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 ultimate 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.

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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.
  • #1 in the nation in awarding bachelor's degrees to African American students in the biological and biomedical sciences, the physical sciences, and physics.
  • #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.
  • #3 in the nation in the number of African American graduates who go on to earn a Ph.D. in science and engineering disciplines.
  • U.S News “Best Colleges” Guide 2018 rates Xavier as the #1 "best value" among southern regional colleges and universities. The same report ranked Xavier No. 5 spot among 70 Historically Black Colleges and Universities and No. 25 among 140 schools in its grouping of the Best Regional Colleges – South. Schools are considered regional Universities if they offer a full range of undergraduate programs and some master's programs but few doctoral programs.

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Xavier has been awarded a $196,854 Louisiana Board of Regents Targeted Enhancement grant to support the creation of a “mobile laboratory” for its Performance Studies Laboratory (PSL) program. The PSL is a humanities-based interdisciplinary academic program which views performance as an object to be studied, a creative method of scholarly inquiry and representation, and a tool for community engagement. Working in an interdisciplinary context, the laboratory uses a performance-based lens for experiential learning and research that culminates with sharing creative work with public audiences. >> Read more in the latest newsletter

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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