International Students

Be Part of a Brilliant Tradition.

Loras College is situated high atop the bluffs of the iconic Mississippi River, overlooking downtown Dubuque, Iowa – a safe, vibrant city of 67,000 people and only three hours from metropolitan cities such as Chicago, Milwaukee, and Des Moines.

The Application Process

University Degree-Seeking (4-year degree)

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 complete the following PDF forms below.

Ways to Apply:

  • Application for Admission
  • CSS Profile Application – Loras College code: 6370
    • High School transcripts in English, including a description of the grading scale
    • ACT or SAT scores
    • TOEFL or IELTS scores (Declaration of Finances)
    • Copy of valid passport
    • Personal statement essay of academic challenges and successes
  • CommonApp

Documents Required:

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


  • Official Transcripts:
    • Must be sent from your school and may be sent via email or through the CommonApp.
    • Transcripts must be translated into English with all course grades listed.
    • An explanation of the grading system should accompany academic records.
    • Transcripts must reveal all coursework and grades for all years attended at your school. 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 academic credentials from high school and official transcripts from each university 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. Applicants should apply as a transfer student if they have completed 12 or more hours of university 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 documentation is to indicate sufficient funds to cover the costs of attending Loras College. For a single 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 prices may increase yearly from 2% to 5%. We do accept electronic documentation from the student for the Declaration of Finance. HOUSING NOTE: Full-time, single students who are 21 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:
      • CSS Profile Application – Loras College code: 6370
      • 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 the 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.
      • Copy of Passport.
  • Students currently residing in the U.S. must submit the documentation listed above and a copy of their passport, visa, I-20, and any additional required documentation.

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

*For questions about this process, please contact us at

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Post-Graduate Degree-Seeking

You may only start and submit one application at a time (either one undergraduate application for a university degree, or one graduate application for a post-graduate degree).

Please DO NOT start both an undergraduate and post-graduate application at the same time – it will not increase or affect your chances of being able to come to the United States.

If you start or submit two applications, the post-graduate application will automatically be deleted, and we will leave only your university application open for consideration.

*Please note that you are only eligible to start or submit a graduate application for a master’s degree if you have already completed a bachelor’s degree.

International students applying for a master’s degree:

  • Before applying, please make sure you have viewed the “Admission Criteria & Application Checklist” section on your respective program’s webpage so that you understand what materials will be required for your application.
  • If you apply and are admitted into one of our online post-graduate degrees (MS in Applied Analytics, MA in Applied Psychology, or MA in Coaching Leadership), it is important for you to know that Loras College will not be able to issue an I-20 for you to physically come to the United States. If admitted, you can certainly still choose to enroll in the program, but you would need to complete the online courses from your home country.
  • All international students applying for a post-graduate degree will be required to submit an official foreign credit evaluation report. No exceptions will be given. If you do not have (or are not able to obtain) an official foreign credit evaluation report, please do not start an application until you can.
  • Financial aid/grants/scholarships/assistantships are not available to post-graduate international students.

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Nathalia Bernal
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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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