Xavier University of Louisiana is proud to host the NOLA Back 2 School Fest. Xavier was founded on the principle that everyone deserves an education, and it strives to prepare its students to assume roles of leadership and service globally. Nearly 90 percent of the students who attend Xavier require some form of financial assistance, so we understand the importance of having the resources necessary to succeed. Having been on the receiving end of the generosity of so many friends and supporters, including Shell, it is now our honor and privilege to give back.

As America’s only Historically Black, Catholic university, we hope you enjoy your time here. From its founding, Xavier has embraced a special mission to serve the African American and Native American communities; however, our doors have always been open to qualified students of every race and creed. Today 69 percent of its enrollment is African American and 26 percent is Catholic.

Academically, Xavier enjoys a well-deserved national reputation. We are first among the nation’s colleges and universities in the number of African American graduates who go on to complete medical school. We’re also No. 1 in the nation in producing African American graduates who go on to receive life sciences PhDs. and for awarding African Americans baccalaureate degrees in physics and the physical sciences.

Xavier’s national prominence is not the result of churning through large numbers of students – far from it. A moderate enrollment (just under 3,000) feeds a “quality not quantity” approach that lends itself to a low faculty/student ratio (13 to 1) and encourages close faculty-student interaction and enhances opportunities to work with a mentor in collaborative classroom projects, high-level undergraduate research, and service-learning activities.

When you’re ready for college, we hope you will consider Xavier University of Louisiana!