Saint Xavier University

Saint Xavier University

Saint Xavier University

Saint Xavier University (abbreviated SXU) is a private, nonprofit, Catholic institution of Higher Education located in Chicago, Illinois. It offers academic programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional level. It is one of 18 colleges and universities that are sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. Saint Xavier University helps students achieve their personal and professional goals by providing a scholarly and supportive learning community that promotes excellent teaching, lifelong learning, and the development of moral and ethical sensibilities to promote the common good.

SXU is dedicated to providing a challenging rigorous education to men and women and promote them to think critically and effectively communicate. The university promotes a strong general education and in all academic programs it encourages students to ask fundamental questions and interact with each other and faculty while expressing diverse pointed of view.

Saint Xavier University Online offers high quality online education with small class sizes that ensure personal attention. The online programs give you the flexibility to complete your degree around your busy schedule. The online division is very convenient and you can access your coursework 24 hours a day 7 days a week from anywhere with Internet access. The online platform is easy to use and offers technical support that is always readily available. The virtual-classroom setting allows you to fully interact with your professors and classmates.

SXU was recognized by U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2009 as one of the top 40 comprehensive universities that grant master degrees in the Midwest. It was ranked #10 for Illinois’ largest private nonprofit university and ranked in the top 5 for Illinois institutions with high enrollment growth.

The Sisters of Mercy founded Saint Xavier University under the name Saint Francis Xavier Female Academy in 1846 according to the request of Bishop William Quarter. The name was later changed to Saint Xavier College. SXU is the world’s oldest Mercy University. In 1992, the college earned university status and the name was changed to Saint Xavier University. The enrollment of students at SXU increased 11% from 2003 to 2008. Since 2000, eight new facilities were added to the university. Currently SXU provides education to more than 5,700 students.


The Higher Learning Commission regionally accredits Saint Xavier. The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accredits the School of Education. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredits the School of Nursing. The Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) accredits the Graham School of Management.

Schools of Education

The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to providing students with challenging academic programs that reinforce SXU’s academic mission. The college provides students with concentration, depth, and specificity in its disciplinary programs. The curricula integrate critical inquiry into various subjects to enable students to gain lifelong learning opportunities.

The School of Education is dedicated to preparing future teachers to lead successful careers as well prepared, highly qualified, and committed professionals who are committed to excellence.

The Graham School of Management provides students with programs that are practically oriented and theoretically sound. The school is committed to preparing students to meet the social, competitive, technological, and ethical challenges in today’s ever-changing society.

The School of Nursing is dedicated to preparing future nurses for key positions at the national and international level. The school strives to provide a solid foundation in nursing practices to prepare student to practice in a variety of health care settings.

The School for Continuing & Professional Studies is intended to accommodate the demanding lifestyle of adult students. The school provides a variety of programs for students who wish to purse new careers or advance in their current one. The curricula are structured and promote self-directed learning.

Scholarships Offered

Saint Xavier offers a variety of scholarships including the Adele & Elmer Blecke Memorial Scholarship, Alumni Legacy Scholarship, Cardinal George Scholarship, Chartwells Scholarship, Class of 2001 Scholarship, Downey Scholarship, IBEW/NECA Scholarship, Mercy Values Scholarship, Saint Xavier University Grant, Mark E. Mucha Scholarship, Thomas and Catherine Nessinger Scholarship, Sister Mary Denis O’Grady Scholarship, and TCF Bank Scholarship Award.

Financing Options

SXU participates in many federal tuition assistance programs including the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Federal Work Study, Federal Stafford Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized), Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students, and Federal GradPLUS Loan. There are also alternative loans, employer tuition reimbursement, assistantships, and fellowships available.

Credit Earning

At Saint Xavier University students can earn transfer credit from previous postsecondary institution by submitting an official transcript. Students can earn up to 27 credits through military experience, community service, in-service training, workshops, work experience and seminars. Students can also earn credit through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Excelsior Examinations, and Placement Examinations.

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