Xavier At A Glance

Xavier Profile

Founded in 1831, Xavier University is Jesuit, Catholic university in Cincinnati, Ohio. Its three colleges offer 78 undergraduate majors, 43 minors and 11 graduate programs to 6,646 total students, including 3,961 undergraduates. The University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation and one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities nationwide.


Xavier's 34th Jesuit president is Michael J. Graham, S.J., who was inaugurated in fall 2001. He succeeded James E. Hoff, S.J., who, after nearly 10 years of service to the University, retired in December 2000. Graham has been with Xavier since 1984, beginning his work here as an adjunct professor of history. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1978 and was ordained as a priest in 1988.


  • Recognized as one of the top 10 universities in the Midwest for the last 13 years by U.S. News & World Report, including a rank of third for 2009.
  • Named among "The Best 371 Colleges" in America by The Princeton Review.
  • Ranked No. 42 among the 100 Best Values in Private Colleges by Kiplinger's Personal Finance.
  • Tapped for the John Templeton Honor Roll for Character-Building Colleges for inspiring students to lead ethical, civic-minded lives.
  • Received the national 2006 Grand Award from the Professional Grounds Management Society as No. 1 in the country for urban university landscaping.




  • #1 in the Midwest in freshman retention
  • 80% of graduates accepted to medical school
  • 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • 17% minority enrollment
  • 84% career placement rate
  • 6 continents where you can study abroad
  • 15+ religions represented
  • 16 Division I sports teams