Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH is the 4th oldest Jesuit University in the United States. This private, 4-year Catholic university set on 190 acres in Cincinnati (but overlaps into neighboring Norwood, OH) was founded in 1831. Xavier boasts an variety of architectural styles, from the saddle roof atop Bellarmine Chapel (a design that prevents collapse) to the six castle-type buildings along the Academic Mall that join together to look like a fortress. The urban location means that there is always something going on; Cincinnati is a bustling, vibrant city that hosts 2 major sports teams and 2 major colleges (Xavier and Cincinnati University). Among the many politicians who call Xavier their alma mater is former Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner.
Xavier University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission and offers Associates Degrees, Bachelor’s Degrees, post-baccalaureate certificates, Master’s Degrees, post-masters certificates and Doctorates in 81 majors. Presently, there is one master’s degree available online; the school does offer a variety of internships. The university is comprised of the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Social Sciences, Health and Education, and the Williams College of Business. Xavier is also noted for its Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Nursing, Radiologic Tech, Teacher Ed and Music programs; the largest programs are in Business and Liberal Arts. According to the Mission Statement, Xavier “is a Jesuit Catholic university rooted in the liberal arts tradition. Our mission is to educate each student intellectually, morally, and spiritually. We create learning opportunities through rigorous academic and professional programs integrated with co-curricular engagement. In an inclusive environment of open and free inquiry, we prepare students for a world that is increasingly diverse, complex and interdependent. Driven by our commitment to the common good and to the education of the whole person, the Xavier community challenges and supports students as they cultivate lives of reflection, compassion and informed action.”
Over 6000 students are enrolled in Xavier University. Available on-campus housing includes 5 traditional residence halls and apartments for upper classmen. A large selection of clubs and organizations are available for participation, including club sports and intramurals. For the varsity athlete, the blue, silver and white Musketeers field teams in 8 sports and participate in NCAA Division I-AAA competition. Xavier is also notable for having 2 school mascots: D’Artagnon the Musketeer and the Blue Blob. There is also a traditional basketball rivalry with Cincinnati University that features the annual “Crosstown Shootout” game. Xavier’s Vision is for “men and women become people of learning and reflection, integrity and achievement, in solidarity for and with others.” This is worked out through the core values of Reflection, Discernment, Solidarity and Kinship, Service rooted in justice and love, ‘Cura Personalis’ which takes compassion to a deeper level and ‘Magis’ which causes one to ask “where is the more universal good?” when making decisions; it relates to the Jesuit motto, For the Greater Glory of God.