Value of a Degree

The SXU Advantage

The 2011 U.S. News & World Report recognizes Saint Xavier University among the top private or public regional universities in the Midwest and in the top six in Illinois. SXU is the 10th largest private not-for-profit University in Illinois and in the top 20 percent for enrollment growth since 2002.

Academic Excellence and Opportunity

Saint Xavier University offers 43 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies.

One of Illinois' Top Providers of Teachers and Nurses

Financial Assistance

Saint Xavier University is committed to serving the needs of lower-income populations and, to that end, has a large population of students with financial need: 94 percent of our undergraduates and 50 percent of our graduate students receive financial assistance. U.S. News and World Report ranked SXU 11th among Midwest master's-granting universities in terms of the economic diversity of its students.

SXU offers numerous scholarship and awards based on academic achievement, talent, leadership, financial need or other qualities. The generosity of our donors allows Saint Xavier to provide these funds to students. The Freshman Admission Scholarship, for example, is based on academic performance and no application is required. Students who are awarded the SXU Freshman Scholarship are guaranteed to receive their scholarship amount every year they attend SXU until graduation. Learn about other scholarships and awards opportunities offered by SXU.

SXU’s Catholic and Mercy Identity

Saint Xavier University was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846 and was the first Mercy institution of higher learning in the United States. It is Chicago's oldest Catholic University. 
Inspired by its Catholic identity and Mercy heritage, Saint Xavier University's mission is to educate men and women 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.

University Athletics

Saint Xavier believes in STUDENT-athletes. Over the past few years, SXU Athletics has boasted a collective grade-point average of nearly 3.0 among all student athletes.

SXU Advantage Quick Stats

Number of Graduates in 2011-12: 1,342

Internships: 1 in 5 graduates have had an internship experience, 70% of which led to a full-time job.

Graduate School: 1 in 4 graduates attend graduate school.


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