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Founded in 1831, Xavier University is the fourth oldest of the twenty-eight Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. There are approximately 4,000 undergraduate students attending Xavier during the day, and the total University enrollment is 6,600.
Coeducational in all divisions, the University has students from forty-eight states and forty-three countries. Students may choose from nearly seventy undergraduate majors in three colleges and can later pursue graduate degrees in twenty areas. Xavier is nationally recognized for providing a high-quality personalized education rooted in the Catholic Jesuit tradition. Major University divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the Williams College of Business, the College of Social Sciences, the Center for Adult and Part-Time Students, and the graduate programs.
Location and Community
Xavier University's 140-acre campus is located in a residential neighborhood that is a short drive from downtown Cincinnati, a diverse, bustling community that Places Rated Almanac calls America's eleventh most livable city. The nation's twenty-third-largest region, Greater Cincinnati, is home to 2 million people, two major league sports teams, and nineteen Fortune 1,000 companies. Cincinnati is located on the banks of the Ohio River and at the convergence of three statesOhio, Kentucky, and Indiana.
The academic year consists of two semesters, and summer courses are available. While the number of semester hours required for graduation varies with the program chosen, a minimum of 120 hours are required for a degree. A student must fulfill the required semester hours in a major as well as the basic requirements of the core curriculum. With an emphasis on liberal arts education, the curriculum serves to prepare the individual for a full and purposeful life as well as for a career. The student must complete a designated number of hours in the humanities, mathematics, philosophy, sciences, social sciences, and theology, and considerable freedom is permitted in the selection of courses in these areas.
The faculty for all divisions numbers 591 members, of whom 278 are full-time. There are no teaching assistants and graduate students do not teach. Eighty-five percent of the full-time faculty members hold doctoral degrees. The student-faculty ratio is 13:1 and the average class size is 22 students. Academic, vocational, and personal counseling and counseling for veterans are readily available. The University has always enjoyed a reputation for good rapport and excellent personal relationships between faculty members and students.
Special programs include three challenging honors programs: the Honors Bachelor of Arts, University Scholars, and the newest program, Philosophy, Politics and the Public (PPP). The PPP includes a rich academic curriculum in a multidisciplinary study of the many meanings of “public.” Students earn an honors degree and are well-prepared for graduate study or careers in many professions, including business, law, economics, and public policy. Other special programs include programs in peace and justice and the gender and diversity studies minor.
Fifteen area colleges, including Xavier, have formed the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities through which all students at member colleges may take courses not available at their home institution. Xavier encourages full-time students to take advantage of this opportunity for curriculum enrichment through cross-registration. In addition, students who wish to spend a semester or year abroad as part of their undergraduate education have a number of possibilities open to them through the Xavier Study-Abroad Programs and Service Learning.
Xavier's College of Arts and Sciences awards the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in applied science (biology, chemistry, or physics), art, biology, chemical science, chemistry, classical humanities, classics, communication arts, computer science, English, history, mathematics, medical technology, modern languages (French, German, Spanish), music, music education, natural science (preprofessional programs in dentistry, medicine, and veterinary studies), philosophy, physics, and theology. Students studying the preprofessional programs in the natural sciences are assisted with entrance into a health career or medical school by the preprofessional health advising office. Xavier also offers an associate degree in radiologic technology.
The Williams College of Business awards the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in accounting, economics, entrepreneurial studies, finance, general business, human resources, information systems, international business, management, and marketing. Cooperative education (co-op) opportunities are offered to qualified students.
Majors and areas of study offered through Xavier's College of Social Sciences include athletic training, criminal justice, economics, education (early childhood, middle childhood, Montessori, secondary, and special education), international affairs, nursing, occupational therapy, political science, psychology, social work, sociology, and sports management/sports marketing.
Xavier offers a preprofessional program in law. Students in the program are free to select any major of interest to them. The prelaw adviser assists students in their course selection and preparation for law school.
A two-year preprofessional program in pharmacy is also offered, preparing students for entrance into a school of pharmacy. Students who decide not to go on in pharmacy may continue at Xavier for a four-year degree in science.
Xavier offers pre-engineering programs in conjunction with the University of Cincinnati. In addition, an environmental management program is offered in conjunction with Duke University. After spending three years at Xavier in biology and two years at Duke in environmental management, students graduate with a Bachelor of Science in applied biology from Xavier and either a Master of Environmental Management or a Master of Forestry from Duke.
Students may select minor areas of study in art history, biology, business, chemistry, classical studies, communication arts, computer science, corrections, criminal justice, economics, education (Montessori and secondary), English, environmental studies, French, German, Greek, history, information technology, international affairs, international business, international studies, jazz, Latin, Latin-American studies, mathematics, music, natural sciences, peace studies, performance studies, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, Spanish, studio art, theology, and women's and minorities' studies. The Center for Adult and Part-Time Students serves those individuals age 22 and older who wish to continue their education but are not in a position to attend regular daytime classes. In addition to the bachelor's degrees, the division offers two-year associate degree programs in a number of fields.
At Xavier, the world outside the classroom is yours to discover. The University boasts more than 100 academic clubs, social and service organizations, and recreational sports activities. Your involvement options range from campus ministry to student government, from the student newspaper to the pre-med club. You can build a house through the student chapter of Habitat for Humanity, tutor school children, play intramural basketball, golf or soccer, or a join a club sport team like crew or lacrosse. There are a multitude of spiritual opportunities and retreats, plus creative outlets like the Xavier Players theater group, which, like many student organizations, is housed in the new Gallagher Student Center.
The Student Government is the principal agency of student participation in University governance and is devoted to improving the quality of student life. Students choose from more than 100 different academic clubs, social organizations, and intramural group teams. The Student Senate, the main governing organization of the student body, is composed of 16 elected members. Xavier students sit on numerous University committees.
Facilities and Resources
The McDonald Memorial Library supports all of the University's programs and offers a wireless computer environment with laptops available for check out. McDonald Memorial Library also offers extensive computerized research, including online and CD-ROM resources. XPLORE, the library's computerized catalog, allows students to search online for books, periodicals, articles, and videos. XPLORE can be reached from any terminal on the campus or from home. Students also have access to a variety of university and public libraries through a consortium and a computer program called OhioLINK. The Cintas Center is a multipurpose facility with a 10,250-seat arena, a conference center, banquet space, and a student dining center. The Gallagher Student Center has a wireless computer environment with laptops available for checkout. The center also houses a state-of-the-art 350-seat theater, where students can attend a variety of performances including the University's drama group, the Xavier Players. The Science Center provides a modern science facility that serves the needs of today's students. The center comprises a physics building and recently renovated buildings for the biology and chemistry departments.
Sports / Varsity Athletics
Consistent with the Jesuit philosophy of education and the mission of the University, the Xavier University intercollegiate athletics program strives to enhance and integrate the intellectual, moral, spiritual, emotional, social and physical growth of young men and women. Each sport operates in an environment of integrity and ethical conduct which promotes: academic success, fiscal responsibility, competitive excellence, sportsmanship, community service and equitable opportunities for all students and staff, including women and minorities.
Financial Aid / Scholarships
Xavier is committed to helping students afford to attend Xavier University. Each year, nearly 95 percent of undergraduates receive some type of financial assistance, with 62 percent receiving need-based aid; approximately half of all freshmen receive an academic scholarship. All applicants are automatically considered for academic scholarships, and decisions are typically sent with admission decisions. To compete for Xavier's highest academic awards, students must submit a scholarship application by December 1. Ten 4-year, non-need, full-tuition St. Francis Xavier Scholarships are awarded annually to students of superior academic ability. The Xavier Service Fellowships are awarded based on high academic ability and a demonstration of exemplary involvement in voluntary service. These awards pay full tuition, room, and board. In addition, Xavier offers departmental scholarships, music and art scholarships, performing arts grants, athletic scholarships, minority awards, and ROTC scholarships. The University also participates in the following federally sponsored aid programs: the Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Work-Study, and Federal Stafford Student Loan programs. Residents of Ohio may qualify for assistance under the Ohio Instructional Grant Program. In order to be considered for financial aid, one must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Admission Requirements / Application
Xavier is open to qualified men and women regardless of age, race, religion, handicap, or national origin. Undergraduate students may apply to commence their studies at Xavier for either the fall or spring semesters. Students are encouraged to apply by the appropriate deadlines. Each student who applies to Xavier is given a thorough, individual evaluation. Factors considered in making admissions decisions include, but are not limited to, the following: the candidate's previous academic performance, including the rigor of the curriculum pursued and the grades achieved; results from the SAT and/or ACT exams; the candidate's rank in class (when available); the application essay; letters of recommendation; the candidate's extracurricular profile; life or work experience; and any other factors that help to determine the candidate's potential to be successful academically at Xavier and to contribute positively to the Xavier community as a whole.
Transfer applicants with fewer than 30 transferable semester hour credits must follow the instructions for freshman applicants. Transfer applicants with 30 or more hours do not need to submit the application essay, the counselor recommendation, or SAT/ACT results. In addition to the application, transfer candidates must submit official copies of academic and financial aid transcripts from all colleges previously attended, as well as a list of any courses in progress.
To be considered for admission, a student must submit the application form with the $35 application fee; the official high school transcript sent by the school with a counselor recommendation; and scores on the SAT I or ACT, which may be included on the high school record. Students may also apply online, where the application fee is waived. For freshmen applicants, Xavier has a single notification admission process with two options: Early Action and Regular Decision. Students should check with the University for application deadlines.
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