About - St. Xavier's College

Welcome to St. Xavier’s College

A premier institution of higher education in the state of Goa

Our Vision

Formation for Transformation

Our Mission Statement

To provide balanced all-round education, with the goal of forming young men and women who will be disciplined citizens and will display a high intellectual calibre as well as emotional balance and social commitment, and particularly, at helping Catholic youth to be committed followers of Christ.

St. Xavier’s College, Mapusa was founded by the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman in 1963. It is managed by the Diocesan Society of Education, an apex body that manages all its educational institutions in Goa.

Completing fifty glorious years of its existence in 2013, the college has kept up its pace with providing quality education. With quality as its hallmark, its motto of ‘In Virtute et Scientia’ (Virtue and Knowledge) and its pursuit for excellence, the institution with the status of ‘College with Potential for Excellence’ has endeavoured to sustain and ensure continuous quality improvement.

Besides Under-Graduate Programmes, it offers Post-Graduate Programmes like M.A.(Psychology), M.Com and M.Sc.(Physical Chemistry).

Thousands of students who have passed through the portals of this institution recall with nostalgia the days spent here, and the salutary impact it has had on their lives.

Popular courses that have received recognition include Computer Science, Computer Applications, Electronics, Biotechnology, Mass Communication and Videography, Journalism, Business Administration, Travel and Tourism.

Our Patron Saint – St. Francis Xavier: An Educationist par Excellence

St. Xavier’s College, Mapusa is named after St. Francis Xavier, a world renowned Jesuit missionary. Born in Spain (1506), Francisco de Jaxu Xavier was an outstanding student of the Sorbonne University, Paris. He was awarded Master’s Degree (Arts) with distinction in 1530.

Against this brilliant academic background, Ignatius of Loyola a fellow student placed before him the spiritually haunting biblical maxim: “What doth it profit a man to gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his own soul.”

In 1542, Francis Xavier set foot on Goan soil. In the following year, he was given charge of the College of Holy Faith (Santa Fe) at Velha Goa. Under the Jesuits, it gained fame as the College of St. Paul.

Francis Xavier was one of the illustrious professors of this College which eventually earned the reputation of a University. Scholars from as far as Japan came to pursue their studies. He established many other educational institutions, modeled on the most advanced universities of Europe.

St. Xavier’s College, Mapusa, has chosen as its goals Virtue (virtute) and Knowledge (scientia) to truly reflect the inspiration it draws from the very maxim that turned around the life of its Patron, St. Francis Xavier.

This we believe

Acquiring a good character and a balanced personality is extensively promoted and hence, St. Xavier’s proudly proclaims to uphold the following creed:

  • We believe in God.
  • We believe in human dignity and humanity.
  • We believe in the spirit of discipline and dignity of human work.
  • We believe that men and women are born with equal rights which do not come from the State.
  • We believe in the sanctity of the Family – the basic unit of society.
  • We believe that the citizens have not only rights but also have duties.
  • We believe that the Labour and Capital have not only rights but obligations, and in the fulfillment of their obligations, they will complement each other.
  • We are opposed to all kinds of violations of individual liberty and private property.
  • We believe that liberty is a sacred thing and the law which regulates liberty, is a sacred obligation.
  • We believe that academic freedom should not be used as a pretext to teach systems that destroy all freedom.
  • We are vigorously opposed to the tenets and tactics of those who want to destroy the essential liberties guaranteed by the Indian Constitution.
  • We are vigorously opposed to all forms of racism, gender discrimination, communal hatred and anarchism.
  • We believe in the teachings of Christ. We hold that morality must regulate the personal, familial, economic, political and international life of humanity.


The Genesis
Established at Bastora, Bardez – Goa, with Science and Arts faculties, affiliated to Bombay University

Establishment of the first Herbarium college in Goa.

From Bastora to Mapusa
Shifted to Mapusa

Affiliated to Goa University

Silver Jubilee celebration

Introduction of BComm course

Affiliated with four stars by NAAC

The first college to offer a Postgraduate / Master’s Degree in Psychology under Goa University

Selected as one of the 47 best colleges out of 15000 colleges in India and awarded the status of “College with Potential for Excellence” by UGC.

Secured the first rank in Third Year University Examinations, in all the streams, Arts, Science and Commerce.

The principal of the College, Mr Newman Fernandes awarded the Sam Higginbotham Best Principal in India award

Student Natalia Narang awarded the best NCC cadet in India, Gold Medal, at the hands of Shri Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India

The first college to offer a Post Graduate MCom degree

Set up a recording studio

The first college to offer a Post Graduate MSc Degree Program in Chemistry

2005 – 2009
Awarded “Best College Award in Sport” in Goa for 5 consecutive years

Set up TV studio

2009 – 2012
Runners-up for “Best College in Sports” in Goa for 4 consecutive years

Constructed a new block for self-financed subjects

Awarded “Best College Award” by University

Established St. Xavier’s College, Parent Teachers Association (PTA)

Golden Jubilee Celebration

Our Core Values

Believing in God

Upholding Human dignity

Inculcating a sense of patriotism

Fostering Global competencies

Promoting ethical values

Achieving excellence in education