Why Xavier?

What makes Xavier a good choice for me?

Our moderate size, location in Cincinnati, focus on undergraduate students, academic excellence in and out of the classroom, and dedication to the ideals of a Jesuit education make us different from other institutions you may be considering. Our core curriculum allows students to sample classes in a number of disciplines and at the same time discover a way to integrate them into their major course of study, which also allows for internship and study-abroad experiences.

Academic Reputation

Like each of the nation's 28 Jesuit schools, Xavier provides a tremendous learning environment that both challenges and inspires students in and out of the classroom. The core curriculum offers a rich variety of foundational courses that prepare graduates for lifelong success in any field and aids their ability to think critically about the world around them.

Graduate Success

Xavier has some of the nation's best placement rates for employment and graduate schools.  In 2016, 97% of Xavier graduates within 6 months of graduation are employed, volunteering or enrolled in a graduate program.  Xavier is well-known for strong retention rates considering that nearly 70 percent of our students graduate in four years.

Ideal Size

Xavier is small enough to make classes engaging, guarantee great access to faculty and offer many opportunities to get involved, but it's also large enough to provide a wide range of people and perspectives.

Personal Attention

Your professors and advisors will know you by name, help make sure you graduate in four years, and help you find the internship you want and the career path you seek.

Location in Cincinnati

As home to 2 million people, 14 Fortune 1000 companies and two major league and two minor league sports teams, Cincinnati offers all the social attractions of a large city. In addition, Xavier's connections throughout the community offer great opportunities for internships, mentorships and jobs for almost any career path.

Jesuit, Catholic Mission

Most students take advantage of the community service and volunteering opportunities, and the core curriculum offers a deeper context for students to understand and apply the impact of their academic discipline of choice.


Xavier mixes the excitement of big-time athletics with the access and charm of a smaller school.  XU offers 18 NCAA Division I sports teams in the BIG EAST Conference as well as Club and Intramural Sports.

Academic Programs

What are the top programs?

  • Business: The business school is ranked 21 in Informational Systems and 22 in Marketing by US News Media Group. The program offers students the opportunity to work with an executive mentor. The new, state-of-the-art Williams College of Business offers 13 majors.
  • Psychology: The department includes a bachelor's, master's and doctoral program. Many faculty practice professionally as well as teach.
  • Education: Students can be certified in early, middle, secondary and special education. Xavier, a pioneer in Montessori teacher education, is one of the few schools nationwide that offers Montessori certification at undergraduate and graduate levels. Xavier ranks as the best university in the nation for Montessori education.
  • Pre-med and natural sciences: A strong pre-med curriculum and excellent Pre-Professional Health advising for students add up to one of the best medical school placement rates in the country. Xavier's 86-percent placement rate far exceeds the national average of 44 percent.  In partnership with Tri-Health, a new state of the art health sciences facility will open in August 2019.
  • Nursing: Students receive a lot of hands-on experience in the on-campus lab and in the field, and are given access to a vast network of nursing graduates. 
  • Honors: Xavier offers 3 Honors Programs:  University Scholars (the largest and most broad), Honors Bachelor of Arts (HAB), and the Philosophy, Politics and the Public (PPP).  The PPP program has become one of the most popular and sought-after programs on campus, and will be offering the option for a 5th year Master's program in Private Interests and Public Good.

Do you have engineering?

Xavier offers an engineering physics program, which combines courses in physics and mathematics with several diverse courses in engineering.  The main goal is to provide students with a foundational understanding of engineering, but also provides a liberal arts background to an engineering degree.  This program will prepare students to continue their studies at the graduate level.

Do you have physical therapy?

Most students at Xavier will major in Exercise Science.  We offer a minor in pre-physical therapy, which prepares students for graduate study in physical therapy. 

Does Xavier offer study-abroad programs?

Xavier offers an increasing range of opportunities for students to study abroad. Students may choose to study abroad for a summer, semester or year in countries such as Austria, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nepal, Nicaragua and Spain.

What about performing arts?

Students have an opportunity to be involved in a number of performing arts ensembles, including the Xavier Players theater program and two acapella groups. Music and Theatre majors as well as non-majors are encouraged to be involved. On-campus performances as well as tours around the country are offered each year.

Financial Information

How much does it cost to attend Xavier?

Tuition for the 2017-2018 school year is $37,115. For declared business majors, tuition is $38,365. Room and board is $12,150 (approximate), which includes unlimited meals per week, plus $100 Dining Dollars to be used at campus restaurants. Since Xavier is a private school, the cost is the same for in-state and out-of-state students.

How do student apply for financial aid?

Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered for financial aid.  Xavier's priority FAFSA deadline was February 15, 2017.

How affordable is Xavier?

Xavier attempts to provide an affordable education for all students. It is necessary to complete the FAFSA to determine a student's ability to pay, meet all deadlines for scholarships and be open to various payment options. 100 percent of our incoming students receive financial assistance each year through grants, loans, work study opportunities and scholarships or a combination of these.

Students have been awarded approximately $37 million in financial aid for the 2016-2017 academic year. Our scholarships range from $11,000 per year to full-tuition, and we offer scholarships for art, music, business, chemistry, history, legacies, mathematics, modern languages, physics, community service and diversity. Families are encouraged to look at various options and seek advice from the financial aid office. Be sure to look at the many advantages of a Xavier education when evaluating the cost.

Does Xavier have work-study?

Federal work-study jobs are awarded to students during the financial aid process. Once students are awarded work-study, they participate in an on-campus job fair to find placement. There are also non-work-study jobs available on campus.

Campus Life

Are students required to live on campus?

Freshmen and sophomores who live outside a 35-mile radius of campus are required to live on campus. Special requests should be referred to the Office of Residence Life.

Is housing guaranteed all four years?

No. Freshmen and sophomore students are guaranteed housing in one of our residence halls. We allow juniors and seniors to move off campus and assist them with this process. Provided a student completes a request to live on campus in a timely manner, we can typically accommodate all who want to live on campus. Sometimes we are not able to accommodate the exact location and roommate preference. There is a lottery system that juniors and seniors enter to secure on-campus housing.  With the addition of University Station, more housing is closer to campus, and is available to Juniors & Seniors.

Can freshmen have cars?

Yes, freshmen are allowed to have cars. There is an annual parking fee.

What is the social life like at Xavier?

Xavier offers more than 160 academic clubs, social organizations and recreational sports. The Student Activities Council organizes many on-campus events, including dances, comedians, movies, speakers and much more. Cincinnati is also accessible to students, who may take advantage of cultural events, professional sports, concerts and parks in the city. Shuttle service to and from the airport is provided during holiday breaks.

What happens on weekends?

There are many opportunities for on- and off-campus activities. Xavier is not a suitcase campus; there is a vibrant student life on campus. Approximately 90 percent of undergraduates live on or within a few blocks of campus, guaranteeing a traditional, residential four-year college experience.

Is campus safe? What is the neighborhood like?

Xavier is an urban school that stresses safety to all students. The Xavier University Police Department has 25 fully trained officers patrolling campus 24 hours a day by foot, auto and bicycle. The University offers a free shuttle service to students to and from campus within a six-block radius each evening. The University also has blue light phone assistance system on campus so that students have immediate contact with security.

Xavier is located in the city of Cincinnati and is surrounded by three very different neighborhoods. Our neighbors in Norwood welcome many of our students in off-campus housing and retail stores and venues. Evanston is one of several transitional neighborhoods in the area, and many of our students volunteer in the recreation center after school hours working with the neighborhood children. North Avondale is one of the oldest, grandest neighborhoods in Cincinnati and is where several faculty members own homes and many students rent, taking advantage of its close proximity to campus.


What if I am not Catholic?

Xavier is a Jesuit Catholic university; however we embrace students of all faiths. The Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice has an interfaith place of worship on campus and can refer you to options off campus. Xavier's Office of Interfaith Community Engagement also provides opportunities for students of all faith backgrounds.

  • Percent of Catholic students among undergraduates: 55 percent
  • Number of religions represented in student body: Over 15 religions represented

Additional Questions

Will I graduate in four years?

Approximately 70 percent of students graduate in four years. All of Xavier's bachelor degree programs are four-year programs.

Does Xavier offer athletic scholarships?

Yes. Xavier is an NCAA Division I school in the BIG EAST conference. Scholarships are available in all sports. Students are encouraged to contact the coach or visit goxavier.com for additional information.

Does Xavier offer internships?

Yes. Xavier's proximity to the city of Cincinnati provides students from all major areas of study with internship opportunities.

What is the racial diversity like at Xavier?

Multicultural students make up 26 percent of the entire undergraduate student population.  Xavier also enrolls students from more than 40 countries.

What is University Station?

University Station opened in August 2014, and it serves as a major hub of student and community activity.  With a new apartment complex for students and the community, multiple dining and retail locations, and corporate office spaces, the University Station project is sure to continue to enhance the opportunities for students just off the traditional University campus.

What is happening to Alter Hall?

Alter Hall was the main classroom building at Xavier University, and underwent an $18 million renovation.  The exterior facades of Alter have been redesigned creating a dialog with the Academic Mall and the Hoff Quad.  The interior exhibits a forward looking vocabulary featuring the activities of the faculty and students and making the work visually accessible.  Overall, the design must be an overt teaching tool supporting Xavier's commitment to sustainable environments.  The design of the building will engage with participants in communicating building performance metrics and incentivizing  conservation habits.  Alter Hall has a LEED Gold rating.  The landscape renovation includes the St. Ignatius Steps, connecting the Hoff Quad with the Academic Mall.