Institutional Data 

Xavier University of Louisiana is a historically Black and Catholic institution nationally recognized for its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) curriculum while remaining close to its liberal arts roots. Xavier's mission is to create 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.

As of Fall 2020, the University has 236 full-time faculty members who offer courses in over 50 majors on the undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and first-professional degree levels. Xavier’s current enrollment is 3,384. Of these, 2,509 students are enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences, 623 students enrolled in the College of Pharmacy, which offers the Doctor of Pharmacy Degree, and 244 students are enrolled in masters and doctoral programs. Xavier’s student body is 75% African American, with approximately 44% from Louisiana, primarily from the New Orleans area. The balance comes from 39 other states, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, and several countries.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, during the past decade, Xavier has ranked first nationally in the number of African American students earning undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and the Physical Sciences overall, and in the top five for Physics and Biology. Many well-prepared, highly motivated students are attracted by Xavier’s reputation in this regard. Conversely, academically disadvantaged students also are drawn to Xavier because of its track record in “leveling the playing field,” especially in the first year of college. The New York Times Selective Guide to Colleges observes, “Xavier is a school where achievement has been the rule, and beating the odds against success a routine occurrence.”

Xavier also has a national reputation for producing health professionals.  The University was named the number one undergraduate source of African Americans who complete their MDs. The College of Pharmacy has also consistently been among the nation’s leaders in awarding Doctor of Pharmacy degrees to African Americans.

Since 2002, graduates have gone on to receive 2,755 Masters Degrees, 241 Ph.D. degrees, and 1,529 First Professional degrees since matriculating at Xavier.

Xavier is committed to ensuring that entering freshmen persist and complete their educational goals and recognizes the value of reaching out to students well before their college years to enhance skills and habits that will lead to academic success. For over thirty years, Xavier has coordinated summer programs for high school students through its Summer Science Academy (SSA). Approximately 500 students participate each summer in an array of STEM programs including MathStar, BioStar, ChemStar, and analytical reasoning programs.

Xavier also has a number of programs that support minority student achievement for its undergraduates, including the LS-LAMP (Louis Stokes Louisiana Alliance for Minority Participation), BUILD (Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity) Program, MICHESS (Materials and Interfaces Center for High Energy Storage and Sensing) Program, the Ronald E. McNair Program, and HBCU-UP (Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Programs) programs.

Xavier also has a number of programs that support minority student achievement for its

undergraduates, including the LS-LAMP (Louis Stokes Louisiana Alliance for Minority

Participation), BUILD (Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity) Program, MICHESS

(Materials and Interfaces Center for High Energy Storage and Sensing) Program, the Ronald

E. McNair Program, and HBCU-UP (Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate

Programs) programs.

Institutional Data

Xavier University of Louisiana is the only historically Black and Catholic institution of higher education in the United States. Xavier was founded in 1925 by the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament with the initial mission to offer higher education to Black youth, then denied admission to area colleges and universities. Xavier's mission is to create 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 is among the nation’s top producers of African American STEM graduates

According to the U.S. Department of Education, during the past decade, Xavier has ranked first nationally in the number of African American students earning undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and the Physical Sciences overall, and in the top five for Physics and Biology. Many well-prepared, highly motivated students are attracted by Xavier’s reputation in this regard. Conversely, academically disadvantaged students also are drawn to Xavier because of its track record in “leveling the playing field,” especially in the first year of college The New York Times Selective Guide to Colleges observes, “Xavier is a school where achievement has been the rule, and beating the odds against success a routine occurrence.”

Xavier also has a national reputation in producing health professionals. The University was named the number one undergraduate source of African Americans who complete their MDs. The College of Pharmacy has also consistently been among the nation’s leaders in awarding Doctor of Pharmacy degrees to African Americans.

Current data on students and faculty

As of Fall 2020, the University has 236 full-time faculty members who offer courses in over 50 majors on the undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and first-professional degree levels. Xavier’s current enrollment is 3,384. Of these, 2,509 students are enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences, 623 students enrolled in the College of Pharmacy, which offers the Doctor of Pharmacy Degree, and 244 students are enrolled in Masters and Doctoral programs. Xavier’s student body is 75% African American, with approximately 44% from Louisiana, primarily from the New Orleans area. The balance comes from 39 other states, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, and several countries.

2020 Institutional Data_Student Enrollment Data table

Graduates Receiving Post-Bachelor’s Degrees

Since 2002, graduates have gone on to receive 2,755 Masters Degrees, 241 Ph.D. degrees, and 1,529 First Professional degrees since matriculating at Xavier.

Faculty Information

Xavier boasts a total of 95 full-time faculty in the sciences relevant to biomedical and behavioral research. Twenty-five (25), or 26.3%, are African American. In the most recent two fiscal years, Xavier did not receive any NIH R01 support.