International Students

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At Loras College, you will find new and exciting ways to get involved. There are more than 80 co-curricular clubs, organizations and intramural activities offered. There is something for everyone! Loras is a member of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, NCAA Division III with over 24 varsity sports.

Loras College is situated on the high bluffs of the Mississippi River, overlooking the city of Dubuque, Iowa; a small, safe city of 67,000 people. Dubuque is only a three-hour drive from larger metropolitan areas like Chicago, Illinois and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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The Application Process

A limited number of students are accepted to Loras College each semester.  To apply for undergraduate admission to Loras College, you will need to read and/or complete all of the following PDF forms below. (To apply for admission into a Loras graduate program, please see the individual graduate program webpage for instructions).

Students often ask about Tuition and Fees, as well as our Academic Calendar, which details semester dates.


Official Transcripts:

  • Must be sent from the institution(s) and may be sent via postal mail or electronically.
  • Transcripts must be translated in English with all course grades listed.
  • An explanation of the grading system should accompany academic records.
  • Transcripts must reveal all course work and grades for all years attended at the institution. The course work/grades help guide the Loras College student’s advisor on which classes to register for.

High school students need a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for admittance.

Transfer students must submit not only academic credentials from high school, but also official transcripts from each college attended. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required for admittance.

Applicants should apply as a first-year student if completed junior year or graduated from high school and have less than 12 hours of college credit. Applicant should apply as a transfer student if they have completed 12 or more hours of college credit.

Official test scores may be sent to or directly to your designated Loras Admission Representative. Loras College School Code: 6370.

Those whose native language is not English must present scores from the following:

  • English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
    • PBT (paper based score) 550 or higher
    • IBT (internet based score) 79 or higher
    • CBT (computer based score) 213 or higher
  • IELTS 6.5 or higher
  • Composite SAT test score of 980 or higher

Financial support documentations are to indicate sufficient funds to cover the costs of attending Loras College. For one-academic year reflect on what you may be paying, taking into consideration all financial concerns related to your Loras College experience, which may include: books, personal needs, travel, I-20 fees, tuition and housing deposit ($200), etc.  It may also be helpful to consider that every year prices may increase from  2% to 5%. HOUSING NOTE: Full-time, single students who are twenty-one years old and younger prior to the beginning of the academic year are required to live in college residence halls and participate in the meal plan. We do not provide family housing. You will need to submit:

We do accept electronic documentation from the student for the Declaration of Finance.

  • Letter(s) of support from those who will be assisting your financial needs while at Loras College.

We do accept electronic documentation from the student for the letter of support.

  • A recent notarized bank statement (Dated within the past 30 days) verifying amount of funds available, in English.  May be sent via postal mail or electronically from the financial institution.
  • Personal Statement on your academic challenges and successes.

We do accept electronic documentation from the student.

  • Copy of Passport.

Students who currently reside in the U.S. are required to submit all above documentation, copy of your passport, visa, and I-20.

All information must be completed in order to be considered for acceptance to Loras College.

For questions about this process, please contact us. Submit your application materials via mail or fax:
Loras College Admission Office
c/o International Admission Rep
1450 Alta Vista
Dubuque, Iowa 52001

Loras is pleased to offer qualified undergraduate international students an academic merit scholarship upon acceptance. We encourage international students to apply and submit all necessary supporting materials as early in the process as possible so we are able to help determine your academic scholarship should you qualify. Click on The Application Process above for detailed instructions on how to apply to our bachelor’s degree programs. (For admission information about our graduate programs, please see the individual graduate program webpage for instructions). We are happy to award scholarships to our undergraduate international students whenever possible. See #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship Program.

International students are also permitted to work while attending Loras, either on-campus or off-campus. For Internship (or practical training directly related to you major field of study) or employment, please consult the International Student Handbook and the Designated School Official for specific details about employment.

Additionally, some non-Loras scholarships are also open for undergraduate international students to apply for. is a resource to aid in your scholarship search.

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Nathalia Bernal
“This community will challenge you every day to make a change, and to stand for what you believe in.”


Straight Talk from a Duhawk

"No matter what background you come from, Loras will receive you with open arms - challenging you every day to make a change, and stand for what you believe in."

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