Succeed despite obstacles

Explore the amazing Xavier story


A more just and humane society

Welcome to Xavier

Xavier's story is unlike any other, and yet, like New Orleans, it is quintessentially American. Meet some of the people who've made it happen.

In its 95-year history, Xavier University of Louisiana has overcome extraordinary obstacles. Hurricanes. Cultural revolution. Segregationist leaders who challenged its very right to exist. Xavier, the nation’s only Catholic and historically Black university, was founded by a woman who was determined to welcome students of all faiths and races. That woman, Mother Katharine Drexel, has since been canonized a saint. Meanwhile, Xavier has thrived.

On this website you’ll hear stories from men and women who've lived through some of these events. You'll also find interviews with current Xavier students, a historical timeline, an interactive tour highlighting Xavier's role in the City of New Orleans, and a map that lets you connect with other students and alumni all over the world.

Xavier: A Timeline

Scroll through Xavier’s history on this interactive timeline which links to video interviews with Xavier faculty, alumni and supporters, as well as to archival news clippings, documents and photos. 

Browse the timeline

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Xavier in New Orleans

For more than a century, Xavier's students, staff, and alumni have been at the center of New Orleans life. This virtual tour visits 10 places where Xavier has left its mark on the city.

Take the tour

Xavier Community Map

See where Xavierites live, all over the world. Join the map to share photos, connect with other Xavier students and alumni, and browse yearbooks dating back to 1927.

Explore the map