Loras College

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Coordinates: 42°30′10″N 90°40′53″W / 42.502805°N 90.681401°W / 42.502805; -90.681401

Loras College
Loras College Logo.png
Latin: Collegium Loras
Motto Pro Deo Et Patria
(For God And Country)
Type Private University
Established 1839
Founder Bishop Mathias Loras
Affiliation Roman Catholic Church
Endowment $30.5 million + (2015)[1]
Chancellor Archbishop Michael Jackels
President James E. Collins
Administrative staff
Students 1,600[2]
Address 1450 Alta Vista St., Dubuque, Iowa, USA
42°30′09″N 90°40′52″W / 42.502592°N 90.680984°W / 42.502592; -90.680984
Campus Urban[3]
Colors Gold and Purple          
Nickname Duhawks
Mascot Dewey the Duhawk
Website www.loras.edu
Keane Hall at Loras College

Loras College is a four-year Catholic diocesan college in Dubuque, Iowa, with an enrollment of approximately 1,600 students. It is the oldest post-secondary institution in the state of Iowa. The school offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. It is one of four four-year post-secondary institutions in the City of Dubuque, one of four Catholic colleges in the Archdiocese of Dubuque, and one of six Catholic colleges in the state of Iowa.


Loras College, a liberal arts college, was founded in 1839 by the Most Rev. Bishop Mathias Loras, first bishop of Dubuque, who established Saint Raphael's Seminary to educate young men for the priesthood with the expressed intention of also providing an opportunity for higher education to the citizens of the area. Loras later became President of the college. The college has functioned under several different names: Saint Raphael's Seminary and later Saint Raphael's Academy (1839-1850), Mount St. Bernard's College and Seminary (1850-1860), St. Joseph's College (1873-1914), Dubuque College (1914-1920), and Columbia College (1920-1939).[4] The present name was adopted during the school's centennial in 1939. That same year, the national Catholic honor society, Delta Epsilon Sigma was founded at the college, by Father Fitzgerald. From the time of its founding, the college has devoted its faculty and facilities to an undergraduate program; it conferred the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.

In 1963, when The Catholic University of America decided to discontinue its branch program of graduate study on the Loras campus, Loras College, realizing the growing need in the locale for study beyond the baccalaureate degree, initiated its Graduate Division offering the Master of Arts degree in some fields.

The College became coeducational in the fall of 1971. In 1973, the Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science degrees were introduced. The Division of Community Education was initiated in 1975.

Both the Undergraduate College and the Graduate Division of Loras College are accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The teacher education program, both at the graduate and undergraduate level, is accredited by the Iowa Department of Education. The undergraduate teacher education program is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The American Chemical Society has approved the undergraduate chemistry program. Loras College is also approved by the Association of American Universities and New York Board of Regents. The Council of Social Work Education has accredited the social work major at the baccalaureate level.


Loras offers forty-nine majors, eleven stand-alone minors, and nine pre-professional programs for undergraduates. Undergraduates can also participate in summer classes, internships, field experience, study abroad, and much more.

For graduate programs, Loras offers a Master of Arts in clinical or general psychology, school counseling, education STEM, and a master's degree Business Administration with a focus on business analytics.[5]


Loras’ athletic teams are known as the Duhawks, a name bestowed upon the football team by a Detroit Free Press scribe in 1924 converging Dubuque and Hawks. The school fields 23 men’s and women’s varsity teams in the NCAA Division III. They are a member of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC), Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference (MWLC), and the Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League (MCVL). Loras’ colors are Purple, Rah Rah Gold, and Metallic Gold. The men's soccer team has advanced to the NCAA Division III Final Four five times since 2007, and once to the NCAA Division III Championship game in 2015. Denise Udelhofen ('90) serves as the Director of Athletics for the Duhawks and is assisted by head men's soccer coach and Director of Soccer Operations, Dan Rothert ('96). Jim Naprstek ('13) serves as the Director of Athletic Communications for the Duhawks after his hiring in March 2014.

Sport Season Facilities Head
Baseball Spring Petrakis Park Carl Tebon Travis Olson
Nick Kirk
Don Pirkle
Men's Basketball Winter AWC/Lillis Court Chris Martin
Women's Basketball Winter AWC/Lillis Court Justin Heinzen Jamie Majerowicz
Carrie Kennedy
Men's Golf Fall
The Meadows
Thunder Hills
Buddy Sodemann
Women's Golf Fall
The Meadows
Thunder Hills
Jamie Majerowicz
Cross Country Fall Dubuque Soccer Complex Bob Schultz Matt Jones
Dan McDermott
Katie McDermott
Rob Plot
Cody Manchester
Drew Morelan
Wesley Willis
Football Fall Rock Bowl/Biere Field Steve Helminiak Jake Olsen
Josh Edwards
Michael Gainey
David Zoeckler
Nic Lloyd
BJ Main
Nick Holeton
Tim Connelly
Bob Bucko
Men's Soccer Fall Rock Bowl/Biere Field Dan Rothert Matt Pucci
Justin McCord
Jon Denham
Women's Soccer Fall Rock Bowl/Biere Field Matt Pucci Dan Rothert
Jon Denham
Lynn DeVriese
Dani Dodds
Women's Lacrosse Spring Rock Bowl/Biere Field Emily Goetz Judy Spencer
Softball Spring Faber-Clark Field Ashley Winter Rachael Rogers
Swimming & Diving Winter San Jose Pool Ben Gill Ann Foust
Men's Tennis Fall
AWC Tennis Courts Chad Fenwick
Women's Tennis Fall
AWC Tennis Courts Chad Fenwick
Track & Field Winter
Graber Sports Center
Rock Bowl
Matt Jones Bob Schultz
Jesse Ernst
Sean Campbell
Paul Wagner
Dan McDermott
Katie McDermott
Men's Volleyball Spring AWC/Lillis Court Jeremy Thornburg Jenna Ness
Jenna Sullivan
Kyle Hunzeker
Women's Volleyball Fall AWC/Lillis Court Jenna Ness Jeremy Thornburg
Wrestling Winter AWC/Lillis Court Randy Steward TJ Miller
Rick Healey
Jay Figgins
Mark Schultz
The Rock Bowl with Christ the King Chapel spire in the background. (September 2004)
The Loras Athletic and Wellness Center (November 2007)


Keane Hall, as seen from Heitkamp Planetarium

Loras sits on a 65-acre (260,000 m2) campus located atop several hills in Dubuque. The grounds are bounded by Loras Boulevard on the south, Kirkwood Street on the north, Henion Street on the east, and Alta Vista Street on the west. The campus is surrounded by residential neighborhoods on all sides, some of which are among the most historic in the city. The college consists of 23 buildings, 2 athletic fields, a stadium, and 5 tennis courts. Because of its high location, several of the buildings provide excellent views of Downtown Dubuque and the Mississippi River.

Some of the more notable buildings include:

  • Athletic Wellness Center: Built in 2007–2008, the athletic wellness center provides a home to the men's and women's basketball teams as well as the women's volleyball team and men's wrestling. In addition, a cardio-vascular center, upgraded weight room and training room, as well as state-of-the-art locker rooms makes the 'AWC' a great improvement from "The Fieldhouse."
The Academic Resource Center
  • Academic Resource Center: The ARC is home to the campus' main library, including some 355,000 items. The building also includes the bookstore, and other academic uses.
The ACC, as seen from Loras Blvd (Lower Campus), with the power plant in the foreground before the construction of the AWC
  • Alumni Campus Center: At the center of campus, the Alumni Campus Center is a multi-function building, and includes the student union, dining hall, and meeting rooms.
  • Christ the King Chapel: The main chapel on campus, built in 1946, is decorated in a pre-Vatican II Streamline Moderne architectural style. The chapel holds daily Mass, Thursday night Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Reconciliation, and Mass Sunday night with student lectors, cantors, musicians, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, greeters, acolytes, and sacristans. The building connects to Keane Hall via a skywalk between the two buildings.
Hoffmann Hall, as seen from Loras Parkway. St. Joseph's Adoration Chapel is in the foreground.
  • Hoffmann Hall: Hoffmann Hall is Loras' oldest building, built in 1909. It includes a tall clock tower, and houses various academic uses, a beautiful pre-Vatican II architectural-themed adoration chapel named St. Joseph's, along with an auditorium. The auditorium is the home of the Loras Players, the oldest continually running theater group west of the Mississippi River. The stage in the auditorium features a turntable.
Beckman Hall, a residence hall, on the left and Hoffmann Hall on the right, as seen from the Alumni Campus Center before the construction of the AWC
  • Keane Hall: Keane Hall is the most visible building on campus, sitting at the peak of the highest hill in the city. Designed by celebrated architect Emmanuel Louis Masqueray, the building is multi-use, and includes administrative offices, academics, and faculty offices.
  • The Visitation Complex: The Visitation is a former convent that now houses the school's classes in art and music. Gallagher Hall is where most recitals take place, and the building houses an art museum and practice space for musicians.


The college has been expanded over the years. The Alumni Campus Center was built in 1992, and added a new library in 2001. The Academic Resource Center contains a collection of approximately 355,000 items and 11,000 magazine subscriptions. In addition to its broad general collection, the library contains a rich heritage in its special collections of rare books, as well as the photographs and manuscripts in the Center for Dubuque History located in the lower level of the library. The library is also an official document depository for both the United States government and the state of Iowa. The previous library, Wahlert Memorial Library, was remodeled into classroom space.

The college has purchased Cox Street which runs through campus from the city of Dubuque for $50,000. The school has since shut the street down and replaced it with a pedestrian friendly walk way to improve pedestrian safety and help upgrade the area aesthetically. In 2015, a school spirit shop, The Duhawk Shop, and Einstein Bros. Bagels opened at the corner of Loras Boulevard and the new Loras Parkway.

Alumni and faculty[edit]

Notable graduates and faculty of Loras College include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Loras College - Profile, Rankings and Dats". US News Best Colleges. U.S. News & World Report L.P. Retrieved March 19, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Loras at a Glance". Loras College. Retrieved March 18, 2017. 
  3. ^ U.S. Department of Education (2010). "College Navigator". Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  4. ^ Encyclopedia Dubuque. "COLUMBIA COLLEGE". Retrieved March 18, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Majors and Programs". Loras College. Loras College. 
  6. ^ "Biographical Directory of Federal JudgesPratt, Robert W.publisher= Federal Judicial Center". Retrieved September 2, 2012. 

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