Xavier University 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.
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,” said 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, Xavier 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, Cincinnati and Xavier, Louisiana is the shared name. That common link has driven many people to the Xavier, Cincinnati website searching for news about Xavier, Louisiana.
After numerous voice mails, e-mails and web postings, Xavier, Cincinnati finally heard from an administrator at Xavier, Louisiana and was then able to post information on the Cincinnati website about the school in Louisiana. (See www.xavier.edu.) That has resulted in more e-mails similar to this: “As a Xavier of Louisiana alumnus I want to sincerely thank Xavier University Ohio for assisting my school and the thousands of Xavierites who are seeking information about our school.”
At this time, it is unclear how many transfer or temporary students will come to Xavier from Loyola, Xavier and Tulane. Matters of billing, financial aid and tuition reimbursement are also weeks if not months away from being settled.
Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Catholic, Jesuit tradition. Founded in 1831, the university is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. U.S. News & World Report ranks it No. 3 among master’s-level universities in the Midwest, and The Princeton Review names it as one of the “Best 361 Colleges in America.”