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Loras College


Situated in Dubuque, Loras College is a four-year Iowa Catholic school. It is the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi and falls under the Archdiocese of Dubuque. The school was founded in 1839 by Mathias Loras as the Saint Raphael Seminary. Young men would come to the school to be educated into the priesthood. Loras College has gone by many names in its 170-year history including Mount St. Bernard’s College and Dubuque College, but finally settled on it current moniker in 1963. It wasn’t until 1971, however, that the college became coeducational. Approximately 1,550 students attend Loras College. Notable alumni include Greg Gumbel and Michael M. Mihm.

Educational Programs

Loras College has undergraduate, graduate, and pre-professional programs in over 40 majors and minors. Here is a listing of some of the programs you can study at the school:


  • Art and Digital Design
  • Athletic Training
  • Biological Research
  • Computing and Information Technology
  • Elementary Education K-6
  • English: Creative Writing
  • Media Studies
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sport Science


  • Master of Arts in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Arts in General Psychology and Clinical/Counseling Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry


  • Law
  • Chiropractic
  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Mortuary Science
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Podiatry

To supplement their education, students can take part in a several off-campus learning programs offered by the Loras College Center for Experiential Learning. These opportunities consist of academic internships, study abroad programs, and service-learning. Students can stay close to home or travel to other countries like Ireland, Spain, and South Africa. No matter where they go in the world, students will earn college credit and get hands-on experience putting their college education to use in the real world.

All full-time students receive a Lenovo ThinkPad laptop for personal and educational use. The computer is loaded with the programs students need to be success in their educational pursuits. The campus is outfitted with wireless service everywhere, so students are always able to connect to the Internet to conduct research or stay in touch with family.


Freshman students wishing to attend Loras must have at least a 2.5 grade point average and a composite score of 20 or higher on the ACT (or 1410 on the SAT). Transfer students who don’t meet the minimum requirements may have their applications reviewed by an admissions committee if they submit a personal statement with the application package. A maximum of 64 credits may be transferred from another accredited four-year school.

In addition to meeting the minimum admission requirements, international must pass the TOEFL test with a minimum score of 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer based). They must also submit a declaration of financial support and a health form.

Graduate degree programs have different standards for admission. It is best to contact the school directly for information about admission requirements for the specific graduate degree you want to pursue.

Loras College Tuition Costs

Loras College charges the following amounts for tuition and fees for the 2012-13 school years:

  • Undergraduate tuition: $26,813 full-time per year
  • Technology fee: $950 per year
  • Housing: $3,875 per semester double occupancy
  • Student fees: $228 per year
  • Books: $1,100 per year

Approximately 93% of students on campus receive some type of financial aid. Students can obtain tuition assistance by applying for government financial aid programs such as the Federal Pell Grant and secured loans by submitting the FAFSA form. Loras College also has a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. Private loans, installment plans, and work-study programs are also available.

Campus Life

Loras College has traditional and apartment-style housing available. All dorms are coed and feature kitchens, study lounges, and onsite laundry facilities. Rooms are furnished and typically house 4 people per suite. Apartment complexes have single and double rooms, shared baths, kitchens, and washers and dryers on site. These facilities also come furnished.

People who are into sports can participate in or watch baseball, basketball, football, golf, soccer, tennis, wrestling, softball, Lacrosse among other sports programs. In addition to numerous on-campus events, students can join a variety of clubs and organizations including Delta Epsilon Sigma, Mathematics Club, Habitat for Humanity, Guild of St. Genesius, and the Loras Student Union. The school also has a campus ministry.


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