If Barrack Obama, Hillary Clinton, The Dalai Lama and A.P.J. Abdul Kalam have visited your college, then you would be proud of it too! Just as the students of St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai are! Apart from the distinguished guests and alumni, St. Xavier’s is one of the best undergraduate colleges in Mumbai and is very well known for its courses in Arts, Humanities, Mass Media and Business Studies.
Consistently featuring in the Top Ten lists of best colleges across the country, St. Xavier’s is an autonomous institution and also accredited with an A+ grade by the NAAC. It is a Jesuit college and was formed 148 years ago in 1869. With the motto of the university being ‘Provocans Ad Volandum’ or ‘Encourage to Fly’ its students have truly flown across the world and made a mark for themselves.
Admission Process of St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai
The college is a Catholic minority college and follows the reservation system based on the guidelines of the University of Mumbai. Across all the undergraduate courses, the admissions are reserved accordingly – Management Quota (15%), Christian Minority (43%), General Category (21%) and Reserved Category (21%).
The most popular courses Bachelor in Management Studies (BMS) and Bachelor in Mass Media (BMM) have an entrance test, usually conducted in the first week of June. For other courses, students have to apply through the online portal as well as register on the University of Mumbai website.
Admissions are tough and students are expected to have high academic performance throughout their schooling. Many courses also have interviews prior to the confirmation of admission.
Things to know about St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai
1. Awe-inspiring architecture & history –
St. Xavier’s probably has the most iconic college building in India. So much so that it has been declared a heritage site! The Indo gothic architecture style is fantastic and the sprawling campus has students running around to attend classes. Each cranny and nook has a history and connects Xavierites across all batches. You probably would have already seen the building in movies like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, Rockstar and tons of TV advertisements!
2. Malhar, the fest –
You cannot discuss St. Xavier’s without mentioning Malhar in the same breath. Malhar is the college fest of SXC but has gained a reputation of its own and one of the best events in Mumbai. More than 1200 students participate in executing this mega-event
More than 1200 students participate in executing this mega-event which is conducted over 3 days. Students get to learn management skills and also enjoy participation in the events. The event has a conclave which is attended by well-known thinkers and personalities.
3. Social Responsibility –
St. Xavier’s College places a lot of importance on social responsibility of the students. They inculcate the habit of social giving in the students through different activities and clubs. They have the AICUF (All India Catholic University Federation) which works with several NGOs for causes like human trafficking, women empowerment etc. They also have the Social Service League and Social Involvement Programme. The SIP is a compulsory part of the curriculum itself.
4. Promotion of Culture & Literature –
SXC has a history of promoting culture and literature through its various clubs and publications. It has the Marathi Vangmay Mandal, which promotes Marathi culture at the college level; The Indian Music Group and the Xavier College Chorus. It also churns out student publications from each department that are well read and initiate the students into writing and literature.
5. Focus on extracurriculars –
St. Xavier’s students are well-rounded individuals and this is partly because of the focus on extra-curricular activities. With the industry focusing on personality and attitude versus aptitude, this approach is preferred by students. SXC has the ECC or the Extra Curricular Committee which mandates that every student has 60 ECC hours to complete their course.
This ensures that each student turns out to be a well-rounded individual.
Students of St. Xavier’s have gone on to have great careers in Arts, Literature, Business, Education and many more. The illustrious alumni from the college Anu Aga, Rajdeep Sardesai, Sunil Gavaskar, Alyque Padamsee, Zakir Hussain, Vikram Seth, Zubin Mehta, and Amish Tripathi all go on to show the wide spectrum of careers Xavierites have excelled at!
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