Pre-College Programs

Xavier University of Louisiana

Pre-College Summer Programs 2021

Hello Xavierites, future Xavierites, and all those who find the community here. Thank you for your interest in our renowned Pre-College Summer Programs. We are so proud to uphold a nearly 50-year legacy of providing summer opportunities for academic enrichment, mentorship, career exploration, and lifelong friendships.

Xavier University of Louisiana recognizes the continued need for pre-collegiate summer enrichment experiences. In Summer 2020 we responded to the rapid COVID-19 global pandemic by adapting our Pre-Collegiate Summer programs to be offered completely online. Participants virtually engaged with program instructors and their peers from across the country via a combination of online courses, labs, workshops, and tutorial sessions.

Click here for successes and testimonials from our 2020 online programs

XULA is closely monitoring the local, state, and national status of COVID-19 cases and the vaccination roll-out. We are currently coordinating with campus stakeholders to establish a safe in-person option for all programs. Please email or call us for the most-updated information.

We are excited to be able to offer you our excellent programs with both in-person and remote options for 2021, including a new program this year! All the details are further down this page. Each year we host a variety of summer opportunities for middle school and high school students to enrich their academic and social development. Students from around the country and around the world pursue their passions in a rigorous academic setting while connecting with peers, mentors, and instructors. With exciting programs in math, science, and humanities, we offer the unique opportunity to explore an area of interest on a deeper level through in-class discussions, hands-on projects, and cultural explorations. As part of the learning experience at Xavier, you will enhance your high school career and get a jump start on your college life.

Join us in summer 2021 and discover what it means to be a Xavierite.

Bethany Stone, M.S.

Coordinator of Pre-College Programs
Office: 504-520-7590
Cell: 504-356-1109

Find a Program

MATHStar I - Students who will be taking Algebra I in Fall 2021 will get an academic jumpstart. This four-week, half-day program moves quickly to cover basic algebra concepts like variables and algebraic expressions, equations, word problems, polynomials, and graphing. Students attend lessons taught by highly qualified instructors and be guided every step of the way by current XULA undergraduate students who serve as tutor-mentors. Guest speakers and interactive projects allow students to see themselves as math pro.2021 MATHStar I will be offered both in-person and remote.

BIOStar - BIOStar is a collaborative, engaging, intensive preparation course for high school biology. Students are exposed to a wide swath of biology concepts and the most crucial tenants of the discipline, supported by instructor lessons, virtual labs, group drills, guest speakers, and personalized tutoring led by XU student mentors. Students participate in projects and group activities, culminating in a final project presented during a virtual awards ceremony.2021 BIOStar will be offered in person.

MATHStar II - A NEW OFFERING for 2021, MATHStar II meets a popular demand for more opportunities to gain new knowledge in math! Students headed for Geometry in Fall 2021 take an action-packed approach to explore the fundamentals and sharpen their skills to take on more advanced problems. Students attend lessons taught by highly qualified instructors and be guided every step of the way by current XULA undergraduate students who serve as tutor-mentors. Guest speakers and interactive projects allow students to see themselves as a math pro. 2021 MATHStar II will be offered both in-person and remote.

CHEMStar - ChemSTAR is a 4-week, half-day program focusing on concepts and skills designed to help students entering high school chemistry in the fall. Students engage in interactive lectures, breakout drill sessions, and team projects designed to enhance their scientific knowledge and skills. Guest speakers with advanced degrees in chemistry spark interest in career opportunities. 2021 CHEMStar will be offered in-person.

SOAR X - Stress on Analytical Reasoning (SOAR) is the flagship XULA Pre-College Program, established in 1977. SOAR X is a new iteration of the legacy, a 4-week intensive online program endeavoring to prepare the next generation of highly educated professionals for success into and through college. The innovative SOAR X program allows students to customize their summer experience and collaborate with peers from all over the country and the world. Students choose between two tracks: SOAR X STEM, focusing on pandemics and public health disparities, and SOAR X Humanities, focusing on protest and civil disobedience. SOAR X provides early exposure to college life and a career in the health science and law fields. Students are challenged, tested, and held to a high standard of excellence as they discover how they will change the world. 2021 SOAR X will be a residential on-campus program.

2021 Program Details

MATHStar I - participants will take Algebra in Fall 2021In-person and remoteMay 31 - June 25, 20218:30 am - 12:30pm CST$450
BIOStar - participants will take Biology in Fall 2021In-personMay 31 - June 25, 20211:30 - 5:30pm CST$450
MATHStar II - participants will take Geometry in Fall 2021In-person and remoteJune 28 - July 23, 20218:30 am - 12:30pm CST$450
CHEMStar - participants will take Chemistry in Fall 2021In-personJune 28 - July 23, 20211:30 - 5:30pm CST$450
SOAR X - College-bound rising 11th and 12th gradersIn-personJune 28 - July 23, 2021Residential$1700

Admission Requirements

Please Read All Directions Before Completing The Application.

Applications for all pre-college summer programs are reviewed and students are admitted on a rolling basis. Therefore, we strongly encourage applicants to complete the process as early as possible. The application process is selective and based on specific requirements including school records, recommendations, and/ or a personal statement, depending on the program. A completed online application and all required materials must be received before the review of the application begins. Please send all required materials together to avoid any delay during the review process.

Online applications will be accepted until May 15, 2021. Non-Refundable deposit is due May 15, 2021. Final balance due by orientation on the Sunday before program begins.

Programs fill up quickly, so please apply early!

Application Supplemental Documents

ProgramItems You Must Complete For Application
MATHStar I, MATHStar II, BIOStar, CHEMStarA copy of your latest report card. (Must be submitted electronically with application)

Recommendation completed by a teacher or counselor familiar with your work. (Must be submitted electronically via email from the recommender to 

Link to UPDATED SOAR X Recommendation Form

A copy of your high school transcript. (Must be submitted electronically with application)

All application materials must be submitted electronically with your application. Recommendations ONLY may be submitted via email to with the participant’s name in the subject line.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some questions most frequently asked by parents of students in Xavier
Summer Programs.  

UPDATED Xavier Summer Programs FAQs

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He/she will receive a zero in all classes for the day. Students who are habitually late or absent will be dismissed from the program. 

Xavier’s main entrance is on Drexel Drive (formerly Palmetto Street). The best place to drop your child off is in front of the NCF Annex, Building 37, on Drexel Drive or in front of the University’s library. 

While we understand that you or your student may want to share in elements of the program, we do not allow visitors in our classrooms as it is imperative that all participants are engaged in the program. Therefore, you should make certain that your son/daughter realizes that he/she should not invite persons to visit him/her while in the program. 

We will have between 300 and 350 students in programs spread across campus at any given time. As a result, we will not be able to get students if you call. However, you can contact the program coordinator at the numbers listed below.

NO. The programs are not intended to replace high school courses, but rather to help the student prepare to do extremely well in their courses in the fall. 

While the grade does not count toward the official high school transcript, grades count towards the successful completion of the summer program. Note: Students in any summer program are not officially enrolled at the University, however the university will make a note on each student’s record as a participant of its university enrichment program. 

Important phone numbers:

  • XU Operator: (504) 486-7411
  • Health Services: (504) 520-7396
  • Campus Police: (504) 520-7490
  •  University Summer Programs: (504) 520-5264

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