Loras Continues to Earn High Marks in National Rankings

Robert Waterbury

Loras College continues to receive high marks in the 2019 national rankings from multiple sources.

Loras College is ranked third among Iowa’s thirty-four private not-for-profit colleges according to MONEY Magazine’s 2019 Best Colleges for Your Money list, as was announced on Monday, August 12.

MONEY Magazine analyzed graduation rates, tuition, family borrowing and alumni earnings, in addition to twenty two other data points, of 727 schools across the nation to find the country’s top “best value” institutions.

“I am pleased that Loras again appears on Money’s Best College list. The recognition underscores that Loras not only offers an affordable education, but one that produces quality outcomes, as well,” Loras College President Jim Collins (’84) said.

In Iowa, Loras ranked higher at No. 326 than Clarke University, 377; Coe College, 416; Mount Mercy University, 417; Luther College, 443; Central College, 484; Simpson College, 506; Saint Ambrose University, 547; Northwestern College, 602; and Wartburg College, 614.

MONEY Magazine also used research and expert advice on education quality, financing and value to create its rankings.

The 2020 Niche College Rankings cited Loras as the top Catholic college and fifth-best Private College or University in Iowa in their listings released on August 19. Niche combines data provided by the Department of Education with thousands of student reviews to determine their institutional rankings.

In Niche’s national rankings, Loras was ranked No. 150 of the Best Small Colleges out of 984 schools and 371 out of 1,626 total colleges and universities on America. In Iowa, Loras ranked higher at No. 371 than Northwestern College, 450; Central College, 463; Saint Ambrose University, 480; Wartburg College, 733; Simpson College, 777; and Mount Mercy University, 806.

For the third consecutive year, Loras College, a private, liberal arts academic institution, has been chosen as one of the Top 200 schools in Forbes Magazine Grateful Graduate Index.

Since 2013, Forbes has been publishing an alternative measure of college’s return-on-investment. The Grateful Graduates Index measures alumni support and pride in two primary ways. First, by looking at seven-year median gifts per full-time enrolled student and the average percentage of alumni who give back, regardless of the amount that they give. The second, helps smaller liberal arts colleges, like Loras, whose graduates tend to earn less but whose educations have nonetheless provided invaluable, non-monetary returns.

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