#29 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

Saint Xavier University

Chicago, Illinois

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Saint Xavier University overview
Location Chicago, Illinois
Online sxu.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Saint Xavier University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Saint Xavier University, located on the southwest side of Chicago, Illinois, is a private, four-year institution that was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846. It is recognized as the first Mercy college in the United States and one of the oldest Catholic institutions in the Midwest. Saint Xavier maintains a diverse academic profile with a strong emphasis on nursing, education, and business programs. While the university has a moderately selective admissions process, it remains committed to providing accessible education. The campus features a mix of traditional, gothic architecture and modern facilities, with options for on-campus housing to accommodate its student population. The university is situated in a suburban environment with convenient access to the urban resources and opportunities of Chicago. Saint Xavier does not particularly emphasize athletics in its institutional identity, allowing a focus on its academic and community initiatives.

In the most recent statistical year 7,833 prospective students applied, and 6,590 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 657 enrolled in the school.  2,922 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 601 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $34,640 plus fees of $1,130. Saint Xavier University is ranked 735 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Saint Xavier University is rated within the lower 43% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Very Easy
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SAT 950/1120
ACT 18/24
GPA 3.4

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Saint Xavier University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$1,130
Room and Board $11,780
Budget for Other Expenses$2,170
Total One Year Cost$50,920

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$49,000 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

52% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Saint Xavier University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 24%
Health Professions 21%
Education 15%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 7%
Psychology 7%

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