Students Say

One of the top Historically Black Colleges/Universities (HBCU), Xavier University of Louisiana prides itself on educating students in a range of subjects, to provide a “thriving underlying foundation, upon which students can achieve the very best for themselves.” Though perhaps best known for its science departments, the New Orleans-based school has both a College of Arts and Sciences and a College of Pharmacy and requires “high academic standards” for all of majors across the board. Between its academic reputation and the emphasis placed on community leadership, no matter the reason that you go to XU, you leave “fully educated.”

Overview

Applicants
3,963
Acceptance Rate
66%
Average HS GPA
3.41

GPA Breakdown

40%
Over 3.75
15%
3.50 - 3.74
12%
3.25 - 3.49
10%
3.00 - 3.24
14%
2.50 - 2.99
8%
2.00 - 2.49
1%
1.00 - 1.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
450 - 550
SAT Math
460 - 550
ACT Composite
20 - 25

Deadlines


Regular
July 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Recommendation(s)

Overall

Students Say

One of the top Historically Black Colleges/Universities (HBCU), Xavier University of Louisiana prides itself on educating students in a range of subjects, to provide a “thriving underlying foundation, upon which students can achieve the very best for themselves.” Though perhaps best known for its science departments, the New Orleans-based school has both a College of Arts and Sciences and a College of Pharmacy and requires “high academic standards” for all of majors across the board. Between its academic reputation and the emphasis placed on community leadership, no matter the reason that you go to XU, you leave “fully educated.” “I was challenged academically, but not broken. The workload was not overwhelming,” says a student. Small class sizes means great interaction with professors, and the ensuing “close-knit relationships” are cited by many as a major part of their satisfaction with the school. Also on that list? “The education you receive at XU, considering the extremely low tuition cost and financial aid opportunities for a private university, is unparalleled.” Professors at XU are dedicated to ensuring that all students “are proficient, if not masters, in the materials taught,” and they provide “an excellent foundation for further academic and career success.” XU produces a tremendous number of graduates who go on to medical school and other professional schools in “the pursuit of success.” Most faculty members are “almost always available in some form or fashion to help you with any questions you may have,” and the school itself provides “multiple resources for any problems that need reinforcement.” One exception, however, is the financial aid and fiscal services departments, which “have very little time to discuss things with students.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14:1
Total Faculty
245
with Terminal Degree
221

131
Men
114
Women
98
Minority
22
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
65%
Graduate in 5 years
93%
Graduate in 6 years
43%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Mr. John Stroger
1st African Amer to be elected Pres of Cook County Board of Commissioners

Ms. Alexis Herman
1st Afr Amer U.S Secretary of Labor

Dr. Regina Benjamin
US Surgeon General

Dr. Louis Castenell
Dean, Univ. of Cinn - College of Education

Dr. George McKenna III
Educator

Dr. Norman C. Francis
President - Xaveir University of Louisiana

Dr Milton A. Gordon
Pres of California State Fullerton

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
66
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,701

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,694

Average Need-Based Loan
$6,667

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$24,570

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
86%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$8,225

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$18,500
Required Fees
$2,060
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,075
Transportation for Commuters
$1,685

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Studious, studious, studious. Most students are “very focused, driven, and destined for success,” and unsurprisingly, you run into a lot of “aspiring” doctors and pharmacists. The majority of students are African American or Asian, and the female-to-male ratio is quite high. The student body as a whole has a “conservative mentality.” It’s “very easy” to make friends here, particularly through study groups, and the small campus means that “everyone recognizes everyone” and “gets along with each other.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,359
Out of State
49%

International
3%
Foreign Countries Represented
8

Demographics

10.28%
Asian
78.78%
African-American
2.71%
Hispanic
4.24%
Caucasian
2.71%
International

73% female
27% male
49% are out of state
95% are full time
5% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Despite its location, XU “is by no means a party school.” Because the student body is mostly composed of science majors, people “are always studying,” and “study groups are a common thing.” Students “will take occasional breaks,” but for the most part, grades are the important thing at XU. “We are not a school that places as much emphasis on ’fun’ as we do making sure we are productive and contributing citizens by the time we graduate,” says a student. Though the school offers “lots of opportunities to volunteer,” many students complain that there aren’t enough social activities to keep students occupied, and school spirit suffers as a result. “We have a strong academic standing, but our campus life is pretty limited,” says one student. The dry campus also enforces a curfew (“Sometimes it feels like a boarding school”), so the typical college experience and hair-letting-loose happens off-campus: “Campus is a place to work.” Not everyone is familiar with the city (there’s no off-campus housing associated with XU), so going out to movies, clubs, and shopping on weekends usually happens in groups. There’s also a fair amount of interaction with neighboring schools like Tulane, Loyola, and Dillard. “There are so many things to do right around the corner from Xavier; I can see musicals, watch the Saints, see the Hornets play, salsa dance, get amazing Southern cuisine, listen to ’bounce’ music, and learn how to dance, see parades and second lines,” sums up a Big Easy lover.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
47%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
70
First-Year Students living on campus
40%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
88

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
88
Number of Honor Societies
8

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
1

1% join a fraternity
3% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
NAIA

Men's Sports (Gold Rush)
5 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Gold Nuggets)
6 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Minority Support Groups: Counseling services are available for all students.

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Tulane University
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Tulane University
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Tulane University

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
210

Average Number of PC's per Lab
108

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
85%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
HP

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Mr. Winston Brown
Dean of Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
One Drexel Drive
New Orleans, LA 70125

Phone
504-520-7388


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
New University Center
Gymnasium (The Barn)
Library
University Quadrangle
New Resource Center
Convocation Center, Tennis Courts, Katharine Drexel Chapel

Most Popular Places Off Campus
French Quarter
Audubon Zoo and Aquarium
Superdome
St. Charles Avenue Streetcar
Lakeside Mall

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Contact Admissions Office

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Bus, Taxi, Airport Shuttle. Louis Armstrong International Airport

Driving Instructions to Campus
FROM DOWNTOWN NEW ORLEANS AND ALL POINTS EAST, take I-10 West and exit at South Carrollton Avenue (Exit 232). At the first light, cross over the canal and take a left (you are now on Washington Avenue). Stay on Washington for approximately four blocks (you will cross South Carrollton at the next light) and enter the campus by turning left onto the bridge at Pine St. FROM THE AIRPORT, BATON ROUGE AND ALL POINTS WEST, take I-10 East and exit at South Carrollton Avenue (Exit 232). At the first light, turn right. At the second light (approximately block away), turn left over the canal and left again after crossing (you are now on Washington Avenue). Stay on Washington for approximately four blocks (you will cross South Carrollton at the next light) and enter the campus by turning left onto the bridge at Pine St.

Local Accommodations
French Quarter St. Charles Avenue Central Business District