HL Does NOLA from A to Z: XAVIER UNIVERSITYPosted: April 28, 2016
X is for Xavier University of Louisiana, the only historically Black, Catholic university in the United States. As you approach the French Quarter and Central Business District while traveling from the New Orleans airport, you can’t help but notice a cluster of buildings on the right with their green roofs. That’s Xavier University.
Xavier traces its history to a New Orleans high school founded in 1915 by St. Katharine Drexel of Philadelphia and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, a religious community dedicated to the education of African Americans and Native Americans. The four-year college program was created in 1925. The sisters ran Xavier until 1970, when they transferred the university’s administration to a lay-religious board of trustees.
Xavier University is home to one of only two pharmacy schools in Louisiana. The university’s College of Pharmacy was established in 1927.
Xavier is one of nine four-year colleges and universities in New Orleans, a relatively large number of schools for a city that had a population of less than 379,000 in 2013. Students from all over the nation and the world come to New Orleans to continue their educations. Not surprisingly, quite a few choose to stay.
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