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SXU celebrates sixth consecutive year of record enrollment

Majority of freshmen list SXU as their first-choice college

CHICAGO (October 18, 2004) – Saint Xavier University has once again achieved record-setting enrollment in both its baccalaureate and master’s programs, making 2004-05 the sixth consecutive academic year the university has posted such gains. 

Enrollment for the academic year reached 5,709 students, a 56 percent increase from 1998, when total enrollment was 3,653, according to Steven Murphy, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services. Undergraduate applications rose 8.2 percent from 2003-04, with 3,415 students seeking admission, 261 more than the previous year. 

The 2004-05 freshmen class – the most academically talented in modern university history – is also the largest Saint Xavier has ever welcomed: 421 freshmen enrolled compared to 384 in 2003-04, a 10 percent increase. Sixty-five percent of freshmen listed Saint Xavier as their first choice school; in 1999, 51 percent of freshmen enrolled said Saint Xavier was their top pick.

“Our strategic plan has detailed Saint Xavier’s intention to serve a more diverse population and a population that seeks the dynamic learning environment and exceptional campus services we provide,” said Judith A. Dwyer, president of Saint Xavier University. “Our continued ability to attract a large applicant pool of talented students shows that we offer students a quality education in all aspects of their Saint Xavier University experience.  With our consistent focus on our mission and core values, our reputation as an institution that fosters excellence can only grow stronger.”

Saint Xavier ranked in the top tier of master’s and bachelor degree granting institutions in the Midwest. From the ten states that make up the Midwest region, Saint Xavier ranked 46th of 142 institutions that grant master’s and bachelor degrees. Only six Illinois schools achieved a higher ranking than Saint Xavier. The 2005 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” also ranked Saint Xavier as one of the top ten most diverse master’s and bachelor degree-granting universities in the Midwest. The undergraduate student population, which is 36 percent minority, is the most diverse in SXU history.  

“These achievements are in keeping with the strategic plan of Saint Xavier University, which calls for high-quality programs serving a diverse population with increasing percentages of freshmen, resident students, full-time students and graduate students,” Murphy said.

Saint Xavier’s graduate program enrollment also topped all previous figures, with total master’s degree program enrollment at 2,639, up from 2,519 for the previous year. 

Both graduate and undergraduate students are taking advantage of Saint Xavier’s new Orland Park campus, which opened in January 2004. A total of 666 students are enrolled for classes at the campus, exceeding Saint Xavier’s goal for graduate and undergraduate enrollment by 22 percent.

Saint Xavier’s record-setting tradition can only continue, as the Office of Admission promotes a tradition of offering helpful and conscientious service to prospective students.

“Admission counselors contact applicants at least once a month by phone and email to stay in touch, encourage a campus visit and request documents to complete the application and financial aid processes,” said Managing Director of Admission Beth Gierach. “This personal attention is appreciated by prospective students and their families. As an enrollment strategy, good ‘customer service’ yields positive results. And it is the ‘Saint Xavier way’ to be hospitable, helpful and interested in each individual.”

Gierach said that the university’s new Web site, which features an Active Admissions™ component, will create even more positive experiences for prospective Saint Xavier students. 

“High school and transfer students will be able to interact with the SXU Web site in a customized fashion once they complete the information form,” Gierach said. “Email communication with these students can then be personalized according to their interests and needs. The new Web site is attractive, easily navigated and provides students with online services found at only the finest university Web sites.”

The new site, still located at www.sxu.edu, enables students to request information, schedule a campus visit, apply for admission, check application status, calculate a scholarship, register for events and pay a tuition deposit – all from the comfort of their personal computers.

“Each time the student returns to the Web site, a special page welcomes him or her back by name,” Gierach said. “SXU will continue to monitor and upgrade the web services available to students as part of our ongoing commitment to meet their needs at the highest level.”

For more information on Saint Xavier University or its programs, please call (773) 298-3000 or visit www.sxu.edu.