This fall, historically Black Xavier University of Louisiana experienced a 20 percent increase in first-year enrollments, which has boosted the school’s overall enrollments to its highest level in eight years. Total enrollments are 6 percent higher than was the case a year ago.
The 2018 entering class includes 866 new first-year students and 71 new transfer students, making it the largest entering class since 2010. Total enrollment for Xavier University is now 3,231 students, which is the highest overall enrollment since 2011. The enrollment growth caused the university to arrange for housing options on nearby campuses to ensure that any student wishing to attend Xavier had the chance to do so.
Xavier University President Reynold Verret attributes the boost in students to the institution’s excellence and leadership in STEM, its solid liberal arts curriculum, and its well-thought out recruitment and enrollment efforts. The university remains the top producer of African American students who go on to successfully complete medical school.
“We have never compromised our commitment to academic excellence or our innovation in academic offerings that provide an academic experience that prepares students for careers of today and the future,” said President Verret. “Our students continue to compete and excel in the traditional fields of study, and many more are taking advantage of new program offerings in the fields of neuroscience, interdisciplinary programs, Afro-Caribbean studies, jazz studies, and more.”