Xavier University of Louisiana, (XULA), located in New Orleans (see UNO), is Catholic and historically Black. St. Katharine Drexel of Philadelphia and her Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, a religious community dedicated to the education of African Americans and Native Americans, established Xavier as a high school in 1915. The four-year college program was added in 1925. In 1970, the Sisters transferred control of the University to a joint lay/religious Board of Trustees. Today Xavier retains its distinction as the only historically Black, Catholic University in the United States. Xavier’s student body is predominantly African American (74.9%), but the university is open to all.
Undergraduate students, regardless of their major are required to complete sixty-six hours of liberal arts core curriculum courses in English, Literature, Fine Arts, Foreign Languages, History, African American Studies, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Philosophy, Theology, and Social Sciences in addition to courses in their major fields. Xavier offers preparation in 47 major areas on the undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree levels.
Xavier continues to rank first nationally in the number of African American students earning undergraduate degrees in both the biological/life sciences and the physical sciences.
The College of Pharmacy, one of only two pharmacy schools in Louisiana, is among the nation’s top three producers of African American Doctor of Pharmacy degree recipient.
The campus of Xavier University of Louisiana is often referred to as Emerald City, due to the various buildings on campus that have green roofs. These include the Library/Resource center, the Norman C. Francis science addition, the University Center, the Living Learning Center, the Saint Martin Deporres hall and the Katherine Drexel hall.
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