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Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA) is a private, coeducational, liberal arts historically Black Roman Catholic university located in New Orleans, Louisianamarker. 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. 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.


Located in New Orleans, the small liberal arts college dates back to 1925, when St. Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament founded 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 institution throughout the U.S. in an effort to help educate Native Americans and Blacks.

In 1987, Pope John Paul II addressed the presidents of all U.S. Catholic colleges at Xavier.

Recognizing the university's need for a separate identity and room to expand, St. Katharine bought a tract of undeveloped land for a campus on the corner of Palmetto and Pine Streets in 1929. Construction of the U-shaped, gothic administration building (now a city landmark) was completed in 1933.

In January 2006, former U.S. president Bill Clinton visited the post-Katrina campus.

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.

In April 2006, the Middle Eastern country Qatarmarker donated $17.5 million to assist the university in Hurricane recovery and expanding the school's College of Pharmacy.

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 also has a connection with the 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama. In 2006, Obama (then a senator) addressed the graduating class at the first Commencement post-Katrina with his keynote speech. He was also granted an honorary degree on behalf of the University.

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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.

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