About Loras College
Loras College is located in the picturesque city of Dubuque, the oldest city in the state of Iowa. Dubuque is situated at the junction of the states of Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin, along the Mississippi River. The city is filled with Victorian mansions, Tiffany-windowed churches and grand public buildings, with many historic structures restored as museums, art galleries, hotels, restaurants, and antique and specialty shops. Dubuque's main entertainment venue is the Five Flags Civic Center, featuring performances ranging from plays and concerts to sporting events and rodeos. Dubuque is also home to the Grand Opera House, greyhound racing, cable cars, trolleys, riverboats, and some of the best downhill skiing in the Midwest.
Loras College is a private, Catholic, diocesan four-year liberal arts college. It is the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River. Loras was founded in 1839 by Mathias Loras, first bishop of Dubuque, as St. Raphael Seminary. It was intended to educate young men for the priesthood while also providing an opportunity for higher education to the citizens of the area. The college has had several names since then, finally adopting its present name during its centennial in 1939. The college became coeducational in the fall of 1971. Loras College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Loras' division of communication and fine arts offers a four-year program resulting in a BA degree in integrated visual arts. The program integrates studio art, graphic design and interactive design, with strong foundational courses in each area. Required courses include understanding form, two-dimensional visual problem solving, manipulating form, color as form, print applications, print-based form, time-based problem solving, interactive applications, screen-based form, and four levels of critical analysis. Additional elective courses include desktop publishing, creative expression, three-dimensional animation, and an internship. The critical analysis courses include creation and review of a student portfolio of work.
Loras College offers renewable scholarship and grant awards for qualified, incoming, full-time first year students. Scholarships are awarded based on a cumulative high school grade point average and ACT test scores. Consideration for scholarships is automatic upon the student's application and acceptance to Loras. Available scholarships include the Regent Scholarship, the Breitbach Catholic Thinkers and Leaders Program, Loras Merit Awards, the Catholic High School Grant, the Legacy Grant, and departmental scholarships. Loras also offers some need-based grants and awards, with consideration based on the completion of the student's FAFSA packet.