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Saint Xavier University
Former names
Saint Francis Xavier Female Academy
Saint Xavier College
MottoVia Veritas Vita (Latin)
Motto in English
(I am) the way, the truth, and the life.
TypePrivate, Catholic, research, coeducational higher education institution
Established1846; 175 years ago (1846)
FounderReligious Sisters of Mercy
Religious affiliation
(Sisters of Mercy)
Academic affiliations
PresidentLaurie M. Joyner
Vice-presidentDan Klotzbach
ProvostMichael Marsden (Interim)
Academic staff
Location, ,
United States
Colors  Scarlet and  Gray
Sporting affiliations

Saint Xavier University (or SXU) is a private Catholic higher education institution in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1846 by the Sisters of Mercy, the university enrolls 3,896 students.[when?]


Saint Xavier University was founded as a women's college by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846 at the request of Bishop William Quarter. With the City of Chicago less than 10 years old, the religious sisters, under the guidance of Mother Mary Francis Xavier Warde, R.S.M., established Saint Francis Xavier Female Academy. The Academy, which would later become Saint Xavier College, and finally Saint Xavier University, was the first Mercy College in the world and is the oldest chartered college in the city of Chicago.[citation needed]

The original campus, which burned down in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, was located on Wabash Avenue between Madison and Monroe in downtown Chicago. Soon after, the campus was rebuilt on a 5-acre (2.023 ha) site on the southern boundary of Chicago.[citation needed]


Saint Xavier University offers undergraduate majors and graduate programs through their three schools:

Saint Xavier University has one of the most diverse undergraduate student bodies in Chicago and is a federally-designated Hispanic-serving institution.[2]



Saint Xavier's 109 acres (44.1 ha) main campus is located in City of Chicago in the Mt. Greenwood neighborhood on the corner of 103rd Street and Central Park Avenue.

The university's main campus[3] is made up of several buildings, including the Warde Academic Center, which is the oldest building on campus and houses administrative offices and the library; the Shannon Center; McDonough Chapel, a small Catholic chapel; the Graham School of Management Building; Andrew Conference Center and Driehaus Center. Within a mile of the main campus are the Visual Arts Center and O'Grady Center, which houses the departments of University Relations and University Advancement.

In 2001, an influx of students to the University led to the opening of four new dormitories on campus.

In 2009, former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley recognized Saint Xavier University for its eco-friendly efforts with the opening of the Arthur Rubloff Hall and O'Brien Halls on campus. These residence halls are environmentally friendly, featuring rooftop gardens and clean-source alternative energy.


The Saint Xavier Cougars are the athletic teams of Saint Xavier University. The university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), competing in most sports as a member of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC). In football, the Cougars are affiliated with the Midwest League of the Mid-States Football Association.

Men's sports include baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, golf, volleyball, soccer and track & field; women's sports include basketball, bowling, cheerleading, cross country, dance, soccer, softball, track & field and volleyball. The baseball team is coached by Addison Rouse. The football team is coached by Mike Feminis.

Athletic facilities on campus include the Shannon Center, which holds up to 3,500 students and houses the university fitness center. It is home to both men's and women's basketball and volleyball teams. Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field is home to football, soccer, and track.

In 2011, Saint Xavier won the NAIA Football National Championship.


  1. ^ "SXU receives third consecutive "Center of Excellence" designation from National League for Nursing | SXNews". Retrieved 2016-02-09.
  2. ^ "Get to Know our Students and Programs | Saint Xavier University". Retrieved 2016-02-09.
  3. ^ Campus map Archived 2006-02-20 at the Wayback Machine

Coordinates: 41°42′31″N 87°42′53″W / 41.70861°N 87.71472°W / 41.70861; -87.71472