Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA)

Xavier University is a private, historically black, Catholic institution. It was founded by Saint Katherine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament as a high school in 1915. Drexel and her sisters were dedicated to the academic development African and Native Americans. Xavier received university status in 1925. Through its two academic colleges, Xavier offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in several fields of study. Of the two, the College of Pharmacy is Xavier’s most popular department. Its purpose is to prepare future pharmacists to impact communities that are underserved medically, particularly African American, by diminishing health problems through patient-focused medical care, community service and scholarly work. Since its beginning Xavier University has a high standard of education set forth by its founders. Xavier’s mission is to prepare students to take on leadership and service roles and to promote a more benevolent society.

Location: New Orleans, LA

Type of Institution: Four-year, private research, religion-based HBCU

Tuition and Fees (per semester)

     • College of Arts & Sciences and Pre-Pharmacy: $8,850

     • College of Pharmacy: $13,400

Size: 3,300+ students

Percentage of African-American Students: 75%

Percentage of Men: 29%

Percentage of Women: 71%

Student-Teacher Ratio: 13:1

Degrees Offered: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate

Colleges/Schools: Arts and Sciences, Pharmacy

Housing: On-campus housing provided (residence halls)


     • Greek: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Phi Beta Sigma, Omega Psi Phi, Sigma Gamma Rho, Zeta Phi Beta

     • Others: National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, National Association of Black Accountants, National Society of Black Engineers, Student National Pharmacy Association, University Chorus, National Association of Black Journalist

Famous Black Grads: Dr. Regina Benjamin 

City Life: Major tourist city, festivals (Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, Blues and BBQ Festival), concerts and shows, museums, art galleries, dining, shopping, swamps, professional sports: NFL (Saints), NBA (Hornets)

Website: www.xula.edu/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Xavier-University-of-Louisiana/101561003215801

Twitter: http://twitter.com/XULANews