Mission and Identity

Xavier's Vision, Mission, and Values

Purpose Statement

Founded in 1831 as the sixth Catholic university and fourth Jesuit university in the United States, Xavier University forms students who change the world for the better.

Vision Statement

Through individual attention, education of the whole person, and academic excellence grounded in the Jesuit Catholic tradition, Xavier will mark its 200th anniversary as one of the nation’s premier doctoral/professional universities.

Mission Statement

Xavier is a Jesuit Catholic university rooted in the liberal arts tradition. Our mission is to educate each student intellectually, morally, and spiritually. We create learning opportunities through rigorous academic and professional programs integrated with co-curricular engagement. In an inclusive environment of open and free inquiry, we prepare students for a world that is increasingly diverse, complex and interdependent. Driven by our commitment to educating the whole person, promoting the common good, and serving others, the Xavier community challenges and supports all our members as we cultivate lives of reflection, compassion and informed action.  

Read more on the Mission Statement 

~ Accepted by the Xavier Board of Trustees on December 1, 2017 and re-affirmed for a 5-year period on September 23, 2021. 


Referred to as gifts of the Ignatian heritage at Xavier:

REFLECTION invites us to pause and consider the world around us and our place within it.

DISCERNMENT invites us to be open to God's spirit as we consider our feelings and rational thought in order to make decisions and take action that will contribute good to our lives and the world around us.

SOLIDARITY and KINSHIP invites us to walk alongside and learn from our companions, both local and afar, as we journey through life.

SERVICE ROOTED IN JUSTICE AND LOVE invites us to invest our lives into the well-being of our neighbors, particularly those who suffer injustice.

CURA PERSONALIS invites us to care for others recognizing the uniqueness and wholeness of each person.

MAGIS invites us to ask, “Where is the more universal good?” when making decisions; it relates to the Jesuit motto, For the Greater Glory of God.

Xavier's Values Wheel