Saint Xavier University

3700 West 103rd Street, Chicago, IL 60655

School Details

The physical campus of Saint Xavier was decimated in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, but the faith-based principles of the all girls institution survived and the college rebuilt. By 1969, Saint Xavier College allowed male students and in 1992 it assumed “University” status. Founded by five Sisters of Mercy in 1846, private, not-for-profit Saint Xavier University is the oldest Catholic University in Chicago with the main campus in the city of Chicago and a second campus in Orlando Park, Illinois. Well respected for its majors in nursing and education, this co-educational Catholic institution enrolls more than 4,700 students and maintains a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1. Students from across the United States and thirteen different nations attend Saint Xavier and the University confers undergraduate degrees in more than forty major fields and offers forty Master’s degree programs housed in five schools, including the:

  • Colleges of Arts and Sciences
  • School for Continuing and Professional Studies
  • School of Education
  • Graham School of Management
  • School of Nursing

Saint Xavier College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. In addition, individual programs are accredited by agencies, including the Music Department by the National Association of Schools of Music; Speech-Language Pathology by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; Professional Education programs by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and the Illinois State Board of Education; Business programs by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs; and Nursing programs by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Additionally, the University maintains numerous memberships in prestigious organizations, like the American Council on Education and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

SXU Online at Saint Xavier University attracts students beyond the physical campus. Students can choose to pursue graduate programs in nursing and education. Online degrees and certificates include:

  • Nursing/Clinical Leadership, MS
  • Nursing/Executive Leadership, MS
  • Nurse Educator Certificate
  • Curriculum and Instruction, MA in Education
  • Online ESL Program

Saint Xavier takes pride in its Nursing programs and was one of seventeen institutions to earn recognition as a School of Nursing as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing in 2010. The program is highly selective and the Clinical Leadership degree allows experienced nurses to “hone their clinical exdivertise.” Saint Xavier also takes pride in the education programs and the Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction is offered to both experienced teachers desiring to enhance their skills, as well as incoming professionals desiring to pursue teaching for the first time.

Online classes offer students flexibility and convenience. Students engage learning via readings, projects, assignments and discussions that they complete on their time but must meet designated due dates. Most of the courses are taught by full-time faculty from Saint Xavier and students can access help from University resources, like 24/7 technical support and their personally assigned Student Services Coordinator. The University does require a “single on-campus component” that accompanies online programs.

Like many traditional universities, admissions prerequisites and requirements vary among students. Students seeking undergraduate degrees will need to submit the completed application and fee, official transcripts (including GED or prior college work), ACT/SAT scores, and a personal essay. Program requirements vary from degree-to-degree in the graduate program, but typically include the application and fee, recommendations, possible graduate admission test scores and official transcripts from accredited institutions showing proof of a Bachelor’s degree and other additional college credits. International students will also need to provide additional information, including proof of English language proficiency scores, a notarized Affidavit of Support form and notarized bank letter declaring financial sponsorship, and passport/visa documentation. Saint Xavier University personally aids transfer students and adults facilitating enrollment through the eXpress Admission process.

Tuition for full-time undergraduate students at Saint Xavier University is $27,330 per year. Part-time undergraduate students pay $650 per credit hour. Tuition for graduate students is degree-specific and charged by the number of semester hours. Graduate tuition ranges from $450 to $990 per semester hour. Students enrolling in the online education program pay $500 per semester hour while students enrolled in the online nursing programs pay $620 per semester hour. Tuition does not include added fees, like the $75 per semester cost of malpractice insurance for nursing students.

Saint Xavier University works to make education affordable for its students and 94% of the student body receives some form of financial aid. Eligible graduate students have access to aid including:

  • Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
  • Federal Work Study
  • Federal Grad PLUS Loan
  • Federal TEACH Grant
  • Minority Teachers of Illinois Scholarship Program
  • Institutional graduate scholarships
  • Assistantships/Fellowships

Saint Xavier also sponsors public and private aid programs for qualifying undergraduate students including:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
  • Perkins Loan
  • Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
  • Direct PLUS Loan
  • Federal Work Study
  • Federal TEACH Grant
  • CSEM Scholarship (grant funded by the National Science Foundation for disadvantaged students pursuing fields in computer sciences)
  • Illinois Monetary Award Program Grant for Illinois residents
  • Minority Teachers of Illinois Scholarship
  • Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program
  • Scholarships and grants offered by Saint Xavier University

Saint Xavier University welcomes veterans by partnering with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to make college more accessible and less expensive for both veterans and their families. The University works with veterans through the Yellow Ribbon Program that provides financial support, including stipends for materials and a housing allowance. Veterans applying to the college can do so through the express application process. Undergraduate veteran students complete the application (fee waived), and submit it along with official college and military transcripts. Only the nursing programs include the essay requirement. Program requirements for graduate students are degree-specific and may vary.


School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, 4-year, not-for-profit
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Master's Degrees and Post-master's Certificates
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