Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH

Learn what degree and certificate programs Xavier University offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About Xavier University

Established in 1831, Xavier University is located in Cincinnati, OH, the home of the Cincinnati Reds' Great American Ball Park. The private school rests on 148 acres and is the nation's sixth-oldest Catholic university. According to U.S. News & World Report in 2011, Xavier University was third among up-and-coming schools in the Midwest; fourth among the best regional (Midwest) schools; and fifth for best undergraduate teaching methodology.


Xavier University offers over 100 certificate, associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs through its three colleges. Students can complete classes during the day, evening, weekend or online, as well as take advantage of study abroad opportunities. The school has several student services, including controlled dormitory access with a key or security card, late-night transport or escort services, non-remedial tutoring and health services. Health insurance plans and a women's center are also available to students.


Xavier University has a rigorous application process that evaluates students by high school GPA, SAT or ACT scores, extracurricular activities, counselor recommendations and an admissions essay. Advanced Placement and College Level Examination Program exams can be transferred in for credits. Undergraduate applications are due on February 1 every year, but international students have a deadline of February 15 every year. Notifications of acceptance start in October and students must respond to acceptance offers by May 1. As of 2011, there were approximately 4,500 undergraduates and 2,400 graduate students at Xavier University; 88% of those students were under the age of 24.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Xavier's tuition is calculated on a semester basis for full-time (12-18 credit hours) students while part-time students (1-11 credit hours; and students in special programs, such as evening/weekend) are charged a per-credit-hour rate. The College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Social Sciences, Health and Education charge $15,570 per semester excluding fees, while the Williams College of Business has a per-semester rate of $16,070. Each college has its own set of applicable fees that range from $9-$250. Graduate students are charged a per-credit rate that varies by academic college.

The average cost for books and supplies is roughly $1,000 per year for undergraduates. Students who cancel their registration within seven days of the first day of school can receive a full refund. Student housing varies by occupancy and can range from about $1,900-$4,100 per semester.

All of Xavier's students use some type of financial aid to pay for their tuition. There are a number of scholarships available in such areas as performing and visual arts, academics and athletics. Work-study programs are offered to students to help reduce tuition costs; tuition guarantee plans and tuition payment plans are also available. Xavier University has its own Office of Veterans Affairs dedicated to assist military students with the financial aid process.

School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Certificates, associate's, bachelor's, post-bachelor's certificates, master's, post-master's certificates, doctorates*
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic, Society of Jesus (Jesuits)**
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Large city*
Student Body More than 4,000 undergraduates and more than 2,000 graduates in 2011*
Student Housing 87% of first-year students live on campus**
Schools and Programs Three colleges; over 100 degree and certificate programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 12 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Associate's: Radiologic Technology/Science (10)
Bachelor's: Liberal Arts and Studies (150)
Master's: Business Administration and Management (291)
Doctorate: Clinical Psychology (16)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 69% in four years
77% in six years
78% in eight years*
Admission Rate 70% in 2011*
Entering Class Size Roughly 1,100 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 84% for full-time and 100% for part-time students*
Median SAT and ACT Score of Admitted Students Median SAT scores: 480-600 in Critical Reading, 500-610 in Math, 470-610 in Writing in 2011
Median ACT scores: 22-27 in 2011**
Application Due Date Regular applications are due on February 1 every year for Fall admission**
Decision Notification Date Letters are mailed beginning in October every year*
Tuition Undergraduate costs are roughly $15,570 per semester for College of Arts and Sciences and College of Social Sciences, Health and Education students; $16,070 per semester for Williams College of Business students (2012-2013)***
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2011: Federal grants (23%), state and local grants (9%), institutional scholarships (100%), federal loans (61%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 100% in 2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **The College Board, ***Xavier University.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admission, Xavier University, 3800 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45207
  • Phone: (513) 745-3301
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