- Xavier University of Louisiana
name = Xavier University of Louisiana
image_size = 175px
caption = Xavier University of Louisiana seal
motto = "Deo Adjuvenate, Non Timendum"
mottoeng = "If God is with us, Nothing is to be feared"
established = 1915
type = Private, HBCU
faculty = 241
students = 4,121
undergrad = 3,251
postgrad = 242
New Orleans, Louisiana
campus = Urban
sports = basketball
colors = Gold and White
color box|gold color box|white
nickname = Gold Rush (men's)
Gold Nuggets (women's)
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
website = [http://www.xula.edu www.xula.edu]
Xavier University of Louisiana is a private, coed, liberal arts historically Black
Roman Catholic universitylocated in New Orleans, Louisiana. Xavier has the distinction of being the only historically black university in the United States that is Roman Catholic. Although founded to develop African-American Christian leadership, today more than half of its population is non-Catholic and 10 percent is non-black.
A premier university for educating African-American students in the sciences, Xavier regularly ranks first in the nation in placing African American students into medical school as well as first in awarding African Americans baccalaureate degrees in the physical sciences, the biological/life sciences, and physics. [ cite web|url=http://www.xula.edu/admissions/generalinformation.php| title=National Recognition|accessdate=2008-09-03] The College of Pharmacy is one of only two pharmacy schools in Louisiana. It ranks among the top three colleges in the nation in graduating African Americans with Pharm. D. degrees. [ cite web|url=http://www.xula.edu/cop/prospective.php|title=College of Pharmacy General Information|accessdate=2008-09-03]
Located in New Orleans, the small liberal arts college dates back to 1915, when St. Katharine Drexel and the
Sisters of the Blessed Sacramentfounded the coeducational secondary school from which it evolved. St. Katharine, supported by the interest of a substantial inheritance from her father, banker-financier Francis Drexel, founded and staffed many institutions throughout the U.S. in an effort to help educate Native Americans and Blacks.
The Sisters remain a vital presence on campus today, providing much-needed staffing and some financial assistance, but today Xavier is governed by a multicultural Board of Trustees. Xavier's president, Dr. Norman C. Francis, himself a Xavier graduate, is a nationally-recognized leader in higher education.
Even with its special mission to serve the Black, Catholic community Xavier's doors have always been open to qualified students of any race or creed. In fact today, more than 50 percent of Xavier's students are of other religious affiliations, and close to 10 percent are of other races.
Xavier is a member of the
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics(NAIA) and the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference(GCAC). Its men's and women's teams participate in basketball, cross-country and tennis.
* [http://www.xula.edu/ www.xula.edu] official web site
* [http://www.gcaconf.com/ www.gcaconf.com] Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
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