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| I completed both my undergraduate and graduate degrees at this school. It's come a long away in recent years, but SXU is still a commuter school that serves students from surrounding communities. This becomes apparent when you're looking for parking, which is minimal. It doesn't offer a UPASS for public transit, and partly because the school isn't really in a centralized urban lanscape like DePaul or UIC. The only way to get to SXU Chicago campus using public transit is to take CTA bus routes 53A or 103. Route 53A provides a connection to the orange line, and route 103 provides a link to the red line. Both routes are spotty at times, and it's best to use a bus tracker on a mobile phone to better manage your time. You won't find an "L" station within walking distance, but there's a Metra stop on 103rd and Walden Parkway by a Starbucks coffee shop in neighboring Beverly. This station offers plenty of parking and is also accessible by CTA bus route 103. There's no public transit overnight "owl" service to SXU; your best and least expensive bet is to take the red line south to 95th Street and catch a cab from there. This will cut your cab fare down to around $10 USD rather than $40 if took a cab from downtown or from the Midway Airport. All this information is provided in response to those who complain about the lack of social amenities at SXU and the surrounding community. SXU isn't a party school, but we're all human and we all feel the occasional need to socialize and unwind. The school falls short on this, and it would be in their best interest to build a student center in the near future. It's also apparent SXU wants to attract students outside of Illinois and the Midwest, but this isn't going to happen quickly enough if they keep failing to facilitate an environment where students can interact on a regular basis. Some professors have candidly expressed that a good postsecondary school should make an effort to attract as many people from different backgrounds as possible. This will allow for students to learn from each other, and not just from a professor in the classroom. |
|Apr 15 2011|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2009 |
| When I took the tour to come to this school, they made it sound much different then it really is. A lot of the things talked about on the tour, and in admissions events were not actually present when I came here. I'm now a tour guide and even I cant bring myself to say some of our scripted comments, they're lies!|
I agree that this school is PERFECT for commuters or people just trying to get their degree. Other than that, this school is a waste of money. There is very little support, academic or social, for resident students. The website makes it sound like its downtown, but it really takes an hour and a half or longer, and since our school is mostly commuter we don't even get Upasses like Loyola or Depaul.
This school is also really good at charging you for stupid things. I was once charged $70 for a late DVD that THEY LOST!
There is NO social scene. And I am not talking about parties or a Greek scene. There is no social scene period. You don't get to go out and socialize with other students, or unwind after a hard week of classes because there is nothing to do! The campus basically shuts down at 6pm friday and starts up again Monday. There's no student center, no dances, nothing.
This school is also really unhelpful if you live out of state. I have to fly home, and apparently that does not count as an excuse to miss a class or make up work! Dorms close at six on holidays, but then night classes (from 6:30-9:30) will still meet. It makes NO sense.If you work full time, are an adult student, or live close to SXU then by all means go for it. Otherwise, go somewhere else.
|Feb 12 2011|| Male --
Class 2000 |
| I began my college education at St. Xavier College (at the time). I stayed for one year and at the age of 18 I thought that I needed to try an away school with a more party life. I went away for one year and hurried to return to St. Xavier where I finished my education and graduate. The school gives a great education and the small class size is a big bonus. This is not a school for kids who are just looking for fun and a social life. It is a school for people who are interested in increasing their education and getting prepared for the real world. |
| Starting Job: Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, Preparedness: B+, Reputation: A |
|Sep 11 2010|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |