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Loras College Overview

Loras College is a private not-for-profit institution situated 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?

429 Undergraduate Awards
$25,750 Avg Cost After Aid
95% Acceptance Rate
  • The 4% student loan default rate at Loras is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The highest award offered at Loras is the master's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 72% 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.
  • The average Loras student graduates in 4.2 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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Loras College Rankings

Loras is ranked #421 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list.

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.

Program Level Awards

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#17 Best Value Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#56 Best Value Business Administration & Management 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
#6 Best Value Colleges for Public Relations & Advertising College Factual
#11 Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#22 Best Value Colleges for Marketing College Factual
#33 Best Value Colleges for Accounting College Factual
#45 Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#67 Best Value Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual

Where Is Loras College?

Location of 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 required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Loras?

95% Acceptance Rate
43% Of Accepted Are Women
2% Submit SAT Scores
Loras has the high acceptance rate of 95%, which means it is fairly easy to gain admittance as long as you submit a complete application with requested materials.

Approximately 57% of accepted students are men and 43% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 94%, and the acceptance rate for women is 96%.

Average Test Scores

About 2% of students accepted to Loras submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 505 and 575. Math scores were between 528 and 598.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Loras College  ( 505 to 575 )

SAT Math Scores for Loras College  ( 528 to 598 )
Loras received ACT scores from 96% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 20 and 25. Math scores were between 19 and 25. Composite scores were between 20 and 26.

ACT English Scores for Loras College  ( 20 to 25 )
ACT Math Scores for Loras College  ( 19 to 25 )
ACT Composite Scores for Loras College  ( 20 to 26 )

Can I Afford Loras College?

$25,750 Net Price
68% Take Out Loans
3.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Loras is $25,750. 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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Loras, approximately 68% of students took out student loans averaging $7,390 a year. That adds up to $29,560 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Loras is 3.7%. 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

1,264 Full-Time Undergraduates
44% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,333 undergraduate students at Loras, with 1,264 being full-time and 69 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Loras

There are also 83 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,264 full-time undergraduates at Loras, 56% are male and 44% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Loras

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Loras Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 9
Black or African American 46
Hispanic or Latino 119
White 999
International Students 25
Other Races/Ethnicities 66

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

20 Took All Classes Online
67 Took At Least One Class Online
87.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 67 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 Growth Rankings of Loras

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Loras College was 87.3%. This is the #373 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
Teacher Education Grade Specific 42 0 42
Business Administration & Management 32 7 39
Health & Physical Education 36 0 36
General Psychology 29 0 29
Accounting 20 0 20
Public Relations & Advertising 20 0 20
Criminal Justice & Corrections 20 0 20
Finance & Financial Management 19 0 19
Social Work 19 0 19
Marketing 17 0 17
Communication & Media Studies 15 0 15
General Biology 14 0 14
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 13 0 13
Writing Studies 13 0 13
Sociology 13 0 13
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 12 0 12
History 11 0 11
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 10 0 10
Allied Health Professions 9 0 9
Mathematics 8 0 8
Student Counseling 0 7 7
Engineering Physics 6 0 6
Romance Languages 6 0 6
Religious Studies 6 0 6
Political Science & Government 6 0 6
Philosophy 5 0 5
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 5 5
Music 5 0 5
Management Information Systems 4 0 4
General English Literature 4 0 4
International Relations & National Security 4 0 4
Computer Science 3 0 3
Teacher Education Subject Specific 2 0 2
Economics 2 0 2
Journalism 1 0 1
General Education 1 0 1
Liberal Arts General Studies 1 0 1
Chemistry 1 0 1
General Business/Commerce 0 0 0
Other Education 0 0 0
Theological & Ministerial Studies 0 0 0
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 0 0
TOTAL 429 19 448


*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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