Loras College

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1450 Alta Vista

Dubuque, IA 52004-0178

Phone: (563) 588-7100
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#11 Overall Score: 82 out of 100. Regional Colleges (Midwest)

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Loras College is a private institution that was founded in 1839. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,483, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 60 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Loras College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (Midwest), 11. Its tuition and fees are $28,880 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Loras is a premier Catholic liberal arts institution, educating principled thinkers, dedicated to the total development of the student. Small enough to be personal, large enough to offer a wide variety of quality academic programs, Loras College recognizes the human dignity of each individual and challenges men and women to grow with purpose and direction. Relating the rich liberal arts tradition to a changing world, Loras strives to develop active learners, reflective thinkers, ethical decision makers and responsible contributors in their diverse professional, social, and religious roles.

Loras offers distinctive Educational Programs. For example, Modes of Inquiry, an interdisciplinary seminar, provides freshmen with the best transition to college life and study by introducing first year students to liberal arts learning and thinking through collaborative work with faculty, upper class student peer assistants, and student development facilitators; Center for Experiential Learning extends beyond traditional textbooks and classrooms, its study abroad, internships and research opportunities all provide ways to "learn by doing"; Catholic Thinkers and Leaders program include courses in which students will examine the intellectual tradition of the Catholic Church through the study of such great Catholic intellectuals as Saint Thomas Aquinas and Saint Augustine , as well as modern day leaders such as Mother Teresa and Joseph Cardinal Bernadin; the January term is an intensive, accelerated 3 week term which enables students to have the opportunity to enroll in a variety of courses, across the disciplines, which emphasize experiential learning.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1839
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $21,411,554


When applying to Loras College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. The application fee at Loras College is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 67.9 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 67.9%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

Loras College has 57.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Loras College include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 76.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio N/A 4
4-year graduation rate 56%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 20%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 14%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 7%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 6%
Psychology 6%

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Student Life

Loras College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,483, with a gender distribution of 51.9 percent male students and 48.1 percent female students. Loras College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,523
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Loras College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance. Loras College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Loras College.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Loras College, 79 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $18,379.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $28,880 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,125 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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