The School for Continuing and Professional Studies at Saint Xavier University is designed to assist adult students with their demanding lifestyle as well as their academic program. A variety of opportunities are available for adults establishing a new career, completing a degree or enriching personal/professional development skills. There is flexible scheduling which includes day, evening and Saturday classes to meet the needs and busy lifestyle of non-traditional students. The curriculum is structured in an accelerated and/or traditional instructional format that promotes self-directed learning on the part of each student; it is designed to make the fullest possible use of the student's personal and professional experience. Each student is viewed as a collaborator in both inquiry and reflection.
The School for Continuing and Professional Studies offers the adult general education core for the following majors:
- Business Administration
- Computer Studies
- Criminal Justice
- Liberal Studies
- Professional Studies
- Religious Studies
Credit for Prior Learning
The School for Continuing and Professional Studies at Saint Xavier University recognizes that education can occur outside the classroom environment through work or personal experience. Students acquiring knowledge within a particular subject area other than formal college classes, such as job skills, military experiences, certifications, travel and personal experience may contact an advisor to learn more about obtaining credits.
Evaluation and Acceptance of College Credit
To assist students with the transfer process our admission counselors are available to evaluate transcripts, aid returning students in determining how transfer credit can best be used toward a Saint Xavier University degree as well as which courses are needed in order to complete core and major areas of study. Official evaluation of transfer credit is done by the director of Records and Registration Services.
American Council on Education (ACE) Credit
Saint Xavier University is a member of the American Council on Education (ACE). This membership allows adult students the opportunity to obtain academic credit from military and workplace training programs from organizations such as business and industry, labor unions, professional and voluntary associations, technical and business schools, professional training suppliers and government agencies. Students are billed a $200 evaluation and processing fee. For more information, call the School for Continuing and Professional Studies office at 708-802-6200.
Students may earn up to 27 college credits for designated courses through the college-level examination program (CLEP) or department challenge examinations. The University requires a score of 50 on each exam title. For information as to which course requirements can be satisfied through testing and for an examination schedule, students may check with the Office of Advising.
The School for Continuing and Professional Studies will accept credit for prior learning through the evaluation and review of a portfolio. The portfolio is an organized collection of essays, employment history (résumé), professional training, volunteer work, and other pertinent documentation indicating learning through work and life experiences. Students must thoroughly demonstrate how knowledge and skills gained through life experience is equivalent to college level learning. The FOSEM 110: Portfolio Development course is a prerequisite for submission of a portfolio. Students are billed a $200 evaluation and processing fee. For more information, contact your advisor or the School for Continuing and Professional Studies.
College preparatory courses are available in English, Chemistry and Mathematics for students who need guided practice prior to entering college courses in these areas.
Adult Student Orientation
This is an introduction to programs and services at SXU for non-traditional students transferring from other institutions. The orientations will focus on balancing a busy lifestyle with the responsibilities of college life. Students have an opportunity to meet faculty and academic advisors; learn how to balance family, work and school; find out more about credit for prior learning and tour our beautiful Orland Park campus.
Individualized Academic Advising and Planning
Specialists in Advising and Educational Planning Services, as well as faculty advisors, are available to help plan a course of study to fit the lifestyle and varied responsibilities of the adult learner.
Flexible Scheduling of Classes
Students may take online, hybrid and in-class instruction during the day, evening and/or Saturdays to accommodate the busy lifestyle of adult students. Classes are offered fall, spring and summer sessions.