Admission Process

A Xavier education is more than your typical college experience.

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 the rest of your life. Everyone takes the same first step – by applying. Here's some information to help you get started.

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Application Steps

1. Apply to Xavier University using either the Xavier application or the Common Application.

Students are encouraged to apply by December 1 to receive the most advantageous merit scholarship package, and to meet deadlines for Nursing, Honors, and Competitive Scholarship consideration.

2. Test Scores – Decide if you will be submitting ACT/SAT scores or applying test-optional.

Option 1: 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: 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 – scores, with subscores, printed on official transcript.
  • Official – 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.

3. Submit official high school transcripts.

By mail to:
Xavier University
Office of Admission
3800 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45207-5131


By email (directly from your high school) to: xuadmit@xavier.edu .

The following curricular requirements are strongly recommended:

  • 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.

4. Request that your high school submit the Common Application School Report, along with a recommendation.

Recommendation can be written by your counselor, teacher, coach, or other academic source.

5. If you have earned college credit while in high school,

request the college, International Baccalaureate or Advanced Placement service which granted you credit to forward your official record to Xavier. These records are not required for initial admission consideration, but will be need before enrollment in order to assign appropriate credit. Learn more about how Xavier awards college credit for IB and AP exams.

6. Submit applications for Honors Programs and Competitive Scholarships by December 1 deadline.

Before accessing scholarship and honors applications you must submit your application for admission to Xavier, either through the Common Application or the Xavier application. Upon submission of your application for admission you will receive an email with log-in credentials that will allow you to access scholarship applications, honors applications, and your personal application status page.

7. File the FAFSA

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 2020-2021 FAFSA is available beginning October 1. Submit your FAFSA by December 1 to receive a $500 Early Filers Grant.

Learn more about the FAFSA.


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


December 1*

January 15


December 1*

January 15

Competitive Scholarships

December 1


FAFSA Early Filers Deadline

December 1

December 20

Merit Scholarship Consideration

February 1 *


*Applications after the deadline will be considered on a rolling basis, as space is available.

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