The Sisters of Mercy opened the doors to Chicago's first Catholic institution of higher
education in 1846.
Saint Xavier is ranked among the top third of comprehensive universities in the Midwest
(U.S. News World Report 2016 Rankings for Best Colleges in the Midwest).
SXU offers 43 undergraduate degree programs and 25 graduate degree programs in the
College of Arts and Sciences, the Graham School of Management, and the School of Nursing.
In May 2014, the Graham School of Management earned accreditation from the Association
to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which is the highest achievement
an educational institution that awards business degrees can achieve, and it has been
earned by less than 5% of business programs in the world.
Saint Xavier enrolled 3,002 undergraduate students and 927 graduate students during
the 2015-2016 academic year.
SXU is one of the five largest providers of teachers and nurses of any school, public
or private, in the state of Illinois.
More than 175,000 elementary and high school students in the Chicago metropolitan
area will be taught by a Saint Xavier graduate this year.
SXU has a strong tradition of serving underrepresented students, especially women,
minorities and first-generation college students.
At SXU, more than half of undergraduate students come from minority backgrounds (including
14% who identify as African-American and 32% as Hispanic/Latino).
U.S. News World Report ranks SXU 13th in the Midwest in economic diversity and 10th in racial diversity.
More African-American and Hispanic/Latino nurses earn bachelor's degrees at Saint
Xavier than from any other institution in Illinois.
The School of Nursing has ranked in the top three for the past three years for online
master's programs by U.S. News World Report.
Two-thirds of Saint Xavier undergraduates are the first in their families to attend
Saint Xavier is committed to serving lower-income populations. U.S. News World Report ranks SXU in the 12th index among Midwest master's-granting universities in terms
of the economic diversity of its students.
On average, SXU undergraduate students come from families with an estimated ability
to contribute $871 or less toward their child's college education per year, and 39%
of current freshmen have an estimated family contribution of zero.
SXU has many lower-income students: More than half of undergraduates qualify for federal
Pell and Illinois MAP grants. Ninety-six percent of SXU's full-time students rely
on financial assistance to pay for college.