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Loras College: Narrative Description


1450 Alta Vista
Dubuque, IA 52004-0178
Tel: (563)588-7100
Free: 800-245-6727
Admissions: (563)588-7829
Fax: (563)588-7964
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent Roman Catholic, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1839. Setting: 60-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $23.6 million. Research spending 2003-04: $221,051. Educational spending 2003-04: $6438 per student. Total enrollment: 1,743. Faculty: 143 (113 full-time, 30 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 1,479 applied, 94% were admitted. 11% from top 10% of their high school class, 29% from top quarter, 61% from top half. Full-time: 1,551 students, 50% women, 50% men. Part-time: 67 students, 64% women, 36% men. Students come from 23 states and territories, 8 other countries, 44% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 6% 25 or older, 64% live on campus, 18% transferred in. Retention: 74% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, 1 recommendation. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $25,523 includes full-time tuition ($18,670), mandatory fees ($1008), and college room and board ($5845). College room only: $2950. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and degree level. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $400 per credit.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 59 open to all; national sororities; 10% of eligible men and 20% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Senate, campus ministry, College Activities Board, residence hall councils. Major annual events: homecoming, End of Year Bash, Family Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,098 college housing spaces available; 1,032 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Option: coed housing available. Academic Resource Center with 224,971 books, 77,389 microform titles, 750 serials, 1,854 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $788,528. 20 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The small city of Dubuque is located on the Mississippi River where Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin meet. The oldest city in Iowa, it features rugged bluffs and Victorian architecture. Excellent air connections with Chicago's O'Hare Airport and with the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport are available. The city is the commercial, cultural, and recreational center of the tri-state area. It offers concerts, theater, symphony, art galleries, museums, and riverboat gambling. Facilities are available for boating, skiing, golf, and tennis.

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