The SXU Advantage
The 2011 U.S. News & World Report recognizes Saint Xavier University among the top private or public regional universities in the Midwest and in the top six in Illinois. SXU is the 10th largest private not-for-profit University in Illinois and in the top 20 percent for enrollment growth since 2002.
Academic Excellence and Opportunity
Saint Xavier University offers 43 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies.
One of Illinois' Top Providers of Teachers and Nurses
- Saint Xavier University has one of the five largest schools of nursing in Illinois.
- At the graduate level, Saint Xavier University is the second largest provider of teachers in Illinois. At the undergraduate level, Saint Xavier is one of the five largest providers in Illinois.
- In the metropolitan Chicago area, it is estimated that more than 174,000 school children a day are taught by a Saint Xavier University graduate. More than 80 percent of our baccalaureate recipients are teaching in Illinois public schools in the first year.
Saint Xavier University is committed to serving the needs of lower-income populations and, to that end, has a large population of students with financial need: 94 percent of our undergraduates and 50 percent of our graduate students receive financial assistance. U.S. News and World Report ranked SXU 11th among Midwest master's-granting universities in terms of the economic diversity of its students.
SXU offers numerous scholarship and awards based on academic achievement, talent, leadership, financial need or other qualities. The generosity of our donors allows Saint Xavier to provide these funds to students. The Freshman Admission Scholarship, for example, is based on academic performance and no application is required. Students who are awarded the SXU Freshman Scholarship are guaranteed to receive their scholarship amount every year they attend SXU until graduation. Learn about other scholarships and awards opportunities offered by SXU.
SXU’s Catholic and Mercy Identity
Saint Xavier University was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846 and was the first Mercy institution of higher learning in the United States. It is Chicago's oldest Catholic University. Inspired by its Catholic identity and Mercy heritage, Saint Xavier University's mission is 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.
Saint Xavier believes in STUDENT-athletes. Over the past few years, SXU Athletics has boasted a collective grade-point average of nearly 3.0 among all student athletes.
- In 2011, the Saint Xavier University football team became NAIA’s no. 1 football team.
- Nine of Saint Xavier University's 12 athletic teams qualified for the NAIA National Tournament or their respective national playoffs since 2006, including football, men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball, men's cross country, women's cross country, men's track, women's track and women's soccer.
SXU Advantage Quick Stats
Number of Graduates in 2011-12: 1,342
Internships: 1 in 5 graduates have had an internship experience, 70% of which led to a full-time job.
Graduate School: 1 in 4 graduates attend graduate school.
- Advocate Christ Medical Center
- Archdiocese of Chicago
- BMO Financial Group
- Chicago Police Department
- Chicago Public Schools
- Children's Memorial Hospital
- Genesis Clinical Lab
- JP Morgan Chase Bank
- Loyola University Medical Center
- Metropolitan Bank Group
- Northwestern Memorial Hospital
- Providence Bank
- TCF Bank
- University of Chicago Medical Center