Xavier University of Louisiana Named as Top Most Affordable with High Starting Salaries for Graduates

Staff Writer
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NEW ORLEANS (June 19, 2013) – Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA) is ranked number 13 in the Affordable (ACO) website’s list of the Top 36 Most Affordable Roman Catholic Colleges with High Starting Salaries. 

XULA is the only predominantly Black and the only Louisiana college to make the list.

XULA, founded by Saint Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, is a historically Black Catholic institution of higher learning. The University aims to prepare its students to assume roles of leadership and service in a global society to bring about a more just and humane society. Xavier prides itself on offering a unique experience that relies on its rich Catholic heritage to provide a diverse learning and teaching environment that incorporates academics, research and community service. 

Because of the its focus on St. Katharine’s Catholic mission and ministry, the University has instituted the St. Katharine Drexel Scholarship program that offers free tuition to any valedictorian or salutatorian graduating from any Catholic High School in the United States.

“This recognition is exciting news and provides yet another wonderful example of the benefits of choosing Xavier University of Louisiana,” said XULA President Dr. Norman C. Francis. “We remain committed to ensuring that students receive a great education and that upon completion, are able to successfully enter the workforce in their chosen career and receive a competitive starting salary. In these days when students and parents have a great deal of choice in selecting a particular college or university, the return on investment for the tuition paid is a critical factor and we are delighted to have been recognized as a leader in this area.”

To compile its list, ACO reviewed four-year, fully-accredited private institutions with average

starting salaries for graduates of more than $30,000 per year. The website also looked at mid-career salary averages as well as the overall return on investment for the degree.

“In this climate of soaring higher education costs, prospective students should know that it’s quite possible to obtain a great education that lands them a well-paying job,” said ACO Founder Dan Schuessler. “These Catholic schools leave students with the skills and education needed to earn high starting salaries in great careers.”

Felician College, a Franciscan college located in Lodi, N.J., took the top spot, with an estimated starting salary of $52,600 and tuition of $18,237. Comparatively, Xavier starting salary is $42,300 and tuition is $18,127. 

One reason for the high starting salary may be attributed to the number of XULA students who graduate in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum, which typically pay higher than average for entry level positions. 

As a matter of fact, The American Academy of Medical Colleges recognized XULA as one of the top schools that graduates the most African-American students who go on to earn their medical degrees; The National Science Foundation ranks XULA as fifth on its list in the nation in producing African American graduates who go on to receive science and engineering PhDs, first in the nation in producing African American graduates who go on to receive life sciences PhDs., and seventh in the nation in producing African-American graduates who go on to receive physical sciences PhDs; more than 45 percent of XULA students go on to graduate or professional school; XULA is one of the top producers of African Americans with Doctor of Pharmacy Degrees; and 100 percent of its education majors pass the National Teachers' Exam before graduation. 

In compiling their list, AC Online analyzed and leveraged authoritative data sets from the National Center of Education Statistics (NCES), the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Carnegie Classification and Visit to view the entire list.

About Xavier University of Louisiana
Xavier University of Louisiana is a private, co-educational institution offering a comprehensive liberal arts program and professional programs, including 38 undergraduate majors, five master’s degree programs and a doctor of pharmacy program.  Xavier is the only historically Black, Catholic university in the United States and draws students from 39 states, Washington, D.C., Guam,  the Virgin Islands and 7 foreign countries.  For more information contact Xavier University of Louisiana, 1 Drexel Drive, New Orleans LA  70125, Phone: 504-520-7568, Fax 504-520-7933.

About provides prospective college students and their parents with information and resources to help them manage the cost of obtaining an education. It’s the first website to offer comprehensive lists of “Most Affordable Colleges” in different categories. In addition to lists of affordable colleges, ACO provides information related to financial aid and other unique features.