Admission Classifications

Degree-Seeking Students

The following classifications are made for degree-seeking students:

  1. Admit with full status: All admission criteria are met; minimum grade-point average of 3.0, or the equivalency established by the individual graduate programs; bachelor's degree conferred by a regionally accredited institution; receipt of required supporting materials by the Office of Graduate Admission.
  2. Admit on probation: Status used when a component of the admission criteria is not met. When 12 credit hours of coursework (6 credit hours for MBA and MSN) at Saint Xavier have been completed, the student's progress will be reviewed by the program director. If a 3.0 grade-point average, with grades of A and B, has been achieved, the student will be admitted with full status.
  3. Admit on conditional status: Student may attempt 6 credit hours while meeting the conditions of admission. Such conditions include, but are not limited to:
    • student taking undergraduate prerequisites (see individual departments for required undergraduate prerequisites)
    • applying for financial aid
    • supplying final transcripts
  4. Qualified deny: The student is denied admission for a particular term because of program limitations. The student is allowed to apply to other graduate programs within the institution.
  5. Defer: The student may need to retake a graduate exam or complete 6 credit hours at SXU as a student-at-large, if approved by program director. The student's progress will be reviewed.
  6. Deny admission: Student has not met the admission requirements. Denied applicants are not allowed to register for classes. Denied applicants may not reapply to the same program for at least one year.

Non-Degree-Seeking Students

Non-degree-seeking students may enroll as:

  1. Student-at-Large: The dean/director of the graduate program may grant permission for students to enroll in graduate courses. Students-at-large should be aware of the limits on courses that may be taken, as described in the policy on students-at-large later in this document.
  2. Students enrolled in professional development workshops, such as those of the Illinois Renewal Institute.

Admission of International Students

International students (those not holding United States citizenship or permanent residency) must submit the following to the Office of Graduate Admission at Saint Xavier University:

  1. A completed online application;
  2. Completed recommendation forms;
  3. Official results of the appropriate graduate admission test;
  4. A completed and notarized Affidavit of Support (PDF);
  5. A notarized bank statement or bank letter demonstrating capacity to provide financial support for at least one year of attendance at SXU. Currency must be converted to U.S. Dollars, and the letter must be written in English;
  6. Non-native English speaking applicants must submit official test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), official results from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or proof of completion of ELS course level 112. 
  7. One set of official and translated transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. These transcripts must also be evaluated on a course-by-course basis for U.S. equivalency by an approved educational credential evaluator. The Office of Graduate Admission can recommend companies that provide these services;
  8. Photocopies or facsimiles of identification and expiration pages of the student’s passport. Copies of existing immigration paperwork (visa, current I-20, I-94, etc.) should be provided, if applicable;
  9. Additional requirements may apply, depending on program.

After the admission process is completed and the student is admitted to Saint Xavier University, the Form I-20 will be issued to the student. Upon arriving at the University campus, the student must contact the Office of Graduate Admission at 773-298-3053 or to confirm his or her arrival and learn of next steps. It is the student's responsibility to attend SXU on a full-time basis and to notify the Office of Graduate Admission of any change in status, including withdrawal.

Note: International students are not permitted to register as students-at-large, nor are they eligible for financial aid.