facts about xavier university

Xavier University of Louisiana is located in the heart of New Orleans, minutes away from the city's business, cultural, government and recreational facilities. Undergraduate Enrollment in Xavier's College of Arts and Sciences is approximately 2,400 the College of Pharmacy enrolls nearly 660 student.  In addition, there are about 175 graduate students.   Founded by Saint Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in 1925, it has the distinction of being the only historically Black and Catholic university in the western hemisphere. However, its doors have always been open to students of all races and religious creeds.

Students who choose Xavier have selected an excellent, widely recognized university where they can prepare for a rewarding life and exciting careers.

Admissions Information

Freshman: An applicant for the freshman class must submit an official transcript of his or her secondary work (or results from the General Education Diploma (GED) in lieu of the high school transcript).

The transcript should indicate that by graduation from high school, Xavier applicants will have completed 16 academic units including four years of English, two years of mathematics (including Algebra), one year of natural science, and one year of social science. The remaining eight units may be distributed over mathematics, social science, natural science, language, or literature.

QuadThe 3 major criteria reviewed by the Admissions Committee are as follows:

  • High School Transcript
  • ACT or SAT Scores
  • High School Counselor’s Recommendation

Generally speaking, the University seeks well-rounded students with a potential for educational and personal development. Admission slots are limited and are offered on a competitive basis.
Xavier employs a rolling admissions process starting in September for the following academic year. Applicants typically receive notification of the admission decision within one month of submitting the required documents. Applications received after the deadline will be considered provided there are slots available in the incoming class.

Transfers: Prospective transfer applicants must present an official transcript from each college-level institution attended. Transfer applicants with less than 20 hours of college credit must also present secondary school records and ACT or SAT scores. A recommendation from an appropriate university official from each institution attended as a full-time student may also be required. The transfer applicant should be in good standing with the institution or eligible to return to it. A resume or a statement of activities may be required to account for extended periods of non-enrollment.

Deadlines: Applications and supporting documents should be submitted by the following dates:




Freshman Applicants

March 1

December 1

Transfer Applicants

June 1

December 1


October 15


Student Life

Xavier offers opportunities to grow as an individuals and as students. In providing these opportunities, students will develop broad competencies needed for personal growth and development, interpersonal development, leadership and service development, environmental and cultural development, and understanding and commitment to social justice. The University offers a variety of service, professional and social organizations which include the major historically Black fraternities and sororities. On an intercollegiate level, Xavier has teams in basketball, tennis, and cross-country. A wide array of recreational and intramural activities are available for all students, including cheerleading squad, dance teams and coral & instrumental musical groups.

Credit by Examination

College credit under the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board is offered to entering freshmen of superior ability. A minimum grade of 3 in the subject-area is required in order for credit to be granted. Credit may also be earned in certain subject matter areas on the Student Lifebasis of the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) subject examinations only. A maximum of 30 semester hours of credit will be accepted towards the degree.

Placement Tests

To help determine which college courses they should be placed in, all entering freshmen whose ACT and SAT scores indicate that further testing is warranted should take the placement tests in the recommended areas. Also, transfer students with less than 60 semester hours or whose academic program at Xavier still requires courses in Mathematics or English could be required to take placement tests. Students who do not take the tests in the recommended areas will be required to take developmental courses in those areas. Failure of placement test in any area invalidates transfer credit in that area.  Students are encouraged to register for the ACT or SAT early in the high school senior year.

For more information about registering to take the ACT or SAT, contact your high school counselor or visit www. or

Campus Housing

Xavier offers residential facilities for over 1,400 students. It is highly recommended that students request housing as early as possible upon acceptance to the University.


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