If you are a qualified student at one of our partner student exchange institutions, we invite you be a part of the Xavier experience. Located in New Orleans, this small liberal arts college dates back to 1915, when Saint Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament initially founded their coeducational secondary school from which Xavier evolved ten years later in 1925. Mother Katharine came to the city at the request of the local archbishop to provide African Americans – at the time denied admission to existing local and state as well as Catholic colleges – with opportunities for Catholic higher education. Even with its special mission to serve the African American Catholic community, Xavier's doors have always been open to qualified students of any race or creed. Currently 73 percent of Xavier's students are of other religious affiliations and 26 percent are not African American. Xavier currently enrolls an average of 3,000 students. Xavier students are nurtured in the type of environment available only at a small college. A full-time faculty of 240 educators, religious and lay, of diverse ethnic and racial origins – 36.7 percent of whom are tenured – provides a comfortable student/faculty ratio of 15/1. Xavier's undergraduate curriculum is centered in the liberal arts with more intensive work in the respective majors. More than half of Xavier's students currently major in the natural or health sciences, especially in biology, chemistry, and pharmacy. Other popular majors include business, psychology, communications, political science and computer science. Students interested in majoring in the humanities will find that Xavier has superior programs there as well.
Xavier is recognized as a national leader in the field of education and has been featured in such national publications as USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Diverse Issues in Higher Education and U.S. News & World Report. According to the U.S. Department of Education, 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, and is ranked among the top schools in the nation in placing African American students into medical schools. 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 recipients. There are also very strong programs in the non-science areas. For example, Xavier’s Business Division is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, its Education program is NCATE accredited, and its Music program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. All exchange students live in modern residence halls staffed 24 hours a day, with pleasant living quarters and facilities for studying, entertaining, and TV viewing. A cafeteria and recreational areas are located in the new University Center.
In addition to getting Xavier, you get New Orleans, too. Xavier is located near the heart of New Orleans. Situated near major thoroughfares, Xavier offers easy access to several city transit lines, placing the entire city at the doorstep of the exchange student. One of the great cities of the world, New Orleans continues to be internationally revered for its food, its music, its festivals and its people. New Orleans' culture, like Xavier's, demonstrates unity in diversity. In New Orleans, African American traditions creatively combine with traditions as diverse as that of the Native American, Spanish, French, Irish and Italian to create a cultural “gumbo” unlike any other in the world. The diversity is manifest in a variety of ways. In the shadow of a growing skyline of modern skyscrapers, streetcars run on the oldest trolley line in the U.S., and charming buildings of another era stand in the French Quarters, with their wrought iron balconies and leafy courtyards – vivid reminders of the French, Spanish, and African influences on the city. New Orleans is living history which is not lost in the tempo of today, either in its bustling port commerce, its oil industry concentration, its growing center of financial institutions or its expanding tourist and convention activity. New Orleans has sports and recreational outlets too. The Mercedes-Benz Superdome is home to the 2010 NFL Super Bowl Champion Saints while the New Orleans Arena is the home of New Orleans’ N.B.A. franchise Hornets. The city also hosts a minor league baseball team, the New Orleans Zephyrs. Audubon and City Parks and Lake Pontchartrain are counted among the city's recreational offerings. The Audubon Zoo and the Aquarium of the Americas are among the best of their kind.
As an exchange student, you will have the opportunity to experience the Carnival season culminating with Mardi Gras, spring festivals in New Orleans and other local areas, and the world-renown Jazz and Heritage Festival. And New Orleans enjoys mild winters with temperatures rarely near freezing and often averaging in March with highs in the 70’s. You’ll love New Orleans, and she’ll love you right back!