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Xavier University of Louisiana, is a private 4-year college in New Orleans that has a strong commitment to improving science and math education of its students. According to the U.S. Department of Education, Xavier continues to rank first nationally in the number of African of African American undergraduates in the United States — this with a student body of only about 4100.
Xavier worked with schools in the New Orleans parish, and used their position as a highly respected undergraduate institution to engage various parties in the discussion of how to educate more teachers in and around New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina forced Xavier to withdraw from PhysTEC as they had lost a substantial portion of their physics faculty, and needed to focus on rebuilding their physics program.
The University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Its respective programs are accredited by the American Council of Pharmaceutical Education, the National Association of Schools of Music, the Louisiana Department of Education, the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Xavier is also approved by the American Chemical Society. American students earning undergraduate degrees in both the biological/life sciences and the physical sciences. The College of Pharmacy, one of only two pharmacy schools in Louisiana, is among the nation’s top three producers of African American Doctor of Pharmacy degree recipients In pre-medical education, Xavier ranks first in the nation in placing African American students into medical schools, where it has been ranked since 1993. In 2010, the University awarded 504 degrees. Alumni ranks have grown to more than 20,000.