Saint Xavier University was founded in Chicago by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, holding the distinction of being Chicago's oldest Catholic university as well as the first Mercy institution of higher learning in the United States. Initially serving as a higher education institution for women and the poor, today the four-year, private Catholic institution serves a diverse population of men and women who seek a Mercy education that prepares them to become successful, productive and compassionate members of society.
At Saint Xavier University, we…
… support a community that fosters student success.
Serving approximately 4,000 students at our Chicago and Orland Park campuses, we provide an enriched and supportive learning environment with smaller class sizes for a more engaging learning experience and an esteemed faculty body and staff who care about the success of their students.
… encourage and guide students to academic excellence.
Our students are challenged with forward-thinking curricula that encourages them to reach their fullest academic potential. We offer a diverse abundance of undergraduate and graduate programs in our College of Arts and Sciences, Graham School of Management, School of Nursing, School of Education and Continuing and Adult Education.
… prepare students for life.
We prepare students for beyond graduation. By getting involved on campus with our clubs and organizations, students discover their interests and their selves and develop the skills and confidence needed to lead a team. Plus, with our experiential learning opportunities as well as mentorships and internships, students are able to bridge a connection to the working world.
… are inspired by our Catholic identity and Mercy heritage.
Our core values are exemplified in everything we do. We believe in teaching social responsibility and service to others to foster students' compassion toward human dignity and the common good.