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The Core Subjects define the Atenean Education as Xavier University aspires to build character in its students and mold them to become engaged citizens and effective leaders.

The First-Year Formation Program (3 units) is a special curriculum that acquaints first-year students and transferees with Jesuit Education and the University’s mission of training persons who are competent, conscientious, and committed to serve God and society. Students, as part of their formation process, learn about Ignatian spirituality and participate in activities like prayer and reflection, social exposures, peer support, and group consultation to strengthen their faith, enhance their save personal well-being, and promote social justice.

The government-mandated National Service Training Program (3 units) for sophomores intensifies the involvement of students in civic consciousness activities such as weekly community service.