Xavier University is a co-educational Jesuit, Catholic university in the United States located in Cincinnati, Ohio. The school is the sixth-oldest Catholic and fourth-oldest Jesuit university in the nation. Xavier has an undergraduate enrollment of about 4,400 students and graduate enrollment of 2,600. Xavier is primarily an undergraduate, liberal arts institution. Graduate programs include occupational therapy, education, counseling, nursing, English, theology, psychology, and business.
The campus covers approximately 160 acres (0.65 km2) in the city of Cincinnati (North Avondale and Evanston, OH) and the City of Norwood
, OH and features both residential and academic malls, flanked by the older west campus and by the expanding east campus. At the center of campus are the Gallagher Student Center and Bellarmine Chapel.
Bellarmine Chapel's roof is in the shape of a hyperbolic paraboloid, also known as a saddle roof, that will not collapse, even if the Chapel walls were removed. The chapel is the home to the Bellarmine Catholic Parish in Cincinnati.
Academics and demographics:
Xavier University offers 81 majors within the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Social Sciences, Health and Education, and the Williams College of Business.Several minors and pre-professional programs are also offered. All students must complete the core curriculum.
Undergraduate students attending Xavier must complete a significant number of distribution requirements that are more commonly known as the Core Curriculum.
There are required courses in: Theology, Philosophy, Mathematics, Fine Arts, History, Physical Science, Literature, Foreign Language, and the Social Sciences. The Core Curriculum is a confluence of Jesuit ideals, and Great Books rigors, known as Ratio Studiorum. All graduates, upon completion of a Bachelor degree have read The Republic, Discourse on Method, and selections from the Bible among other original texts.
- Xavier has been recognized as one of the top ten "Master's Universities" in the Midwest for the last 14 years by U.S. News & World Report. For 2010, it ranked third.
- It has been named one of the best 366 colleges in the United States by The Princeton Review.
- Xavier was ranked 42nd among the "100 Best Values in Private Colleges" by Kiplinger's Personal Finance.
- It received the national 2006 Grand Award from the Professional Grounds Management Society, ranking first in the country for urban university landscaping.
- The MBA Program has been ranked as the 14th best Part-time MBA program in the country by U.S. News and World Report.
- Washington Monthly has ranked Xavier 12th among 551 universities in the United States.