Welcome to Loras College!

For over 170 years, bright and deserving students have come to study at Loras College. It is an unbroken line of faculty, staff, students and graduates who have made this college a rich, strong learning community. As Iowa’s oldest college and the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi, the principles that served as the cornerstone of this institution in 1839 are still vibrant today.

Underscoring the value of the Loras College experience, consider:

  • Loras College is ranked #11 in the Top Tier among Best Midwest Regional Colleges in the 2014 edition of “Best Colleges” by U.S. News Media Group.
  • Loras College ranked 12th nationally in the baccalaureate category among U.S. colleges and universities by Washington Monthly, for students committed to service.
  • Loras College has a more than 95% graduate placement rate. Within six months of graduation, students are employed or enrolled in graduate school.

As a diocesan, Catholic liberal arts college, we see our efforts to create a diverse and engaged campus as a basis for the strong ties that we hold to the people, communities and the institutions we serve. Whether it is:

  • The annual Cultural Fiesta highlighting unique aspects from our students' heritage,
  • Our partnerships with schools abroad including new programs to Lisbon, Portugal and Rome, Italy, or
  • that Loras College was the first college in Iowa, the first Catholic College in the Midwest and the fourth Catholic College in the nation to sign a Fair Trade resolution. 

Loras College offers a breadth and depth of experience that will advance your learning, preparing you to adapt to and serve in a complex and ever-changing world.

Offering unique resources and facilities ensuring a high-quality learning environment:

  • The Academic Resource Center, with its four floors of comfortable study spaces and learning resources,
  • a state-of-the-art Athletic and Wellness Center, with a two-story fitness facility,
  • our completely wireless campus, allowing study or relaxing on your Loras-provided laptop from anywhere on campus,
  • the Medical Associates DNA laboratory – one of the few in the region housed by an educational institution, or
  • working in the Carver Foundation Media Studies lab with outstanding faculty to produce award- winning project
We offer unique programs and outreach to distinguish the College we hope becomes your alma mater – from the Breitbach Catholic Thinkers and Leaders program, from which students were publicly recognized by Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s Square, to the nationally-successful teams in Mock Trial, men’s and women’s soccer and Phi Beta Lambda or the newly introduced Neuroscience program – you can, truly, Be More at Loras College.

I look forward to seeing you on campus.

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James E. Collins (’84)


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