Xavier University

About Xavier University

Founded in 1831, Xavier University is a Jesuit, Catholic university in Cincinnati, Ohio. Its three colleges offer 81 undergraduate majors, 45 minors and 11 graduate programs to 6,966 total students, including 4,228 undergraduates. The University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation and one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities nationwide.

Recognized as one of the top 10 universities in the Midwest for the last 15 years by U.S. News & World Report, including a rank of third for 2010.

Named among "The Best 371 Colleges" in America by The Princeton Review.xavier_university_ohio3.jpg

Ranked No. 41 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
  • 18% minority enrollment
  • 84% career placement rate
  • 6 continents where you can study abroad
  • 15+ religions represented
  • 18 Division I sports teams

Xavier's mission is to educate. Our essential activity is the interaction of students and faculty in an educational experience characterized by critical thinking and articulate expression with specific attention given to ethical issues and values.

Xavier is a Catholic institution in the Jesuit tradition, an urban university firmly rooted in the principles and conviction of the Judeo-Christian tradition and in the best ideals of American heritage.

Xavier is an educational community dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge, to the orderly discussion of issues confronting society; and, as would befit an American institution grounded in the humanities and sciences, Xavier is committed unreservedly to open and free inquiry.xavier_university_ohio2.jpg

Xavier, while primarily an undergraduate institution emphasizing the liberal arts, is also committed to providing graduate and professional education in areas of its demonstrated competence and where it meets a particular need of society, especially of Xavier's regional constituency. Faculty members, moreover, are strongly encouraged to engage in research outside the classroom in order to maintain the professional standing of the institution.

With attention to the student as an individual, Jesuit education seeks to develop: 1. Intellectual skills for both a full life in the human community and service in the Kingdom of God; 2. Critical attention to the underlying philosophical and theological implications of the issues; 3. A world view that is oriented to responsible action and recognizes the intrinsic value of the natural and human values; 4. An understanding and communication of the moral and religious values through personal concern and lived witness, as well as by precept of instruction; and 5. A sense of the whole person- body, mind, and spirit.


In keeping with the Jesuit tradition, Xavier believes that religious insights are complementary to the intellectual life, and that a continuing synthesis of the Christian perspective with all other forms of human knowledge is conducive to wisdom and understanding. Xavier shares in worldwide Jesuit commitment to a creative and intelligent engagement with questions of peace and justice.

Xavier aims to provide all students with a supportive learning environment which offers opportunities for identifying personal needs, setting goals, and developing recreational and aesthetic interests and skills for daily living and leadership. The self-understanding and interpersonal development that result are vital corollaries to a student's academic development.

Xavier believes that these goals can be achieved only through academic programs of high quality that are served by faculty devoted primarily to excellence in teaching, are nurtured by scholarship and research and are supported by a broad range of university and student life programs.

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