Saint Xavier University was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846 and was the first
Mercy institution of higher learning in the United States. It is Chicago's oldest
Saint Xavier University is a mid-sized private University serving approximately 5,000
students at its Chicago campus, Orland Park campus and Loop location.
Inspired by its Catholic identity and Mercy heritage, Saint Xavier University's mission
is to educate men and women to search for truth, to think critically, to communicate
effectively and to serve wisely and compassionately in support of human dignity and
the common good.
In the 2012 U.S. News & World Report, Saint Xavier ranked among the top 25 percent of comprehensive universities in the
The 2011 U.S. News & World Report recognizes SXU among the top private or public regional universities in the Midwest
and in the top six in Illinois.
Saint Xavier University offers 43 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program
options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program
options in continuing and professional studies.
Saint Xavier University is the 10th largest private not-for-profit University in Illinois
and in the top 20 percent for enrollment growth since 2002.
One of Illinois' Top Providers of Teachers and Nurses
Saint Xavier University has one of the five largest schools of nursing in Illinois.
At the graduate level, Saint Xavier University is the second largest provider of teachers
in Illinois. At the undergraduate level, Saint Xavier is one of the five largest providers
in Illinois. In the metropolitan Chicago area, it is estimated that more than 174,000
school children a day are taught by a Saint Xavier University graduate.
Statewide, less than half of new teachers make it to public classrooms. At Saint Xavier
University, there are an estimated 4,000 graduates of the teacher education program
with an average tenure of 12 years in the classroom. More than 80 percent of our baccalaureate
recipients are teaching in Illinois public schools in the first year.
Saint Xavier University surpassed more than 110 other schools across the country to
earn the No. 1 spot on U.S. News & World Report’s “2014 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs” list. The rankings weighed a variety of factors, including: student engagement; faculty
credentials and training; student services and technology; peer reputation; and admissions
selectivity. More information about the list’s ranking methodologies is available
Saint Xavier University’s School of Nursing was one of only nine nursing programs
and one health care organization in the nation to be honored by the National League for Nursing (NLN) as a 2013 “Center of Excellence.” Additionally, SXU is the only organization to receive the prestigious designation
for the third consecutive term for creating environments that enhance student leaning
and professional development.
Accountability and Service
Saint Xavier University is a leader in adopting cutting-edge assessment techniques,
including the National Survey of Student Engagement, the Lumina Longitudinal Study
and the Collegiate Learning Assessment.
Saint Xavier University sends $110 million into the local economy every year.
Almost 70 percent of Saint Xavier University students are first-generation college
students, a significantly larger proportion than at most other four-year colleges
and universities, where approximately 50 to 55 percent are first-generation students
(2006 Cooperative Institution Research Program).
Saint Xavier University Celebrates Diversity
U.S.News & World Report ranks the Saint Xavier University student population among the five most diverse
public and private colleges and universities in the Midwest and third in Illinois.
More than one-third of undergraduate students come from under-represented ethnic backgrounds.
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.
Between fall 2005 and spring 2007, Saint Xavier University ranked No. 1 in Illinois
in the number of bachelor degrees in nursing earned by African-Americans and Hispanic
U.S. News & World Report in 2007 lists Saint Xavier University as the 12th most diverse socioeconomic student
body in the greater Midwest. More than one-third of undergraduates have a high financial
Saint Xavier University is committed to serving the needs of lower-income populations
and, to that end, has a large population of students with financial need: 94 percent
of our undergraduates and 50 percent of our graduate students receive financial assistance.
Saint Xavier University Athletics
Nine of Saint Xavier University's 12 athletic teams have qualified for the NAIA National
Tournament or their respective national playoffs since 2006, including football, men's
basketball, women's basketball, baseball, men's cross country, women's cross country,
men's track, women's track and women's soccer.