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Admission

Admission Scholarships

The Office of Admission knows that the cost of college is a major factor in the college decision process, and we do our best to make sure that cost is not a barrier to a transformative and affordable SXU education. Scholarships come in many different forms, such as merit scholarships, talent-based scholarships (for athletes, musicians, and artists), and other awards based on various parameters.

For many years, 100 percent of entering full-time freshman and transfer students have received a merit scholarship based on academic performance. We encourage you to explore the Freshman Merit Scholarship and Transfer Merit Scholarship below, along with several other scholarship opportunities.

Saint Xavier also offers a wide range of scholarships available to students University-wide and to students who fall into certain parameters like a specific major or academic year. There are a variety of other scholarships are also offered outside of Saint Xavier, which we call outside scholarships, that you may be eligible to receive based on the establishment's requirements. For more information concerning these scholarships and their application details, please visit the scholarship directory.

Freshman

Art and Design Portfolio Scholarship

The Art and Design Department at Saint Xavier University has a tradition of developing students who are visually literate, culturally aware and interested in pursuing a life of creative collaboration. Students majoring or minoring in art and design are an integral part of the SXU community. Their ability to bring an understanding of visual language and creative problem solving to all classes, clubs and interactions enriches the University in a wide variety of ways.

The Art and Design Department seeks to recruit highly motivated students who want to create, communicate and collaborate, while studying the underlying history, theory and craft of the art. It also seeks to design discipline and offer students an opportunity to apply for recognition and reward.

These scholarships are available to incoming freshmen and new transfer students who are majoring or minoring in art and design.

Several merit-based scholarship awards will be offered through a portfolio review application process.

Catholic High School Award

First-year students entering Saint Xavier University as freshmen who are currently attending or have graduated from a Catholic high school will be awarded the Catholic High School Award in the amount of $1,000. Students do not need to apply for this award as it will be granted upon admission to SXU. This award will be added to any other merit-based scholarship already awarded at the time of admission. The award is renewable each year a student attends SXU full-time in good academic standing.

Freshman Merit Scholarship

Admitted incoming freshmen are eligible for a Saint Xavier University Freshman Merit Scholarship based on their academic performance. There is no application required. When you apply to Saint Xavier University and provide us with official transcripts and ACT/SAT scores, you will automatically be reviewed. Details will be provided in a student's letter of admission. Students who are awarded the SXU Freshman Scholarship are guaranteed to receive their scholarship amount every year they attend SXU until graduation.

Transfer/Adult

Art and Design Portfolio Scholarship

The Art and Design Department at Saint Xavier University has a tradition of developing students who are visually literate, culturally aware and interested in pursuing a life of creative collaboration. Students majoring or minoring in art and design are an integral part of the SXU community. Their ability to bring an understanding of visual language and creative problem solving to all classes, clubs and interactions enriches the University in a wide variety of ways.

The Art and Design Department seeks to recruit highly motivated students who want to create, communicate and collaborate, while studying the underlying history, theory and craft of the art. It also seeks to design discipline and offer students an opportunity to apply for recognition and reward.

These scholarships are available to incoming freshmen and new transfer students who are majoring or minoring in art and design.

Several merit-based scholarship awards will be offered through a portfolio review application process.

Lifelong Learners Scholarship

Saint Xavier University is awarding scholarships to students exemplifying leadership skills that reflect the University's core values. The University's mercy heritage as embodied in its mission statement seeks to educate men and women to search for truth, to think critically, to communicate effectively, and to serve wisely and compassionately in support of human dignity and the common good.

The Lifelong Learners Scholarship Program assists mature individuals of special promise to achieve their educational goals by securing a Bachelor of Business Administration Fast-Track degrees.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

The Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship (PTK) is offered to PTK transfer students. PTK is an honor society for community college students. These scholarships are automatically renewable each year as long as you are enrolled full-time (12 or more credit hours per semester) and remain in good standing at Saint Xavier University, maintaining satisfactory academic progress.

How do you apply?

The scholarship application happens during the review of your application for admission. Along with a submission of your application and transcripts from all colleges attended, please indicate in writing that you are a member of Phi Theta Kappa and send the Office of Admission official proof that you have been accepted as a member of Phi Theta Kappa. If a student is accepted to PTK after having been admitted to Saint Xavier, the student should contact the Admissions Office prior to the start of their first semester's classes at Saint Xavier. Once this membership has been confirmed, the Admission Office will contact the student about the adjustment of any merit award to the PTK merit scholarship for transfer students.

Please note: A student can only qualify for one merit scholarship, either the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, the Vernon O. Crawley Scholarship, or the Transfer Merit Scholarship program. The student will be awarded the top scholarship for which he/she is eligible; these three awards are not eligible to be awarded simultaneously to the same recipient.

Students may qualify for additional financial aid by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

SXU Chicago Star Scholarship

City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) Star Scholars who graduate from CCC with an associate degree and a minimum GPA of 3.0 will be awarded a $1,000 SXU Chicago Star Scholarship.

Please note: This scholarship is in addition to either the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship or the Transfer Merit Scholarship. Student must enroll at SXU full-time and remain in good academic standing.

Transfer Merit Scholarship

Saint Xavier University offers transfer student scholarships to acknowledge the academic success earned at the college level prior to transfer to SXU. These Transfer Merit Scholarships are renewable as long as students remain in good academic standing while enrolled full-time at Saint Xavier. The transfer merit scholarship program is only offered to full-time transfer students.

Can I get additional funds beyond merit scholarships?

Students will want to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to determine what additional aid they may qualify for. A student may only qualify for one of the two transfer scholarship programs (either the Transfer Merit Scholarship or the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship program).

Vernon O. Crawley Scholarship

Saint Xavier University is pleased to announce the Vernon O. Crawley Scholarship for exemplary students completing their degree at Moraine Valley Community College and choosing to continue their education at Saint Xavier University.

The Vernon O. Crawley Scholarship is exclusive to students attending Moraine Valley Community College full time, taking 12 or more credit hours per semester and having earned a minimum 3.5 GPA. The candidate must be in the last semester of his/her program prior to receiving their associate degree in May of each year. Transfer students from Moraine Valley Community College must officially apply for admission to Saint Xavier University to qualify. Students may apply for admission at the Apply Now page.

General

Athletic Scholarships

Saint Xavier University has 13 Varsity sports and competes competitively in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The SXU coaching staff recruits for their respective sports and recruited student-athletes may be eligible for athletic scholarships based on talent level. If you wish to be recruited for one of our Varsity sports, fill out our recruitment form online.

For more information, please visit our SXU Cougars website.

Music Scholarships

Saint Xavier University offers a variety of music scholarships to students. To view a complete list of them, please check out our Music Scholarships page.