Saint Xavier University (pronounced ZAY-vier) was founded in Chicago by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, holding the distinctions of being Chicago's first Catholic university as well as the first Mercy institution of higher learning in the world. Initially serving as a higher education institution for women and the poor, today the four-year, private Catholic institution serves a diverse population of persons who seek a Mercy education that prepares them to become successful, productive and compassionate members of society.Contact Us
MISSION and VALUESSaint Xavier University, a Catholic institution inspired by the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy, educates persons 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.
Catholic University in Illinois
Net Cost of Attendance
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TOP10Best for Diversity
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#5Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs
U.S. News & World Report, 2021
100%Employed Full-Time or Enrolled
One-hundred percent of our nursing grads are employed full-time or enrolled in graduate school.
Laurie M. Joyner, Ph.D., President
Leadership and Vision
Saint Xavier University embraces a shared leadership vision of faculty, staff and student empowerment. Shaped by the Office of the President and guided by the Board of Trustees, leadership is a collaborative effort.
The faculty, staff and students also have opportunities to make their voices known in campus matters. Alumni are invited to share their views through the Alumni Board.
Celebrating 175 years of Service Excellence
Saint Xavier University is proud to celebrate 175 years of providing a Mercy education to the underserved in Chicago! Founded in 1846 by the Sisters of Mercy, Saint Xavier is Chicago’s first Catholic university, the first Mercy institution of higher learning in the world and one of the oldest operational educational institutions to remain in the metropolitan area.Join the Celebration