Xavier University of Louisiana
College of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Mrs. Jucynthia Jessie  
      • Director of Admissions and Recruitment  
      • College of Pharmacy 
      • 1 Drexel Drive 
      • New Orleans 
      • Louisiana 
      • 70125 
      • Phone (Work): 504-520-7492 
      • Phone (Fax): 504-520-7977 
      • Email: jjessie1@xula.edu 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019:  March 1, 2019

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
    • Institution Type: Private
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Semester (two terms per academic year)
    • Dual Degree Programs No
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates:  
      • Details:  
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? No
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • Early assurance
    • Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? No
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The Xavier University College of Pharmacy holds a place of distinction among the nation's colleges of pharmacy.  The College is dedicated to bringing minority youth into the learned profession of pharmacy.  For years, Xavier has been among the top three producers in the nation of African Americans with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.   Even with that commitment to minority education, the College remains open to all races.


    The mission of the Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy is to prepare pharmacists to impact the medically underserved communities, particularly African Americans, in an effort to eliminate health disparities through patient-centered care, community service, and scholarly work.


    To achieve this mission, the curriculum provides:

    1. Instruction in the physical, chemical, biological, behavioral sciences, and management.


    2. A clinical component designed to develop graduates skilled in:


    •Monitoring and evaluating drug therapy

    •Providing drug distribution

    •Providing drug information to other members of the health care team and to the public

    •Effectively relating to patients and to other health care professionals


    3. Motivation to increase competency after graduation through continuing education


    4. An opportunity to engage in meaningful scientific research as preparation for further study in the pharmaceutical and clinical sciences.

    Students benefit from expert guest lecturers and receive experiential training from preceptors in an array of practice sites in the Greater New Orleans area, the state of Louisiana, and across the country.

    To be eligible for the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree, a student must have pursued college level work for six years (four of these in the College of Pharmacy) and have completed a minimum of 209 semester hours of work.  The student must have a 2.00 grade point average for courses attempted in the four-year professional curriculum.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 225
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 160
    • Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 160
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 30
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: NA
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: NA
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.75
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.75
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: NA
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
    • Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? No
      • Details: 
    • Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 35
    • Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 65
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.3
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 18-36
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 2.7:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 61
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 43
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2019 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 61   
      General Biology I   
      General Biology I Lab   
      General Biology II   
      General Biology II Lab   
      General Microbiology   
      General Microbiology Lab   
      General Chemistry I   
      General Chemistry I Lab   
      General Chemistry II   
      General Chemistry II Lab   
      Organic Chemistry I   
      Organic Chemistry I Lab   
      Organic Chemistry II   
      Organic Chemistry II Lab   
      General Physics   
      General Physics Lab   
      Comp & Rhet (English)    
      Comp & Literature   
      Fund of Public Speaking   
      Health Ethics   
      Introduction to Psychology or Sociology   
    • Additional Information: 

       **General ethics courses will not be considered in fulfillment of the health ethics requirement at Xavier University of Louisiana.  Transfer credit for PHIL 2400 Health Ethics must be a comparable course in either bioethics, medical ethics or health ethics. The required health ethics course must be offered through a philosophy department.

      ***The required Theology course must have been offered through a Theology or Religion department.  Courses offered through other departments such as History, English, Philosophy, or Humanities will not be accepted. However, the College of Pharmacy will accept a Theology course from another institution if it is equivalent to a Theology course taught at Xavier University.  The course will have to be approved by Xavier’s Theology Department before it is accepted.

      Biology, Chemistry, and Physics courses for non-science majors will not be accepted by the College of Pharmacy.

      The College of Pharmacy will not accept any independent study courses.

      Grade of "C-" is not acceptable.  Applicnat must repeat the course if they receive a "C-".

      Not all Statistics courses are equivalent to Biostatistics. Aapplicant must submit the "Course Substitution Form found on XUCOP website.

    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: Once the PharmCAS application is complete, the College of Pharmacy will require qualified applicants to submit a supplemental application and other materials for admissions consideration to Xavier University College of Pharmacy.
      • Deadline: January 7, 2019 Received by deadline
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 
        • Once the PharmCAS application is complete, the College of Pharmacy will invite qualified applicants to submit a supplemental application to Xavier University College of Pharmacy.


  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? No
      • Details: 
      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
    • Other required tests or credentials: 

      Applicants must also provide documentation that they have completed all required immunizations and CPR certification prior to matriculation.

  10. Experience ↑ 

    • Is health care-related experience required? Not required

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
      • Details: 
    • Is preference given to state residents? No
    • Is preference given to residents of other states? No

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • Is proof of U.S. residency required? Yes
    • Are foreign citizens considered? Yes
    • Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
    • Are Canadian citizens considered? Yes
    • Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS AND Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: December 1, Received by deadline

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: Three (3)
      • Are LORs required? Yes
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
    • Institution Specific Details: 

      Recommendation Forms – The College of Pharmacy requires each applicant to submit three recommendation forms.  The applicant should select three faculty members or two faculty members and an employer to complete the forms.  All recommendations are due no later than December 1, 2017.

      The faculty recommendations must come from physical/life science or math instructors who have taught the applicant at the college level.  The employer recommendation must come from someone who has served as an immediate supervisor to the applicant.

      Please note the following regarding the recommendation forms:

        The College of Pharmacy will not accept letters of recommendation in place of the approved form.

       The College of Pharmacy will not accept recommendations from relatives.



    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Employer
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Employer
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Clergy
      • Co-Worker
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Politician
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Teaching Assistant
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • Rolling Admissions 
    • Details: 


      Students who satisfy the following minimum requirements will be considered for an interview:


      •Completion of the on-line application by the stated deadline

      •Submission of the required documents by the stated deadline

      •Pre-pharmacy grade point average of 2.75

      •Math-Science grade point average of 2.75


      Please note that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee the applicant an interview with the College of Pharmacy.  All interviews will occur during the Fall and Spring semesters.


      If the applicant is granted an interview the College of Pharmacy will contact the applicant by telephone to schedule an appointment.  Under no circumstances will an interview be conducted by telephone.



  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are normally sent out by April.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Acceptance of admission offer and deposit are due 2 weeks after the applicant receives the acceptance letter.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500.00
      • Due: 2 weeks after the applicant receives the acceptance letter
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • Details: 
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Request may consider by the Admission Committee upon submission of the applicant..