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Saint Xavier University (SXU) has been awarded many honors over its 172-year history. Continually striving for excellence, SXU takes pride in its accomplishments and recognitions. Below are the most recent and notable accolades the University has received; to explore the full list, please view Advancing Our Mission news stories.

SXU Ranked No. 9 on U.S. News & World Report's "Campus Ethnic Diversity" list

September 10, 2018: Saint Xavier University (SXU) has ranked one of the ten most diverse student populations among universities in the Midwest. U.S. News factors in the total proportion of minority students, leaving out international students, and the overall mix of groups. The data are drawn from each institution's student body for the 2018-2019 school year.

SXU Ranked No. 4 among Illinois colleges with best ROI for underserved students

January 17, 2018: Saint Xavier University ranked fourth in Illinois among colleges and universities that are considered the best investments for underserved students, according to a new study, "Cornerstones of Student Success: Institutions Yielding High Return on Investment for Underserved Students," recently released by the Illinois Education Research Council (IERC).

"These findings reinforce Saint Xavier's continued dedication to student engagement, learning and success," said President Laurie M. Joyner, Ph.D. "Our mission is to educate and prepare a diverse student population to successfully serve and lead in their careers and communities."

SXU Ranked No. 1 by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs"

January 9, 2018: Saint Xavier University's School of Nursing recently earned the No. 1 ranking by U.S. News & World Report's 2018 "Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs." Saint Xavier University School of Nursing has ranked in the top three online graduate nursing programs five consecutive years. This is the third time the program has been ranked #1 in those five years. The rankings measured a variety of factors, including program reputation, faculty credentials, student engagement, admissions selectivity, peer reputation, as well as student services and technology. Saint Xavier University School of Nursing scored 100 points in these categories, surpassing 159 programs surveyed. Learn more about the ranking methodologies for the "Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs."

"These rankings are a remarkable achievement and honor, which demonstrate talented faculty modeling and best practices in online education. SXU continues its commitment to excellence in nursing education and to our core values of respect, excellence, compassion, service, hospitality, integrity and learning for life," said School of Nursing Interim Dean Peg Gallagher, Ed.D., RN, CNE.

SXU ranked on "10 Best Online Education Master's Programs" list

October 12, 2017: Saint Xavier University (SXU) takes pride in education. Thus, it is fitting that a list for the "10 Best Online Masters in Elementary Educations Degrees for 2017" named SXU's program in the ratings, coming in at number six. Education is one of the original fields of study for the university, dating back to 1846 when it was founded by the Sisters of Mercy. Teaching degrees are among the most popular at SXU, both in undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

"Saint Xavier University is dedicated to providing the best quality education to its students," said Interim Provost Suzanne Lee, the former dean of SXU's School of Education. "It's the everlasting commitment to quality education here at SXU, which has been proven through this ranking."

SXU Ranked No. 1 by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs"

January 13, 2017: SXU's School of Nursing recently earned the #1 ranking by U.S. News & World Report's 2017 "Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs." Saint Xavier University School of Nursing has ranked in the top three online graduate nursing programs four consecutive years. This is the second time the program has been ranked No. 1 in those four years. The rankings measured a variety of factors, including program reputation, faculty credentials, student engagement, admissions selectivity, peer reputation, as well as student services and technology. Saint Xavier University School of Nursing scored 100 points in these categories, surpassing 143 programs surveyed.

"These rankings are a remarkable achievement and honor, which demonstrate talented faculty modeling and best practices in online education. SXU continues its commitment to excellence in nursing education and to our core values of respect, excellence, compassion, service, hospitality, integrity and learning for life," said School of Nursing Dean Gloria Jacobson, R.N., Ph.D.

SXU's School of Nursing is one of only 44 nursing programs across the country that are designated a Center of Excellence by the National League for Nursing.

SXU's WXAV 88.3FM celebrates 25 years on the airwaves

September 30, 2016:

Saint Xavier University's student-run radio station WXAV 88.3FM will celebrate its 25th anniversary on the broadcast airwaves. WXAV broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. It also reaches a worldwide audience by streaming LIVE at WXAV.com.

"One thing that has stayed the same [over the broadcasting years], is the passion all participating students have towards the station," said Peter Kreten, director of student media. "I'd like to see WXAV continue to grow, develop and embrace the changing trends in broadcasting. I hope the next 25 years of WXAV will cement its legacy as being one of the premier college radio stations in the country."

Below are some of the accomplishments of WXAV over the years:

  • Won over a dozen Illinois Broadcasting Associations (IBA) Student Silverdome Awards, including eight first place awards;
  • Took second place twice (2003 and 2013) in the Professional IBA Silverdome Awards in Public Affairs programming, beating out WGN-AM and 101.9-FM The Mix;
  • In 2010, WXAV was named by Paste Magazine as one of the "Best College Radio Stations in the U.S."
  • Students have arranged and interviewed artists such as: Sean Lennon, Moby, Coldplay, Ralph Nadar, Ziggy Marley, Dane Cook, the Dropkick Murphys, Local H and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

SXU Ranked in the Top Ten of U.S. News & World Report's "Best Value Schools"

September 12, 2016: Saint Xavier University (SXU) has ranked in the top ten "Best Value" of the Midwest universities. The calculation used here takes into account a school's academic quality, as indicated by its 2017 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the 2015-2016 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.

SXU Ranked No. 8 on U.S. News & World Report's "Campus Ethnic Diversity" list

September 12, 2016: Saint Xavier University (SXU) has ranked one of the ten most diverse student populations among universities in the Midwest. U.S. News factors in the total proportion of minority students, leaving out international students, and the overall mix of groups. The data are drawn from each institution's student body for the 2015-2016 school year.

SXU Communication Sciences and Disorders students win ISHA's 7th Annual College Bowl

March 3, 2016: Saint Xavier University's (SXU) Communication Sciences and Disorders students competed and won the seventh annual Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association's (ISHA) College Bowl on Friday, Feb. 12. This is the second year SXU has won this competition!

The SXU team consisted of second year graduate students in the Master of Science Speech-Language Pathology program. Students Elyse Gnika, Kelsey Kaelin, Kaila Koch and Amanda Wilbur demonstrated their mastery of language and language disorders, neurological disorders, fluency disorders, genetic syndromes, hearing, multicultural issue and the sound system.

"We are extremely proud of the students in the Master of Science Speech-Language Pathology program," said Szymanski. "This is a group of intelligent and clinically talented students more than ready to enter the profession of speech-language pathology, who will represent SXU well!"

SXU ranked No. 3 on U.S. News & World Report's "2016 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs" list

February 1, 2016: Saint Xavier University (SXU) has surpassed more than 1,200 distance education degree programs across the country to earn the No. #3 ranking on U.S. News & World Report's "2016 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs" list.

SXU's Online Graduate Nursing program was designated as a National League of Nursing Center of Excellence in 2013, an honor help by only 17 schools in the nation, so inclusion on this annual list further illustrates the hard work of SXU's leadership and faculty. Additionally, the baccalaureate/master's nursing program was also accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) until June 30, 2023.

SXU Ranked in Top 10 Colleges for Online Degree in Chicago

December 8, 2015: Saint Xavier University was recently ranked No. 9 on Great Value Colleges' "Top 10 Colleges for an Online Degree in Chicago" list. Chicago institutions are known throughout the world as research centers and leaders among the world of academia.

Institutions included within this list are accredited with governing bodies and agencies, such as the Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. This network of colleges and universities caters to the needs of its student population, offering online degree options that allow students to attend school while working full time.

SXU Ranked No. 15 on Business Research Guide's "2015 Most Innovative Small College Business Departments" list

October 6, 2015: Saint Xavier University's Graham School of Management was recently ranked No. 15 on Business Research Guide's "2015 Most Innovative Small College Business Departments" list.

"This ranking illustrates a commitment to excellence in business education and demonstrates the dynamic leadership and talented faculty who incorporate best practices in fostering partnerships with nearby Chicago business professionals," said Asghar Sabbaghi, dean of Graham School of Management. "We encourage all SXU graduate and undergraduate students to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the interconnected, global marketplace."

SXU is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)

HSI logoMay 2015: Saint Xavier University is designated a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). HSI's are defined as colleges and universities in which the Hispanic enrollment is at least 25 percent of their total enrollment.

 

SXU Ranked No. 1 on U.S. News & World Report's "Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs" list

January 8, 2014: Saint Xavier University recently surpassed more than 110 other schools across the country to earn the top spot on U.S. News & World Report's "2014 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs" list.

SXU's Online Graduate Nursing program was ranked No. 1 on the annual list, which was released on January 8. The rankings weighed a variety of factors, including: student engagement; faculty credentials and training; student services and technology; peer reputation, and admissions selectivity.