Loras College Fact Sheet

About Loras College
Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s ten diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Ranked 11th among baccalaureate colleges by US News & World Report for ensuring academic rigor, Loras outperforms peers in placement rates: 96.5% of the Class of 2014 reported being employed or continuing their education within one year of graduation.
The rigorous Higher Learning Commission granted Loras its maximal seal of approval: ten year accreditation. Integrating service into its culture, Loras has been appointed to the President’s Honor Roll for Service with Distinction since 2009 and won the first ever President's Award for Community Service—Interfaith in 2014. With more than 40 majors and 13 pre-professional areas of study, the academic, cultural, spiritual and athletic experiences at Loras make it the perfect
place to prepare for a life you’ll love.

Loras will excel in developing principled thinkers and caring professionals in the Catholic and liberal arts traditions.

Loras, as a Catholic liberal arts college, creates a community of active learners, reflective thinkers, ethical decision-makers, and responsible contributors in diverse professional, social, and religious roles.

Pro Deo et Patria, the motto of Loras College, succinctly states the purpose of the Loras College Community. We strive to fulfill the will of God by helping students become contributing citizens in the world and achieve their ultimate objective of unity with God. The Loras College community embraces core values that define the way we work, behave, and relate with others. Truth, Respect, Responsibility, Excellence and Service.

  • Active learners want to learn. They are curious about the world and seek to make sense of their experiences. Loras students demonstrate their ability to learn in active ways.
  • Reflective thinkers display insight. They take into account their own dispositions and biases as they think creatively and critically. Loras students demonstrate their ability to think in a reflective manner.
  • Ethical decision-makers discern religious, cultural and personal values in order to act with justice and compassion. Loras students demonstrate their ability to decide matters ethically.
  • Responsible contributors to professions, societies and religious communities develop their talents and share them with others in ways that respect a global environment and are sensitive to cultural differences. Loras students demonstrate that they contribute in responsible ways.

The Campus Community:
  • Loras is located in Dubuque, Iowa, along the beautiful Mississippi River
  • Approximately 1,621 total students attend Loras (undergraduate and graduate) with 51 percent female and 49 percent male
  • 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Over 80 intramural activities and more than 55 clubs and organizations
  • 11 women’s varsity sports, 11 men’s varsity sports, Division III school, participating in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletics Conference

  • More than 40 undergraduate majors, minors and pre-professional areas of study
  • 95 percent of faculty hold a Ph.D. or terminal degree in their field
  • 96.5 percent graduate placement rate. Within 12 months of graduation, our Class of 2014 reported being employed or continuing their education
  • 100 percent of incoming students received Loras scholarships or other financial assistance from a variety of sources, including grants, loans and work study
  • More than 15 different international destinations to provide students unique learning experiences around the world

Rankings and Awards:
  • 11th among Best Midwest Regional Colleges in the 2014 edition of “Best Colleges” by U.S. News Media Group
  • Loras was the first recipient of the President's Award for Community Service—Interfaith in 2014
  • Loras ranks 4th among Iowa colleges and universities in the return on investment according to a recently released study done by Affordable Colleges Online
  • Loras was once again cited as one of the nation’s best Catholic colleges (top 10 percent) by bestcolleges.com

Significant Historical Dates:
  • 2014:   Loras College launches its Integrated Stem Education master's program
  • 2014:   Loras is the first ever recipient of the President's Award for Community Service—Interfaith
  • 2014:   The first online Loras College Business Analytics Certificate cohort begins
  • 2013:   In October, Loras launches its Inspiring Lives and Leadership: the Loras Legacy Campaign
  • 2013:   Loras celebrates its 175th anniversary
  • 2012:   Loras announces the establishment of MBA program emphasizing Business Analytics
  • 2008:   Loras launches January Term
  • 2007:   Athletic & Wellness Center completed
  • 2003:   New Academic Resource Center dedicated
  • 2001:   Loras becomes one of the nation's first laptop campuses
  • 1982:   Graber Sports Center Built
  • 1976:   Center for Dubuque History established
  • 1971:   Loras becomes coeducational
  • 1964:   First Loras College graduate courses offered
  • 1963:   St. Joseph Hall of Science completed
  • 1947:   Christ the King Chapel completed
  • 1939:   Statue of Bishop Loras erected on campus
  • 1939:   Columbia College renamed Loras College
  • 1924:   Term "Duhawk" was first coined by a Detroit newspaper reporter
  • 1920:   Dubuque College renamed Columbia College
  • 1914:   St. Joseph College renamed Dubuque College
  • 1913:   Loras Hall (now Keane Hall) was built
  • 1839:  Bishop Mathias Loras opens St. Raphael's Seminary, the first diocesan college in Dubuque
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