Program Features

More than a third of the students in a typical first-year class at Xavier have not chosen a major, and many more switch majors during their first or second year. Students in the Exploratory program work with professors, academic advisors and mentors to discover how their passions and interests relate to majors, careers and industries.


First Year
  • Participate in the First-Year Seminar program. Staff and students work closely together during the first year, and all along the way, to help students discover their paths.
  • Talk to an academic advisor to learn more about the range of majors available at Xavier and/or career opportunities.
  • Visit the Career Development office to discuss interests, abilities and goals.
  • Declare a major.
  • Request a professional mentor.
  • Start to develop a résumé.
  • Enhance career and leadership skills.
  • Get involved in internships, volunteer work and study abroad programs.
  • Launch steps toward post-graduation goals.
  • Finalize a resume.
  • Start interviewing for a job or completing plans for graduate school.


Part of the college experience is reading, writing and studying for exams. The other part? Whatever students want it to be. Xavier has more than 160 clubs: everything from fencing to football, theater to community service.

All Xavier Clubs


97% of students in Xavier's College of Arts and Sciences programs are employed, attending grad school or working in volunteer positions within six months of graduation.

Top Jobs: Business Analyst, Consultant, Graphic Designer, Lead Teacher, Public Relations and Content Manager, Registered Nurse, Software Engineer

Top Employers: Cincinnati Art Museum, GE Aviation, Cincinnati Reds, Ernst & Young, Deloitte & Touche, LLP, Sycamore City School District, 84.51

Explore Xavier Alumni Outcomes

All for one

Xavier is ranked #1 for its excellent academic reputation among top competitors in the region. Students get the most out of their education, from rigorous classroom studies to experiential learning in the real world.

Core Exploration

Xavier’s core curriculum opens multiple fields of studies in a challenging and fun environment. Sample core classes include Socrates Meets Jesus, Bicycling our Bioregion and Pop Culture and Civil Rights.

Core Curriculum Details

Academic Options

Xavier offers more than 90 academic majors and minors. Popular majors include Business, Psychology, Biomedical Sciences and Education.

All Majors and Minors

Support for Success

Xavier graduates succeed because of a quality education and solid support outside the classroom. Explore campus resources that nurture and prepare students for success in college and beyond.

Academic Support

Class of 2023 Move-In, Welcome Recap

Xavier University welcomed its newest class to campus on Thursday, August 15. Check out all the best photo and video content from the big day!

Exploratory Major at Xavier University

Xavier’s Exploratory program is designed to help students in their major and career journey. The program exposes students to majors, occupations and careers, while helping them identify their interests, skills, values and personalities as they relate to the professional world. Students in the program are introduced to former Exploratory students for mentoring and sharing experiences.They also have access to campus resources in order to gather information towards making a decision, and help from academic advisors and success coaches, who initiate goals to move students forward in the career development process.

Xavier University’s College of Arts and Sciences challenges students to develop an integrated understanding of humanity, the world, and God by pursuing the questions raised in Xavier's core and departmental curricula. The College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest college at Xavier University. The college provides an excellent liberal arts education in the Jesuit tradition that prepares students for careers, professional or graduate school, and life in a global society.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."