Take the Next Step

Transfer students bring unique perspectives and experiences to our campus community, so we’ve made transferring to Loras College as quick and easy as possible. 

We can help you determine which of your courses will transfer, how much it will cost you, and how long it will take you to graduate. No stress, we’ve got you!


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You are a transfer student if you’ve enrolled in college courses after graduating high school.

Acceptance Requirements

We have a rolling admissions policy, which means we review applications throughout the year and will make an admissions decision within two weeks of receiving the completed application.

Our admission criteria are based on a student’s cumulative, weighted GPA on a 4.0 scale. GPAs submitted on a different scale will be converted accordingly.

Transfer Quick Facts

  • Complete a credit evaluation at any time during your search
  • Students with a 2.5 college GPA are automatically admitted
  • Completion of an AA or an AS degree releases you from general
    education requirements

Transfer Your Credits

As a transfer student, you bring unique perspectives and experiences to our campus. Learn about how your credits transfer.

Get in Touch

Our dedicated transfer counselor, Robbie, can answer all your questions about how your credits will transfer, the types of scholarships available, and more.

Robbie Stran
Transfer Admission


Transfer Guides

We work with other colleges to make transferring easy.

The credits will count as electives if Loras does not have the exact equivalent to the course you want to transfer. Certain AP, IB, and CLEP exam scores will also be awarded academic credit. Unfortunately, transfer credit cannot be granted for any course with a grade lower than a C- or for remedial or technical courses.

Apply Today

Transfer applications are accepted on a rolling basis during fall and winter terms.

Tuition-Free Promise

Iowa residents eligible to receive the Pell Grant and Iowa Tuition Grant will have their total tuition needs met by the Loras Promise. First-year students must meet the criteria listed below. Qualifying students are not required to live on campus.

  • Iowa resident
  • Pell Grant and Iowa Tuition Grant eligible
  • Meet satisfactory academic progress
  • Registered as a full-time undergraduate student (minimum of 12 credit hours per semester)
  • Be admitted to the college and file the FAFSA
  • Pell eligibility will be reviewed each year to maintain the scholarship

Tuition-Free Promise FAQ

Are all Iowa students eligible for this program?

Iowa residents who are eligible to receive both the Iowa Tuition Grant and the Pell Grant are eligible for this program.

Can I go to Loras tuition-free for all four years?

Yes! If you maintain Iowa Tuition Grant and Pell Grant eligibility the tuition-free Loras Promise serves as a last dollar scholarship. If your eligibility for the Iowa Tuition Grant or the Pell Grant would change, Loras will still provide you a generous financial aid award.

Are housing, meals, and fees included?

No. However, Loras is committed to helping you meet your financial needs through other forms of aid. These additional forms of aid include campus employment/work study, student loans, and payment plans.

What does “meet satisfactory academic progress” mean?

The financial aid office is required to review the three elements of SAP each academic year, which include: quality of the student’s GPA, credit completion, and timely graduation.

Find Your Place

Loras students are involved. It’s part of our DNA. With over 50+ majors and programs, 50+ clubs and organizations, 24 NCAA DIII sports, and a community of people committed to helping you achieve your goals, you can find your people and place at Loras College.

Learn About Awards & Aid

Loras College offers a wide variety of scholarships and awards based on academic achievement, program-based interests, and other criteria.

To maximize your financial aid opportunities, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available online after the first of December.

Between scholarship awards and financial aid, we are proud to have been repeatedly ranked as an affordable option for students.

Transfer Student Scholarships

Scholarship is determined by average GPA from all colleges attended. Transfer students are eligible for the following scholarships: 

  • Academic Merit Scholarship up to $20,000 per year 
  • First Generation Scholarship $1,000 per year based on financial need 
  • Music Scholarship up to $3,000 per year 
  • Carver Scholarship (Min. 2.80 GPA) $7,600 per year – Learn more
  • Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship $1,000, renewable for 1 year 

Destination Duhawk

When all signs point towards Loras, we’ve made the rest of it simple! If you reside over thirty miles from Dubuque, your $200 housing and registration deposit will secure your spot in the class.

Hey Locals! If you plan to commute to campus, submit your $100 registration deposit to secure your spot in the class.

Straight Talk from a Duhawk

One of the main reasons I picked Loras over other colleges was due to how it felt being on campus and because of the cost compared to other colleges. Loras felt the most like home.

— Heath (’24)