The Francis J. Noonan School of Business at Loras College

Apply Now!

Loras College is proud to announce the foundation of the Noonan School of Business.


The Francis J. Noonan School of Business, focusing on experiential learning and rooted in Catholic social teaching, plans to open in fall 2018.


The Noonan School will take Loras College’s proven track record in business education to the next level, providing theoretical and hands-on knowledge of business, informed by the framework of Catholic social teaching.


The existing, and increasingly popular, Loras College Executive MBA in Analytics will remain as a key component of the Noonan School. Immediate future plans include the construction of a state-of-the-art Finance Resource Lab that will include high-tech software and hands-on stock market investment learning opportunities. Additional offerings currently being explored include the development of a Certified Financial Planning certificate program, entrepreneurial courses, and expanded internship and study away opportunities.

The addition of the Noonan School of Business will offer students new learning opportunities and meet the critical need in society to have well-formed, ethical leaders in business and related fields,


    - Jim Collins, president of Loras College

Inspired by Catholic Social Teaching

Loras educates students to be ethically-aware, data-informed, globally-prepared, responsible leaders.

Nationally Recognized

The Noonan School of Business will become a nationally-recognized destination for future business leaders, by serving as a light of “insight with integrity” in the global business world.  

Affordable Value

Most students are eligible for merit scholarships and need-based grants.  Our faculty and students will skillfully navigate businesses through complex market obstacles, benefiting from our distinct perspectives.

About Francis J. Noonan

Francis J. Noonan (‘42)

Professor Francis J. Noonan (‘42) served on the staff of Loras College as professor of economics and business for 43 years, retiring in 1991 as professor emeritus. He also served as chairman of the Loras College business and economics department and as chairman of Faculty Senate. Frank remembered Loras in his will and many students have benefitted from the Francis J. Noonan Family Scholarship. Noonan is a member of the Loras College Athletic Hall of Fame and served on the Loras College Hall of Fame Committee.

A veteran of World War II, he retired as a Navy commander and later served as commander of the Dubuque Naval Reserve Unit. Frank was a member of St. Anthony's Parish, Dubuque, Iowa. He was a member of St. Anthony's School Board, the Dubuque Community School Board, St. Anthony's Parish Council, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Dubuque Kiwanis Club, Dubuque Council 510 Knights of Columbus, an 8-year Holy Name baseball coach at St. Anthony's.

Launch your career at the Francis J. Noonan School of Business at Loras College

Tell us a little about yourself using the buttons below or feel free to contact Colleen Fitzpatrick, Executive Assistant for Academic Affairs at for more information.

Graduate Admission   Undergraduate Admission