St Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad, founded in 1955, the only grant-in-aid Christian Institution of Higher Education in the State of Gujarat, is run by a world-wide religious organization, the Society of Jesus, founded by St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556). Members of this organization, known as Jesuits, are also called “the schoolmasters of Europe” since they took up education of Europe in the Middle Ages. The Society of Jesus runs nearly 150 institutions of higher education across the world and 55 in India. St. Xavier’s College was accredited with 5 Stars (in 2001) and reaccredited with an A+ (in 2007). It was declared a College with Potential for Excellence in 2006. The College was subsequently recognized by DBT (in 2009) under the Star Colleges Scheme. India Today has consistently ranked Xavier’s as the best College in Gujarat and among the top 50 colleges in India. The College had applied for the IMC Ramkrishna Bajaj Award in 2011 under education category. It bagged a merit certificate and was judged as one of the 6 top educational institutes in the country.
The College has a men’s hostel with a capacity of 170 students, and women’s hostel with a capacity of 140 students. There are there students in each room. Each student is provided with a cupboard, table, chair and a bed. The hostels have dining facilities.