Xavier University is a co-educational Jesuit, Catholic university in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. The school is the sixth-oldest Catholic and fourth-oldest Jesuit university in the United States, Xavier has an undergraduate enrollment of 4,485 students and graduate enrollment of 2,165. Xavier is primarily an undergraduate, liberal arts institution, the school was founded in 1831 as a mens college in downtown Cincinnati next to St. Francis Xavier Church on Sycamore Street. The Athenaeum, as it was called, was dedicated to the patronage of Saint Francis Xavier by Bishop Edward Fenwick on October 17,1831. St. Xavier College moved in 1912 to its current North Avondale location, about 5 miles north of downtown Cincinnati, the original Anthenaeum is now the seminary of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. St. Xavier College and St. Xavier High School officially split in 1919, the schools name was changed a second time to its current name, Xavier University, in 1930. The Williams College of Business was established in 1961 and Xaviers first doctoral program in psychology began in 1997, Xavier fully admitted women in 1969, but women began attending the college in 1914 in the evening, weekend, and summer school divisions. Edgecliff College, another Catholic college in Cincinnati, merged with Xavier University in 1980, in 2000, Xavier opened its doors to the Cintas Center, an arena for the Musketeers. Xavier also opened the Gallagher Student Center in 2002, Smith Hall and the Conaton Learning Commons opened in 2010 as part of the James E. Hoff, S. J, Academic Quadrangle. Hoff was the Universitys 33rd President, 1991–2000, hoffs successor and 34th President, still serves Xavier. Fenwick Place, a complex, opened in the fall of 2011. At the center of campus are the Gallagher Student Center and Bellarmine Chapel, Bellarmine Chapels roof is in the shape of a hyperbolic paraboloid, also known as a saddle roof, that will not collapse, even if the Chapel walls were removed. The chapel is the home to the Bellarmine Catholic Parish, six buildings with castle architecture sit elevated overlooking Victory Parkway to the west and resemble a single fortress. Next to the Gallagher Student Center is Science Row, Lindner Hall, Logan Hall and it houses the Departments of Mathematics, Computer Science, English, History, Philosophy, and Theology. Schmidt Hall sits next as the University’s current Administration Building, followed by Edgecliff Hall, originally Alumni Science Hall, it was renamed after the former Edgecliff College and is home to the Department of Music. On the opposite side of the mall to the east stands the tallest structure on campus and it houses the Office of Admission and Office of Financial Aid as well as the Departments of Modern Languages, Classics, Communication Arts, Political Science, and Sociology. Next is McDonald Library followed by Alter Hall, which is being rebuilt, Alter Hall is the main classroom building on campus, and was scheduled to be reopened for the 2015 fall semester. Finally, Hailstones Hall, which was the home of the Williams College of Business, is adjoined behind Alter to the east
The Gallagher Student Center.
Smith Hall, which houses the Williams College of Business
Hayden Field seen from Hinkle Hall
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