Xavier University of Louisiana

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1 Drexel Drive

New Orleans, LA 70125

Phone: (504) 486-7411
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Jul. 1
application deadline

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#161 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Xavier University of Louisiana is a private institution that was founded in 1915. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,525, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 27 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Xavier University of Louisiana's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 161. Its tuition and fees are $20,560 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Xavier University of Louisiana is Catholic and historically Black. The ultimate purpose of the University is the promotion of a more just and humane society. To this end, Xavier prepares its students to assume roles of leadership and service in society. This preparation takes place in a pluralistic teaching and learning environment that incorporates all relevant educational means, including research and community service.
So that they will be able to assume roles of leadership and service, Xavier graduates will be: prepared for continual spiritual, moral, and intellectual development; liberally educated in the knowledge and skills required for leadership and service; and educated in a major field so that they are prepared to complete graduate or professional school and to succeed in a career and in life.
Recent enrollment and retention decreases have been recognized as a few of the temporary effects of Hurricane Katrina. As more students return we look forward to Xavier University of Louisiana once again being a leader amongst the nations colleges and universities. Our current Student Government President illustrates the unique qualities and strengths of our institution.
A Message from the SGA President

On behalf of the students of Xavier University of Louisiana, it is my pleasure to invite you to consider a college experience that will change and enhance your life forever.

Xavier alumni are known across the world for being exceptional doctors and lawyers, educators and journalists, philanthropists, research scientists and the like. And despite the damages to our campus last August from Hurricane Katrina, I can assure you that choosing Xavier is still a great choice indeed.

As a Senior Business Administration major with a concentration in Finance, and president of the Student Government Association (SGA) I know that Xavier has thoroughly prepared me for my career in Corporate America while nurturing me spiritually and socially. True, I never might have imagined attending a school in a city that experienced so much tragedy following Hurricane Katrina. However, with tragedy comes great opportunity to triumph.

Since our campus reopened in January 2006 after repairing the hurricane damage, the Xavier family has grown stronger. People in general seem more appreciative of friends, family, and what some might call sentimental values. In a way, Hurricane Katrina may have added to the character of people, and enhanced the very principles this university was founded upon.

The university's founder, St. Katharine Drexel, understood the necessity to provide minority students with a quality education - second to none - and the skills needed to be better leaders AND servers, in order to help build a more just and humane society. What better time than now, to become a part of the rebuilding of New Orleans - one of America's most unique cities - while gaining one of the best college educations in the world?

Finally, take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities that Xavier provides you. Higher education is not only about gaining intellectual knowledge, but acquiring social and community skills as well. Extra-curricular activities are a great way to meet new people, find your place, and to create wonderful memories of your time here. At Xavier we offer a wide array of clubs, organizations and teams to suit the needs and interests of the student body. Some of these clubs include: Peer Dean Association, Commuter Student Association, Xavier Activities Board, Jazz Band, NAACP, Men's and Women's Basketball, Business Achievers Club, MAX (Mobilization at Xavier) and the PanHellenic Council. Get involved, make new friends, create wonderful memories, but most of all, have fun!

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1915
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $140,550,903


When applying to Xavier University of Louisiana, it's important to note the application deadline is July 1, and the early action deadline is January 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due April 15. The application fee at Xavier University of Louisiana is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 63.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 63.5%
Application deadline July 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by April 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Xavier University of Louisiana is 13:1, and the school has 52.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Xavier University of Louisiana include: Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Physical Sciences; Psychology; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; and Social Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 67.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 30%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 27%
Physical Sciences 21%
Psychology 17%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 10%
Social Sciences 7%

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Student Life

Xavier University of Louisiana has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,525, with a gender distribution of 28.6 percent male students and 71.4 percent female students. At this school, 47 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 53 percent of students live off campus. Xavier University of Louisiana is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,178
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Xavier University of Louisiana offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Xavier University of Louisiana also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Xavier University of Louisiana, 50 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Xavier University of Louisiana.

Students who have cars on campus 50%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Xavier University of Louisiana, 82.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,783.

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Tuition and fees $20,560 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,800 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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