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Loras College Overview

Loras College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Dubuque, Iowa. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is Loras College Known For?

357 Undergraduate Awards
$25,041 Avg Cost After Aid
58% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at Loras is 3%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the master's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Loras.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 78% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Loras makes roughly $44,600 a year. This is 9% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • It takes the average Loras student 4.1 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

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Loras College Rankings

We have ranked Loras as #230 out of 2,587 colleges and universities in the country in our 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #8 out of 45 schools in Iowa.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Loras has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#224 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Loras.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#28 Best Social Work Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#34 Best General English Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#44 Best Health & Physical Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#48 Best Public & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#50 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure & Fitness Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#56 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#61 Best Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#67 Best English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#144 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#145 Best Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Loras has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#48 Best Criminal Justice Studies Schools College Factual
#93 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools College Factual
#95 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools College Factual
#102 Best Public Administration & Social Service Schools College Factual
#103 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Schools College Factual
#139 Best Teaching Master’s Degree Schools Teaching Degree Search

Where Is Loras College?


Contact details for Loras are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1450 Alta Vista, Dubuque, IA 52004-0178
Phone: 563-588-7100

How Do I Get Into Loras?

You can apply to Loras online at:

Admission Requirements for Loras

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores neither required nor recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Loras?

58% Acceptance Rate
44% Of Accepted Are Women
Loras has an acceptance rate of 58%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 56% of accepted students are men and 44% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 59%, and the acceptance rate for women is 58%.

Can I Afford Loras College?

$25,041 Net Price
71% Take Out Loans
3.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Loras is $25,041. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Loras, approximately 71% of students took out student loans averaging $8,443 a year. That adds up to $33,772 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Loras is 3.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Loras College Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,214 Full-Time Undergraduates
43% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,314 undergraduate students at Loras, with 1,214 being full-time and 100 being part-time.


There are also 90 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,214 full-time undergraduates at Loras, 57% are male and 43% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Loras College students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 13
Black or African American 51
Hispanic or Latino 126
White 919
International Students 20
Other Races/Ethnicities 85

Geographic Diversity

Iowa students aren't the only ones who study at Loras College. At this time, 15 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 14 countries are represented at Loras. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Colombia, France, and Nepal.

Online Learning at Loras College

18 Took All Classes Online
897 Took At Least One Class Online
43.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 897 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Loras has changed over the last few years.


Online Affordability Rankings of Loras

The following table shows how Loras is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Other Education #55 #55

Online Growth Rankings of Loras

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Loras College was 43.6%. This is the #728 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Loras regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Loras College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Health & Physical Education 33 0 33
Business Administration & Management 25 7 32
Teacher Education Grade Specific 30 0 30
General Psychology 20 3 23
Finance & Financial Management 20 0 20
Marketing 19 0 19
Social Work 19 0 19
Student Counseling 0 16 16
Political Science & Government 15 0 15
Communication & Media Studies 14 0 14
Public Relations & Advertising 12 0 12
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 11 0 11
Criminal Justice & Corrections 11 0 11
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 10 0 10
Engineering Physics 10 0 10
International Relations & National Security 10 0 10
General Biology 9 0 9
Accounting 9 0 9
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 8 0 8
General English Literature 8 0 8
Writing Studies 8 0 8
Romance Languages 8 0 8
History 8 0 8
Economics 7 0 7
Philosophy 6 0 6
Computer Science 4 0 4
Mathematics 4 0 4
Religious Studies 4 0 4
Sociology 4 0 4
Teacher Education Subject Specific 3 0 3
Chemistry 3 0 3
Management Information Systems 2 0 2
General Education 1 0 1
Computational Science 1 0 1
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 1 1
Music 1 0 1
General Business/Commerce 0 0 0
Journalism 0 0 0
Other Education 0 0 0
Allied Health Professions 0 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 0
Theological & Ministerial Studies 0 0 0
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 0 0
TOTAL 357 27 384


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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