Xavier: a brief history

By: Richard Meyer ~Copy Editor~ Xavier University has come a long way from its original found­ing in 1831 as an exclusively male college to where it is today. Xavier is the fourth-oldest Jesuit university and the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the country. At its founding, Xavier was located on Sycamore Street in downtown Cincinnati, near St. Francis Xavier Church which is still standing today. The col­lege was originally called the Athenaeum and was dedicated by Bishop Edward Fenwick, the namesake for one of the dorms on today’s campus. The Athenaeum was only in existence until 1840, when the name was … Continue reading Xavier: a brief history