Xavier University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Xavier University is a private Catholic university with an acceptance rate of 74%. Founded in 1831 and located five miles from downtown Cincinnati, Xavier is one of the oldest Jesuit universities in the country. The university's preprofessional programs in business, education, communications, and nursing are all popular among undergraduates. The school was granted a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences. In athletics, the Xavier Musketeers compete in the NCAA Division I Big East Conference. The basketball team has met with notable success.

Considering applying to Xavier University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Xavier University had an acceptance rate of 74%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 74 students were admitted, making Xavier's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 15,100
Percent Admitted 74%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 13%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Xavier requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 42% of admitted students submitted SAT scores. Note that beginning with the 2019-2020 admissions cycle, Xavier will become test-optional for most applicants.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 540 630
Math 530 620
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Xavier's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Xavier scored between 540 and 630, while 25% scored below 540 and 25% scored above 630. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 530 and 620, while 25% scored below 530 and 25% scored above 620. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1250 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Xavier.

Requirements

Note that Xavier does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Xavier participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Xavier requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 71% of admitted students submitted ACT scores. Note that beginning with the 2019-2020 admissions cycle, Xavier will become test-optional for most applicants.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 22 29
Math 21 27
Composite 22 28

This admissions data tells us that most of Xavier's admitted students fall within the top 37% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Xavier received a composite ACT score between 22 and 28, while 25% scored above 28 and 25% scored below 22.

Requirements

Xavier does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, Xavier superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

In 2018, the middle 50% of Xavier University's incoming class had high school GPAs between 3.11 and 3.91. 25% had a GPA above 3.91, and 25% had a GPA below 3.11. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Xavier have primarily A and B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Xavier University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Xavier University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Xavier University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Xavier University, which accepts fewer than three-quarters of applicants, has a competitive admissions pool. However, Xavier also has a holistic admissions process and admissions decisions are based on much more than numbers. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. The university is looking for students who will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways, not just students who show promise in the classroom. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of Xavier's average range. Note that some majors at Xavier are more selective. Music, Theater, Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Radiological Technology, Classics, and Philosophy all have selective admissions.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. Most successful applicants had high school averages of "B" or higher, combined SAT scores of 1000 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 20 or better.

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