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Xavier University Acceptance Rate

So, you’re thinking about applying to Xavier University, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.

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SAT Score: 1600
GPA: 4

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With an acceptance rate of 69%, admission to Xavier University is competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1200, or an ACT score of around 25.

Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and you’ll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at Xavier admission statistics.


Xavier Admissions Statistics

Xavier’s acceptance rate in 2017 was 69%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 13,213 applicants, Xavier admitted about 9,061. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.52, the average ACT score was 25, and the average SAT score was 1180.

For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 22, and the 75th percentile score was 27.

For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1070. The 75th percentile score was 1280.


If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.

Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.

As we said, admission to Xavier is very competitive. Even if Xavier is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.

Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.

OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at Xavier’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.


Xavier Application Requirements

To apply to Xavier, you’ll need to fill out the Xavier Application or the Common Application, submit an ACT or SAT score, pay the $35 application fee, submit your high school transcript and submit a Counselor Recommendation Form. Everything should be submitted by December 1st.

Here’s a full list of application requirements:

  • Fill out the Xavier Application or the Common Application
  • Submit an ACT score or SAT score
  • Pay the $35 application fee
  • Submit your high school transcript
  • Submit a Counselor Recommendation Form

The application deadline is December 1st. February 1st is the financial aid application deadline.

Have you been admitted to Xavier? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.


Xavier Admitted Students Profile

If you matriculate at Xavier, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.

Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:

  • Roughly 46% are male and 54% are female
  • 2% of students are international

Xavier has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:

  • International: 2%
  • Underrepresented minority: 4.6%
  • Two or more races: 3.6%
  • White: 74%

What do these admitted students plan to study? Xavier offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:


  • Marketing
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Biomedical Sciences

Now, how are you going to pay for this?

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Xavier Tuition Figures

At $50,880, Xavier’s cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $22,424.

Here’s a fuller look at Xavier tuition and financial aid in 2017:

  • Total budget: $50,880
  • Average financial aid package: $22,424
  • The average student debt of a Xavier graduate is $32,108

Now, what is life like at Xavier? Let’s take a look.


Campus Location

Xavier’s main campus is located in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The campus itself covers nearly 200 acres in the city, primarily in the neighborhoods of North Avondale and Evanston.

Remember, you’re going to Xavier for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.


Xavier Academics

Xavier has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:

  • Actuarial Science
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Communication
  • Criminal Justice
  • English Language and Literature
  • Finance
  • Graphic Design
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Marketing
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Political Science and Government
  • Radio and Television
  • Sport and Fitness Administration
  • Social Work

Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Xavier.


Student Life at Xavier

Xavier has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.

Here’s a sampling of Xavier’s student activities:

  • A Xavier Christmas
  • Changing Health, Attitudes, and Action to Recreate Girls (CHAARG)
  • Distance4Dreams
  • Fitness Club
  • Gentlemen Organized for Achievement and Leadership (GOAL)
  • Harmon-X
  • International Students Society
  • LGBTQ Alliance
  • Muskie Tigers
  • Pastries for Power Up
  • Student Veterans of Xavier
  • The Gathering
  • Voices of Solidarity
  • Xavier Students Against Destructive Decisions Every Day (X-SADD-ED)
  • Xavier Students Against Sexual Assault (XSASA)
  • Yoga and Holistic Awareness Club
  • Young Americans for Liberty

Are you an athlete? Xavier’s got plenty of options for you.


Xavier Athletics

Xavier offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.

Xavier’s sports include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Soccer
  • Golf
  • Track & Field
  • Tennis

Who might you become with a Xavier degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:


Notable Alums

Xavier has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.

Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:

  • US House of Representaives Speaker John Boehner
  • MLB pitcher Jim Bunning
  • Major League Soccer CMO Russell Findlay
  • Adobe Systems co-founder Charles Geschke
  • Poet Richard Hague
  • U.S. Ambassador to Singapore Patricia L. Herbold
  • Pulitzer Prize winner Jack Miles
  • Actor Robert Romanus
  • Philosopher Francis Wade

And this is only a partial list!


Getting into Xavier is very competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.

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Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Written by Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Prep Expert Founder & CEO

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