Loras College

Loras College

Loras College is one of the three Catholic colleges in the Archdiocese of Dubuque, situated in Dubuque, Iowa. The Loras College was established in 1839 by Rev. Mathias Loras, the first Bishop of Dubuque. The sprawling campus of the institute covers an area of 65 acres.

This liberal arts institute offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and programs of study. The students of Loras College can choose from courses in disciplines such as accounting, interpretation, biochemistry, history, mathematics, economics, and gender studies, among others.

The athletics department of Loras College sponsors teams in sports including basketball, baseball, soccer, golf, and cross country. Nicknamed the Duhawks, the teams are members of the NCAA Division III and the IIAC.

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Contacting Loras

Loras College
1450 Alta Vista
Dubuque , IA 52004-0178
General Phone: (563) 588-7100

Loras Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management80business, business management, accounting, finance, human resources, MIS, marketing
Liberal Arts59French language, Spanish language, English, creative writing, liberal arts and sciences, economics, international relations, political science, sociology, ...
Education and Teaching56educational administration, special ed, education of blind, special education, adult education, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, early childhood education, teacher education, ...
Science32biology, biochemistry, physical sciences, chemistry, chemistry courses
Therapy and Counseling26psychology, clinical psychology
Media24mass communication, journalism, public relations
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy18health and physical education, sports and fitness management, exercise science, athletic trainer
Computer Science and Engineering15computer science, computer and media applications
Security and Law Enforcement13criminal justice and safety
Religion and Philosophy12philosophy, religion, theological and ministerial studies
Family and Social Work12social work
Engineering6engineering physics

Number of programs and degrees for Loras in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree33543
Master's degree2210
Associate's degree01

Loras Student Body

In 2007-2008, Loras had a total enrollment of 1,591 students (1,471 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 50%
Women 50%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 93%
Graduate 7%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 92%
Black 1%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 2%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 41%
20-21 31%
22-24 13%
25-29 3%
30-34 1%
35-39 1%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)3%

Loras Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 79 %

Loras Room and Board (2007)

Loras offers campus housing for 1,027 of its 1,471 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Dubuque, Iowa for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Iowa Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 18 meals per week.

Loras Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Math490568
ACT Verbal2026
ACT Math1926
ACT Composite2126

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT5%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT94%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Loras Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 24,438
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 24,438
Room and board $ 6,727
Room charge $ 3,420
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,370
Books and supplies $ 1,100
Other expenses $ 1,000

Financial Aid:
Loras participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 187300)

Loras Faculty

Loras has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1614
Non-tenured and not on tenure track71

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year28$62,9157$64,329
Associate professoracademic year25$53,04315$50,878
Assistant professoracademic year15$45,80315$44,936
Instructoracademic year1*2*
All faculty totalacademic year69$55,32239$50,612

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Loras Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Basketball Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Baseball Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Track Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Loras Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer Software and Media Applications, Other

Education And Teaching
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education/Teaching Individuals - Vision Impairments/ Blindness
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Special Education and Teaching, Other
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other

Engineering Physics

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Mass Communication/Media Studies
Public Relations/Image Management

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies
Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Chemistry, Other
Physical Sciences

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Psychology, General

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Top 18%Loras Male % of student body

checked Roman Catholic affiliation
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army)
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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