Universities in Louisiana

Xavier University of Louisiana


University Information

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Founded: 1925
Undergraduate Students: 3 000
Campus Type: Urban
Institution Type: Private institution 
Website: www.xula.edu or international student information and handbook

About the University

Xavier University of Louisiana, founded by Saint Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, is Catholic and historically Black. The ultimate purpose of the University is to contribute to the promotion of 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.

From its founding Xavier has embraced a special mission to serve the African American Catholic community; however, its doors have always been open to qualified students of every race and creed. Today 69.7 percent of its enrollment is African American and 26 percent is Catholic. More than one-half of Xavier students are from Louisiana (55.6%), primarily from the New Orleans area. Non-local enrollment continues to increase with students coming from 40 other states – most notably Texas and Georgia. Fifteen foreign countries are represented on campus. Student life is enriched by the social and cultural setting of New Orleans, and by campus activities designed to enhance personal growth, interpersonal skills, and leadership in such areas as community service, the environment, cultural concerns, and social justice.

The Office of Admissions seeks to enroll a student body that is diverse and in keeping with the offerings within the colleges of the University. The average ACT and SAT (CR&M) scores for entering freshmen in 2015 were 22.7 and 994, respectively. In maintaining its historic commitment to academic excellence, the University attracts many students who are high achievers, yet it remains committed to admitting a certain percentage of “at risk” students who exhibit the will to succeed. The Student Academic Success Office provides the resources and support systems to assist all students in being successful. The retention rate of first-time freshmen is 73.9%.

Excerpt from Xavier University’s website.

TOEFL: 80/120

IELTS: 7,0

Health insurance is required of all full-time degree, resident, and international students with F1 and J1 visas.

All XULA students are required to have medical insurance. Additionally, it is mandatory for everybody who comes to the USA in J-1 and J-2 status to have health insurance coverage even if you come for a short period of time. As a XULA student, your account will automatically be billed for health insurance fall and spring semesters

Cost: $1,420.00

AIG is not accepted by Xavier.

Living on-campus:  International students are required to live on campus. Living on campus will conveniently locate you near all classes and the resident dining facilities. You will also be provided with the opportunity to form new friendships in an atmosphere that promotes growth, study and participation in a wide variety of residence hall programs. Becoming a resident also offers a multitude of conveniences and services such as on-site laundry facilities, a recreation area, cable television connection in each room, and discounted long distance phone services available on domestic and international calling. XULA has four separate types of air-conditioned, on campus housing to meet the needs of the diverse student body at XULA. Please check out the website for more information.

Cost: $8,598.00 per year* 
*Students living in residence halls must also purchase a meal plan please visit the website for more information.

The average budget per month is: $400 – 500 

In order to be accepted, students must prove financial resources of $9,000.00 per semester.