xavier university of louisiana

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: Xavier University of Louisiana
New Orleans, LA

Students interested in biology with an emphasis on pre-med are common at many U.S. colleges. But have you ever heard of a university where more than half of students major in the natural or health sciences? As the only historically black, Catholic college in the U.S., Xavier University of Louisiana is one of the top producers of African American graduates who go on to complete medical school, pharmacy school, or earn a Ph.D. in the life sciences. How do they do it? XU prides itself on proactively reaching out, making sure that all students are receiving the personal attention they need to reach their potential. With just 2,200 undergrads, small classes and close relationships with faculty members are easy to come by. Future engineers can take advantage of XU’s dual-degree program with Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, or Tulane, while aspiring pharmacists may be eligible for the University’s “contingent admit program,” which grants automatic admission to XU’s College of Pharmacy provided they meet certain GPA and testing requirements. Interesting fact about XU’s student body: not all students at XU are African American (79 percent) or Catholic (25 percent), but the majority are female (73 percent)!

Image Credit: Top, Courtesy of Irving Johnson III/Xavier University of Louisiana

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Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College.