Saint Xavier University

Saint Xavier University

Saint Xavier University is a coeducational institution of higher learning located on the southwest side of Chicago, Illinois. It was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846 at the request of Bishop William Quarter. SXU enrolls more than 5,000 students every semester and is known for its undergraduate and graduate programs in nursing, business and education. The campus is spread across an area of over 100 acres of land. The university is organized into the following academic units:

  • The College of Arts and Sciences
  • The Graham School of Management
  • The School of Continuing and Professional Studies
  • The School of Education
  • The School of Nursing

SXU's sports teams compete in the NAIA Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference and are nicknamed the Cougars.

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Saint Xavier University
3700 W 103rd St
Chicago , IL 60655
General Phone: (773) 298-3000

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Saint Xavier University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching834education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, education of disabled, education of learning disabled, school counseling, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, teacher ed, ...
Business and Management344business, business management, non-profit management, customer service management, electronic commerce, business administration, accounting, finance, financial planning, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine180registered nursing, nursing administration, adult health nursing, nurse practitioner, nursing science, mental health nursing, community nurse, surgical nurse, licensed practical nurse, ...
Liberal Arts108French language, Spanish language, English, English language and literature, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, social services, international relations, political science, ...
Therapy and Counseling85psychology, counseling psychology, organizational psychology, community health services
Medical Support and Technology57speech pathology, pre-pharmacy
Security and Law Enforcement38criminal justice and safety, corrections and criminal justice
Science34biology, botany, biological and physical sciences, chemistry, chemistry courses
Media21communication studies
Computer Science and Engineering19computer science, computer networking, computer support
Medicine18pre-dentistry, pre-med, pre-veterinary, public health
Religion and Philosophy10philosophy, religion, religious music, theology, pre-ministerial studies
Art Studies10art studies
Music4music, music performance, voice, music management
Medical Administration2health care administration, health care facilities management
Engineering0various engineering courses
Family and Social Work0family studies

Number of programs and degrees for Saint Xavier University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree81963
Master's degree95552
Postbaccalaureate certificate111
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years04

Saint Xavier University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Saint Xavier University had a total enrollment of 5,675 students (4,352 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 31%
Women 69%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 57%
Graduate 43%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 64%
Black 16%
Hispanic 9%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 7%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 16%
20-21 15%
22-24 18%
25-29 20%
30-34 8%
35-39 7%
40-49 10%
50-64 4%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Saint Xavier University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 75 %
Part-Time 14 %

Saint Xavier University Room and Board (2007)

Saint Xavier University offers campus housing for 975 of its 4,352 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Chicago, Illinois for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Illinois Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Saint Xavier University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal470580
SAT Math410560
SAT Writing440560
ACT Verbal2025
ACT Math1824
ACT Composite2023

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT6%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT98%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Saint Xavier University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 23,006
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 23,006
Room and board $ 8,007
Room charge $ 4,664
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,343
Books and supplies $ 1,200
Other expenses $ 1,466

Financial Aid:
Saint Xavier University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 176800)

Saint Xavier University Faculty

Saint Xavier University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2036
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1117

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year19$88,81911$83,072
Associate professoracademic year36$71,37540$68,963
Assistant professoracademic year17$54,39234$58,285
Instructoracademic year0*2*
Lectureracademic year6$51,60411$53,312
All faculty totalacademic year78$70,40298$64,561

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Saint Xavier University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Mid-States Football Association
Basketball Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference
Baseball Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference
Track Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports145367

Saint Xavier University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Actuarial Science
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Business/Commerce, General
Customer Service Management
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other
Finance, General
Financial Planning and Services
Human Resources Management and Services, Other
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Investments and Securities
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Education/Teaching Individuals - Specific Learning Disabilities
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Science Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Subject Areas, Other
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Engineering, Other

Family And Social Work
Human Development and Family Studies, General

Pre-Law Studies

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
French Language and Literature
General Studies
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Pre-Pharmacy Studies
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

Pre-Dentistry Studies
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Pre-Veterinary Studies
Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Music Management and Merchandising
Music Performance, General
Music, General
Voice and Opera

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nursing Administration (MSN, MS, PhD)
Nursing Science (MS, PhD)
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
Perioperative/Operating Room and Surgical Nurse/Nursing
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing

Religion And Philosophy
Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies
Religion/Religious Studies
Religious/Sacred Music
Theology/Theological Studies

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Botany/Plant Biology
Chemistry, General
Chemistry, Other

Security And Law Enforcement
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Psychology, General

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