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How do I get from the airport to Xavier University?
Transportation is available from the New Orleans International Airport either via taxi cab or Airport Shuttle. A private taxi will cost approximately $25.00 and are easily available from the Terminal. The Airport Shuttle costs $10.00 and times of departure are available at the airport

Amtrak and Greyhound Bus stations are both located in a terminal which is less than 20 minutes from Xavier.

FROM THE WEST ON I-10 (Baton Rouge, Airport, Metairie, etc.) FOLLOW INTERSTATE 10 (toward downtown) and exit at Carrollton Avenue (Exit 232). At the end of the exit ramp, make a right turn (at Piccadilly Cafeteria) and make a U-Turn at the next intersection (Dante Street). After the U-Turn, pass through the next traffic light (at Carrollton Avenue) and the campus is visible on your left. Make left turn at bridge (Pine Street) which leads into campus.

FROM THE EAST ON I-10 (Mississippi, Slidell, Downtown, etc.) FOLLOW INTERSTATE 10 (toward Baton Rouge) and exit at Carrollton Avenue South (Exit 232). Follow exit ramp to traffic light (Drexel Drive) and turn left. After you pass through the next traffic light (Carrollton Avenue) the campus is visible on your left. Make left turn at the bridge (Pine Street), which leads into campus.

What documents do I need to start at Xavier?

  • Complete and return the forms you receive from Xavier's Health Service. These must be submitted as soon as possible, prior to enrollment. If you have questions concerning health clearance, contact the XU Health Service at (504) 520-7392.
  • Complete and submit all financial aid information if you wish to receive financial aid.
  • If you have received college credit (including AP courses), submit an official transcript or verification to the Office of Admissions.
  • Use the enclosed financial fee sheet to determine your estimated charges for the Fall semester. If you plan to use the monthly payment plan, calculate the amount you will be expected to pay at registration.
  • Request a final, 8-semester transcript from your high school. It must indicate your date of graduation. Send it to:
The Office of Admissions
Xavier University of Louisiana
1 Drexel Drive
New Orleans, LA 70125


Important Dates
Click HERE for Academic Calendar.

Where should I have packages shipped prior to my arrival?
Xavier is located two blocks from the Carrollton Shopping Center and a half hour by bus from Canal Street (New Orleans shopping district). It may be wise for you to purchase some articles when you arrive.

Required items which you must bring include: one cloth and one plastic mattress cover (approx. 36 x 76 ins.), a metal trash can, towels, wash cloths, pillow and blanket(s), and hangers.

Packages shipped prior to arrival should be shipped to:

(Your Name)
(Your Dormitory Name)
Xavier University
1 Drexel Drive
New Orleans, LA 70125

You must include your name, the name of the dorm and room number to which you are assigned. (If the dorm name and room number are on the label, your package will be delivered to the dorm by Xavier's Receiving Department.)

Our storage space is extremely limited. Students are required to store small suitcases and their belongings in their rooms. There is a public storage facility nearby where students can rent space.

What other information is available for New Students?
Weather and Dress
: New Orleans lies in the temperate zone. The temperature range is generally 40-90 degrees and very humid. Winters are mild, but rain  and humidity cause it to be damp and cold; snow is a rarity.
Informal dress is the style on campus. Casual clothes are worn to class; however, bare feet are not permitted on campus. We suggest that you bring dressy, semi-formal and/or formal attire for social activities.


Automobiles and Parking: All students are allowed to have automobiles on campus. There is an annual fee of $50 for students to park in the campus parking lots designated for students.

Telephones: The University provides LOCAL telephone service to all students who reside on campus. Students must bring their own telephones. A Credit and/or calling card will be needed to make long distance calls.

Technology Resources: The University provides a wide array of technology services. Click here for a complete review, including computer requirements.

Available Services:  The following dormitory facilities are provided:

  • coin-operated washers and dryers
  • snack and change machines
  • pay telephones
  • lounges
  • microwave ovens
  • public telephones

Is early Registration available?
Early registration is available for those freshmen accepted for admission who have paid the $20.00 acceptance deposit. As part of the process, an academic advisor from your chosen major will prepare a schedule of classes for you. THIS PROCESS IS ON A MAIL-IN BASIS ONLY. Eligible students will receive information by mail.

What Student Organizations do you have on campus?
The organization charged with effectively representing the students of Xavier University is the Student Government Association. Through the Student Government Association, religious organizations, honor societies, dormitory councils, departmental clubs,class organizations, student publications, fraternities and sororities (professional, service and social), musical groups and various other societies, Xavier provides for your enrichment in every possible way. A complete list of each of the campus organizations may be found in the student handbook which will be distributed during Freshmen Orientation.

When is New Student Orientation?
In order to assist new students with the transition to college life at Xavier, an orientation program is coordinated by the Director of Orientation and the Peer Deans, a group of student volunteers selected on the basis of leadership ability, scholarship and character. A schedule of activities will be mailed.

Can I test for College Credit Before Enrolling at Xavier?
By-Pass Credit: Students with high ACT or SAT scores can bypass one semester of mathematics (precalculus) or English (English 1010). For your information, the requirements for bypassing are:

MATHEMATICS:
Minimum ACT Math of 23 (510 on Math SAT), good grades in high school and good grades in college-prep mathematics courses including algebra and trigonometry.

ENGLISH:
Minimum ACT English score of 27 (560 on Verbal SAT), good grades in high school and good grades in college-prep English courses.

College Courses Taken in High School:  Any courses in which you made a 'C' or higher at another college or university will probably be accepted at Xavier. For your information, such courses do NOT count in your GPA but will appear on the transcript with a "P" (for "pass"). In order to receive credit, send an official copy of your transcript to Xavier as soon as possible.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Credit Students with AP scores of 3 or higher can generally get college credit for the appropriate course at Xavier. College credit is also awarded for students who participated in IB programs and made the scores required by Xavier. Some medical and dental schools do not accept credit for AP and IB. Therefore, students should consult with their academic advisor regarding these courses. In order to receive credit, students should have AP or IB scores sent to the Admissions Office. Credit by Examination

College Level Examination Program:  The College Board CLEP exams are administered at colleges and universities across the country. Xavier will grant up to 30 hours of CLEP credit for subject area exams. In New Orleans, the exam is administered at Delgado Community College. For test information, call Delgado at (504) 520-4452. Credit by Examination

Course Placement at Xavier: One of the most important responsibilities faced by the student and the university at the beginning of a student’s college studies is that of placement. Without careful selection and placement into courses to best fit academic preparations, the student’s success in college is placed in jeopardy or the college experience is less fulfilling. The Office of Admissions has the initial responsibility for placement of students entering the University. SAT, ACT, and Placement Tests in Mathematics and Reading are the main tools in this placement. Results of these tests are used to place students into regular, honors, or developmental freshman level courses. A student whose placement is based on ACT or SAT scores may appeal for institutional tests. This appeal should be made to the Dean of Admissions.

Who Must Take The Tests? All entering freshmen whose ACT or SAT scores indicate that further testing is warranted should take placement tests in the recommended areas. Also, transfer students with less than sixty (60) semester hours or whose academic program at Xavier still requires courses in Mathematics could be required to take a placement test. Failure of a placement test in any area invalidates transfer credit in that area. Students who do not take the tests in the recommended areas will be required to take developmental courses in those areas. Remember, placement is based on institutional studies and experiences and is intended to benefit the student.

Xavier Mathematics Placement Test (XMPT): 75 min.
The XMPT contains items from the areas of:

  • operations on integers, fractions, decimals and percentages
  • evaluating algebraic expressions
  • operations on factoring of polynomials
  • rational exponents and radicals, rationalizing denominators
  • operations on and simplification of rational expressions
  • solving linear equations and inequalities
  • linear equations in two variables, slope, intercepts, parallel and perpendicular lines
  • graphing linear and quadratic equations
  • solving quadratic equations by factoring and the quadratic formula,
  • complex solutions
  • application problems

Calculators cannot be used on the XMPT.

A passing score on the XMPT will allow students to take the college level math required by their major. Those not passing the XMPT must enroll in MATH 0960, MATH 0990 or MATH 0981 as determined by their score on the XMPT. Those required to take MATH 0960 must also complete MATH 0981 after satisfactorily completing MATH 0960. These courses meet in small classes and do not count toward any XU degree.

Xavier Reading Placement Test (XRPT): 45 min. The standardized reading test will consist of vocabulary and comprehension items. Students not scoring at college level are required to enroll in READING 0992B. This is a one-semester reading and study skills course which focuses on improvement in literal, inferential and critical comprehension and vocabulary skills. This course will not count toward any XU degree.

Course Placement Using ACT & SAT Scores If a student takes the ACT and the SAT, the better of the two scores will be used for placement. Therefore, it is imperative that students submit their highest and most recent test scores.

Mathematics
ACT Math Score             SAT Math Score            Course Placement
1-19*                                               200–440                             MATH 0990 or XMPT
20 or more                                       450 or more                       Degree Credit Math
24 or more                                       560 or more                     **Consideration for By-Pass Credit (see note**)

* Students with scores in this range could take the Xavier Mathematics Placement Test (XMPT) and the results will be used for course placement.

Reading
ACT Score(C or R)           SAT (CR+M) Score      Course Placement
1–17*                                              400–830*                           RDNG 0992B/or XRPT
18 or more                                       840 or more                       No reading course required

* All students with scores in this range could take the Xavier Reading Placement Test (XRPT) and the results will be used for course placement.

English
ACT English Score         SAT CR Score              Course Placement
1 -11                                           200 – 280                            ENGL 0990
12– 18                                           300 – 470                            ENGL 1000
19 or more                                    480 or more                         ENGL 1010
27 or more                                    560 or more                         **Consideration for Honors English  

** Placement in honors courses or advanced placement is based on a combination of ACT/SAT Scores, Grades in Related High School Course, and GPA. If you are eligible, you will be notified prior to registration.

Where do I find Financial Aid Information?
The money is there if you apply for it. You should never rule out the college of your choice because you think you can't afford it. Xavier's Financial Aid Staff is willing to help you over your financial hurdles. Of the assistance you might be offered, you may receive grants (that do not have to be paid back), college work-study (work and earn money), or loans (that you must pay back). So never give up. The money is there if you have the qualifications and the desire to pursue it.

If you have not done so already, you should apply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA to determine your eligibility for aid (including all loans). This form may be obtained from your high school counselor's office or the Financial Aid Office at Xavier. Forms must be completed by you and your parents and mailed to the Central Processor (CPS). To facilitate the process, remember to include Xavier's Institutional Code number (002032) on your application. When you receive a request from the Financial Aid Office or any other agency involved in the aid process, PLEASE RESPOND PROMPTLY!

In addition, new transfer students must submit financial aid transcripts from previous colleges and eligible non-citizens must submit a copy of their I-151 or I-551. All male students over the age of 17 must register with the Selective Service two (2) months before their 18th birthday if they expect to receive financial aid.

Do I have to take Placement Tests at Xavier?
One of the most important responsibilities faced by the student and the university at the beginning of a student's college studies is that of placement. Without careful selection and placement into courses to best fit academic preparations, the student' s success in college is placed in jeopardy or the college experience is less fulfilling.

The Office of Admissions has the initial responsibility for placement of students entering the University. SAT, ACT, and Placement Tests in English, Mathematics and Reading are the main tools in this placement. Results of these tests are used to place students into regular, honors, intensive, or developmental freshman level courses. A student whose placement is based on ACT or SAT scores may appeal for institutional tests. This appeal should be made to the Dean of Admissions

Who must take the tests? 
All entering freshmen whose ACT or SAT scores indicate that further testing is warranted should take placement tests in the recommended areas. Also, transfer students with less than sixty (60) semester hours or whose academic program at Xavier still requires courses in Mathematics or English could be required to take a placement test. Failure of a placement test in any area invalidates transfer credit in that area.

Students who do not take the tests in the recommended areas will be required to take intensive or developmental courses in those areas. Remember, placement is based on institutional studies and experiences and is intended to benefit the student

Xavier English Placement Test (XEPT): 40 min. The XEPT is a diagnostic essay written by the student. The essay will be written on a general and accessible topic (prompt) that students will receive when they arrive for the writing of the essay. Students will have 40 minutes for the thinking, planning, and writing. This essay is evaluated as a first draft rather than a finished product – similar to standards applied on most in English class tests and assignments. The lengths of the essays range from two and a half to three pages. Student essays should demonstrate the following: a point of view on the topic, generally effective supporting evidence – examples and explanation, some coherence and logical pattern in organization, generally effective language and vocabulary, and some variety in sentence structures.

Xavier Math Placement Test: A 60 minute test, it contains items from the areas of: operations in the real number system; simplifying polynomials and evaluating expressions; factoring polynomials; rational exponents, radicals, and rational expressions solving linear equations in one variable; linear equations in two variables - the Cartesian coordinate system; solving quadratic equations in one variable; and applied problems. A passing score on the XMPT will allow students to take the college level math required by their major. Those not passing the XMPT must enroll in MATH 0960 ?  or MATH 0981 as determined by the Office of Admissions. Those required to take MATH 0960 must also complete MATH 0981 after satisfactorily completing MATH 0960. These courses meet  in small classes and do not count toward any XU degree.

Reading Test: (40 minutes) The standardized reading test will consist of vocabulary and comprehension items. Students not scoring at college level are required to enroll in READING 0992B. This is a one-semester reading and study skills course which focuses on improvement in literal, inferential and critical comprehension and vocabulary skills. This course will not count toward any XU degree.

 
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