New Orleans LA - A special report by Diverse Issues in Higher
Education magazine once again provides documentation of
Xavier University of Louisiana's success in a number of
In its annual "Top 100 Undergraduate Degree Producers"
issue (June 2009), the magazine shows Xavier once again
ranking first in the nation in the number of African American
students earning baccalaureate degrees in two areas– the
biological and biomedical sciences, as well as the
Xavier is comfortably ahead of the pack in both categories:
graduating 120 students in the biological and biomedical
sciences – nearly 20 percent more than that of second-place
Howard University – and another 41 students in the physical
sciences – twice that of runner-up Jackson State University.
Xavier also places 41st and 44th in awarding undergraduate
degrees to African Americans in history and psychology,
The Diverse Issues report is based on a review of the
2007-2008 preliminary data distributed by the U.S.
Department of Education, which includes the effect of
Hurricane Katrina (e.g. Xavier’s smaller total enrollment).
The magazine has reported on degrees conferred since 1992,
tracking trends in bachelor degree conferrals to African
American and other minority students. The complete report
can be viewed at: