on a rolling basis to Xavier but not to the OT major - they will initially be admitted as undecided students. Students will be notified separately of their admission to OT. Students will receive two admission decisions; one for undergraduate admission to Xavier and one for the OT major. Selected students will be directly admitted to the OT major, but some applicants will be wait listed. Wait listed students will be admitted to Xavier University but not the OT major. Wait listed students will be notified as soon as possible, but no later than July 1, 2015 if they are admitted to the program. Applicants admitted to the Occupational Therapy Program and depositing on or before May 1, 2015 will have secured a spot in occupational therapy as a major.

Any student wishing to be considered for admission to the occupational therapy program must indicate occupational therapy as their major of choice on their application for admission and must apply by the February 1, 2015 application deadline. Please note that no separate Occupational Therapy application is needed. Students will be notified of their admission to the occupational therapy major during the last two weeks in February 2015.

Strong candidates for acceptance to the major will typically meet and/or exceed the criteria below. Please note that meeting the following criteria will make a student a strong candidate, but does not guarantee admission to the program:

  • 3.0 or higher GPA (on a weighted 4.0 scale) AND
  • 1100 or higher SAT** score or 24 or higher ACT score
  • 40 hours (20 hours at each of 2 sites) of volunteer/work experience documented on the approved form on or before February 1, 2015. Candidates will be given consideration if they have completed 20 hours by February 1, 2015. Candidates will be given priority consideration if they have completed all 40 hours by February 1, 2015. Candidates offered admission with 20 completed hours must complete and document 20 additional hours on or before May 1, 2015.
  • Contact with Department Occupational Therapy representative by the application deadline of February 1. The Department of Occupational Therapy will hold informational sessions throughout the year. Please visit our Nursing and Occupational Therapy Information Sessions website for more details and to register for a date. 

Students wishing to have their major changed to Occupational Therapy after being admitted to another major at Xavier must be considered for admission separately to the program and will be admitted to the program on a space available basis.

 

 

Additional details are available on the Occupational Therapy website.

Nursing Applicants

Admission to the School of Nursing is competitive. Applicants to Nursing will be admitted on a rolling basis to Xavier but not to the School of Nursing, they will initially be admitted as undecided students. Students will be notified separately of their admission to Nursing. Students will receive two admission decisions; one for undergraduate admission to Xavier and one for the nursing major. Selected students will be directly admitted to the School of Nursing, but some applicants will be wait listed. Wait listed students will be admitted to Xavier University but not the nursing program. Wait listed students will be notified as soon as possible, but no later than July 1, 2015 if they are admitted to the program.

Any student wishing to be considered for admission to the School of Nursing must indicate nursing as their major of choice on their application for admission and must apply by the January 15, 2015 application deadline. All supporting documentation must also be submitted by that time. Please note that no separate Nursing application is needed. Students will be notified of their admission to the School of Nursing during the last two weeks in January 2015.

Strong candidates for admission to the School of Nursing will typically meet and/or exceed the criteria below. Please note that meeting the following criteria will make a student a strong candidate, but does not guarantee admission to the program:

  • 3.0 or higher GPA (on a weighted 4.0 scale) AND
  • 1100 or higher SAT** score, including at least a 490 score on the math subsection OR 24 or higher ACT score, including at least a 21 score on the math subsection


In addition to academics, Xavier will consider all facets of a student's application for admission to the University when considering candidates for the School of Nursing. A student's essay, recommendation(s), resume, activities and awards, as well as other factors, will be considered.

In addition to a student's application for admission, the Office of Admission will consider demonstrated interest in making admission decisions to nursing (campus visits, student initiated contact with Admission or the School of Nursing, etc). Academic criteria will not necessarily take priority, that is, many students will be admitted with lower grades and standardized test scores than other higher achieving students based on the Admission Review Committee's determination of demonstrated interest and fit for the nursing program.

The School of Nursing will hold informational sessions throughout the year. Please visit our Nursing and Occupational Therapy Information Sessions website for more details and to register for a date. 

Should you have additional questions about the admission process, please contact your admission counselor


All tuition and housing deposits for students admitted to the School of Nursing are non-refundable.

Students wishing to have their major changed to nursing after being admitted to another major at Xavier must be considered for admission separately to the program and will be admitted to the program on a space available basis.

Biology and Chemistry Applicants

Admission to majors within the Departments of Biology and Chemistry is competitive. Majors within the Departments of Biology and Chemistry include: Applied Biology, Applied Chemistry, Biology, Chemical Science, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Life Sciences for Business, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Natural Sciences (Pre-Med) and Pre-Pharmacy.

Any student wishing to be considered for admission to a major within the Department of Biology and Chemistry must indicate one of the majors listed above as their major of choice on their application for admission.

Applications to majors within the Departments of Biology and Chemistry will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Students may receive two admission decisions; one for undergraduate admission to Xavier and one for the majors within the Departments of Biology and Chemistry. Some applicants will be directly admitted to the majors within the Departments of Biology and Chemistry, but many other applicants will be wait listed. Wait listed students will be admitted to Xavier University but not the major of their choice. Wait listed students will be notified as soon as possible, but no later than July 1, 2015 if they are admitted to the program.

Students wishing to have their major changed to a major within the Departments of Biology and Chemistry after being admitted to another major at Xavier must be considered for admission separately to these programs and will be admitted to the program on a space available basis.

Radiologic Technology Applicants

Acceptance to the Radiologic Technology (RT) program is selective and admission to Xavier University does not guarantee acceptance into the RT program. Upon acceptance to Xavier, students interested in the RT program must submit a separate application to the RT program. Students are also required to contact Donna Endicott, director for the radiologic technology program, to arrange an interview.

Additional details are available on the Radiologic Technology website.

Music/Music Education Applicants

Applicants to Music and Music Education must submit a Music Portfolio in addition to the other required elements of their application for admission. The Music Portfolio must include the following:

  • Music Resume
  • Music Recommendation Letter
  • Two selections of contrasting styles, each no more than two minutes in length

Admission to the Music and Music Education majors will be determined using the Music Portfolio. Otherwise, applicants to these majors will be evaluated using the same admission criteria used to consider any other applicant to the University. Applicants will be informed of their admission to the Music or Music Education major in their acceptance letter from the University.

 **Please note that all SAT scores listed are out of a possible 1600. At this time, Xavier University does not take the SAT or ACT writing score into consideration.

The above criteria have been approved for the Fall 2015 entry term and are subject to change at any time.