Resources › For Students and Parents Xavier University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics Share Flipboard Email Print Andrew Haggard / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 1.0 For Students and Parents College Admissions Testing Graphs College Admissions Process College Profiles College Rankings Choosing A College Application Tips Essay Samples & Tips College Financial Aid Extracurricular Activities Advanced Placement Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More by Allen Grove Dr. Allen Grove is an Alfred University English professor and a college admissions expert with 20 years of experience helping students transition to college. Updated October 31, 2019 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. 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. If You Like Xavier University, You May Also Like These Schools Ohio State UniversityBowling Green State UniversityPurdue UniversityUniversity of CincinnatiMichigan State UniversityGonzaga University All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and Xavier University Undergraduate Admissions Office. Continue Reading How Competitive Is Ball State University's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Georgia State University's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Ohio University's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Marquette University's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Creighton University's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Mississippi State University's Admissions Process? 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