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Xavier University of Louisiana
Xavier University is a Catholic Historically Black University located in New Orleans. Xavier develops...

Xavier University of Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

Xavier University is a Catholic Historically Black University located in New Orleans. Xavier develops its students into socially conscious members of the global society through various educational means. Students are prepared to become strong leaders and innovators in their fields through active academic participation, community service, and research.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
2,359 undergraduate students
95% of undergrad students are full time
27% male — 73% female
45% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
218 full-time faculty
27 part-time faculty
14 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

47% of students live on campus.

Retention Fall 2014

71% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

43% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 3%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Black or African American 76%
White 4%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 10%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 1%

First Year Experience

The First Year Experience (FYE) at XU is an introductory program, structured to ease the transition from high school to college. In the FYE, students gain the necessary skills they will need in order to become successful students and resourceful individuals. There are several different components to the FYE which include: summer orientation (Lagniappe), fall new student orientation, freshman seminar courses, mentoring, a common reader, and central theme that is shared among first year courses.

Service Learning Program

Service learning is one of the best ways for students to apply what they have learned in the classroom to real-life situations. In service-learning relationships, students commit a portion of their time to traditional class instruction and another portion to community service initiatives. The Service Learning Program is designed to promote student involvement and interaction with the needs of the community. When students take part in SL courses, they are asked to reflect upon their work and tie it back to academic theories and concepts that relate to their service.

XU Leads (Leadership Education And Development Skills)

XU Leads is an awesome program for developing leadership skills. XU Leads is open to all types of leaders—those who have some experience and those who have none at all. Through interactive programming and activities, students are given the chance to practice taking responsibility and using their best judgment. Activities include workshops, community service, reflective writing, and projects that demand practical application. All students that complete the program are rewarded with a student leadership certification.

Undergraduate Research

The Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR) facilitates and promotes research opportunities for undergraduate students. All funding for projects comes from outside sources, and is delegated to faculty members. In other words, students do not directly receive funding for projects. However, they do have the opportunity to work with professors as they pursue their research. Students that act as research assistants are paid for their work and can earn up to $12/hr.

Core Curriculum

Xavier’s core curriculum is designed to cover a breadth of topics, across all disciplines. The structure of the curriculum is broken down into three separate sections: Fundamental, Essential, and Expansive.

  • Fundamental: Students are required to fulfill 18 credit hours in the Fundamental category. These courses are considered a vital part of the undergraduate experience, and include topics like English, Math, and Science. The Fundamental portion also requires students to take 6 credit hours of the same foreign language.
  • Essential: The Essential portion of the curriculum has a much wider reach than the Fundamental. The Essential core includes the Freshman Seminar courses, which must be taken and passed before the end of freshman year. Other courses in this category include: art, music, philosophy, economics, and sociology, to name a few.
  • Expansive: The last section of the curriculum, the Expansive core, can be fulfilled by 6 credit hours. Courses within this section are divided into four categories: Fine Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. Every student must take one course from two of the four categories.

The Festival of Scholars

The Festival of Scholars celebrates exceptional work in undergraduate research. There are three different presentation categories: poster, oral and panel. In the poster category, students display their research on a 4×5 poster and discuss their work with attendees of the festival. Students that opt to do an oral presentation must present for 30 minutes on their research and findings. Finally, panel presentations often involve more than one student and last around 45 minutes.

Alpha Lambda Delta

Alpha Lambda Delta is the first year honor society at Xavier. Students involved in Alpha Lambda Delta are committed to academic excellence and the humble pursuit of success. In order to qualify, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.5. All members of the honor society must take responsibility over their education and work to show others the way to success.


Admissions Fall 2014

3,963 Total Applicants
2,615 Total Admissions
579 Total Freshmen Enrollment

65.99% of applicants admitted

Freshmen Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 450 550
SAT Math 460 550
SAT Writing 440 520
ACT Composite 20 25
ACT Math 18 24
ACT English 20 25
ACT Writing    


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Tuition $19,100
Fees $2,452
Total $21,552
Room and Board (on campus) $8,500
Estimated Total On Campus $30,052


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

99% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
92% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$15,862 Average amount of federal state local or institutional grant aid received
$7,081 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

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