Drawing on a Jesuit Catholic educational model 400 years in the making, our faculty members engage each student as an individual. The result is a challenging education that rewards you for the rest of your life. Everyone takes the same first step – by applying. Here's some information to help you get started. More information for High School Counselors is also available.
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Apply using either the Xavier application or the Common Application. Students are encouraged to apply by Dec. 1 to receive the most advantageous merit scholarship package and to meet deadlines for Nursing, Honors, and Competitive Scholarship consideration.
Option 1 - Test Optional
Xavier University offers test-optional admission. It is your choice to include ACT or SAT scores as part of your application. Indicate your choice within your application for admission. If you are considering this option, visit our Test Optional Admission FAQ and contact your admission counselor with questions.
Option 2 - Submit Test Scores
If you choose to submit your test scores, this requirement can be fulfilled in several ways:
- Official - Send SAT or ACT scores directly to Xavier from the testing service. Xavier's SAT code is 1965 and ACT code is 3366.
- Official – Send scores, with subscores, printed on official transcript.
- Official – Send scores sent to Xavier directly from your high school counselor.
- Unofficial - List your test scores, including subscores, in the Common Application. Students submitting scores using this option who are admitted and commit to attending Xavier will be required to submit scores via one of the official means before the start of their first term.
By mail to:
Office of Admission
3800 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45207-5131
By email (directly from your high school) to: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Recommended Curricular Requirements
- Four years of English
- Three years of mathematics
- Three years of science
- Three years of social sciences
- Two years of language study other than English
Applicants must have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent at the time of enrollment and submit final, official transcripts affirming diploma and graduation date.
The FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is a form that is used by the U.S. Department of Education and the university to determine aid like scholarships, grants and loans, and work study eligibility. The 2021-2022 FAFSA is available beginning October 1. Submit your FAFSA by December 1 to receive a $500 Early Filers Grant.
Applications for admission to Xavier are considered on a rolling basis and decisions are typically shared with students within 2 weeks of completion of the application file. However, the dates below are important to consider.
|Application Type||Deadline||Notification by|
|Recommended Application Deadline||December 1||December 20|
|Nursing||December 1*||January 15|
|Honors||December 1*||January 15|
|Competitive Scholarships||December 1||Varies|
|FAFSA Early Filers Deadline||December 1||December 20|
|Merit Scholarship Consideration||February 1 *||Rolling|
*Applications after the deadline will be considered on a rolling basis, as space is available.
Selective Admission Programs
Some academic programs have additional requirements. Examples include Music, which has an audition requirement, and Nursing, which has more strict admission requirements. Visit our Selective Admission Programs page for a complete list.
Some applicants have an admission process that requires additional steps.
- Adult Students
- Accelerated BSN
- International Students
- Homeschooled Students
- Prospective Student Athletes
Xavier University Notice of Non-Discrimination
Title IX is the federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on sex in all federally funded education programs and activities. In compliance with Title IX, Xavier University does not discriminate based on sex in any education or activity, including admission and employment. Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, harassment or discrimination based on pregnancy, parenting, sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Xavier University does not tolerate sex discrimination. If a student or employee believes they have experienced sex discrimination or has questions about Title IX, please contact Xavier’s Title IX and Interpersonal Violence Response Coordinator Kate Lawson at 332B Gallagher Student Center, 3800 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45207, 513-745-3046, email@example.com or the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at U.S. Dept. of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20202, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov. For free, confidential advocacy and support, contact Xavier’s Advocacy & Prevention Coordinator at 513-904-9013.