Cincinnati, OH
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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Curriculum for biology majors is difficult at Xavier. Studying is not an option.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Course load is heavy, but professors are great about helping their students. Honor students, nursing majors, and athletes get priority registration.

4 College Junior

Academics: professors and advisors are really helpful

3 College Junior

Academics: Some people don't care what your excuse is they won't let you override a class; which is totally unfair, they don't even consider that someone's father lost their job and they're trying to do everything in their power so that family's home don't get taken away by the government and also pay for their daughter's education.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Very demanding because most of us are double majors and are taking over 15 credit hours. Our classroom space is less than perfect, but this fall we will finally have the new (just refurbished) building with our own floor for classrooms and study space (for honors students only).


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 405th
    Smartest Professors
  • 441st
    Most Available Classes
  • 500th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 656th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 678th
    Best Technology in the Classroom

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Michelle Rosmarin
Columbus, Ohio
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Like any university, the faculty at Xavier is extremely diverse in background, teaching style, and availability. More often than not, the professors avidly encourage students to come during office hours with questions and concerns about course material. Even if you’re unlucky enough to catch a bad professor, chances are, they’re at least qualified (83 percent of Xavier faculty members hold the highest degrees in their field). Classes are relatively small. An average class is about 23 students, which can be helpful in making classes more dynamic and interesting, but if you plan to skip class, chances are the professor is going to notice. The small classes and high level of professor interaction at Xavier are a far cry from the large lectures you’d find at most big universities. If you’re looking to nod off amongst a sea of note-takers, it’s going to be tough to do well at Xavier.

Xavier has been recognized nationally for many years in the area of academic excellence, and rightly so. With a good balance of introductory courses, as well as seminars and advanced studies available, the University has created a dynamic and challenging environment. The unique ethics/religion and society core ties many of the 100-level courses together so that all students gain a common understanding of their Jesuit education and its ethical implications. The courseload is always challenging enough to keep you busy, but nothing is unmanageable. Ivy League it is not, but based on reputation and results, Xavier is a first-rate academic community.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 50%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 49%
  • 50 or More Students: 1%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Social Sciences
  • Williams College of Business
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 8%
  • Finance, General: 2%
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: 4%
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General: 3%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Best Places to Study
  • Gallagher Student Center
  • McDonald Library
Tips to Succeed
  • As important as it is to study, having fun and relaxing can be just as crucial.
  • Be open to new ideas and experiences.
  • Be thrifty. You will be astounded by how quickly you go through cash here.
  • Get in the habit of studying at the same time every night.
  • Go to class! Remember, 80 percent of life is just showing up.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 27 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 8 responses

  • 15% Brian Grant - NBA player
  • 15% David West - NBA player
  • 15% John Boehner- Speaker of the House
  • 12% John Dreyer - vice president, Walt Disney Co.
  • 12% Ken Blackwell - Ohio secretary of state
  • 12% Jim Bunning - MLB pitcher, politician
  • 12% Tyrone Hill - former NBA player
  • 8% Dr. Charles M. Geschke - co-founder of Adobe Systems
  • 0% Janet Smith Dickerson - former VP, Princeton University
  • 0% Ken Lucas - former U.S. congressman (D-KY)

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 26 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.


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