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Get to Know Our Students and Programs
- The Sisters of Mercy opened the doors to Chicago's oldest institution of higher education in 1846.
- Saint Xavier is ranked among the top third of comprehensive universities in the Midwest (U.S. News and World Report 2014 Rankings for Best Colleges in the Midwest).
- SXU offers 43 undergraduate degree programs and 25 graduate degree programs in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Schools of Education, Nursing, Management, and Continuing and Professional Studies.
- Saint Xavier enrolled 2,920 undergraduate students and 1,332 graduate students during the 2013-2014 academic year.
- SXU is one of the five largest providers of teachers and nurses of any school, public or private, in the state of Illinois.
- More than 175,000 elementary and high school students in the Chicago metropolitan area will be taught by a Saint Xavier graduate this year.
- SXU has a strong tradition of serving underrepresented students, especially women, minorities and first-generation college students.
- At SXU, 44 percent of undergraduate students come from minority backgrounds (including 16 percent who identify as African American and 27 percent as Hispanic/Latino).
- SXU is currently seeking Hispanic-Serving Institution status from the Department of Education.
- More African-American and Hispanic nurses earn bachelor degrees at Saint Xavier than from any other institution in Illinois.
- The School of Nursing’s online MSN program was ranked first in online education programs by the 2014 U.S. News and World Report.
- Two thirds of Saint Xavier undergraduates are the first in their families to attend college.
- Saint Xavier is committed to serving lower-income populations. U.S. News and World Report ranks SXU in the 12th index among Midwest master's-granting universities in terms of the economic diversity of its students.
- On average, SXU undergraduate students come from families with an estimated ability to contribute $871 or less toward their child's college education per year, and 39 percent of current freshmen have an estimated family contribution of zero.
- SXU has many lower-income students: 51 percent of undergraduates receive federal Pell grants. The average annual household income for SXU’s Pell grant recipients is $28,934.
- Saint Xavier plays an important role in the economic health of the region, sending more than $110 million into the local economy each year.