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  • 08/05/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 out of 13 people found this review useful. 1 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Xavier University is a Jesuit college, but they are always accepting of other religions. The classes in no way effect anyone's religious status. It is a very great school for anyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest taking all the opportunity that you can your first year to get to know people and know the school. Sign up for a club that you are interested in to find a group of friends that share your same interests.

    Bang for the buck

    The only downfall of Xavier University is the cost of tuition and other fees. If one is coming from a family without a lot of financial support it is difficult to pay. I have two jobs to help with paying for college. I believe that the experience I am getting at Xavier is well worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    The experience of college life at Xavier University is superior. I can not imagine myself at another college that will provide me with the same joy that I get at Xavier. The students are great and the green space provides an excellent place to meet new people and play.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are small and professors are dedicated to giving a one on one experience with the students. I have never been turned down by a professor to meet for further instructions after class. Professor seem to really enjoy their time at Xavier University which drives them to provide superior knowledge.

  • 01/11/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 out of 12 people found this review useful. 2 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Xavier University is great for just about anyone, but to be more particular, it is great for those who may need extra help and tutoring, those who need help trying to manage their time wisely, those who want to succeed in life, and those who want to have an unforgotten and remarkable college life, both academic and social.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips you may find helpful may be: Study hard Time Management Get involved on and off campus. Make sure you have some free time so you can rest your brain, because you do not want to stress too much. Search for all the help you can possibly get. Get good rest, especially before a test. Find something that will keep you motivated no matter what goes on in your life. Make sure you keep a healthy diet and drink lots of water READ THE BIBLE AND PRAY Have Faith. Try to relax, do not stress. Run toward your dreams.

    Bang for the buck

    Although Xavier is a great school, it is also an expensive school. It may be said that if you have low income and financial aid then you may not be able to attend this school. I am the first generation to attend school in my family. I come from a single parent home and have a 17 year old baby sister who will be expecting soon. I always had a dream to become a doctor and attend college with no doubt in my mind that it would be impossible. My first semester of college was a struggle for my mother and myself with the tuition; however, we made it through. Xavier University may be expensive but it is worth the struggle in the long run. I pray everyday that God helps my mother and myself have the money to pay for my schooling at Xavier University. With God and my mother on my side, I will make this tuition pay work. Because one has low income or little financial aid coming in, do not have any doubt that you cannot attend here because with hard work it is possible.

    Am enjoying being here

    Enjoying is not the word I want to use. If I could think of a better word I would use it. Xavier University is a great school to enjoy your college life and to receive a degree at. The professors are great and very nice to all the students. They are always willing to help you and can work around your schedule if you cannot attend their office hours. The people here are awesome and it makes it even more remarkable to be around people who are pressing their way to success. Party's! We have them. Its all apart of the college life; however, the students here make sure they put their studies before the parties which I enjoy a lot.

    Am learning a lot

    I am majoring in Natural Sciences at Xavier University. They provide a mass load of science help and much more, such as, Supplemental Instructions and tutoring. Supplemental Instructions are sessions in which upperclassman teach and review material from the lecture. They provide these sessions for Biology and Chemistry, three times a week. It has been calculated; those who attend the sessions on regular basis earn higher grades on tests. They also have free tutoring for just about any subject and all the professors have office hours in which you may attend for more individual help. If you want to learn, want the help, and want to succeed in life, Xavier University may be the perfect route to start.

  • 07/12/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 9 people found this review useful. 3 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Leaders Volunteers Adventurous Active Excited and anyone who just wants to go to school and make friends that will last a lifetime

    Tips for prospective students

    It's a great school, but you have to know which teachers to get. The campus is beautiful with great architecture. The teachers actually care about the students and are always willing to help. The classes are all pretty small I have yet to have a lecture bigger than 50 students, and that was a science course.

    Bang for the buck

    Sure it's a little pricey, but what good school isn't. This school offers alot of computer rentals and printing for free, along with tutoring for just about any class you could think of.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are lots of clubs you can join and tons of leadership opportunities along with volunteer opportunities. It is very easy to make friends and to talk to just about everyone.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers really give time to the students to listen to the questions and do what they can to help you understand. All of the profeesors have office hours that are set and by appoitment.

  • 10/04/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 4 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    ANYONE! Xavier is very diverse and usually you will not see one nationality forming a clique or anything like in high school. You are accepted no matter what and can be friends with whoever you want.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy the uniqueness of Xavier! From the interactions with professors to the church services to the intense basketball games, Xavier is a community wishing to include everyone so that you may have the time of your life.

    Bang for the buck

    Xavier is pretty expensive. Sometimes, you will get professors that do not fulfill your expectations based on what you are paying. Nevertheless, I would not go anywhere else, even for free.

    Am enjoying being here

    Most definitely! Since Xavier is a pretty small school, I have met a ton of people. There is a lot of work for your classes, but it is like that everywhere. What matters is what you can do outside of class. Xavier has so many opportunities for involvement and lasting friendships.

    Am learning a lot

    Last year, my rating would not have been this high. Now, as a sophomore, I am seeing more and more connections between classes which is incredible. Who knew biology and theology had similar concepts?

  • 12/17/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 5 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    - people who like getting to know their professors and having their professors know them - people who may need extra help and explanations from their professors - students who enjoy knowing people on campus and actually being able to see them on a daily or weekly basis without having to make an appointment with them - you will see friends every day, either going to class, coming from the dorms, the cafeteria, etc. - people who enjoy participating in a ton of activities without necessarily having the obligation of having to attend meetings or hold a leadership position, they are available, but there is so much going on that if you are busy, you can still participate - people who enjoy a small campus where everything is close but not super close - people who enjoy school spirit (THERE IS SO MUCH!!)

    Tips for prospective students

    I would tell a prospective student to check it out a few times. Go on a tour, and stay with a student. I would recommend going to a class or two to see how the classes truly function. I would suggest that a prospective student go out on a weekend with a student to see what the social life is like outside of the academia. Check out the student center, Gallagher Student Center (GSC), during the day to see the dynamics of the school because GSC is truly the hub of the campus. There is a pub/burger joint, subway, a coffee shop, three levels of study area, career services, interfaith offices, and so much more. Also, see what the core values are of the school and look through the website to see if those core values, and the opportunities offered through the school are the same as what you value and are looking for.

    Bang for the buck

    I love Xavier. There is definitely room for growth and change, but taht is true with any school. I love the atmosphere of campus and the faculty truly care about the students. The small class sizes enable the professors to know students by not just their names but their personalities as well. At the same time, it is for the student to take the initiative to seek out the professor.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy being on the campus. There are always familiar faces where ever I go, and that is something that I really like and appreciate. It is easy to meet people and to make friends. Parallel to that, by meeting those new people it becomes very easy to get involved with anything you want. I would say one of the downfalls is that there is not a lot of diversity on campus. There are a lot of opportunities to participate in programs that relate to diversity but as far as the actual amount of diversity on campus with relation to students, there is not much.

    Am learning a lot

    I would give this section a relatively high rating. In high school I felt as if I did not need to work that hard for my grades but at the same time, I was not retaining any of the information. At Xavier, the classes are more difficult, but it is worth it because during the semester I was able to recall information from early on in the semester and apply it to what we were learning towards the end. It is a really awesome feeling when you actually know what you are talking about. Another aspect of learning that I would also give a high rating relates to the social aspects of college. I have become involved with several clubs and organizations at Xavier relating to peace and justice issues, campus ministry, interfaith community, etc. There are always programs being put on by these organizations as well as many others every day. It is so great to be able to go any where on campus and see and learn something. There is always something going on and there is always something new.

  • 12/15/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 6 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Xavier University is great for any student that is wanting and willing to work for their education. As well as for the student who is eagered to be a well rounded contributor to society.

    Tips for prospective students

    A tip for prospective students. What ever university you decide to matriculate through make sure you are fully prepared to manage your school work, relationships, and extracurriculars. I like to think that college is a lot like high school but with homework on steroids and ten times more responsiblity.

    Bang for the buck

    The million dollar question, or should I say the roughly $37,820 question. You definitely get all that you pay for through superb living quarters, an infinite amount of campus activities and the top of the line degree.

    Am enjoying being here

    The aura at Xavier is a welcoming, nurturing and empowering. Who wouldn't want to be apart of the musketeer family?

    Am learning a lot

    If you are Looking for a School that will challenge you academically, look no further, Xavier University is a perfect match! The course riggers from English 101 to Molecular Biology will prepare you for anything that you can fathom. I am learning more than my brain can handle and the quality of higher education can get no better.

  • 08/12/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 7 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This college is great for students who want to become a doctor and willing to work hard to get to that place.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to work hard and study. You have to also talk to upper classman to see who to take because there are some problems at Xavier like lack of understanding due to accents.

    Bang for the buck

    Although it may not seem that it is worth it, but in reality it is. Xavier has taught me a lot of different things. The education you are paying for is worth it in the long run because Xavier has this way of making you do your best. Every grade you get you have to earn it.

    Am enjoying being here

    Xavier is a hate or love school honestly. The school has hardly any extracurriclur activities, but they make up with events that scheduled throughout the semester. The environment is great! Everyone around you is positive and willing to help with whatever problem you may have. Furthermore, waking up to the beautiful campus is also a plus.

    Am learning a lot

    At Xavier you will learn a lot about yourself and about your major. You have to constantly study as usual. Xavier have different programs around campus that would help you such as writing centers, math centers, chemistry centers, and etc.

  • 01/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 8 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    really good police is everywhere

    Greek Life

    only business fraternities

    Great for these types of students

    all types, but more if you want a good career

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs, go in out in this bus that the school has to send students to malls and those places, or have a commuter friend.

    Food and Dining

    Food places, there is a subway, a chinese place, a bar, a european food place and a pizza place inside the recreation building. In that building there is also a couple of pool tables and some other games. There is a currito in a building where the main cafeteria and some dorms are. There will be more places opening there, I think food places. There are coffee emporiums in the business building (which is beautiful), and recreational building.

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms are very expensive, but very nice. The surrounding neighborhood is not good, but there are emergency phones all around campus so police will serve as company to wherever you have to go. There is a parking place for residents right outside their dorms. people in charge of taking care of the dorms are not so estrict. I know that people gather around even at 4 am in the dorms and they are not told anything. They do get written up if there is alcohol.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are challenging like business classes, science labs, and english classes are tedious, but hang in there, there is help for everyone. There are labs that help you with papers and math and science and eccon, and just about everything. Help is there you just have to go for it.

    Tips for prospective students

    -be ready to be challenged -don't expect to party every day, Xavier is not much of a party school. -join in clubs, and programs get involved, makes it all a lot more fun. -just because the class is easy don't be lazy, do your work good and talk to your professors. They are very helpful, and if you are a point away from an A, they will give it to you if they notice you are interested.

    In three sentences

    A very welcoming school. Many programs help you adapt better to the college life and all of its aspects. Great professors and challenging classes.

  • 11/08/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 5 people found this review useful. 9 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Love a small community where it's easy to get to know people. Want a more isolated campus that's away from the city center. Want challenging academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make friends early. Even if you're not a partier, go out. It's how everybody meets each other, and even if you decide to stop going out later, you'll thank yourself for the friends you made early on.

    Bang for the buck

    You get a great education and a wonderful support staff for your money, but it's expensive and can definitely dent your pocket book. More than the tuition though, it's the living expense of housing, a meal plan, etc that really gets you.

    Am enjoying being here

    Xavier's campus is small and close knit. Always welcoming, but I have often found it too small. It's a challenge to get off campus if you don't have a car, and there's little to do within walking distance.

    Am learning a lot

    Teachers here are wonderfully helpful. They are always willing to make time for you. Small class sizes ensure you never get lost and enables the teachers to help you stay on track.

  • 01/05/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 10 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Xavier is great for almost anyone. If you're looking for a small, nice campus, small classes, a welcoming environment, and a place to show off your school spirit, then Xavier is for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! It makes college so much more enjoyable and you will make a ton of friends. Go to the basketball games, the late night movies, or whatever the SGA is offering. Be sure to communicate with your professors. They put themselves out there for a reason. Talk to them during their office hours, over email, or before or after class. And definitely be sure to speak up in class. Professors tend to make participation a part of your grade.

    Bang for the buck

    Xavier is a bit pricey, but it is worth it. The education you will receive is fantastic. If you read about past alums, you'll see that many people who have graduated from Xavier have great jobs. Xavier offers tutoring if you need a little extra help. They have math and writing labs if you need help with your math class or with writing a paper.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love it at Xavier. It is such a great atmosphere. Everyone is welcome and they do not judge you. There is usually a lot of fun events during the semester.

    Am learning a lot

    At my high school, most of my classes were easy A's. At Xavier, you have to work and study hard. I am definitely learning a lot because of the professors. They are informative, explain everything well, and love what they are doing. They try their best to be open to students in case anyone needs help.

  • 01/10/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 11 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who has an open mind!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't listen to people when they say college was easier than high school. Sure, you have a lot of freedom and choices, but the material in the classroom is very hard, and you usually don't have homework. You take tests, and that is your grade. Don't slack off or get behind in classes, it won't be good for you in the future.

    Bang for the buck

    Xavier is very pricey, but you really are getting what you are paying for. When you go out in the real world and apply for jobs you're going to get a job over other people simply for the fact that you have a degree from Xavier. It might sound mean to others, who are going to community colleges or something of the sort, but it's the reality of the situation. It'll definitely benefit you in the future if you pick Xavier, and want a good job.

    Am enjoying being here

    Xavier is just the right size. You have a closeness with people which makes you feel like you're part of a family, and you have plenty of opportunity to meet new people, enjoy sporting events, concerts, and just overall have a lot to do! Living on campus is an experience I wouldn't pass up either, it truly gives you the full college experience!

    Am learning a lot

    Classes are small, and professors have more time to focus on things that you might have trouble with understanding, or would like to go over again. They also all have office hours where they are more than willing to help you learn a concept. Also, they offer great programs such as TRIO, tudors, writing/math centers, and so much more.

  • 06/14/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 12 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Xavier is great for almost all students, especially people who like to know everyone. You will know so many people around campus, and if you don't like that, don't come to Xavier! GO XU!

    Tips for prospective students

    Xavier is a little more challenging than other schools, so you need to know how to balance out your schoolwork and hanging out with friends. But after the first year flies by, you won't ever want to leave!

    Bang for the buck

    Xavier is a little pricey, but so worth it! The new dorms are AMAZING and the new buildings are such great learning and studying environments. For finals week, I practically lived in the new buildings. Also, there is so much stuff you can use for free while at school. Of course this comes out of your tuition money, but so worth it! All of the free printing, free book use, free internet use, it is all worth the money!

    Am enjoying being here

    I have never had such a fun year. I have made so many friends and am always doing stuff with them. Xavier provides so many things to do around and off campus each and everyday. Every weekend there is always something going on so you know that you will never be bored around campus!

    Am learning a lot

    I have never enjoyed learning as much as I am at Xavier. I have learned so much in my first year and want to keep on learning! I actually enjoy going to class now.

  • 12/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 13 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Leaders

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to office hours, Supplemental Instruction, or tutoring if needed Go over class notes everyday Get a study group together if that's how you study Make time for fun things

    Bang for the buck

    Xavier's tuition is expensive but think about what you are paying for. You are getting small class sizes (my largest class has been 75 students), personal attention from professors, a beautiful campus, and great basketball tickets (free for students).

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being here! There is always stuff to do on campus during the week and on the weekends. If you want to spend time in Cincinnati, there are always things going on especially during sports season or at the various theaters.

    Am learning a lot

    I am a psychology major, natural science minor student at Xavier. I'm currently taking fifteen credit hours as well as working on psychology research with Dr. Christian End. Between my classes and my research position, I'm gaining knowledge and real-world experience.

  • 07/05/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 14 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who like a challenge, but also like to have fun, participate with other students and the community, and enjoy their selves.

    Tips for prospective students

    Search for plenty of scholarships and grants, and be prepared for an in depth, broad learning experience.

    Bang for the buck

    Quite expensive, but definitely worth it. It is a very respectable school, with a great reputation and wonderful education and career opportunities.

    Will enjoy being here

    There are a lot of clubs to join, things to do, and places to go. Cafes are restaurants are located on campus, as well as a theater, volleyball court and basketball court next to dorms, and even the gym where their big games take place. Students get discounts and sometimes even free tickets to these games. Great architecture and a lot of space. It's like a city inside a city.

    Will learn a lot

    Professors are very dedicated, and will stay to help with any questions. Classes are very small, and I hear the work is challenging and keeps you interested.

  • 01/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 15 of 61

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    xavier university is an excellent college for graduate students that hold full-time jobs. this university welcomes the non-traditional student.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 16 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Absolutely AMAZING! When I visited, they were everywhere! This is not something to be freaked out about, this is really great, especially when you consider the crazy things that take place on campuses today in the world in which we live.

    Greek Life

    They have sororities and fraternities, but they are built on an African American culture.

    Clubs and Activities

    You name it...they have it, and if they don't have you can create it.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely! And, the financial aid, as well as scholarships are sufficient.

    What to do for fun

    Cincinnati is full of exciting things to do. I would encourage you to find what suits you and go for it.

    Food and Dining

    They have excellent meal plans, and excellent meals!

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life that I was able to capture visiting Xavier was nothing short of comfortable and worry free. This two elements are very imperative when I am looking at dorms, and when I consider sharing my space with another.

    Academic Rigor

    Xavier is well known for their academic rigor, and this is one of the major motives behind my choosing this university. This school pushes you beyond any and every academic barrier, set by you or the environment you have come from. They are for you and want you to succeed in every area!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you take the time to visit the campus, and to pray about the choice you make, before you choose any college or university.

    In three sentences

    After visiting the campus of Xavier University, I was very impressed with the school. I immediately became aware of, and included in their close knit community. I was and am still very proud of my choice in choosing Xavier University.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 17 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The Campus is safe considering the part of town the university is located in.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek Life

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything you can imagine, and if there isn't a club you like students are encouraged to make their own.

    Great for these types of students

    Academically driven.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Crosstown shootout is the biggest tradition in Xavier History.

    Bang for the buck

    Extremely expensive and honestly, not worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There isn't much to do around Xavier besides the programs put on by SGA (student government association).

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria staff is extremely friendly and the food is wonderful.

    Dorm Life

    The Residential Assistants (RA's) aren't very good and the residential staff is less than desirable.

    Academic Rigor

    The only reason the academic rigor is a 5 is because some of the professors simply make it impossible to do well in their classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class on time, and do suggested problems. Don't slack off.

    In three sentences

    Xavier is a great place to study with a strong academic background. If you are looking for a better understanding of the world around you I suggest studying somewhere else.

  • 12/11/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 18 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I heard a lot of things with safety here at Xavier. with being somewhere remotely close to the ghetto, it scares people off, but i don't care. I'm just ready to go and start my life here at Xavier!!

    Clubs and Activities

    Xavier's basketball team is really good, and i know that there swimming team is good too. (which i wanna be on there swim team last year).

    Great for these types of students

    students that are ready to challenge them selves and are ready to start there college career in an amazing institution, should start here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    well, i found out that the campus has a bus that travels to a mosque in Cincinnati, which is amazingly awesome!

    Bang for the buck

    yes i know Xavier is worth so much money, but i think it will all be worth it. Not only is Xavier a good school to get a diploma from, but people that graduate from this university will have great chances to get a job easily.

    What to do for fun

    I heard that Xavier had some good parties, but i am not sure. Also there are some sports that people could be interested in and some sports that people do for fun. Also right over the bridge is the Newport levee, and Xavier is right in the big city Cincinnati, which has a lot to do.

    Food and Dining

    Oh my god, when i saw the dining hall at Xavier i was speechless! the food looked soooo good and delicious! and the tables look like set up that i deal with for 4 or more years.

    Dorm Life

    when i saw a dorm for myself, it was kinda small, but at the same time it was actually bigger then i thought a dorm would be. the dorms look like it has ups and downs, but the most of the dorms look livable.

    Academic Rigor

    for me being sorta smart, i think this university has a lot to offer course wise and also for majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    really make sure you look into campus tours and make sure you know for a fact that you want to go to the institution. plus make sure you do a bunch of research before you apply for Xavier. make sure your test scores are around the average, make sure you can see yourself there, and main thing is make sure you can pay for Xavier, because it is really expensive!

    In three sentences

    out of a 1-10 rate for this institution i would rate it an 8 for its rigorous courses, but in my heart i would easily rate this university an 11!!

  • 10/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are blue lights throughout campus that you can press if you need assistance, although I have never even heard of anyone needing to use them. I regularly walk back from studying around 2-4am (I'm a night owl :) and I have never once felt unsafe. There are police officers throughout campus and they are super friendly, too!

    Greek Life

    We do not have Greek life, and I don't regret it at all. It keeps everything much more community-based, with no one excluded.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have so so many clubs! Club day on the Mall occurs once per semester and the green space (the big lawn in the middle of campus) is full of all the club booths, with some inside Gallagher Student Center - the student union - as well. And if you want to start a club we don't have, then by all means go for it!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who love community, love school, and want to be involved in the community beyond just academics. If you love service and are committed to celebrating diversity and promoting peace and solidarity in social and justice issues throughout our world today, then this is the place for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a culture of service and social justice here. For example, we have a tradition called, Community Action Day, where on one Saturday a semester, everyone, students, teachers, staff, Everyone! meets outside before 8am and divides into groups to go throughout the community of Cincinnati, OH to do service for the day. Then we each reflect on the service we did in our groups, and meet back up for lunch around 1ish. It's a powerful day.

    Bang for the buck

    Scholarships are the Bomb here. 100% of students receive financial aid. No lies. And it's a phenomenal school. While yes, all professors are required to do some of kind of research/scholarship, they are by and large first and foremost teachers, and they are beyond committed to the student body. All professors are required to hold a certain number of office hours each week.

    What to do for fun

    It's Cincinnati! There is so so much to do for fun! It's an artsy city, so there are great museums, concerts, places to eat, Reds games to attend, etc. We have a huge club sports and intramural program, which runs every weekend. There are campus events every weekend like 'Late Night Movie,' for example. There are parties if you want them, but if you don't then you certainly can avoid them, too. There are club events all the time as well.

    Food and Dining

    At the end of the day, a cafeteria is a cafeteria, but XU does it right. We have a 'home-style meal' station, soup, salad and fruit bars, a vegan station, a vegetarian station, a grill station, a sandwich station, fast food-esque station, a desert station (which includes an ice cream machine), tea, coffee, waffles, etc, etc, etc. Our caf is ranked #1 in the midwest. And if they don't have what you're looking for, you can always ask and they'll accommodate! We also use plates instead of trays because it uses less water. (And an added bonus is that it feels just a bit homier.)

    Dorm Life

    I live in Fenwick and I LOOOVE it! Unlike some universities, you don't live in the same dorm all four years. For incoming freshman I for sure recommend living in 1) Kuhlman or 2) Hussman. Beunger is too far away (I mean, Nothing is more than a 10min walk, but still, the others are pretty central on campus.) and Brockman is no one's dream dorm. For sure live in Fenwick sophomore year, if you can.

    Academic Rigor

    It varies from major to major, but seriously Xavier is a rigorous school and they prepare you So well for your future job. For example, just talking to education majors from other schools, we are in the classroom observing and teaching lessons from day 1, and we have more hours that we are required to practice on site than most other schools, and from what I can gather from friends in other majors, it is this way across the board. P.s. Our nursing and OT programs and Phenomenal. Period.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply and Visit! I came here for many reasons, including: 1) I got a super good feeling here. I knew I was home because the community was so welcoming. 2) Everyone (legit, 100%. It's a statistic from the Admissions Office.) here receives some form of scholarship/financial aid and the work study program is huge. There are opportunities galore. And, our career services center is unmatched. Good luck on your college search! :)

    In three sentences

    Xavier University is an Incredible community that will welcome you immediately into the family. You will receive a thorough and rigorous education here with some of the greatest minds in the country.

  • 02/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there are tons of extra activities for students to do that range from sports to social clubs.

    Tips for prospective students

    xavier is outrageously expensive so make sure you are prepared financially.

    In three sentences

    i love the community involvement at xavier university. everyone on campus is full of spirit and the willingness to help others succeed. xavier is a perfect place for a fun atmosphere and awesome education.

  • 05/02/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Its College Whats Not To Do

    Food and Dining

    great

    Dorm Life

    There Dorms Are Awesome

    In three sentences

    Ive Been Wanting To Attend This School Ever Since I Was Younger & I Think Its Great Im In Love Withe The Sports Thats All I Have To Say I Cant Wait To Go

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a strong police presence on campus constantly. Also, throughout campus, there are emergency call stations that alert police of an emergency and they are ready to help in minutes. There is definitely a safe feeling on this campus.

    Greek Life

    Xavier does not have a Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are countless clubs on Xavier's campus and there is bound to be something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Xavier is great for students who are looking for a small campus (both in numbers and actual size). It is easy to meet all different types of people at Xavier because you come in contact with a lot of people every day.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Xavier Basketball is huge on campus. Everyone loves going to the games and home game tickets are free to students; they are determined through a lottery system.

    What to do for fun

    Downtown Cincinnati offers many things to do for fun on the weekends. Also, there are a few malls in the area which allow students to do things off campus. On campus, there are various clubs that students are apart of that always have exciting events. The party scene at Xavier is not huge, but if you look hard enough for one, you will find one.

    Food and Dining

    The brand new dining hall offers numerous selections of food that work for anyone's diet. Along with the helpful and happy dining hall staff, it is hard for someone not to find something they like. Everything is made fresh and is always hot and ready to go!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are the most fun part of Xavier's campus. This is most likely where you will meet all of your friends and everyone is open to meeting new people. The dorms themselves are pretty nice, spacious and always kept really clean.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are difficult but the professors are willing to help. Xavier offers many different types of classes, so there is something for everyone. Do not fall behind in classes because it can be hard to catch up. Be sure to take advantage of the help offered on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    As soon as you walk on campus, you will notice the beauty of it. This beauty is maintained all year long and it adds to the comfort of campus. When on campus, be open to trying new things and making new friends. This will add to the amazing Xavier experience.

    In three sentences

    Xavier is a private institution with a strong Jesuit focus. Xavier always has a welcoming atmosphere that makes campus immediately feel like home. The professors on campus are eager to teach and always make class interesting and engaging.

  • 06/08/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Dorm Life

    Nice!

    Academic Rigor

    From what I am reading, their nature and science major program is excellent. A lot of student enjoy it.

    In three sentences

    I like the fact that they have reached out to me because they were interested in me. Not too many colleges do that.

  • 06/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Though the surrounding neighborhoods can be a bit rough, Xavier's campus remains very safe for its students. Campus police patrol non-stop and there are several safe zones that have phones that connect to the police station.

    Clubs and Activities

    Xavier has well over 100 clubs and many intramural sports that are available to students.

    Bang for the buck

    Though there are bound to be snags every now and then, the experience you get at Xavier is one that you would be hard pressed to find somewhere else.

    What to do for fun

    The university is almost always running events to keep students entertained. Outside of the campus there are several places around the city to shop, eat and have fun which are accessible due to shuttles provided.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall doesn't always have the best food, but it provides a good variety to allow people to step out of their normal eating habits. The staff are also very pleasant to talk to and helpful. Outside of the dining hall there are several options to choose from. They are all of good quality and provide good service.

    Dorm Life

    Xavier's Residence life does a great job in helping people enjoy the dorm life. The resident assistants are always ready to help residents and look out for them. The cleaning and maintenance staff do an excellent job of taking care of the buildings and a sense of community is emphasized in all the halls.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses range from rather easy to completely insane, but no matter what you can succeed. The professors genuinely want to help their students and you will certainly learn if you are willing to work for it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open with people and be yourself, listen to any advice an upperclassmen gives you and always to take time to relax.

    In three sentences

    Xavier University is an amazing university to go to and is filled with great people. It prides itself on being accepting of people from all walks of life and in reaching out to people. It has its faults, but over all it is wonderful.

  • 06/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always felt safe on campus, the surrounding area...not so much.

    Greek Life

    Get involved!

    Clubs and Activities

    Basketball season rocks! Tons of fun!

    Great for these types of students

    Students looking for a close knit, personal experience.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club, team, organization. Make friends, and get off campus sometimes!

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is very clean and tidy. The food is edible with a variety of options. I am a vegetarian so I was limited unfortunately.

    Dorm Life

    I highly recommend living in the dorms as a first year student. My experiences on campus will always be remembered.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics can be pretty tough. There is a core curriculum, along with your declared major/minor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a plan before you get there so that you're not wasting time figuring things out. Know who you are, where you're going, and how you're going to get there.

    In three sentences

    Xavier students are friendly, and outgoing. The campus is small, and welcoming. Attendance is also very costly.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There is nothing to worry about

    Greek Life

    Non existent

    Clubs and Activities

    Hundreds of clubs and activities to get involved with.

    Great for these types of students

    I've seen a little bit of everything during my visits and interactions with students.

    Bang for the buck

    For many it can be a stretch to afford. If you check other college opinion websites, this issue is very common among Xavier opinion writers. Be sure to be aggressive when looking for scholarships and be studious during school to qualify for financial aid when you apply.

    What to do for fun

    There are many places on campus to explore and hang out during down time. The university has times for students to visit downtown and have student excursions for the day.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good. The dining commons has a host of different options, and there are several restaurants around campus that cater to certain types of popular cuisine.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very spacious and will surprise you on how great they look. The room and board may be a bit pricey, but they have several options for incoming students to consider.

    Academic Rigor

    Their professors and academic advisers are dedicated to giving a top notch education. Their core curriculum is rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be studious in high school to qualify for financial aid. Look through the different degree options carefully and visit the campus! The best is to attend the X Preview Day.

    In three sentences

    Xavier University is the perfect enlivenment to grow as a student. The campus is beautiful and is full of people who are warm and inviting to all incoming students and guests. My only warning is to work for scholarships and be aware of university deadlines for applying for them.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have yet to run into any problems, I get there at 6am, and leave around 7 or 8pm, and I've never run into any problems. I've had to call a cop once or twice cause I locked my keys in my car, but that's it. The campus police are awesome, helpful, and fun to talk to once you get to know them, cause they've had to help you get your keys and jump your car several times. Other than that, the campus is well lit at night, and I don't feel bad about walking around because I know the police station is right on the other side of campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm in several clubs, they are lenient when you have other priorities, and they understand your situation, cause they are students too, and they know whats going on. Join one, join all. They are so worth it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    As a commuter, I go to the commuter lounge. There are tons of nice and outgoing people there, and even if you don't join in immediately, just listening to them is a hoot.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a great college, business wise. Tons of connections, great professors and nice students. The plus is the beautiful campus, and I wouldn't trade it for any other school in the area.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club, play pool in the student center. Other than that, some club somewhere is putting on an event, you just gotta find it.

    Food and Dining

    I love the food, even though I don't live on campus, I still got a commuter's meal plan, because it's so worth it.

    Dorm Life

    Can't say much since I commute, but I haven't heard anything too bad yet.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors want to help you, and classes are no joke. You will struggle, but there are plenty of ways on campus to help handle your huge agenda. Whether it be helpful professors, good friends, or the reading lab, there is plenty of help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved as soon as possible. Everyone is nice, and I haven't met too many people who judge you. For the few that do, there are many more that share your interest, or are just the nicest people you'll ever meet.

    In three sentences

    I love the campus and the professors. All of my classes have been small, and there is plenty of time to sit down with each professor if I have questions or need help. Everyone is nice, and it isn't hard to get involved and throw yourself into Xavier Nation.

  • 07/04/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There is a major city just minutes away. There are lots of friendly faces just waiting to meet you. Join a group and go volunteer!

    Food and Dining

    The food is incredible. I would eat here even if I did not have to because it is that delicious. The facility is new and eco-friendly!

    Dorm Life

    The roommate selection process is brand new and easy to use. If it feels like match.com, do not fret, you are not alone; but it does it's job. A dorm is a dorm, the bright side of Xavier is that the buildings are clean and the students really seem to bond.

    Academic Rigor

    This category varies based on the student. Ultimately, the student will take from their time at Xavier what they put into it. He/she can make it as care-free or as rigorous as he/she chooses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Xplore all that Xavier has to offer, not just the majors. Do not be deterred by the lack of a football team; the basketball team is pretty good! Tour the campus, it is the swing vote when you are on the fence between two schools.

    In three sentences

    Xavier University provides great opportunities to delve into all aspects of the world around him/her. One can become involved with some of the many service projects in the community Xavier clubs support, while focusing in his/her field of study. This Xperience is a rare and lucky adventure worth exploring.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Police is always around and never hard to find if needed. We have the Xavier Bubble, though. Mostly you are in the Xavier world when on campus and even though it's not in a great neighborhood, it is very safe.

    Greek Life

    We do not have much Greek life apart from some major specific fraternities, but no houses or a greek row like some schools. I like it that way.

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm involved in lots of clubs. The Xavier Players (theatre) puts on some great shows and the Active Minds club does a lot of work for psychological health with a semi annual stress out week with games, contests and movies for a week, for example.

    Bang for the buck

    It's really expensive to go to Xavier, but the experience makes up for it. I have some of the best teachers I've ever had, and lots of academic help if I were to need it. The campus is really beautiful too, and we're always improving.

    What to do for fun

    Muskie Madness on the first Friday night of every month always has a fun theme and usually there are bands and comedians that come perform for us then. It's a blast!

    Food and Dining

    Only one cafeteria, but it has some pretty cool features like the pizza oven, the freestyle coke machines, and the vegan and gluten free sections have some awesome peanut butter chocolate chip bars.

    Dorm Life

    Lots of fun, and lots of great people with a really rigorous RA selection process which guarantees people who can handle whatever happens.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging, but not impossible as long as you pay attention and take notes. Studying is a must though.

    In three sentences

    I love Xavier so much. Perfect size, amazing professors and an accepting environment. The on campus housing is very nice and there are lots of great ways to get involved.

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    IIt has recently improved. Campus police patrols regularly in the evenings. However not all the emergency phone works.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life looks interesting, there are about 6 societies on campus but they do not have separate housing.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are some many clubs on campus, its hard not to feel overwhelmed on club day. Just choose wisely and don't join too many. During the Spring there are a lot of school activities, such as De-Stress Week or Ice cream on the Greenspace.

    Bang for the buck

    Xavier is expensive, you pay pricey amount for high-quality education.

    What to do for fun

    Rookwood Plaza is a nearby hot spot, that is just 10 minutes away by car and 20 minutes away by bus. The plaza is full of bars, restaurants and shopping stores.

    Food and Dining

    The food is overall average cafe food. The restaurants surrounding campus are great and they usually switch out a different restaurant each year.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are fair.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are tough, but worth it. Its important to communicate with the professors. They are reasonable and willing to meet with you one-on-one if you don't understand the material.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Definitely check out T.R.I.O Student Support Services. - Visit the Career Services Center, the can take you far if you utilize their resources. - The Academic Advisors are great, they can help you find the best courses for you. They are very dedicated.

    In three sentences

    An excellent University, that is willing to work with you to improve your grades. They provide networking opportunities with nearby companies and carry a lot of leverage. Xavier also has amazing programs with provide service to improve the community.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is extremely safe! Although the neighborhood around it isnt the best, the campus is well lit at night! Even if you dont feel comfortable walking somewhere you can call for an escort and they are their in under a minute. Xavier also has emergency post almost EVERYWHERE if you're in danger just press the button and the police will be there in about 22 seconds!

    Clubs and Activities

    Every year there is a giant cookout where every club has a booth. Its so fun and informational. You can play games and learn about all the clubs Xavier has to offer! Did I mention FREE FOOD! :) The only downside is that its during the school day and you will have to visit between classes.

    Great for these types of students

    Xavier has a place for EVERYONE! No matter who you are the Xavier community embraces you and you become apart of the family!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The best tradition is Pasta with a Priest! Every Friday you can go and eat pasta with a priest and his dog bella. Its so fun you get to learn a lot about him, meet new friends and just enjoy great food!

    Bang for the buck

    I think Xavier is a little bit over priced at a first glance, but once you realize what a great reputation the jesuit school has its definately worth your money! There has been many graduates who have been hired on the spot just because they attended Xavier! I love how they always work with you to make sure you and your family have a solid plan to pay for college. They always make sure its within your budgets.

    What to do for fun

    As part of the cincinnati area there is plenty to do. From museums to art galleries and aquariums, there is a lot to do for every type of person.

    Food and Dining

    As a picky person, I prefer to pack my own lunch. There are lots of choices so I'm sure that there is something for almost everyone.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is great. Most schools don't allow freshman to have cars but Xavier does! I love how everyone has an option as to where the want to live. Every room is equiped with a jack and cable!

    Academic Rigor

    The academic courses are very rigorious, if you so choose. As a scholar student you will have more rigorious classes with smaller classes

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advise all prospective students to go to all the informational meetings and open houses they offer. They are so helpful in the decision process.

    In three sentences

    Xavier is a great school that has wonderful opportunities for everyone. Classes are small with one-on-one attention and a 12:1 student to faculty ratio. With the most up to date technology, students are sure that they are get a solid education that is worth their money.

  • 09/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Small campus, easy to get around. Police station on campus and 24/7 security.

    Greek Life

    NONE!

    Clubs and Activities

    A whole lot of options and too little time!

    Great for these types of students

    *Loves smaller communities *Integration of faith, community and service *Small school with ivy league feel *School pride in sporting activities not overdone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I am still learning them!

    Bang for the buck

    The free shuttle services for weekends and for that trip to the airport certainly helps!

    What to do for fun

    Free shuttle services to entertainment locations, malls, shopping. Intermural sports. Museums, Baseball game, Pro-Football and of course, one of the best college basketball teams!

    Food and Dining

    Different meal plans, variety of foods for different taste-buds, A few on campus restaurants and social gathering etc. Of course there is always Graeter's ice-cream, Cincinnati SkyLine chilli, La Rosa's and Montgomery Inn ribs.

    Dorm Life

    Loads of fun getting to know people. Very supportive group of people and close knit community.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic counselors are really good at guiding you with courses, classes, scheduling and requirements for majors and graduation.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make your choice based on the type of environment where you can be comfortable - big school, mid-size school etc. Being a liberal arts school, though known for its nursing major, X gives you flexibility and freedom to choose what you want to do with the rest of your life. It is a Jesuit school steeped in tradition, faith, community and service.

    In three sentences

    I chose Xavier because of the student:teacher ratio. It has excellent academic programs that will allow me to explore my strengths and talents towards what I want to do. It is a mid-size school which means I get to be build closer and stronger relationships with my professors and peers.

  • 10/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel very safe on campus! We have our own police who patrol our campus 24/7.

    Greek Life

    None

    Clubs and Activities

    Many major related clubs, leadership opportunities, faith based clubs, sporting activities and many more...

    Bang for the buck

    Xavier tries to give out scholarships to every student. They try to be very accommodating.

    What to do for fun

    Many of the big events are a major concert in the spring, a boat dance on the Ohio River, newly released movies every other week, late night snacks, cultural events, or even hanging out on the university's greenspace.

    Food and Dining

    Our cafeteria, or caf, is in its second year after moving locations. The workers are friendly, the space is always clean, the food isn't bad, and the atmosphere is just right! The dining room is split into seven different section each one trying to mirror the seven gifts of Ignatius. One section might have big booths when another as couches or smaller tables.

    Dorm Life

    I currently live in a brand new sophomore dorm! It is gorgeous and many times is referred to as a hotel. It is nice because the majority of sophomores live together in this building. Everything stays really clean and there is still a very social environment. Freshmen year is very different. There are four different dorms each with a bit of a reputation, so it makes it easy to find a dorm where you fit best! I lived in the community dorm. It was very social, and I got to know almost everyone in the building. They like to keep the freshman dorms smaller because it helps first years develop their own sense of community and pride!

    Academic Rigor

    They offer many challenging classes, and the core classes are designed so that you learn to expand your mind. I have learned to be more open in a learning environment and there are many different ways to engage yourself in learning.

    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend you find a school where you will have opportunities to succeed. It is important that the school you choose has activities or clubs that interest you because they can give you tools for your future. Make sure your school has excellent teachers that will push you, but also help you along the way!

    In three sentences

    It is a great school for meeting people and belonging to a community. The academics are challenging yet worth it! I love Xavier for its atmosphere, its education, its teachers and students, and for the preparation I have for my future.

  • 10/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The building across from my dorm has a bunch of cats (I'm still not quite sure why), and they give me stink eyes all the time. It's very intimidating, but that's about it

    Greek Life

    We have none. sorry. (Except for ADP, but don't tell anyone about that. It's on the down low)

    Clubs and Activities

    http://www.xavier.edu/campus-life/activities.cfm I can't do all the work for you

    Great for these types of students

    Students who actually value their education, but don't want to be mindless nerd-zombies

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Xavier football: undefeated since 1973 Xavier basketball: unstoppable since, ever. ADP (we will be legends! One day... I promise)

    Bang for the buck

    I don't know what this means. Is that about the tuition, or deer hunting? As far as tuition, Xavier offers very competitive scholarship packages and financial aid, and it's very similar price to most state schools. As far a hunting, there's not much of that around here.

    What to do for fun

    Intramural, and club sports are very popular across campus, and with plenty of clubs and activities, there's never a dull moment on campus. There's also Xavier basketball, which is huge, and we're less than 20 minutes from downtown Cincy. (And, there's other college related activities in the area *cough*)

    Food and Dining

    The Hoff Dining Commons (or the Caf) is a brand new cafeteria located in the center off campus and is filled with great food and amenities. It's not quit momma's cooking, but it's the next best thing. There are also other on campus dining options like Subway, Currito (burritos), Andy's Mediterranean, the Coffee Emporium, and Ryan's Pub.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman dorms can be very wild and social, or quiet and reserved, depending on which building you are in. Sophomore year, though, you have to chance to room at the new 500 room dormitory, which is majestic.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are definitely difficult, but not impossible. The atmosphere around campus, though, makes learning easy, because everyone is here to improve themselves. And with classes only being taught by professors, and not TA's, every class is challenging, but insightful.

    Tips for prospective students

    The most important part of finding the right college is to imagine yourself living on that campus for four years. After a weeks at Xavier, it's hard to imagine myself anywhere else.

    In three sentences

    Xavier is fun, friendly, and a great college experience. It's the perfect size and atmosphere for a complete education.

  • 11/09/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    i have not been to the school but im moving to ohio when im done with my senior year. The school looks very nice all though the prices are pretty high

  • 01/25/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Just be open to new friends.

    In three sentences

    I took a tour through the campus and found it to be a close-knit school with easy to get around campus. The people there were friendly and eager to get to make me consider the school. The dorms are okay.

  • 01/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is not a moment when campus police are not roaming around campus. They are very willing to help and are well equipped for their jobs.

    Greek Life

    None

    Bang for the buck

    Xavier is committed to quality academics, and the price greatly reflects this. This is a school which cares about its appearance and making sure students get what they deserve. Although tuition is fairly high, you definitely get your bang for the buck!

    What to do for fun

    Around Xavier, there are shopping centers, ice cream shops, a bowling alley and much more. Downtown Cincinnati is only a 15 minute drive as well!

    Food and Dining

    4 out of 5

    Dorm Life

    5 out of 5

    Academic Rigor

    4 out of 5

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to talk to professors and other faculty members on campus. They are here to help!

    In three sentences

    Xavier University has helped me improve my critical thinking skills, self-identity, and prepare for the steps ahead. The faculty and staff are committed to helping me as well as others reach our full potential. Xavier not only is focused on academics, but making their students well rounded individuals.

  • 02/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    No greek life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Popes (boys who dress up as popes for the basketball games) are the main advocators for school spirit.

    Bang for the buck

    Pretty expensive but worth the education.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of people join clubs and activities, including intramural sports. People go off campus a lot, heading towards the malls or shopping centers, movie theaters, or bowling alley. There are some Xavier traditions such as Dana Garden's bar or Stone Lanes.

    Food and Dining

    For the most part, there is good food in Hoff. Sometimes the main dish is less than desirable, but you can't always get what you want. They always have the go tos that become favorites (like pizza or the sandwich line).

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty average here. Residence Life is pretty strict on the rules, especially drinking and noise. But as far as community and liking the people around you - that's never a problem.

    Academic Rigor

    There are definitely your blow off easy As, however there are more challenging courses that you have to take as part of the core. The professors are trying to help you succeed but you also have to want to do the work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely visit! You can tell a lot about Xavier by the atmosphere. Not having a football team is a turnoff for some, but come watch a men's basketball game. Sure the game is great, but look at the students section also. That's school spirit that you'll never forget.

    In three sentences

    Xavier University is a typical Jesuit university with an emphasis on education of the mind, body, and spirit. What you get from Xavier is what you put into it. It's a fun atmosphere with a we're a big family type feel.

  • 02/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is extremely safe and I have never felt threatened on it. The campus police are always nearby on patrol and people from the local neighborhoods aren't intimidating.

    Greek Life

    Xavier doesn't have an official greek life, however, there are a handful of professional fraternities on campus. I am involved with Delta Sigma Pi, which is a business fraternity.

    Clubs and Activities

    Xavier offers a huge amount of clubs and activities and it is easy for all people to get engaged and have a fun time.

    Great for these types of students

    For students who are outgoing and willing to get involved with some aspect of campus life. For those who wish to push themselves academically, but realize the social aspect of college is equally if not more so important. For people looking for a well rounded education. For people looking for a private (Catholic) institution where the faith isn't pushed on anyone and all faiths and ethnicities are promoted.

    Bang for the buck

    Truth be told, Xavier is pretty expensive just as all private schools are, however, they gave me a good scholarship that paid for half my tuition and through working and outside scholarships I am able to pay for almost the rest of my expenses. However, I would be willing to spend more to go here, I love the people and the community and know that I am getting a quality education so I am exceptionally happy with my going here.

    What to do for fun

    I take advantage of the opportunities that the Student Activities Council sponsors, including such things as Red's and Bengal's games, free food, get togethers on the green space, Muskies After Dark events, late night new release movies, and much more. I will leave campus about every other weekend to go various places with friends such as Newport on the Levee, downtown, Kenwood shopping mall, King's Island, and other local attractions.

    Food and Dining

    There is one main cafeteria on campus which is beautiful and new within the last few years. There are many options for what kinds of food you can get and the overall quality is above average (compared to my visits to friends' schools and their visits to Xavier), however, the choices to become redundant after a few semesters. There are only a few other places to eat on campus, however, Rookwood Commons is only a couple minutes' drive away and offers more extensive food choices.

    Dorm Life

    Even though I don't personally spend much time in mine unless I'm doing homework because of how much I do, community developed quickly on the floor I live on and we like to hang out often. The dorms are very nice and well maintained, as there is a cleaning staff that cleans your suite's bathroom weekly. Overall, the dorms are pretty fun and great to live in.

    Academic Rigor

    I went to a public high school where I was in the top 2% of my class of nearly 400 and I was expecting college to be difficult, but was shocked by how much so. I rarely had to study in high school, but now I must devote much more time to it and focus on my studies; it took me a semester to adjust, where I got a 3.1 GPA, however, since then I have been doing much better. Overall the curriculum is challenging and makes you think, however, it is possible to get A's if you apply yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved on campus and go to the events that the Student Activities Council sponsors, they are extremely inexpensive and a great way to meet new people and experience the city. Don't be afraid to try to do something different then you have in the past, if it seems interesting then try it, you may find something that you love. Also, go to the basketball games, they're insanely fun.

    In three sentences

    Xavier gives students the change to be engaged inside and outside the classroom through service-learning opportunities to the many on campus organizations to sponsored events like Cincinnati sporting events, concerts, and guest speakers. The campus is smaller, which makes it feel more homey; the community that I have built with other students is unlike anything I have experienced before. Overall Xavier has been an amazing experience and I would never change my choice for college.

  • 03/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Even though Xavier isn't in the most friendly neighborhood the campus is and feels completely safe.

    Greek Life

    We do not have Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is club for everything!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't Tell Anna is an improv comedy group. They are the most entertaining people ever.

    What to do for fun

    Don't Tell Anna is the best time you will ever have at Xavier! Make sure you go!

    Food and Dining

    There is plenty options in the cafeteria at all times. If not there is a Subway and Curito!

    Dorm Life

    All dorms are like big families!

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are harder than most state schools but its definitely worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to have the time of your life!

    In three sentences

    Xavier is a great school. The professors really care about the students and do whatever they can to help them succeed. The whole student body is very close.

  • 03/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe. The campus is very small, and there are campus police everywhere. And if you don't see an officer around, there are blue button stations you can use to call someone there in case of an emergency. You can also call campus police if you feel uneasy about walking back in the dark somewhere of if you need emergency transportation.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally a club for everything. If there isn't, then you could easily make one. There's even a club for riding horses. The only downside is that some of the club sports, have expensive entry fees. Other than that, they're great.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    for the most part, I'm always in my room because it's cold and I live slightly off the main campus. When I do decide to come on campus though, I generally go to the student center. It has food options, computers and printers, and the offices upstairs are designed just for students. I spend most of my time in OMA (the office of multicultural affairs). When it's warm however, being on the greenspace is nice too.

    Bang for the buck

    Xavier has a lot of nice features and assets, but the tuition is pretty expensive. It also feels like they're asking for more money every five seconds. I would gladly give up some of the features here if it meant a lower, more affordable tuition.

    What to do for fun

    There is always some sort of event going on on campus so there's always those. Or if you're like me, you can grab a group of friends and make your own fun. Just being around people on random late nights in the dorms have proven to be the most fun, but there's always parties and clubs as well. If you can't find a party on Xavier's campus, there's always UC's.

    Food and Dining

    Xavier has recently built the Hoff Dining Commons which is great. There are many food options inside and you can eat as much as you want. They even have this new pasta station where you give the chef your ingredients and they cook it for you right there. There's also a sandwich station that makes basically any sandwich you like. If you don't feel like eating in there, there are plenty of food options on and around campus. Most in walking distance and some places like the nearby Chipotle take XCash which is money on your AllCard. Most pizza places deliver as well.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great for some, and not so great for others. If you're in the right place at the right time, you'll see some pretty interesting stuff. It's generally never too boring in the dorms if you know someone. I myself didn't enjoy living in the dorms because I like to be a little more independent, so I move into the on campus apartments, and I like those just fine. They have living situations for almost every kind of person so 9 times out of 10 you will enjoy yourself. The RA's are pretty strict on the rules but they are all pretty friendly. Each dorm has some sort of lounge on each floor and a big one in the basement which are great. Most of them have kitchens in the lounges too so cooking is an option.

    Academic Rigor

    Xavier is pretty strict on their academics but that's because they want you to be the best you can be once you graduate. The academics are tough, but no faculty here wants to see you fail. So they are willing to help you whenever you need it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study a lot. Get to know your professors and go to their office hours. Talk to everyone, because you never know who you might meet. Get involved as much as you can because it's a great way to get experience, and meet new people.

    In three sentences

    Xavier is a great learning environment. They have wonderful faculty and staff. Xavier is a great place to be if you want to be successful.

  • 03/16/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    You're in Cincinnati. Its surrounded by resturants so, bon appetite.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want a good college and money isn't a problem, its the perfect college.

    In three sentences

    This college is close to home and ideal for me and my parents. It has a decent selectivity and good academic ratings. All in all, this college is good if you have the money to pay for it.

  • 05/12/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    So far i have been very impressed with the communication from this college. They appear very interested in my daughter attending and are really making her feel like she is not going to be just a number. That is the feel we are looking for.

  • 05/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Unknown.

    Clubs and Activities

    Unknown

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students looking for smaller classes with more attention given.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It is a Jesuit schol.

    Bang for the buck

    It is very expensive to attend but it's worth it!

    What to do for fun

    I commute to school. I don't engage in the extracurriculars.

    Dorm Life

    Unknown. I don't live on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Maintain a high gpa to get the most scholarships.

    In three sentences

    A Jesuit school. Advisors are very friendly and extremely helpful. Classes are smaller and more personable.

  • 06/10/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety reports and physically on location make the school at least appear and feel like a safe place to be.

    Greek Life

    There doesn't appear to be any Greek life on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a boat-load of activities and clubs all available on their website. They're very open too so if you don't see it you're more than welcome to create it yourself.

    Great for these types of students

    Students looking for an academic challenge and a strong community with good morals.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs and activities to join and people are accepting and friendly on campus, you are sure to find plenty to do here.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall has to be one of the nicest I've seen at a college. They offer a wide variety of food that caters to whatever you may need including vegan vegetarian, and even gluten-free. Also options for meal plans are vast and quite affordable considering the food and what they offer. Also a good side-note Xavier's meal plans often include 150 dollars that the student can spend at one of the many near by restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are small, just like every other college. However it seems as though they offer clean dorms with an abundance of shelves and closets, etc. for students use.

    Academic Rigor

    Seems as though the course material and courses are rigorous but rewarding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships and don't be afraid to ask about major-specific financial help.

    In three sentences

    It is a school for people who want a good education to propel them forward into a good future full with opportunities. Although it's a little pricey they offer much help to student who are willing to apply for scholarships and have proven themselves as hard-workers throughout high school. Beautiful campus with friendly students and staff who want to help you grow to succeed.

  • 06/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    On campus I feel really safe. There are safety buttons all over campus to push if you need police. Also, you can get an escort anywhere, anytime by the police. The RA's have the freshman put the police emergency and non-emergency numbers in their phone on speed dial.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a ton of clubs and activities on campus! You can also make your own club, but that takes a lot of time and effort. I would like to be more involved next year now that I know more what my work load will be.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall I would say Xavier provides its students with a lot, but because I pay for my own education and it being quite pricey since its a private school, I would say its quite a bit over priced.

    What to do for fun

    I did mostly homework, but I did hang out with my friends often. There are numerous clubs and activities you can be involved in that can keep any student busy!

    Food and Dining

    The food tastes really good. There is usually a pretty good variety, but it seems all the best food is all put out on the same day, which I never understood. The only thing I didn't like about the food was that it all seemed to be cooked in oil and I hoped for a healthier option.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is really nice. Nearly anything you would need is available. The only thing I didn't like was the noisy girls in my hall, but I will not have that next year, as I will be living in an on-campus apartment.

    Academic Rigor

    Xavier is a prestigious school. The occupational therapy program specifically is difficult. There is a certain GPA that must be kept and grades in some classes that are challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students should be prepared for it to be harder than they expect. Also, that the teachers can be difficult, but I had many teachers who were very easy to talk to and extremely helpful.

    In three sentences

    Xavier is a challenging school full of many opportunities. The occupational therapy program I am in is very competitive. The buildings on campus are very nice and full of aid for students.

  • 06/15/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    there are many things to do on campus especially if you join clubs and sports. there is always something going on on campus. you can also go to the many neighborhoods Cincinnati has including downtown.

    Food and Dining

    This is personally my absolute favorite part about Xavier, the dining hall. They have the best food and they do a really good job on switching it up and giving us many choices to choose from. they serve breakfast lunch, dinner and dessert. and don't worry about ever trying to find a seat, there are plenty. our dinning hall is basically treated like a buffet and whatever you don't finish you can take back to your room and save for later! there are also other restaurants on campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is a great time to meet new people. there are many student who come from all over the country who live in the dorms and they are friendly. people who live here can really have a good time but at the same time very serious about there academics. you will love living here your first year.

    Academic Rigor

    Many people I met who graduated from this school say they got a job offer not too long after their graduation. I believe this is true because the professors were very helpful towards the student. I met a few and asked them questions they gave me great info and they really care about your success. this school has many resources where you can get help tutoring or better study skills. this is not just a place where you get a major and graduate this is a place where they can help you through very step of the way.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would say to those considering this school to visit this campus because its a must, it will help your decision A LOT. It helped my decision by just meeting every one on campus, learning more about the school and getting the feel of everything.

    In three sentences

    I loved A lot about Xavier when I visited the campus. I give this school a 10 because the campus was beautiful and the people were absolutely great and helpful!

  • 06/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of things to do in Cincinnati. Kenwood mall is about 15 minutes away and Newport on the Levee and downtown Cincinnati are both about 7 minutes from campus. There are restaurants and shopping and movie theaters.

    Food and Dining

    The food gets old after awhile, but there are always options. Every day there is pizza, chicken sandwiches, burgers, and the salad bar, plus the added specialties that are on the menu for the day.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life here, in my experience, was great. I had so much fun the first two years in the dorms. The sophomore dorms are incredible and brand new and the freshman dorms are great as well. Whether you choose suite style or traditional you will enjoy it.

    Academic Rigor

    Xavier is a tough school and the professors will push you, but they are always willing to help. Most professors give out their personal cell phone numbers and are available when you need them.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking to go into nursing or occupational therapy, APPLY EARLY. These two majors are very competitive because they are excellent programs. Live in an all freshman dorm your first year, it is the best experience you will have.

    In three sentences

    Xavier University is a great place to go to school. The people are very friendly and the education you receive here is phenomenal. If I had to go back and choose where to go, I would still pick Xavier.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Green Space is AWESOME!

    What to do for fun

    Clubs, Sporting Events, Exploring Cincinnati.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research and make sure you know what you expect from college and if that school expects it!

    In three sentences

    Xavier is an amazing school to attend. Xavier understands what is required in order to be successful in the business world, and they have a curriculum based on this. On top of the amazing education there is a sense of home away from home, we like to call it Xavier Family.

  • 07/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is very good at Xavier University. There are a ton of emergency boxes located around campus, which a police officer will immediately arrive, if need be. There is also a police station located on-campus, conveniently close to all dorms. Campus police sends email alerts and updates in the school newspaper about any threatening issues, which seldom happen.

    Greek Life

    Unfortunately, Xavier University does not have a Greek Life. This has been an issue for the student government association for two years. However, in a narrow vote, the majority of students at Xavier voted against beginning a Greek Life. Many students feel that Greek Life will disrupt the academic atmosphere at Xavier. The student government association will take another poll sometime this school year.

    What to do for fun

    Xavier University is in Cincinnati, Ohio, which is a pretty entertaining city. Conveniently close to Xavier, there is a movie theater, bowling alley, shopping mall, and several restaurants. Xavier has a shuttle that takes students to the shopping mall every Saturday where there are many options of different types of entertainment. Additionally, on Thursday nights, Xavier's shuttle takes students to an area by a local bar and nights clubs to provide sheltered driving and avoid any preventable accidents caused by intoxication. Additionally, there is frequently a late night movie and other events that are ran by the student government.

    Food and Dining

    Overall, the food choices can become somewhat predictable; there is not much of a variety. However, there is a suggestion wall where students can post their feelings about anything in the cafeteria they are pleased or displeased with. For example, one student continuously noted they wanted to have sushi, so Xavier took their advice and had sushi week once a month. The way the cafeteria works is there is a salad bar, vegetarian station, pizza station, sandwich station, and cheeseburger station that are there every day. The main entree, soup, and deserts change every day, which new ideas seldom come, unless they are suggested.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at Xavier University are slightly stricter than dorms at other universities: most times, the floors (wings) are separated by gender; if anyone is caught indulging in underage drinking, they are forced to pay a fine, do community service, and their parents are notified; and dorm parties are usually busted quickly by Resident Assistants (RAs). However, these precautions ensure the safety of all students. Although students of the opposite gender cannot spend the night, they do not have to leave until 2:00 a.m., which is pretty reasonable. We also have a zero-tolerance policy during finals week where no student is allowed to have their door open or be in the hallways; this ensures that all students can focus hard. We do our best to make sure that the majority of students are pleased.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are very challenging at Xavier University. We have established a plus and minus system that makes earning an A in every class even more challenging. Students have to work much harder to earn an A to avoid earning an A-. Professors expect students to put forth their best work on assignments and show no mercy when grading them. However, students have many options to enhance their academic success such as writing center, math laboratories, and flexible office hours with professors. Xavier is committed to building the leaders of tomorrow, today.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are only three tips I can offer prospective students: be prepared to do much more work than in high school, build connections with professors/peers, and avoid becoming lackadaisical by completing all work on time and possibly earlier. Xavier University offers a friendly place where students can succeed, without any limits, as long as they put the work in. Xavier, like many other colleges, wants all of their students to succeed; however, it is up to the individuals to continue persevering; this message is instilled into all students at Xavier.

    In three sentences

    Xavier University provides a safe, fun environment for all of its students. Not only are we taught by the highest-rated professors, we receive life lessons on becoming a well-rounded person. If anyone is looking for a school that teaches more than book-work and more than academia, Xavier University is the school to attend.

  • 07/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Norwood (the surrounding neighborhood) is a little on the sketchy side, but I have NEVER felt unsafe while on campus--not even walking home from the library at 3 am!

    Greek Life

    There is none, and that's one of the best things about Xavier in my opinion. People come here because they want to be legitimately involved, not to pay for their friends and party all the time.

    Food and Dining

    In terms of cafeteria food, Xavier has it pretty good. You kinda get sick of eating in the same place for every meal every day because there are limited dining options, but the staff at the caf is very friendly and they do their best to provide students with a variety of healthy and tasty options (especially the dessert section and the sandwich line--YUM!) The facility is only two years old, so we all legitimately enjoy spending time in the caf hanging out with friends and people-watching.

    Dorm Life

    As an RA, I have to say that dorm life at Xavier is pretty awesome. But I'm a little biased. While individual experiences may vary, I know that the Office of Residence Life does its best to create communities within the dorms that are inclusive, close-knit, and fun. The dorm buildings are pretty nice, the cleaning staff is awesome, and there are plenty of options depending on your living style. Living on campus is probably one of my favorite parts of my experience here at Xavier!

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, academic programs, professors, etc, Xavier can be really challenging. Professors don't accept bullshit; they just want you to do your best! That being said, academics may be tough at times, especially around midterms and finals, but this is college; you're supposed to be challenged and you're supposed to push your limits and expand your horizons. I don't think the academics here are too rigorous; the goal is to teach you how to think so you can be prepared for whatever you may encounter in post-Xavier life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Many people complain that there is nothing to do on Xavier's campus, but those are the people who aren't really trying. There are so many events, promotions, etc occurring on campus almost constantly. You just have to immerse yourself in campus involvement. It doesn't matter what you do, as long as you do SOMETHING.

    In three sentences

    Xavier is a place that values its students and gives them infinite opportunities to succeed. The community is close-knit and welcoming, and the campus is small and homey. There is a place for everyone to fit in here, you just have to find it!

  • 09/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Sorry, but the only fraternities and sororities are academically based.

    Clubs and Activities

    Every year Xavier holds a Club Day where you can walk around learn about and sign up for any club your interested in. Club Day is full of free food and prizes prizes. Xavier has tons of clubs, their are just so many to choose from!

    Great for these types of students

    Xavier is great for the types of students who are looking for a challenge. This school also offers numerous tutor and review programs.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the Basketball games during the season there is nothing else like the feeling of being in the student section. I also play a ton of intermural sports like competitive soccer, flag football, and volleyball.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is amazing! Their are so many things to choose from, I never know what to eat so I just get a little bit of everything!

    Dorm Life

    My dorm awesome. My RA is really cool and everyone on my floor is really friendly. I even share a bathroom with my suit mates and my roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics at Xavier try to educate you as a whole person. For each major there is a set of core curriculum classes everyone has to take.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tip #1 Visit the campus! At least in my opinion the campus is so beautiful you'd really be missing out if you didn't.

  • 09/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Xavier's police is roaming the campus 24/7 to ensure the safety of everyone. There are also blue emergency poles placed all around campus just in case you feel uncomfortable in a certain area of campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life isn't too big on Xavier's campus, but there are fraternities and sororities on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Xavier offers a wide range of activities! Whether it be French club, chess club, or recreational football! There is a club for just about anyone and everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Xavier is great for students who want to attend a college that isn't too big and isn't too small as well. You don't necessarily have to be Catholic to attend Xavier also. I, personally, am Baptist and feel right at home on Xavier's Catholic campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nothing too unusual happens around campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Xavier University comes with a pretty price tag, but it is well worth it. You are receiving an A1 education while broadening your experiences at the same time.

    What to do for fun

    There are many of great things to do on and off campus! The theater is always putting on great plays and screening the best and latest movies. Downtown Cincinnati isn't too far from Xavier which is convenient as well.

    Food and Dining

    The food is so-so, but the cooks are wonderful! The pasta station is the best.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great! Fenwick is the best and probably most convenient dorm seeing that it is located right above the cafeteria (so no having to walk outside to eat in the colder months)! RA's are super nice, and are always looking for ways to make your residential experience great.

    Academic Rigor

    Your teachers expect nothing less than your best! Because of this, their course work can be somewhat demanding, but they are always available for help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you that you really research the university and see for yourself all of the great opportunities that the school has to offer. Schedule a visit to tour the campus.

    In three sentences

    Xavier University is a great school. Rather small, but it gives you that sense of a closer college community. Xavier has many great things to offer, and really aims at making sure that every student that graduates from the university is well-rounded on all levels.

  • 09/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I typically feel safe on campus.

    Greek Life

    non existant

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs and activities are endless. There is always a new club to join or something going on. These are great ways to meet people.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is extremely expensive. I am still shocked I chose to come here considering it was the most expensive school I toured. It is a good education, but whether it is that much better than other schools I looked at is a different story.

    What to do for fun

    basketball games and INTRAMURAL SPORTS ARE DA BOMB

    Food and Dining

    We have the best college cafeteria ever! Dining options other than the caf are limited to subway, chinese, and currito. Its pretty sad how few options there are..

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are about as good as they come for college dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be tough. But, they are doing a great job of preparing us for the real world. I have no doubt I will be successful after graduating from Xavier.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sit in on a class. Talk to both faculty and students when you come visit. If you stopped a random student to ask a question about the school or get their opinion on something, more than likely they will be more than happy to stop and talk if they have a minute or two.

    In three sentences

    Xavier is a friendly and welcoming place. Having been here for more than two years, I tend to notice that the school makes most decisions from a business standpoint and not always for the best interest of the students. The faculty and staff on the other hand, care about the students and do as much as they can to assist students in becoming successful no matter what career path they pursue.

  • 12/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe at Xavier. Even when I'm walking from Edgecliff back to Husman, I haven't felt like I was going to get mugged. Even if I did, there are blue boxes every 30 feet or so that I can go to to contact campus police. Also, campus police are monitoring Xavier 24/7. There is never a need to feel unsafe.

    Greek Life

    There aren't any besides the Honor sororities and fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many activities to chose from. From Xavier's acapella groups (A Cabellas & Harmon-X) to SGA (Student Government Association), there are so many activities to chose from. There are also club sports for basically every sport you can play at a college campus, and they are very good. If you are less competitive, you can join the team sports and play against students from around Xavier. SAC also hosts very many activities that you can do around campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Xavier is great for students that plan on taking college more seriously (definitely more than our rivals at UC haha.). Xavier doesn't have a load of parties, and they usually get busted before 1:00am. There is a strong colored community, and the honors frats/sororities host activities around campus. Xavier is also religious (hence that it is a Jesuit school). You will come across a few very religious people at this campus. Don't come to Xavier with the expectation to blow off classes and party every weekend.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Manresa (Freshman Orientation) is truly amazing. You meet lots of friends through orientation, and have an absolute blast with the freshman class. The basketball games are a ton of fun! If you are religious, there are many things happening at Bellarmine (the chapel). Students also gather around the Stoop (in front of Brockman) to hang out.

    Bang for the buck

    You can get a lot out of going to this school. The food is good, the dorms are nice and the people are wonderful. The opportunities that Xavier can give its students are immense, you just need to have the dedication and time to make the most out of it!

    What to do for fun

    I participate in many clubs. As a music major, I am singing in the groups here. Xavier also has activities produced by the Student Activites Council including late night movies, Bdubs at night, selling cheap tickets to concerts like Third Eye Blind, seeing a Cincinnati Reds Game, and many many more. Xavier is a blast!

    Food and Dining

    Very good food. The Caf has a wide variety of food ranging from creating your own pasta, subway-style sandwiches, grilled sandwiches, omelets, cheeseburgers, you name it! The staff is also very outgoing and fun! If you decide that you don't want to go to the caf, you are given $100 dining dollars that you can use at the Coffee Emporium (Free Trade coffee stop similar to starbucks), Currito (Xavier's Chipotle) and Subway! Currito has killer nutella milkshakes by the way!

    Dorm Life

    I live in Husman this year, a dorm with a shared bathroom. I am also in a double-sixed room with 3 people so it does get a bit crammed, but my floormates and roommates are incredible :) Brockman is louder and more social community style dorm. Kuhlman is a bigger version of Husman and it seems that a lot of my friends live there. Regardless, Husman is the best out of the three :) Also, they are all air conditioned, and bathrooms are cleaned daily in Brockman and weekly in the other two! Buenger, on the other hand, is the Honors/Athletics dorm. The students in Buenger have a suite style dorm where 4 students share 2 bathrooms, 2 bedrooms and a common room. The students tend to be a little more antisocial in the dorm, but they are very nice. Location wise, they are farther away from the buildings on campus, but only by a few steps. Bathrooms are also cleaned once a week.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are easier than others, but you need to push yourself if you want to get that A. As a music major, it is definitely rigorous!

    Tips for prospective students

    Xavier is a gemstone in Cinci! When I first visited, there didn't seem to be a lot of social life, but when you attend the campus it comes to life! I know a ton of people at Xavier, but there is always at least 5 different faces that I see every day, so while you meet a ton of people, you know that there are so many more that you can meet!

    In three sentences

    I was a bit unsure about coming to Xavier, but I am so glad that I came! I have met such a variety of fun and dedicated people; everybody is so nice and respectful. While it isn't a huge party school, there are lots of activities and clubs to join on campus that won't make you bored :)

  • 12/21/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Although Cincinnati is known to have some extremely unsafe parts to their city, but Xavier is very cautious to this. They have their blue emergency boxes everywhere, as well as three different police forces that cover campus - all of which are actual police, not security. If anything goes wrong, police will be to a blue box in less than thirty seconds if you push the help button.

    Clubs and Activities

    Xavier encourages community service, which is a great thing for anyone! There are always people in need and community service days benefit everyone. There are also clubs for any kind of person whatsoever.

    Bang for the buck

    Xavier is a private university, which does make tuition and other fees skyrocket; however, especially for me (in consideration for occupational therapy), it is going to be well worth it. The environment on campus is perfect, and the academics are stellar.

    Food and Dining

    The Caf offers so many choices, no matter how picky you can be- even I found things I love (and I am extremely picky!)

    Dorm Life

    Everyone at Xavier is so welcoming and everyone seems like they want to get to know you. Students are friendly, and with the open-floor dorms, you can connect with a lot of students!

    Academic Rigor

    Xavier offers certain degree programs that most schools don't have; one of which is occupational therapy. Xavier's occupational therapy department is one of the top in the country based on their passage rates on the national occupational therapy certification test. Everyone at Xavier encourages students to excel academically - even if that means taking more than the minimum amount of semester classes.

  • 12/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    One of the safest campuses. They really do try to keep you safe. Campus police is fantastic.

    Greek Life

    No greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs and organizations.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who really want to focus on their studies but also want to have a good time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Alter Hall is fun to explore.

    What to do for fun

    Xavier sets up a lot of events. Muskies After Dark, Karaoke Nights, Xavier Basketball games, and tons more.

    Food and Dining

    The food has its ups and downs but, for the most part, it's pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    Brockman Hall is great. I love the feel of it. The RAs are great people and they really want your college experience to be awesome.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors really make you work hard but it's all necessary for your success.

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus on the work but don't forget to have fun.

    In three sentences

    Xavier University has been a great decision. I love being at Xavier. The people are great and the campus is beautiful.

  • 01/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Xavier provides students with the campus police number, offers courses on safety, and their are blue emergency lights located around the entire campus.

    Greek Life

    None

    Great for these types of students

    Students who wish to succeed and place effort into their college lives. Xavier is well known for nursing and for science courses.

    What to do for fun

    Sports, clubs, events, seasonly events, dances, movies, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    If supplemental instruction is offered, then attend the sessions. Check Xavier to see what credits will and will not transfer. Check the website to see which AP scores are accepted.

    In three sentences

    Xavier is a small school, yet the classes are excellent in size. The faculty are all open and friendly; willing to help any student succeed. The campus is safe and offers wonderful opportunities for all students.

  • 03/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe and I have no worries now do my parents for my safty on campus.

    Greek Life

    As everything else at Xavier top notch.

    Clubs and Activities

    I very much enjoy the Chess Club...

    Great for these types of students

    This school may look very old world charmed on the outside but the activies and class options are top of the game!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The stairs!! Say no more there are a lot of stairs!

    Bang for the buck

    I have enjoyed the time I spent with Xavier and look forward to the challenges and oppertunities offered.

    What to do for fun

    There is nothing that you cant do for fun .. On campus and off the sky is the limit.

    Food and Dining

    There is amazing food and dinning ! GET THE GREEN BOX!!

    Dorm Life

    WOW!

    Academic Rigor

    Very easy to talk to the educators.

    Tips for prospective students

    Relax! It really isnt bad in a new setting with new people. Voice your options and if you have any issues trust your back is watched for you to shine.

    In three sentences

    An amazing school with a wide options of diversity. I have enjoyed my time with Xavier and lookk forward to many more yrs with them. The education I obtain has already with in one semester has helped me become a better student.

  • 03/14/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    The clubs, sports and intermural sports will be my fun as well as gym time!

    Food and Dining

    The meals throughout campus will be fine dining and contian favorites I'm acustomed to as well as change and difference I'm ready for.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice as well as spacious within the outlooks I've read. I will be putting my down payments soon.

    Academic Rigor

    I have read about the rigor and guidance through class by great professors as well as the time that must be put in for my own success. Prioritizing and focusing will be of major importance.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find your motivation and view your options among the university and what they can offer. The overall benefits of Xavier were the best fit for my liking.

    In three sentences

    This school meets all my needs as a student and athletic person. The change of cultural within the enviornment is attracting and endurable. I am glad to become a student and excited to begin my future through all aspects of the university.

  • 03/25/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Nothing bad ever happens here.

    Greek Life

    There are a few on campus, just a hand full.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything you want, for any interest.

    Bang for the buck

    Depends on what you're looking for, but yeah.

    What to do for fun

    Rec Sports, Club Sports, Groups, Organizations, On Campus Activities

    Food and Dining

    THE CAFETERIA IS DELICIOUS!! #1 IN AMERICA FOR MIDDLE SIZED COLLEGES!

    Dorm Life

    As clean as you keep , also, a great community environment.

    Academic Rigor

    Courses are definitely challenging. There are courses to please your needs. There are classes you can get with less challenging professors if you struggle in that area.

    Tips for prospective students

    Never be afraid to try something new. Life is about experiences & you never know, until you try.

    In three sentences

    Xavier is one big community, it's easy to make friends. You can also find things you like to do easily. The atmosphere is electric, except in the mornings & when it's super cold.