Loras College

Loras College


Relating the rich liberal arts tradition to a changing world, Loras College strives to develop active learners, reflective thinkers, ethical decision makers and responsible contributors in their diverse professional, social, and religious roles. Housed on a safe, scenic campus nestled high atop the majestic bluffs of the Mississippi River in Dubuque, Iowa, Loras College offers a wide array of academic programs, extracurricular offerings, and opportunity for personal growth. We would be proud to welcome you into our circle of loyal Duhawks who will forever call our Dubuque campus home. In alignment with our social responsibility we work with students and families of first generation backgrounds to ensure all who would like to pursue higher education, are able to, and supported towards success.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Scholarship & Financial Aid First Generation Scholars Program

The First Generation Scholars Program offers a $1,500 scholarship and strives to support first-generation college students and their families and promote engagement, study skills, and experiential opportunities for the student to have as they successfully progress toward graduation. This program is designed to recruit and retain first-generation students (your parent(s) or guardian(s) has/have no bachelor’s degree). First-generation students who opt to participate in the program are eligible for additional funds beyond their initial acceptance award. Awards are renewable with continued program participation. Learn more about First Generation Scholars Program

Summer Bridge & Orientation REACH Orientation

REACH stands for Respect, Empathize, Appreciate, Connect, and Help. REACH is an early move-in orientation program for domestic students of color, first generation students, and international students. Students are welcomed to move in early before other students to meet faculty, staff, and upperclass students to help ease their transition to college. Learn more about REACH Orientation

First-Year Experience & Transition Modes of Inquiry First Year Experience

Modes of Inquiry (MOI) is a first year student semester long seminar experience that aids students in thier transition to college. Students are grouped together and particpate in a semester long course after experiencing Launch into Loras together. Launch into Loras is a weekend long team building, and community service oriented first year welcome experience. Each MOI group is led by a faculty member and have thier coursework based off a common reading and faculty selected topics. Learn more about Modes of Inquiry First Year Experience

Academic Advising & Support Lynch Learning Center

Loras recognizes the dignity of persons with disabilities and challenges them to grow in our supportive environment while developing the skills associated with active learners, reflective thinkers, ethical decision makers and responsible contributors. The Lynch Learning Center offers three levels of service for students with diagnosed disabilities. Learn more about Lynch Learning Center

Student Life & Support Intercultural Programs Office

Loras College strives towards an inclusive and challenging learning environment for students, staff, and faculty by actively engaging the educational, spiritual, academic, cultural, and social fabric of campus and Dubuque community to achieve social justice. The Intercultural Programs Office administers and supports a variety of programs, as well as interpersonal activities that facilitate the adjustment of students from marginalized backgrounds to college. Learn more about Intercultural Programs Office

Student Diversity

  • 1,463
  • 53/47
  • 25%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 1%
  • 2%
    Black or African American
  • 7%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 81%
  • 2%
    Two or more races
  • 5%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 1%

Student Success

  • 79%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 71%
    Six-year graduation
  • 74%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 95%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 65%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 100
    Full-time faculty
  • 4
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 13:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Sports Management, Accounting, Marketing, Public Relations, Elementary Education

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Black Student Union, Loras Intercultural Student Association, Spanish Club, LGBTQ Alliance


Cost of Attendance

  • $30,065
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $1,460
    Required Fees
  • $7,700
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $28,988,704
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $27,644
    Average aid package
  • $34,775
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 23%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 78%
    Students with financial need
  • 78%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 78%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 90%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 1,269
    # of applicants
  • 92%
  • 3.38
    Average HS GPA
  • 24
    ACT Composite
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Critical Reading
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • rolling
    Regular application closing date
  • $25
    Application Fee
  • n/a
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date