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Loras College named nation’s 11th top baccalaureate college

DUBUQUE, Iowa — Loras College received a national ranking of 11th among all baccalaureate colleges, U.S. colleges and universities by Washington Monthly. This is the third year Loras has ranked nationally.

“Often rankings heavily rely on freshmen SAT scores or new or overall enrollment to determine the strength of an institution,” Jim Collins, president of Loras College, said. “But they don’t consider outcomes like how much students learn in school and whether they get good jobs after graduation. This recognition validates our time-tested approach to strong retention, graduation and job placement rates. These should be key questions when measuring the quality of an institution’s baccalaureate program.”

For instance, 96.7 percent of Loras College graduates from 2012 through 2015 reported being employed or continuing their education within one year of graduation. That percentage incorporates all graduates, not just those who respond to a survey.

The Washington Monthly 2016 College Guide and Rankings assesses institutions based on social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and awarding doctoral degrees) and service (encouraging students to give back to their country). The survey also considers universities’ predicted and actual graduation rates; the percentage of low-income students receiving federal aid; the percentage of all students who join the Peace Corps or ROTC or engage in other community service; and the number of faculty receiving significant awards and elected to the national academies.

“The rankings are of particular importance as our new students begin their first classes,” Collins said. “The findings will take on even greater significance as they move through their educational journey with us.”

Other Loras College rankings

  • Fourth in Peace Corps based on the number of alumni who go on to serve in the Peace Corps, relative to school size. In addition, the college and the Dubuque National Service Partnership received the Excellence in AmeriCorps Programming and Service Award in 2015.
  • Sixth in community service. The rank comes from a combined measure of the percent of students doing community service, the number of hours of community service per student, whether any staff were employed in community service, if any service courses were offered, or if the institution provides scholarships for community service. Loras College’s Dance Marathon has been the nation’s top fundraising school per capita since 2009.
  • Eighth in repayment rank, reflecting the actual and predicted performance of the percentage of students who repaid at least $1 in principal on their loans within five years of entering repayment. Only 12 percent of the class of 2015 needed to take out private student loans to attend Loras. In part, because the college allocates $23 million of its annual operating budget to student aid.
  • 15th in graduation rate, a measurement of students graduating within six years.

For more information about Loras College, visit www.loras.edu, call 563.588.7100 or (800) 245-6727. Or like Loras College on Facebook or follow @lorascollege.



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