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Xavier University of Louisiana

Xavier University of Louisiana, founded by Saint Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, is Catholic and historically Black. The purpose of the university is to contribute to the promotion of a more just and humane society by preparing its students to assume roles of leadership and service in a global society. This preparation takes place in a diverse learning and teaching environment that incorporates all relevant educational means, including research and community service.

 Xavier University Facts​

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  • In a survey of students conducted for The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings, based on students’ opinions on how well their college or university is preparing them for their career, Xavier received the highest score of any school in the South – in fact, it received the highest score of any of the more than 1,000 schools that were included in the 2017 WSJ/THE rankings.
  • Ranked #1 in the nation in awarding bachelor’s degrees to African American students in the biological and biomedical sciences, the physical sciences, and physics.
  • Ranked #1 in the nation in the number of African American graduates who go on to complete medical school.
  • Among the nation’s top four colleges of pharmacy in graduating African Americans with Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D) degrees.
  • Ranked #3 in the nation in the number of African American graduates who go on to earn a Ph.D. in science and engineering disciplines.
  • The Department of Physics is #1 in the nation for awarding African Americans baccalaureate degrees in physics and the physical sciences, according to the latest report from the American Institute of Physics (AIP). Xavier is consistently ranked by the American Chemical Society as one of the top 25 universities in the nation in awarding bachelor’s degrees in chemistry.
  • The 2019 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges once again lists Xavier among the 300 “best and most interesting” four-year colleges and universities.
  • Xavier was also singled out as one of the nation’s 384 best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review in the 2019 edition of its annual “The Best 384 Colleges”.
  • U.S News “Best Colleges” Guide 2019 rates Xavier as No. 29 among southern regional colleges and universities and No. 5 spot among Historically Black Colleges and Universities HBCUs). Schools are considered regional Universities if they offer a full range of undergraduate programs and some master’s programs but few doctoral programs.




Three Xavier Students Receive Scholarships from Kevin Hart’s Charity, UNCF and KIPP
Actor and comedian Kevin Hart joined forces with UNCF and KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) to help 18 KIPP students earn a college degree. Through a new UNCF scholarship program launched in partnership with Kevin Hart’s Help From The Hart Charity and KIPP Public Schools, the $600,000 scholarship will provide funding to support KIPP students from eight different cities who are attending 11 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Freshman Lauryn Williams, and Juniors Daja Brooks and Mack Williams were among the selected students, awarded to them at a surprise event on August 6 in Los Angeles. >> Read More

Xavier University Staff

Since its founding, Xavier University of Louisiana has responded to the needs of the times … Faithful to our history as Black and Catholic and open to the world, we will educate and be a gift to the world.

Dr. C. Reynold Verret President