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SXU ranks No. 4 in Illinois for serving the underserved


Saint Xavier University (SXU) 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).

"Our analysis of Illinois four-year postsecondary institutions highlights those institutions which fostered degree completion and job success with less debt for underrepresented minority students, first-generation students and low income students," stated report authors Janet Holt and Daniel Duffy.

Illinois four-year colleges and universities that primarily grant bachelor's degrees were included in the study. In total, 55 four-year colleges and universities were included in the analyses (11 public, 38 private nonprofit and six private for-profit). The complete report can be found in the Cornerstones of Student Success: Institutions Yielding High Return on Investment for Underserved Students.

"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 is a premiere four-year institution dedicated to providing a rigorous and relevant education that prepares students for the 21st century. SXU is proud of its Mercy heritage and educates students for competence, character and career success. The University offers more than 40 undergraduate programs and nearly 30 graduate program options in College of Arts and Sciences, Graham School of Management (GSM) and School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SONHS).

Recognizing SXU's excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest and the School of Nursing recently earned the #1 ranking for "Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs." SXU has been ranked in the top three online graduate Nursing programs for five consecutive years.