Learn. Serve. Lead.

Loras is an innovator and leader in Catholic liberal arts education, where faith, scholarship, and creativity seamlessly merge. We are committed to fostering a community where every member is beloved and accepted. We promote diversity, equity, and inclusion to create a culture of respect and understanding.

Duhawks Are


Work collaboratively with your peers and professors to ask questions, explore, experiment, and think creatively through problem-solving, debates, discussions, and simulations.


Gain a deeper understanding of your own thoughts, feelings, and behavior by identifying patterns, themes, and connections.


Let your moral principles and values guide you to act with justice and compassion and make decisions based on truth, respect, responsibility, excellence, and service.


Develop your talents and share them with others with a sense of accountability, integrity, and a commitment to the greater good.


Loras, as a Catholic liberal arts college, creates a community of active learners, reflective thinkers, ethical decision-makers, and responsible contributors in diverse professional, social, and religious roles.


Inspired by the Catholic intellectual tradition and rooted in the transformative power of learning, Loras enriches lives and serves humanity.


The Loras College community embraces core values of truth, respect, responsibility, excellence, and service, defining the way we work, behave, and relate with others.

Loras College Hallmarks

1. The Loras Experience

Rooted in the transformative power of learning, Loras creates an atmosphere where faith, reason, and scholarship can seamlessly connect. Motivated by our Catholic faith, Loras provides a culture of compassion and care for each other and participates in each other’s lives.

2. Academic Distinction

Loras helps you strengthen the connections between theory and practice from the very beginning. You will communicate with confidence, think critically, write with clarity, research with accuracy, and dialogue with respect.

3. Community For All

Loras is committed to creating an environment where every member is beloved and accepted. Grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and guided by Catholic social teaching, the Loras community supports diversity, equity, and inclusion, creating a culture of mutual respect and understanding for one another. This is a shared vision and a shared responsibility inspired by the life of Jesus.

4. Find Your Vocation

The search for your vocation is not just a destination but a lifelong pursuit that prepares you for a meaningful and fulfilling future. You are empowered to pursue your interests and positively impact the world through engaging classes, meaningful extracurricular activities, and deep connections with faculty and fellow students.

5. Affordable Education

Loras values your education, so we offer a high-quality education that delivers a strong return on investment. We partner with every student and family to understand your unique financial needs. We work to offer the best financial aid package from the outset.

6. Forever a Duhawk

Being a Duhawk means you have a lifelong connection with an incredible community. At Loras, you are surrounded by others committed to participating in your life, willing to act on your behalf and share in your successes and challenges.

7. City of Big Possibilities

Dubuque is a vibrant city located along the bluffs of the Mississippi River. It is a significant hub in the tristate region, providing additional advantages, including proximity to rural communities and major cities and access to a broad range of culture, entertainment, employment, and recreation.

Loras Motto

Pro Deo et Patria
For God & Country

Leadership Framework

We believe leadership:

arises in everyday experience

We lead regardless of position or title, recognition, or advancement.

prioritizes the common good

We act for the good of each and every person and of the whole person to ensure all are able to thrive.

recognizes mutuality between personal & communal purpose

Our individual and collective decisions have a reciprocal impact.

builds solidarity & relationships with others

We lead within collaborative relationships and seek to know and prioritize others’ experiences, especially those on the margins.

transforms us

We evolve as individuals and as communities through our learning, actions, and impact.

To that end, we aim to cultivate leaders who value, understand, & demonstrate:


Rooted in the transformative power of learning, Loras creates an atmosphere where faith, reason, and scholarship can seamlessly connect. Motivated by our Catholic faith, Loras provides a culture of compassion and care for each other and participates in each other’s lives.

Human Dignity & Inclusivity

Leaders recognize and value the inherent dignity and humanity of others. This is demonstrated through understanding and appreciating difference, civil dialogue, and ensuring all voices are heard. The fundamental belief that every person has dignity and worth motivates a commitment to understanding.

Sensitivity to Contexts & Environments

Leaders consider the intersectionality of contexts, experiences, and power dynamics of those around us before we engage in action. Environments include historical contexts, families, neighborhoods, cultures, workplaces, community gatherings, the natural world, worship spaces, and classrooms.

Responsiveness & Actions

Leaders demonstrate responsive actions in ways big and small. Responding to our environment means we lead through commitments to human dignity and self-reflection. Thus, every person is called to participate and act through a lens of responsibility to others so all may flourish.