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- The Sisters of Mercy opened the doors to Chicago's oldest institution of higher education
- Saint Xavier is ranked among the top 25 percent of comprehensive universities in the
Midwest (U.S. News and World Report 2012 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 2,993 undergraduate students and 1,716 graduate students during
the 2011-2012 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 174,000 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.
- More than one-third of undergraduate students come from minority backgrounds (18 percent
African-American, 16 percent Hispanic, 3 percent Asian).
- More African-American and Hispanic nurses earn bachelor degrees at Saint Xavier than
at any other institution in Illinois.
- Almost 70 percent of Saint Xavier undergraduates are the first in their families to
- Saint Xavier is committed to serving lower-income populations. U.S. News and World
Report ranked SXU 11th among Midwest master's-granting universities in terms of the
economic diversity of its students.
- Sixty-eight percent of SXU undergraduate students come from homes in which the average
annual household income is $28,000 or less.
- Thirty-five percent of SXU undergraduate students come from families with an estimated
ability to contribute $100 or less toward their child's college education each year.
- Saint Xavier plays an important role in the economic health of the region, sending
more than $110 million into the local economy each year.