Black Universities in New Orleans Participate in City’s Renewal

For the first time since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, colleges and universities in New Orleans report higher enrollments than was the case prior to the storm. And the city’s black colleges and universities are participating in the enrollment growth.

At Dillard University, total enrollments are up 20 percent this fall. New student enrollments are up a whopping 63 percent. Dillard used a beefed-up marketing and recruitment campaign in large cities throughout the nation to produce higher enrollments.

At Xavier University, the historically black Catholic institution in New Orleans, total enrollments this fall are 3,320. This is an increase of 4 percent from a year ago. University officials tell JBHE that the campus is abuzz with activity.

At the Southern University campus in New Orleans, total enrollments are up 2 percent from last year. But new student enrollments have increased by more than 20 percent.