History of Loras College

Sharing a rich tradition as Iowa’s first College

Loras College was founded in 1839 by the Most Rev. Mathias Loras, first bishop of Dubuque, who established St. Raphael 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.

Legacy of Leaders

Indebted to those who selflessly served and shaped the past, present and future of Loras College.


Loras College Presidents

Remember When

Loras Hall (now
Keane Hall)

Remember When

First football game
at the Rock Bowl

Remember When

Grotto of Our Lady of
Lourdes constructed

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Center for Dubuque History
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