University welcomes students from hurricane-ravaged schools

Loyola, Xavier Louisiana and Tulane students heading to Cincinnati | September 1, 2005

Xavier is opening its doors to students from at least three Gulf Coast colleges devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Students from Loyola New Orleans, Xavier University of Louisiana and Tulane University are being admitted to Xavier.

University President Michael Graham, S.J. and academic vice president and provost Roger Fortin have extended an open invitation to any students whose studies were interrupted by the hurricane.

“As a Catholic, Jesuit university, we are dedicated to taking care of the needs of all students,” says Fortin.

Loyola, like Xavier, is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities located across the U.S. On Wednesday, a committee of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) recommended that “each of our schools admit Loyola New Orleans students as visiting non-matriculating students for the fall semester, with the expectation that they would return to Loyola in the spring semester with credits earned transferable back to Loyola. Efforts would be made to fit these students into classes related to their Loyola program.”

In addition to Loyola, the University has heard from Tulane students who are from Cincinnati and has admitted at least three of them.

Xavier is also expected to admit some students from Xavier University of Louisiana, which was one of the hardest hit campuses. Xavier of Louisiana is a four-year, private school founded in 1915 by Katherine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. It is the only predominantly black Catholic-affiliated university in the Western Hemisphere and one of only a few historically black institutions with a college of pharmacy.

The only direct connection between Xavier in Cincinnati and Xavier in Louisiana is the shared name. That common link has driven many people to the Cincinnati web site searching for news about Xavier in Louisiana.

At this time, it is unclear how many transfer or temporary students are coming to Xavier from Loyola, Xavier (Louisiana) and Tulane. Matters of billing, financial aid and tuition reimbursement are also weeks if not months away from being settled.