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Study at 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.

Profile of Loras College

Loras is in a small city, in Dubuque, IA. The school has a Roman Catholic religious affiliation. Loras is classified as a private, not-for-profit college. Students at the school earn degrees up to the Master's degree.

Course Topics

There are more programs of study at Loras than you'll find at most colleges of similar size. The most common major fields study at the school include nutrition and exercise therapy.

Loras Selectivity

Loras does not admit all applicants. While math SAT scores among applicants varied, those accepted commonly had scores between 498 and 638.


One indicator of school quality is the number of students per professor, and here Loras does well in comparison to most schools. Some professors at the school are awarded tenure, allowing the school to retain good faculty members.

Student Enrolment

Loras, in 2007, had 1, 591 students (1, 517 full-time equivalent).

Student Life

Most students at the school attend full-time. Loras is not thought of as a commuter school, and many students live on campus or nearby. Dorm living is common. Athletic teams at Loras belong to the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for major sports.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"Loras, as a Catholic liberal arts college, creates a community of active learners, reflective thinkers, ethical decision-makers, and responsible contributors in diverse professional, social, and religious roles. "

Loras Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Business and Management86business management, accounting, business, finance, marketing, MIS, human resources
Education and Teaching70elementary school teaching, physical education teaching, special ed, education of disabled, special education, adult education, educational administration, education, . . .
Liberal Arts70English, history, political science, creative writing, Spanish language, economics, sociology, international relations, . . .
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy37sports and fitness management, exercise science, athletic trainer, health and physical Education
Media24public relations, mass communication, journalism
Security and Law Enforcement23criminal justice and safety
Family and Social Work21social work
Therapy and Counselling18psychology, clinical psychology
Science17biology, biochemistry, physical sciences, chemistry courses
Religion and Philosophy16theological and ministerial studies, philosophy, religion
Computer Science and Engineering13computer and media applications, computer science
Engineering5engineering physics

Contact: Loras

Loras College

1450 Alta Vista

Dubuque, IA 52004-0178

General Phone: (563) 588-7100


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