About the University
University 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 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.
Xavier University was established in 1831 when the first bishop of Cincinnati, Edward Fenwick, raised a two-story building near the cathedral in downtown Cincinnati and opened its doors to educate seminarians and other young men in the Ohio area. This institute of arts and sciences was the first Catholic institution of higher learning in the Northwest Territory. The original name of the college was The Athenaeum, but it was dedicated from the beginning to the patronage of St. Francis Xavier.
At first, the college was administered by the bishop and his diocesan priests, but as it grew, it began to require professional academic leadership. In 1840, John Roothaan, the Jesuit Superior General, responded to the request of Fenwick’s successor, Bishop John Purcell, and appointed three Jesuit priests, two brothers and two scholastics, to assume leadership of the college. Its name was changed to St. Xavier College in honor of the Jesuit educator under whose patronage the college was originally placed.
It was during these first few years as a Jesuit institution that Xavier began to take on the unique character and special role that it fulfills today. For example, a mercantile program was added to the curriculum in 1840 because the Jesuit educators recognized the need to supplement the traditional humanities education with a sound business program. Today, the University is recognized for its development of the Williams College of Business, which together with the other academic colleges - the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Professional Sciences - provide students with a broad-based learning experience.
In 1841, Xavier offered its first night courses, beginning a tradition of serving the unique needs and schedules of professionals in the Cincinnati community, a tradition it proudly continues today.
St. Xavier College moved to its present location in the geographic center of the city in 1919, when its growth and development called for new and larger facilities. To reflect that growth and development, the name was changed to Xavier University in 1930. Since that time, the University has become coeducational (1969) and has implemented a host of new academic programs, faculties, community projects and student services.
A historical development at Xavier was the addition on July 1, 1980, of a second campus and a fourth undergraduate college, Edgecliff College. Founded in 1935 by the Sisters of Mercy as a women’s liberal arts college, Edgecliff brought with it 45 years of dedication and academic excellence. In 1985, the Edgecliff campus was sold, and all programs were moved to the main campus. In 1999, Alumni Hall was renovated and renamed Edgecliff Hall to bring to campus a physical presence of the legacy of Edgecliff College.
The campus grew in the 1980s with donations of property by the U.S. Shoe Corporation in 1982 and the Rainbo Baking Company in 1986 (including an 84,000-square-foot building) that increased Xavier’s total campus acreage to 80 acres.
Other expansions included Xavier Village, a 56-unit student apartment complex constructed on 5.6 acres of property purchased from Peggy Becker Jackson in May 1988, and the Link complex, three acres received through a charitable trust from Joseph Link Jr. on Jan. 2, 1989. These additions brought Xavier’s total area to 89 acres.
On April 21, 1991, James E. Hoff, S.J., was inaugurated as Xavier’s 33rd president. Under Hoff’s leadership, the University experienced a remarkable growth spurt. The addition of the Lindner Family Physics Building (1991) and the closing of a portion of Ledgewood Avenue in 1993 were followed by the creation of the residential and academic malls in the mid-1990’s. The restoration of Hinkle, Schmidt and Edgecliff (formerly Alumni) halls, Bellarmine Chapel, and the construction of the Cintas Center and student recreation park soon followed. Academically, Hoff brought about some substantial changes, including the creation of the academic service-learning semesters, the Brueggeman Center for Dialogue, the doctoral program in psychology - Xavier’s first doctoral-level course of study and the second PsyD program in Ohio - and the Weekend Degree Program. He also created the National Alumni Association.
In the fall of 2001, Michael J. Graham, S.J., was inaugurated as Xavier’s 34th president, continuing the pattern of growth and prosperity, with particular focus on academics. A new academic vision statement helped drive Xavier to a significant increase in national recognition for its academics. A third honors program was added. The Conaton Learning Commons was constructed with 21st-century teaching and learning styles in mind. The addition of Smith Hall helped make the Williams College of Business one of the nation’s most dynamic business schools by any measure. And a new four-dorm residence hall and dining complex named Fenwick Place was built to accommodate the growing demand for enrollment in the University. In 2006, Xavier celebrated its 175th anniversary, and Xavier’s growth since its founding reflects its origins as a teaching institution that soundly prepares students for careers, graduate study or both. A Xavier education, particularly at the undergraduate level, is marked by an emphasis on liberal arts learning contained in Xavier’s core curriculum. Equally important in the Xavier tradition is the synthesis of human, cultural and ethical values, concern and respect for all people, and an appreciation of the worth and dignity of the self and others.
A continued emphasis was also placed on Xavier’s Jesuit heritage with the creation of the Center for Mission and Identity, which includes the Conway Institute for Jesuit Education, Ignatian programs and an online Jesuit resource service. The Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice and the Center for Interfaith Community Engagement were created to challenge and support students as they deepen their spiritual lives.
Xavier University offers its students the advantages of a quality liberal education, which has always been the center of a Jesuit university. Such an education enables the student to put personal academic goals in the context of the diverse achievements of civilization and the vast potential of the human person. Jesuit and Catholic education presumes that the truth about the world and humankind, discovered through human reason, cannot ultimately conflict with the truth of faith, since the two have a common origin in God. Indeed, the continuing dialogue between religious tradition and developing human wisdom is of primary importance in the search for ultimate truth.
The goal of a Jesuit and Catholic education is integration of the intellectual dimension of learning and the spiritual experience of the student, along with the development of a strong system of personal moral values. Such an education strives for the formation of the student’s mind and heart into a habit of reaching out to the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s global society and, in the process, of reaching out to God.
The institution is committed to making available a rigorous academic and pre-professional learning environment, which educates each student intellectually, morally and spiritually.
Xavier University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Xavier has been continuously accredited by the Commission since 1935. The Commission may be contacted via their website at http://www.ncahlc.org/, by mail at 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504, or by phone 1-800-621-7440. Xavier University is also accredited by the Ohio Board of Regents as a degree-granting institution, and is approved by Department of Education of State of Ohio for teacher certification, and counseling. The Athletic Training Education program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The Sport Management program is accredited by the Commission on Sports Management Accreditation. The Chemistry program is recognized by the American Chemical Society (ACS) for its training in chemistry. The School of Nursing is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing for its nursing programs, and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for its MSN and BSN programs. The BSN program, RN to MSN and the Master of Science in Nursing: direct entry as a second degree (The MIDAS program) are endorsed by the American Holistic Nursing Certification Corporation. Xavier is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) for its baccalaureate social work program, and by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) for its radiologic technology program. Xavier’s Master of Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The Montessori program is affiliated with the American Montessori Society (AMS) and is accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE). The Master of Arts Program in School Counseling and the Master of Arts Program in Community Counseling are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Programs in the School of Education are accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). The graduate program in health services administration is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Health Management Education (CAHME). The English as a Second Language Program is accredited by The Commission on English Language Program Acceditation (CEA). The Williams College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB International). The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The doctoral program in clinical psychology is accredited by the APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street, NE; Washington DC 20002-4242, Phone 202 336-5979.
Honor Societies and Professional Fraternities
Alpha Epsilon Delta The Ohio Kappa Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta was installed at Xavier University in April of 2001. AED is the national honor society for students preparing for careers in health professions. The mission of the society is to encourage excellence in pre-health professions scholarship, and to benefit health organizations, charities and the community. Members are chosen in recognition of their commitment to health care professions, academic scholarship and service.
Alpha Sigma Nu A chapter of this national honor fraternity for students of Jesuit colleges and universities was established at Xavier in 1939. Candidates for membership, chosen during their junior or senior year or from the graduate programs, must be outstanding in scholarship, in loyalty, and in service to the university.
Chi Sigma Iota The Xavier University Sigma Seta Chi chapter of Chi Sigma Iota is an international honor society open to professional counselors and counselors in training. Its mission is to promote scholarship, research, professionalism and leadership in the counseling field.
Beta Gamma Sigma is the international honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International -The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International.
Delta Sigma Pi The Theta Lambda Chapter of the International Fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi, a professional business fraternity, promotes academic achievement, leadership, and a closer affiliation between the business world and business students.
Mortar Board The D’Artagnan Chapter of Mortar Board was installed at Xavier in the spring of 1994. Mortar Board, founded in 1918 as the first national honor society for senior college women, is now a coeducational senior honor society which promotes equal opportunities among all people and emphasizes the advancement of the status of women. Members are chosen in recognition of their leadership, scholarship, and service.
Omicron Delta Epsilon ODE is the international honors society in economics, with 535 chapters. The Xavier University chapter was founded in 1970. Among the objectives of ODE are recognition of scholastic attainment, the honoring of outstanding achievements in economics, and the establishment of closer ties between students and faculty in economics within the college and with other universities.
Phi Alpha Theta Kappa Nu Chapter of the international honor society of history is open to history students (whether majors or not) who have distinguished themselves academically.
Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Founded in 1776, it is the nation’s oldest academic honor society and has more than 500,000 members with 276 chapters nationwide. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities.
Pi Delta Phi The purpose of this society is to recognize outstanding scholarship in the French language and its literature. To increase the knowledge and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world.
Psi Chi is the national honorary society that recognizes academic achievement by psychology majors. The Psi Chi chapter at Xavier is a member of the national Psi Chi society. Membership in the society is recognized throughout the profession of psychology as a mark of distinction.
Sigma Delta Pi’s purpose is to honor those who attain excellence in the study of the Spanish language and in the study of the literature and culture of the Spanish-speaking peoples.
Sigma Pi Sigma The Xavier University chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma, national physics honor society, honors students having high scholarship and promise of achievement in physics, promotes their interest in research, encourages professional spirit and friendship among physics students, and popularizes interest in physics.
Sigma Theta Tau Sigma Theta Tau is an international honor society for nursing students.
The University maintains memberships in these educational and learned organizations: Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences; Academy of Management; Academy of Political Science; American Academy of Political and Social Science; American Academy of Religion; American Accounting Association; American Art Therapy Association; American Association for State and Local History; American Association of Colleges of Nursing; American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers; American Association of School Administrators; American Association of University Professors; American Association for Employment in Education; American Catholic Philosophical Association; American College Personnel Association; American Correctional Association; American Council on Consumer Interests; American College and University President’s Climate Commitment; American Council on Education; American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages; American Economic Society; American Film Institute; American Finance Association; American Historical Association; American Library Association; American Management Association; American Marketing Association; American Mathematical Society; American Montessori Society; American Psychological Association; American Occupational Therapy Association; American Philological Association; American Political Science Association; American Production and Inventory Control Society; American Society for Training and Development; American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers; Association for Communication Administration; Association for Computer Machinery; Association for Continuing Higher Education; Association for Quality and Productivity; Association for Women in Mathematics; Association of American Colleges and Universities; Association of Catholic Colleges & Universities; Association of College Unions-International; Association of Departments of English; Association of Governing Boards of Universities & Colleges; Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio; Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities; Association of Professors and Researchers in Religious Education; Association of Psychology Post-doctoral and Internship Centers; Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards and the Council for the National Registrar of Health Service Providers in Psychology; Association of University Programs in Health Administration; Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; Broadcast Education Association; Broadcast Music Incorporated; Canadian Historical Association; Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association; Catholic Theological Society of America; Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions; Central Association of College & University Business Officers; Central States Conference on Teaching of Foreign Languages; Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce; Classical Association of the Middle West and South; Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities; College and University Personnel Association; The College Board; College English Association of Ohio; College Theology Society; Conference Board, Inc.; Conference on Partnership in Jesuit Higher Education; Consortium on Peace Research Education and Development; Council for Advancement and Support of Education; Council for Higher Education Accreditation; Council for Opportunity in Education; Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Council of Independent Colleges; Council on Undergraduate Research; Downtown Cincinnati, Inc; Economic History Association; Fair Labor Association; Financial Executives International; Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities; Greater Cincinnati Convention & Visitors Bureau; Greater Cincinnati Library Consortium; Handweavers Guild of America; Hastings Center; Hebrew Union College & Jewish Institute of Religion; Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities; Institute of International Education; International Business School Computer User’s Group; International Reading Association; Jesuit Conference of Nursing Programs; Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts; Linguistic Society of America; Mathematical Association of America; Metaphysical Society of America; MidEast Collegiate Honors Association; Midwest Alliance In Nursing; Midwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators; Midwest Modern Language Association; Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools; Midwestern Collegiate Conference; Modern Language Association; National Academic Advising Association; National Art Education Association; National Association for Ethnic Studies; National Association of College Admission Counseling; National Association of Colleges and Employers; National Association of College and University Business Officers; National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education; National Association of Elementary School Principals; National Association of Foreign Student Advisors; National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals; National Association of Secondary School Principals; National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators; National Association of Student Personnel Administrators; National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities; National Career Development Association; National Catholic Educational Association; National Collegiate Athletic Association; National Committee on Planned Giving; National Council for the Social Studies; National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology; National Council of University Research Administrators; National League for Nursing; National Organization on Legal Problems of Education; National School Board Association; National Student Employment Association; National Wildlife Federation; National Women’s Studies Association; North American Academy of Liturgy; North American Association of Summer Schools; North American Association of Summer Sessions; North Central Association of Colleges & Schools; North Central Association of Summer Schools; Norwood Chamber of Commerce; Ohio Academy of Sciences; Ohio Assembly of Deans & Directors of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs; Ohio Association of College Admission Counseling; Ohio Association of College and University Business Officers; Ohio Association of Colleges for Teacher Education; Ohio Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers; Ohio Association of Private Colleges for Teacher Education; Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators; Ohio Biological Survey; Ohio Campus Compact; Ohio College Association; Ohio Foreign Language Association; Region VI Coalition for Responsible Investment; Royal Historical Society; Sesac, Inc.; Society for College and University Planning; Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy; Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S.; Society of Biblical Literature; Society of Christian Ethics; Speech Communication Association-Ohio; Strategic Management Society; Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages; The Tuition Exchange; United States Green Building Coalition.
Xavier University has demonstrated its commitment to excellence by instituting an assessment program that includes all aspects of the University and is ongoing. The goal of this program is the continual improvement of the educational experience at Xavier. The involvement of every member of the Xavier community-faculty, staff and students-is necessary to ensure that the assessment program is a success.