Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Size: 4,652 students
Percent Women: 54%
Tuition (one year): $32,070
Most Popular Majors: (1) Business, Management, Marketing and Related Services, (2) Liveral ARts and Sciences, General Studies, (3) Health Professions and Related Programs, (4) Social Sciences, (5) Psychology
Greek Life: No
Acceptance Rate: 70%
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Why Choose Xavier?"I chose Xavier University because I loved the campus and community feel. It felt like a home away from home for me.""I chose Xavier for the diversity of the people and the diversity of classes available. Plus the people are really nice.""I chose Xavier because of its size. I went to a small high school and wanted to go to a college where I wouldn't feel overwhelmed or lost. I wanted a campus that felt like home and I got that feeling when I visited Xavier.""Xavier wasn't my first choice, but I'm glad it's where I ended up. The people I've met here are amazing, and it's just the right size for me. I feel like everyone here really cares about my success and I'm in an enviornment where I can succeed.""XU has allowed me to try a lot of different things before deciding on what I wanted to do. I like the location and the Jesuit schooling, so Xavier seemed like the perfect place for me."
A+ Features"I love the people at Xavier. Everyone from the RA's to the professor to the caf workers. They definitely make my experience at Xavier so much better.""I love Her Campus! All of the on and off-campus events available to students are amazing; there are so many options. Also, the professors for the most part are amazing.""My favorite thing about Xavier is the close-knit atmosphere. I also like all of the places to go in Cincinnati, such as Rookwood Commons, Over the Rhine, Mt. Adams, and the Banks. There's always something to do here, whether you want to go out to eat, shop, or have a good time... there's something for everyone!""The basketball games are so special, I can't wait for that time of year! I didn't know anything about basketball coming to college, but the energy and passion is infectious.""For being a college cafeteria, Xavier has it good. Never miss sesame chicken or chicken bowl days. Trust me."
Needs Improvement"Get more people involved in certain clubs. Sometimes because there seems to be more clubs than people involved!""I would add fraternity and sorority life to Xavier. I think it would fit in well here and a lot of people would participate. There are schools smaller than Xavier that have Greek Life, so I don't think it would hurt to try it out.""Sometimes, it feels like Xavier would benefit would benefit from more diversity. Although Xavier tries really hard, they draw a lot from Catholic single-gender high schools, and you can tell! It's not a bad thing to be from there, but it's easy to become friends with people who are exactly like the ones you knew from high school.""Xavier is really into basketball, which is great, but no football team? Really?""I think Xavier could be improved by providing an easier way to try new subjects, without being a detriment to your degree. There is a core, but it is very structured, and it doesn't provide a lot of wiggle room if you have to drop a class for whatever reason. I would like the freedom to try different subjects, but I won't do that if it means I might not graduate on time."
New Collegiette on Campus"I loved being a freshman but my favorite part was the dorm I lived in. Freshman year I lived in Brockman and the community aspect of it made my freshman year incredibly memorable. Everyone was so friendly and we left our doors open so friends or RA's would just pop in to hang out or see how we were doing. It was definitely my favorite year so far.""Being a freshman on campus was a bit more difficult. A lot of people bagged on you and teased you for being a freshman. It got easier as the year went on, though. It just took a little bit to get used to campus. Once you found a solid group of friends, it didn't really matter what others had to say to you. You eventually feel comfortable and accepted.""Freshman year was amazing because of Manresa and my Brockman Hallmates! They really made my year, and I felt like I belonged.""At first, being a freshman was hard. You didn't know where to party or what to do, but then you realized that everyone else was in the same boat as you. You might not be friends with the people you meet freshman year, but that's okay! All the ups and downs is what makes the college experience.""Academic wise, I felt like college wasn't much different from high school, except there was a lot more privelages. The professors here know you by name, and even though that can help when you need an extension on a paper, they'll know when you skip class."
All About Academics"The professors at Xavier really challenge you to think. And not just about the subject they're teaching but about yourself. They challenge you to be better, to do better. And how to apply the things you learn in the classroom to real life experiences that will benefit you when you graduate.""I have a decent workload, but it is worth it. I love studying in the CLC study rooms with the white board walls as well as the quiet library. Professors are always accessable in the Communications Deparment.""Quality of education is great. The professors are all dedicated to giving us the most out of each of our classes and testing our abilities. The workload is pretty large but manageable, you just have to work hard and stay focused. Access to professors is one of the best things... they are always open to student visitors during their office hours and usually have flexible times. At Xavier, because the classrooms are smaller, the professors have more time and attention to give.""I would say the beginning of college, the workload is pretty moderate, and most of it is busy work. It's when you start getting into your major that the work really starts piling on."The academics are excellent. I love having the core curriculum; it's one of the reasons why I chose Xavier. It's great that we're learning about so many things, and it makes a well rounded education that will help us in the future."
Learn From the Best"Professors love their jobs and always make sure to give the best lessons in class. They are always open to help and have accessible office hours. They are all approachable and create a comfortable classroom atmosphere.""The professors for the most part are great teachers. I love how excited they are about the subjects they teach.""I have had a very good experience with Xavier professors. The other day, I saw a professor I had from one of my classes freshman year and she knew exactly who I was even though I haven't seen her in 3 years. I really feel like they go above and beyond when trying to make you understand the material versus just having you pass the class.""For the most part, I've had really good teachers. Every now and then, I'll get one or two duds, but that's to be expected at any school. They have high expectations but are more than willing to get you where you need to be to reach those expectations.""It's really clear that Xavier professors want to be here. They care about you as a person and not just as a grade in the class. Even the 'hard' ones are usually very nice people that are willing to help wherever they can. I never have felt like something was completely impossible or that I couldn't go to a professor for help."
Interests & Involvement"Student involvement is heavy on Xavier's campus and there is a wide array of clubs to choose from. Club day definitely brings the community together and gives students plenty of options. There is something out there for most students at Xavier.""It can be tricky. At times, it can feel as though the same group of students run every club or organization on campus. Because of that, clubs can start to feel a little cliquey.""I understand how it can feel cliquey sometimes, but if you want to be involved, you have to make yourself go to the meetings. There are a lot of options but there is also some 'ghost clubs.' Even though there are some that look really cool on club day, some might not even hold any meetings or events once you hit October or November.""I love the variety of clubs. I walk down the yard on club day and am just amazed at the array of clubs. Some of them I never would have even thought of. It just reaffirms that whoever you are, whatever you like there's a place for you at Xavier.""The nice thing about Xavier is that because it is so small it's easy to start your own club on campus, and there's a lot of help along the way to make sure your new club is as successful as it can be. So if you don't find anything you like, just start your own!"
Team Spirit"XU Basketball has amazing team spirit. Game days are insane. Everyone is wearing XU shirts and sweats, maybe even slippres. My favorite part is the mutual respect the fans and players have for one another.""Game days are awesome. My favorite part about XU Basketball is simply cheering in the student section with all of my classmates. Plus, free tickets is a great perk.""Game days are crazy at Xavier!!!! There's so much hype and everyone's so excited they're bouncing on their feet. XU game days are some of my favorite days on campus. You better be prepared to be on your feet, screaming and cheering your butt off all game. And the traditions that come with being at a Xavier basketball game are one of a kind.""Basketball season is the best part of the school year, and the basketball game tickets are free for students! The energy from being in the student section is enough to make you feel happy and excited for the rest of the night.""The Xavier Popes, X-treme Fans, Blue Crew, and Xooligans really are the defintion of team spirit at Xavier. They do an amazing job of pumping up the crowd and even representing Xavier at away games that they travel to."
Girl Power"I feel equal to boys... I don't really think there are any gender issues. There are more women than boys on campus, but I don't really take notice to it. I've never had any problems with gender equality.""I think Xavier creates a pretty even playing field for women and men. As an English major, I've had the opportunity to take a lot of classes that focus on feminism, which has been amazing-- I've learned a ton from those classes and teachers. It's encouraging that boys sign up for those classes too, and they seem genuinely interested in the subject material."I feel empowered because we have our own clubs, like Women in Business, and awareness is being raised for a lot of issues pertaining to women."
"I'm in the Williams College of Business, which there is drastically more boys than girls in the classroom and the majority of my teachers are male. I once was one of four girls in a 30 person class. I never feel like I am looked down upon or thought less of, but I'm frequently the only girl in group projects. I wish there were more girls interested in business at Xavier or encouraged to go into the business school."
"The only time I've ever really felt singled out for being a girl was when a rival school started using the slogan 'Xavier Girls are Ugly.' The support from the Xavier men was very overwhelming and unexpected, which made me feel like we're really valued on cmapus."
Food & Drink"We all know the caf is the bomb dot com. Seasame Chicken.... mmmm.""Favorite place to dine on campus is Hoff Dining and the new Starbucks. Since Xavier is small, there aren't many options, but the cafeteria gives a lot of choices for students so that meals aren't the same every day.""Although the cafeteria (Hoff Dining Commons) is the main place to eat on campus, Currito, Coffee Emporium, Starbucks, Subway, and Ryan's are all really good too. Ryan's has just been redone and has awesome bar and grill type food! If you're craving chicken strips, that's the place to go.""You can't beat the sandwich and pasta lines in the caf. They're the best and the people who work them are awesome. Also, there's those awesome days in the caf that everyone lives for like sesame chicken, chicken bowls and Thanksgiving dinner.""Though people get sick of the dining hall food, we're pretty lucky with how great the caf is and the variety of food they provide. I'm always looking forward to new resturants on campus, and I hope that with the new University Station building, more places will become available."
Social Scene"Going out at Xavier is sometimes a hit or miss. Some weekends might not be as fun as others, but some - like Halloween, St. Pat's, and, my favorite, Pig Roast - will be the weekends you'll party from sun-up to sun-down.""I never feel pressured to drink or go out, which I feel like is really nice. If I want to, it's there for me and I can, but I don't have to in order to have friends or a social life.""The social scene is fun, especially if you're 21. My favorite things to do are go out to the bars in Mt. Adams or, of course, at Dana's, the local bar. Also, house parties are always a good time. The problem with Xavier is it's sometimes all about who you know. The social scene gets better as you get older.""My friends and I love the late night movies on campus. It's always a fun thing to do on the weekend when we don't want to go out. SAC puts on a ton of things like this for people who want to have fun but not necessarily go to a party.""The social scene is great. Going out to parties as an upperclassman is much easier than going out as a freshman. You just gotta stick with it!""The lack of Greek life means that the social scene is relied heavily on house parties. Unfortunately, becuase Xavier isn't the biggest party school, there might not be something going on when you want it to be."
Dorm Life"Brockman is by far the best dorm on campus. It solidified Xavier as a second home for me.""Living in a dorm was okay... I didn't really like the community bathrooms in Brockman. The best dorm on campus is, hands down, Fenwick. It was fun rooming with 5 other girls and seeing a lot of friends in the halls. Also, having to only share bathrooms with your roommates rather than the whole hall was nice. Fenwick is attached to the cafeteria, so that was nice in the winter because we essentially didn't have to leave the building.""BROCKMAN! Community style is the best way to make new friends.""Living on campus was great, but they're super strict about the alcohol, even in Fenwick or the Village which are typically upperclassmen housing. I live in Xavier dorms for two years and now, as a junior, I'm living on an off-campus apartment. It's definitely a different feel and a little detached from the community that I felt while I was on-campus, but it's nice to be without an RA.""There are a lot of different opinions on which dorm is the best dorm for freshman, and it's really all where you lived. Brockman kids will always love Brockman, Husman kids with Husman, Khulman with Khulman. Just pick the one that sounds best to you, and you will love it too!"
Exploring Cincinnati"Going downtown is so much fun, and there's a ton of things to do even if you aren't 21 and bar age. There are amazing parks to walk in, sports games to see, and amazing resturants to eat in (try Sotto or Nada for a special dinner!).""Cincy is cool. Lots of cool spots to hang out like Hyde Park, cute surrounding towns like Mariemont, and delicious restaurants.""One really awesome thing about Cincinnati is all the different neighborhoods. It can seem confusing, but each area has a distinct feel. Mt. Lookout and Hyde Park are relatively close to campus and a lot of fun to go check out.""Fountain Square is hands down the coolest place ever. And of course nothing beats hanging out at Great American Ballpark on Reds game day.""Living in Cincinnati is a blast. My favorite things to do around town are to shop in Hyde Park and Rookwood Commons. For weekend fun, the best places to go are the Banks and Mt. Adams. There's always something to do.""Cincinnati can be intimidating at first. It's very hard to drive around (the roads just don't seem to make sense!) and if you're not from here, it can be hard to know the good places to go. It really helps to talk to students that are from Cincy; they can give you lots of good advice. The best place to start your exploring is Newport. Xavier offers buses to Newport and there's a lot of things to do. Upperclassmen prefer 'bar areas' like Mt. Adams."
HC's Complete College Guide: Xavier University
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