Saint Xavier University Chicago Campus

Freshman Admission

Department of Education Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the University as Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Middle Level and Secondary Education majors must comply with the Department of Education admission requirements in order to be granted full admission to these initial licensure programs.

Freshman Students

Freshman Teacher Candidates

Requirements for consideration for full admission to SXU'S Department of Education as a freshman education major:

  • Minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative high school GPA
  • Meet the State of Illinois Basic Skills Requirement. Requirement can be met in one of nine ways
    • A passing score on the "old" Illinois Tests of Basic Skills (either the 096 or 300 exam) – replaced by the current Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), or
    • A passing score on all 4 sections of the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), or
    • A composite score on the ACT Plus Writing of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 19 on the Combined English/Writing - for ACT tests taken prior to September 1, 2015. (Scores can be combined from two different ACT score reports.), or
    • A composite score on the ACT Plus Writing of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 16 in Writing - For ACT tests taken between September 1, 2015 and September 1, 2016. (Scores can be combined from two different ACT score reports.), or
    • A composite score on the ACT Plus Writing of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 6 in Writing - For ACT tests taken after September 1, 2016. (Scores can be combined from two different ACT score reports), or
    • A composite score of 22 on the ACT via ISBE "super scoring" and a passing score on the Writing test, or
    • A composite score on the SAT of 1030 (Critical Reading + Mathematics = 1030 or higher) and a minimum score of 450 on Writing - For SAT tests taken prior to March 5, 2016. (Scores can be combined from two different SAT score reports.), or
    • A composite score on the SAT of 1110 (Evidence-based Reading and Writing + Mathematics = 1110 or higher) and a minimum score of 26 on Writing and Language - For SAT tests taken on or after March 5, 2016. (Scores can be combined from two different SAT score reports.), or
    • A composite score of 1110 on the SAT via ISBE "super scoring" and a passing score on the writing test.

Requirements for consideration for conditional admission as a freshman education major:

  • Minimum 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative high school GPA
  • Demonstrate progress toward passing the State of Illinois Basic Skills Requirement (progress can be demonstrated in one of four ways):
    • Minimum ACT composite score of 20,
    • Minimum SAT combined score of 950 (Critical Reading + Math = 950 or higher) on the SAT taken prior to March 5, 2016, or
    • A composite score of 1030 (Evidence-based Reading and Writing + Mathematics = 1030 or higher) on the SAT taken on or after March 5, 2016.
    • Passing 2 out of 4 sections of the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP).

Freshman applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for conditional admission will be considered for admission to the University as an Undecided major.

Freshman applicants admitted conditionally as a freshman education major must meet the Full Admission criteria listed above prior to enrolling in Level II Education coursework.

Transfer Students

Undergraduate Transfer Teacher Candidate

Requirements for consideration for full admission to SXU's Department of Education as a transfer education major:

  • **Minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative college GPA
  • Meet the State of Illinois Basic Skills Requirement. Requirement can be met in one of nine ways:
    • A passing score on the "old" Illinois Tests of Basic Skills (either the 096 or 300 exam) – replaced by the current Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), or
    • A passing score on all 4 sections of the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), or
    • A composite score on the ACT Plus Writing of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 19 on the Combined English/Writing - For ACT tests taken prior to September 2015. (Scores can be combined from two different ACT score reports.), or
    • A composite score on the ACT Plus Writing of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 16 in Writing - For ACT tests taken between September 1, 2015 and September 1, 2016. (Scores can be combined from two different ACT score reports.), or
    • A composite score on the ACT Plus Writing of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 6 in Writing - For ACT tests taken after September 1, 2016. (Scores can be combined from two different ACT score reports), or
    • A composite score of 22 on the ACT via ISBE "super scoring" and a passing score on the Writing test, or
    • A composite score on the SAT of 1030 (Critical Reading + Mathematics = 1030 or higher) and a minimum score of 450 on Writing - For SAT tests taken prior to March 5, 2016. (Scores can be combined from two different SAT score reports.), or
    • A composite score on the SAT of 1110 (Evidence-based Reading and Writing + Mathematics = 1110 or higher) and a minimum score of 26 on Writing and Language - For SAT tests taken on or after March 5, 2016. (Scores can be combined from two different SAT score reports.)
    • A composite score of 1110 on the SAT via ISBE "super scoring" and a passing score on the writing test.

**Transfer applicants with fewer than 30 college credit hours completed must submit a final high school transcript or GED score report. High school transcripts must meet the minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA requirement.

Requirements for consideration for conditional admission as a transfer education major:

  • *Minimum 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative college GPA
  • Demonstrate progress toward passing the State of Illinois Basic Skills Requirement (progress can be demonstrated in one of four ways):
    • Minimum ACT composite score of 20,
    • Minimum SAT combined score of 950 (Critical Reading + Math = 950 or higher) on the SAT taken prior to March 5, 2016, or
    • A composite score of 1030 (Evidence-based Reading and Writing + Mathematics = 1030 or higher) on the SAT taken on or after March 5, 2016.
    • Passing 2 out of 4 sections of the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP).

*Transfer applicants with fewer than 30 college credit hours completed must submit a final high school transcript or GED score report. High school transcripts must meet the minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA requirement.

Transfer applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for conditional admission to Education can be considered for admission to other University programs.

Transfer applicants admitted conditionally as a transfer education major must meet the Full Admission criteria listed above by the end of the first semester in which the candidate is enrolled in coursework at SXU.