Visiting Students

Saint Xavier University welcomes all visiting students who are interested in taking courses to get ahead in their studies or for career development.

Saint Xavier University is the most affordable Catholic institution in Illinois ( and is ranked a "Best Value School" by U.S. News & World Report. As a regionally accredited four-year university, SXU educates for competence, character and career success with a variety of high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs, including liberal arts and STEM fields, taught by experienced and caring faculty who provide students with engaged learning experiences. Students can also participate in service and leadership opportunities to prepare them to become compassionate, productive members of society, ready to lead in their careers and contribute to their community. 

Part-Time Enrollment

Undergraduate visiting students from another college or university have the option of enrolling part time at SXU.

If you're interested in our summer course offerings, we provide a rigorous curriculum with the convenience and flexibility to take courses online to help you stay on path with your education. Our support services, including the Learning Center and online access to our library, are virtually available to assist in your summer coursework.

View Course Offerings: If you are not admitted into SXU but wish to enroll in courses, you can do so by accessing the SXU Claws Website page. You can also visit our Summer Course Offerings web page for a full list of summer courses. No special admission is required for most courses.

Register for Classes: After you've selected what courses you want to take, fill out a registration form and submit it online.

Questions about the form can be directed to Rita Hickey at Please also review our Summer Courses at SXU FAQs.

Full-Time Enrollment

Undergraduate visiting students from another college or university who wish to enroll full time at SXU should complete a streamlined version of the transfer admission process in order to meet eligibility requirements for financial assistance from SXU.

  1. Complete theTransfer/Adult Application for Admission. There's no fee to apply!
    1. In the essay section of the application, please indicate that you are a visiting student from another college.
  2. Submit official transcripts from colleges/universities attended. (NOTE: Unofficial transcripts can be used temporarily to provide an admission decision.)
  3. Add SXU to your Free Application for Federal Student Aid, so your results are delivered to SXU. Our FAFSA school code is 001768.

Once you have submitted the application, an admission counselor will contact and assist you in the remaining steps of the process. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Admission at (844) GOTO-SXU or

General Questions

Who is a visiting student?

A visiting student is a person preparing to take undergraduate or graduate courses at Saint Xavier University, yet who may not be currently matriculated into an SXU degree program. Visiting students include students from other colleges and universities, professionals coming back to refresh a skill set, or individuals just looking to take a course for enrichment.

Note: Undergraduate students wishing to enroll full time as a visiting student should follow the Full-Time Enrollment steps listed above.

Is it possible to get a syllabus for an SXU course?

Students can email with a request for a syllabus.

Are the credits earned at SXU transferable to other colleges or universities?

Most colleges and universities accept SXU transfer credits, but you should consult the receiving institution to confirm that this is the case. You should send an official SXU transcript to your home institution once you have completed your course(s) at Saint Xavier University.

Where can I get my textbooks?

Textbooks are available online through the SXU Bookstore.

How do I withdraw from a course?

Once registered, students can drop courses, on the mySXU portal or by completing an Add/Drop form (PDF), until published drop deadlines. View the Add-Drop/Withdrawal policy at SXU.

Who can I contact at SXU if I have more questions?

For enrollment in summer or part-time enrollment, please contact For full-time undergraduate enrollment as a visiting student, contact the Office of Admission at (844) GOTO-SXU or


Summer Courses at SXU FAQs

How much does it cost to take summer courses at SXU?

The average cost of a 3-credit hour summer undergraduate course is $1,575 ($525/credit). Many students may qualify for financial aid. Graduate summer course costs vary based on the course of interest. Please visit the Tuition and Fees webpage for additional information.

What are the requirements to take summer courses?

Visiting students do not need to apply for admission to SXU in order to take summer classes; simply register for the courses that you need and/or interest you. Keep in mind that some courses may have prerequisites. It is your responsibility to make sure you have fulfilled the necessary prerequisites before starting any course.

How can I register for a summer course as a visiting student?

Students can register by filling out a registration form and submitting it online. Once the form is submitted, you will be contacted by SXU to verify your intention to register. Once registered, failure to attend a class will not result in a refund. It is the student's responsibility to take the necessary action to withdraw from a class.

What is the refund policy for summer courses?

Refund policies are based on the start date of the section, if your class meets for:

  • May Term: You can get a full refund within 3 calendar days of the start date.
  • 14 weeks or more you can get a full refund within 14 calendar days of the start date.
  • 3 to 13 weeks you can get a full refund within 10 calendar days of the start date.
  • 2 weeks or less you can get a full refund on the first day of class

Failure to attend a class will not result in a refund. It is the student's responsibility to take the necessary action to withdraw from a class.

Is financial aid available for summer courses?

Questions about financial aid can be directed to or 773-298-3070 to address on a case-by-case basis.