Selective Admission Programs
- Music/Music Education/Music Performance
- Occupational Therapy
- Radiologic Technology
- Theatre/Theatre Education
- Classics and Philosophy Honors Bachelor of Arts
- Philosophy, Politics, and The Public
Music/Music Education/Music Performance Applicants
Admission to the Music and Music Education majors is competitive. Any student wishing to be considered for admission to these majors must submit additional application documents as well as audition for the Music Department faculty. These music documents need to be submitted in addition to the required documents to be considered for admission to the university.
Applicants are required to submit the Music Department Audition Application, one Music Teacher Recommendation and to attend a Music Audition. When filling out the Music Department Audition Application, applicants will select a Music Audition date and will enter their Music Teacher Recommenders contact information (the Music Teacher recommendation form will be emailed directly to the applicant’s chosen recommender).
To start the process, submit your application to Xavier through the Common Application. Once your application has been received by Xavier, you will be sent log-in information to complete the process. Learn more about the Music Department Audition.
Admission to the College of Nursing is competitive. The Priority II Nursing deadline for students interested in Nursing is February 1. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants who fully meet or exceed the admission criteria listed below may be admitted directly to Nursing. All other applicants will be admitted first to Xavier as Exploratory majors, and will receive a decision regarding their admission to the Nursing major after the February 1 Priority II Nursing deadline.
Students in the Nursing major must earn a 2.7 GPA and grades of 'C' or higher for nursing, science, mathematics, and social science (Sociology or Social Work) courses during their first year at Xavier to maintain good standing in the College of Nursing.
Any student wishing to be considered for admission to the Nursing major must indicate nursing as their major of choice on their application for admission and must apply by the February 1 Priority II Nursing deadline. All supporting documentation must also be submitted by that time. Please note that no separate Nursing application is needed.
Strong candidates for admission to the College of Nursing will typically meet and/or exceed the criteria below. Please note that meeting the following criteria will make a student a preferred candidate:
- GPA: 3.0 or higher (on a weighted 4.0 scale)
- SAT: 1180 or higher, including at least a 520 score on the math subsection
- ACT: 24 or higher, including at least a 20 score on the math subsection
- High school Chemistry and Biology grades of B or better
In addition to academics, Xavier will consider all facets of a student's application for admission to the University when considering candidates for the College of Nursing. A student's essays, recommendation(s), resume, activities and awards, demonstrated interest in both Xavier and a career in Nursing, as well as other factors will be considered. Should you have additional questions about the admission process, please contact your admission counselor.
All tuition and housing deposits for students admitted to the College of Nursing are non-refundable.
Students wishing to have their major changed to nursing after being admitted to another major at Xavier must be considered for admission separately to the program and will be admitted to the program on a space available basis.
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Occupational Therapy Direct Admit Pathway
Occupational Therapy at Xavier is a Doctoral level degree (Pending Approval). However, up to 50% of the Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) student spaces will be held for exceptional incoming Xavier University first-year undergraduate students who:
1) Are in the upper academic tier as indicated by their high school cumulative GPA and ACT/SAT scores and
2) Meet OTD admission criteria upon application to the OTD program
In order to be considered for the Direct Admit Pathway, students must:
1) Submit Xavier University application by February 1
2) Select 'pre-occupational therapy' as their pre-professional track on the Xavier University admission application (any major is acceptable)
3) Make their commitment by the June 1 deadline
4) Earn a cumulative high school GPA of 3.75 or higher (typically students offered the Direct Admit Pathway have a 3.75 GPA or higher)
5) Obtain a minimum SAT score of 1310 or ACT score of 28 (typically students offered the Direct Admit Pathway have these minimum scores)
Students who apply will know of their Direct Admit Pathway acceptance by March 1. Direct Admit Pathway students will be required to submit an application to the OTD Program. Acceptance to the OTD Program is assured for students who meet all OTD admission criteria.
Radiologic Technology Applicants
Acceptance to the Radiologic Technology (RT) program is selective and admission to Xavier University does not guarantee acceptance into the RT program. Upon acceptance to Xavier, students interested in the RT program must submit a separate application to the RT program. Students are also required to contact Donna Endicott, director for the radiologic technology program, to arrange an interview.
Theatre/Theatre Education Applicants
Admission to the Theatre and Theatre Education majors is competitive. Any student wishing to be considered for admission to these majors must audition for the Department faculty. Students applying to Theatre/Theatre Education will receive two admission decisions. The first will notify the student (before their audition) if they are admitted to Xavier as an undecided student. The second will notify the student (after their audition) if they have been admitted to Xavier as a Theatre/Theatre Education major. Please contact Assistant Professor, Stephen Skiles, to reserve an audition by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 513-745-3578.
Classics and Philosophy Honors Bachelor of Arts (CPHAB) is an honors program with selective admission. Students interested in this major should indicate so on their application for admission. The priority deadline for CPHAB consideration is December 1. Applicants after this date will be considered on a space-available basis. Applicants will receive two decisions. First, applicants will receive an initial offer of admission to Xavier with an Exploratory major. After initial Xavier admission, students will be directed to complete and submit an additional program-specific essay of approximately 750 words. Applicants can choose to respond to one of the essay prompts below. Applicants will then receive a second admission decision, specifically for the CPHAB program.
CPHAB Essay Prompts:
1. What book (or books) have been especially meaningful for your intellectual and spiritual growth?
2. If you could invite 3 people (contemporary or historical) for an evening of conversation, who would they be, and why would you invite them?
3. While the Classics and Philosophy Honors Bachelor of Arts (CPHAB) Program as a major concentrates on the study of Latin, Greek, and philosophy, the purpose of CPHAB is to prepare you for lifelong learning. Describe how you see CPHAB enriching your college experience and helping you achieve your full potential in your future plans. If you're not sure about life after college, write about how you see CPHAB enriching your life. More about the CPHAB program.
Philosophy, Politics, and The Public (PPP) is an honors program with selective admission. Students interested in this major should indicate so on their application for admission. The priority deadline for PPP consideration is December 1. Applicants after this date will be considered on a space-available basis. Applicants will receive two decisions. First, applicants will receive an initial offer of admission to Xavier with an Exploratory major. After initial Xavier admission, students will be directed to complete and submit an additional program-specific essay of approximately 750 words. Applicants will then receive a second admission decision, specifically for the PPP program.
PPP Essay Prompt:
What would you identify as the major "public" concerns facing the world today, and how would a program like PPP help you address these concerns? More about the PPP program.