According to a new study conducted by the Association of American Medical Colleges, Xavier University in New Orleans is now the number one college for black graduates in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM). In 2011, Xavier was the top producer of African-American students who earned medical degrees. The school beat out Harvard, Yale and Stanford. The historically black university is also a top producer of African American Doctor of Pharmacy graduates. Sixty-five percent of their incoming freshman have a STEM concentration.

Xavier University is the only historically black Roman Catholic college in the country. It was founded by Saint Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in 1915. Dr. Norman C. Francis, a 1952 Xavier University graduate, has served as the University’s president since 1968. He is the longest tenured college president in the United States. More than half of the student body is from the state of Louisiana. Before Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the enrollment was 4,100. It is now at approximately 3,391. The school has over 20,000 alumni.

Although they are top in the nation, they are currently experiencing a $5 million dollar deficit. The school has had to resort to salary and hiring freezes and non-faculty layoffs to recoup the lost funds. The deficit is due to a 6.5 percent drop in fall semester enrollment. In addition, the school has imposed a mandatory closing from Dec. 24 through Jan. 1 to save on utilities. Employees and faculty will be forced to use their vacation time during the remaining days outside of the holidays.

4 thoughts on “Little Known Black History Fact: Xavier University Medical Graduates

  1. Sara James on said:

    A world-class university having to lay off faculty and make other expense-saving cuts because it lacks $5 million. (smh) White Ivy League schools have 10X, 20X that much just in endowments! Have black people NO shame? Are we merely “dependents” with our hands out, saying “gimme!” Where is the responsibility, the reaching back a helping hand to those who follow? And black MDs – what is up with them NOT supporting their university??? They make 6 figures! Oh, for shame!!!

  2. Michael on said:

    Great to hear that Xavier continues to produce high quality graduates. I mailed a check to the school for $100. Hope other readers will do the same. Michael (Howard University Class of 1980)

  3. Charleta on said:

    @ RaleighRDelesbore —> I couldn’t agree with you any more than I already do! This is the kind of news I want to hear more often! Very empowering and encouraging!

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