Admission Response to COVID-19

Have questions about how the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation will affect your admission? View the Admission Response to COVID-19 page for details on operations during this time as well as resources available to learn more about SXU.

SXU is Here For You

As of Friday, June 26:

As the state moves into Phase 4 of Governor Pritzker's Restore Illinois plan, SXU employees began the return to campus on Monday, June 29 on a rotating schedule for social-distancing purposes. Campus will open to the wider community on Monday, July 6 for students enrolled in limited on-campus summer courses and individuals with appointments. An SXU ID badge is required to enter campus buildings.

For more information about how SXU is addressing COVID-19, please visit our Coronavirus web page.

On-Campus Appointments, Tours and Virtual Visit Opportunities

On-Campus Appointments and/or Campus Tours

To schedule an on-campus appointment with an admission counselor and/or a campus tour, please submit our Campus Visit Registration Form. PLEASE NOTE:

Phone/Virtual Appointments

To meet with an admission counselor by phone or Zoom, please complete our Phone Appointment Request Form or call the Office of Admission at 844-GOTO-SXU (844-468-6798).

Virtual Visit Opportunities

Check out our Virtual Visits page for a video campus tour, videos of student life, academics and presentations on the SXU experience. On our Virtual Events page, you'll find many resources and activities to stay active and connected with SXU and the community.

Application Process

While staff return to campus on a rotating schedule, we'll continue to accept and review undergraduate and graduate applications for the summer and fall 2020 semesters. If you have not already applied, we encourage you to apply online as soon as possible. If you are unable to submit official transcripts due to the closure of your school during the coronavirus situation, we will accept unofficial documents in the interim and provide a temporary admission decision until you can provide official ones.

Transfer Nursing Application Completion Deadline: If you're a transfer nursing applicant interested in our traditional fall 2020 BSN program, note that the transfer nursing application completion deadline has now passed. The original deadline was extended to May 1.

Scholarship Information and Extensions

Freshman and Transfer Scholarships continue to be awarded as applicants are reviewed for admission.

Art and Design Portfolio Scholarships have extended their deadline. Portfolios will be reviewed and scholarships awarded on an ongoing basis from this point forward until funds expire.

Music Scholarships will be available for eligible music majors or minors, based on auditions. Auditions will be hosted remotely using webconferencing or through recorded performances until further notice.

Placement Exams

On-campus placement exams have been canceled. Incoming students will be placed in the proper English and Math courses based on standardized test information (ACT or SAT), high school grades and other information. There are no additional steps for students to take at this time regarding placement. Students will be contacted if additional information is needed for placement.

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Office of Admission
Phone: 844-GOTO-SXU (844-468-6798)
Fax: 773-298-3076

See our Important Contacts lists for phone and email information for other student service offices, such as the Office of Financial Aid.

Admission FAQs

Is it too late to apply for summer or fall?

No, it's not too late to apply, but we encourage you to do so as soon as possible. Prospective freshmen can apply using the Common Application, our Freshman Online Application or if you received an invitation to apply using our Priority Student Application, simply follow the links in one of the emails you've received. Transfers can apply using our Transfer/Adult Student application. Please note that transfer nursing applicants for the summer or fall 2020 semesters has passed.

How do I check the status of my application?

Applicants can log in to their applicant status page at any time to view the status of their application, documents needed to complete their application file and more. Follow the username and PIN information you received by email after you applied to SXU. You can also find instructions on visiting your applicant status page by viewing any Application Status emails we sent recently, or contact the Office of Admission for assistance.

I applied, but my school is closed due to COVID-19. How do I have my transcripts sent to SXU?

Many schools can fulfill transcript requests remotely and SXU continues to receive transcripts electronically. High school students can email their high school guidance counselor for assistance, and college students can search 'transcript request' on their college's website. In most cases, you can use unofficial transcripts to provide a temporary admission decision in the interim. Since every scenario is different, please contact the Office of Admission and ask to speak with an admission counselor.

I've been admitted to SXU. What are my next steps to enroll?

Admitted freshmen can view a list of next steps online. Admitted transfer students should contact the Office of Records and Registration at 773-298-3501 or for an appointment to meet with an academic advisor. The advisor will review your transfer credit and degree plan and then help you register for classes. Advising appointments will take place by phone until further notice.

I want to visit campus. What are my options considering COVID-19?

Prospective students can schedule an appointment to meet with an admission counselor or campus tour by calling the Office of Admission. Please see the Campus Appointments, Tours, and Virtual Visit Opportunities section above for details.  You can also schedule a phone appointment with an admission counselor. In addition, see our Virtual Visit page for links to videos and presentations about SXU.

I'm an admitted student and I want to check on my financial aid and other information through the mySXU portal. How do I log in?

All admitted students are provided mySXU log in information in their mailed admission packet. For instructions on how to log in to mySXU and view your aid offer, we encourage you to watch the Accessing Your Financial Aid Offer presentation on our Virtual Visit page. If you need assistance in retrieving your log in information, please contact the Office of Admission.

What's the difference between my Applicant Status Page and the mySXU portal?

Your Applicant Status Page contains the status of your application, your admission decision letter including merit scholarship information, your next steps and admission counselor contact information. Your mySXU portal will be used throughout your years at Saint Xavier University. Through mySXU, you are able to access your complete financial aid offer, submit a tuition deposit and more.

How do I determine my out-of-pocket cost to attend SXU?

If you have been admitted to SXU and received your financial aid offer by mail, the letter provides the total cost of attendance as well as any scholarships, grants and loans for which you are eligible. The remaining is your out-of-pocket cost. Payment plans are available as well as additional loan options. We encourage you to contact the Office of Admission or the Office of Financial Aid to review your financial aid offer and ask questions. You can also view your financial aid award offer on the mySXU portal.

How do I pick my first semester classes?

Admitted freshmen will receive instructions on registration through their SXU student email address. A few days after you register for Via orientation, you will receive an important email from our Information Technology team with your SXU email information. Admitted transfer students should contact the Transfer Student Services Center at or 773-298-3510 for an advising appointment. 

How do I contact my admission counselor?

If you know the name of your admission counselor, you can find their contact information on either your Applicant Status Page or at our Meet Your Admission Counselor page. If you are unsure who your counselor is, feel free to contact the Office of Admission and we can connect you with your counselor.

Do you accept AP/IB/Dual Credits or Illinois Seal of Biliteracy?

Yes, we do accept AP/IB/Dual Credits and the Illinois Deal of Biliteracy. For more information, check out our Earning Advanced Credit page.

I registered for Via first-year orientation. Should I register for placement exams?

On-campus placement exams have been canceled. Incoming students will be placed in the proper English and Math courses based on standardized test information (ACT or SAT), high school grades and other information. There are no additional steps for students to take at this time regarding placement. Students will be contacted if additional information is needed for placement.

Will Via orientation take place this summer?

The University transitioned to an online Via orientation experience this summer. Parents will also have opportunity to participate in an online orientation experience as well. Please see our Via page for the latest details.

Will classes be held on campus this fall?

The University continues to receive and review information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), that will guide our ongoing planning for the Fall 2020 semester. We want to ensure that we set appropriate parameters according to guidelines for social distancing in classrooms and community living settings.  We intend to resume in-person courses and campus life for the fall semester, however, the majority of courses will most likely be a mix of online / on-campus learning.

These decisions follow Governor Pritzker's Restore Illinois plan for reopening the state, which is subject to change based on shifting circumstances. We will keep you updated every step of the way should major deviations to this plan become necessary due to local, state or national developments.

We are currently working within the context of the following ideas:

  • It is important to bring back normalcy to the campus in the fall in whatever form we can.
  • We prioritize the health and safety of the entire Saint Xavier community.
  • Class delivery models may feature in-person meetings, virtual instruction and hybrid approaches that incorporate both in-person and distance learning.

Additional details will be shared as our planning continues.