Even at a young age Lawrence Cresswell knew he wanted to be a doctor. As a high schooler in New York, he participated in a program at the University of Rochester and remembers asking students there about potential pre-med programs.
He was pointed to Xavier University in New Orleans.
Over the years this small private university has built a reputation in successfully graduating some of the highest numbers of black pre-med students in the country. In 2017, the Association of American Medical College’s reported that with 103 pre-med graduates, Xavier was second only to Howard University in Washington D.C. in graduating the highest numbers of pre-med students who identify as either black or African American.