Recovering From Katrina: Black Colleges in New Orleans Expect Significant Increases in Enrollments

The number of students who have sent in deposits for the 2007-08 academic year at Xavier University, the historically black educational institution in New Orleans that is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church, is running 30 percent higher than at a similar date last year.

Dillard University, another black college in New Orleans, anticipates a first-year class of 375 students this fall, up from 200 in this year’s freshman class. Before Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in August 2005, there were 400 first-year students at Dillard.