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Saint Xavier University

Saint Xavier University
Saint Xavier University seal
Former names
Saint Francis Xavier Female Academy
Saint Xavier College
Established 1846
Type Private
Affiliation Roman Catholic (Sisters of Mercy)
President Christine Wiseman, J.D.
Academic staff
Students 5,028
Undergraduates 3,084
Postgraduates 1,944
Location Chicago, Illinois, USA
Campus Urban
Colors Scarlet and Gray
Athletics NAIACCAC
Nickname Cougars
Affiliations CMHE

Saint Xavier University (abbreviated SXU) is a four-year, coeducational institution of higher learning located on the southwest side of Chicago, Illinois.


  • History 1
  • Campus 2
    • Chicago 2.1
    • Orland Park 2.2
  • Academics 3
  • Athletics 4
  • Notable alumni 5
  • Student Success 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Saint Xavier University was founded as a women's college by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846 at the request of Bishop William Quarter. With the City of Chicago less than ten years old, the Sisters of Mercy, under the guidance of Mother Mary Francis Warde, RSM, established Saint Francis Xavier Female Academy. The Academy, which would later become Saint Xavier College, and finally Saint Xavier University, was the first Mercy College in the world and is the oldest chartered College in the city of Chicago.

The original campus, which burnt down in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, was located on Wabash Avenue between Madison and Monroe in downtown Chicago. Soon after, the campus was rebuilt on a 5-acre (2.023 ha) site on the southern boundary of Chicago.



Saint Xavier's 109 acres (44.1 ha) main campus is located in City of Chicago, on the corner of 103rd Street and Central Park Avenue.

The university's main campus[1] is made up of several buildings, including the Warde Academic Center, which is the oldest building on campus and houses administrative offices and the library, the Shannon Center, McDonough Chapel, a small Catholic chapel, the Graham School of Management Building, Andrew Conference Center, Driehaus Center, and Pulaski Center. Recently, the school has opened the Visual Arts Center and O'Grady Center which houses the offices of records, registration, and financial aid.

In 2001, an influx of students to the University led to the opening of four new dormitories on campus. McCarthy, Morris, Rubloff, and O'Brien Halls are apartment-style dorms that accommodate students on campus.

In 2009, former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley recognized Saint Xavier University for its eco-friendly efforts with the opening of the Arthur Rubloff Hall and O'Brien Halls on campus. These residence halls are environmentally friendly, featuring rooftop gardens and clean-source alternative energy.

Orland Park

Saint Xavier also has a campus located in Orland Park located off I-80 and LaGrange Road. The Orland Park Campus houses the School of Continuing and Professional Studies programs as well as a Fast-Track Business Administration program.


Recognized as one of the top 40 comprehensive master's universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2009,[2] Saint Xavier University offers more than 43 undergraduate majors and 25 graduate programs through their 5 schools:

  • The College of Arts and Sciences
  • The School of Education
  • The Graham School of Management
  • The School of Nursing (a recognized Center of Excellence by the National League of Nursing).[3]

In addition to undergraduate programs, the Graduate School at Saint Xavier University offers Master's degrees in Applied Computer Science, Education, Nursing, Business Administration, Speech and Language Pathology, and more.


The Saint Xavier Cougars are the athletic teams of Saint Xavier University. The university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cheerleading, cross country, dance, soccer, softball, track & field and volleyball. Its football team competes in the Mid-States Football Association under head coach Mike Feminis.

Athletic facilities on campus include The Shannon Center, which holds up to 3,500 students and also houses the university fitness center. It is home to both men's and women's basketball and volleyball teams. Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field is home to football, soccer, and track.

In 2011, Saint Xavier won the NAIA Football National Championship.

Notable alumni

Student Success

Four year graduation rate; Student transfer percentage; Student debt and starting salary


  1. ^ Campus map
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2],

External links

  • Official website
  • Official athletics website
  • About SXU
  • National League for Nursing - Centers of Excellence
  • Visual Arts Center at Saint Xavier University
  • Conference for Mercy Higher Education
  • Online Programs

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