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Freshman Student Admission


The Admission Committee is interested in applicants' academic quality and progress, recommendations from counselors and teachers, writing ability and ACT or SAT scores, as well as the ability and desire to do college work. A list of required documentation can be found under the freshman student application procedure.

High school preparation must include a minimum of 16 units (one unit of any subject consists of the work normally covered in one year).

The following subjects are strongly recommended:

English 4 Units
Mathematics 3 Units (Algebra, Geometry, Advanced Algebra/Trigonometry)
Natural and Social Sciences 4 Units Combined
Foreign Language 2 Units
Academic Electives 3 Units

In addition, completion of a high school computer science course is considered an indication of a well-rounded academic background. Students planning to pursue programs in science, mathematics or computer science are recommended to have completed a fourth unit of high school mathematics.

Education

Applicants who meet the following requirement will be considered for full admission to the School of Education:

  • Minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative high school grade-point average
  • Meet the State of Illinois Basic Skills Requirement. Requirements can be met in one of seven ways:
    • A passing score on all four sections of the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP)
    • A passing score on the "old" Illinois Tests of Basic Skills (either the 096 or 300 exam), which was replaced by the current Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP)
    • 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.)
    • 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.)
    • 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.)
    • 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.)
    • 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.)

Applicants who meet the following requirements will be considered for conditional admission to the School of Education:

  • Minimum 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative high school grade-point average
  • 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) on the SAT taken prior to March 5, 2016
    • 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.

Nursing

Students applying as a nursing major should have completed one year of high school biology and chemistry or its equivalent and at least three years of math, including advanced algebra/trigonometry or its equivalent.

Applicants who meet the following requirements will be considered for admission as a freshman nursing major:

  • Minimum 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative high school grade-point average
  • Minimum ACT composite score of 21 (Minimum SAT composite of 1450 for SAT tests taken prior to March 5, 2016 OR a minimum SAT composite of 1060 for SAT tests taken on or after March 5, 2016)
  • Minimum ACT science subscore of 21
  • Minimum ACT math subscore of 22
  • Grade of B or better in high school biology and chemistry courses
  • An in-depth essay on why the applicant wants to be a nurse and why he or she has chosen Saint Xavier University

As part of the application process, all applicants to the School of Nursing must read and agree to a list of essential abilities and behaviors.