Welcome to
The Francis J. Noonan
School of Business

Welcome to the Francis J. Noonan School of Business! Inaugurated in spring 2018, the Noonan School of Business was created to honor the strong foundation set forth by professors such as Francis (“Frank”) J. Noonan and to build upon this base to continue to enrich student learning.

Our history of success and vision for the future is what sets us apart from other Schools of Business.  Our commitment to student success, evident by our small faculty to student ratio, and open office hours for additional academic support from professors, is one of the key ingredients to our students’ significant achievements. To name just a few recent accolades:

Our accounting students have the 7th best pass rate for first time CPA exam takers, in the nation.
Our sport management students have won 11 national championships in the last sixteen years.
Our finance students placed two teams in the Top 5 in the 2018 Peeptrade Investment Challenge.
Our Phi Beta Lambda students took home six top ten finishes in the nation in summer 2018.

It is statistics like these that reflect why the anonymous benefactor of the Noonan School of Business shared, “I would not be where I am today, nor accomplished the things in my life without Loras College and professors such as Frank Noonan.”

The Noonan School offers traditional business majors such as Accounting, Marketing and Finance alongside creating newer programs such as Business Analytics and Financial Planning & Wealth Management. We keep our curriculum and course content current so that our graduates are best prepared for their future career paths.  More importantly, we deliver an education purposefully designed to create ethical and servant leaders, intertwining ethics and Catholic Social Teaching across our curriculum so that our students develop “insight with integrity,” and establish an ethical framework that will guide their decisions well beyond the Loras degree.

I invite you to explore our website, schedule a campus visit and contact me with any questions that you may have.  Through your research, you will learn how the Noonan School of Business at Loras College can help you pursue and achieve your dreams, and most importantly, you will discover why our alumni are so proud to call themselves Duhawks!

Jim Padilla
Dean of Francis J. Noonan School of Business

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Noonan School of Business Majors & Programs

Our newly constructed state-of-the-art Finance Resource Lab includes high-tech software and hands-on stock market investment learning opportunities.  Review all our School of Business programs below.

ACCOUNTING

ACCOUNTING

Loras College accounting graduates taking the CPA exam for the first time in 2017 recorded the nation’s seventh-best pass rate and second-best in Iowa.

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

In 2018, at the Phi Beta Lambda national competition 6 students placed in the Top 10 nationally of their respective fields.

BUSINESS ANALYTICS

BUSINESS ANALYTICS

Loras College is preparing graduates for the future and to be at the forefront of change. By 2020, the number of jobs for all US data professionals will increase by 364,000 openings to 2,720,000 according to IBM.

ECONOMICS
[Distinct Minor]

ECONOMICS
[Distinct Minor]

An ideal complimentary minor for any major, constantly offering an analysis of the intersection between social and political issues, financial concerns and ethical dilemmas.

FINANCE

FINANCE

Majors have the opportunity to invest and manage a portion of the college’s endowment through our LIFE Portfolio courses, and participate in the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge where we placed two teams in the Top 5 in 2018.

FINANCIAL PLANNING & WEALTH MANAGEMENT
[Distinct Minor]

FINANCIAL PLANNING & WEALTH MANAGEMENT
[Distinct Minor]

A unique minor designed to best prepare students for a future in financial planning and wealth management, sit for the Certified Financial Planner exam and gain valuable insight into how to best manage your own financial affairs.

MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS

MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Serving as a bridge between information technology and business decision making, the MIS degree prepares students for utilizing their skills to best help any organization manage and operate their technology infrastructure.

MARKETING

MARKETING

Students have the opportunity to work alongside local executives and business owners on related marketing projects. In addition, they can participate in a J-Term class which takes them to Silicon Valley meeting and presenting to executives from Oracle and other firms located in the region.

SPORT MANAGEMENT

SPORT MANAGEMENT

A nationally recognized program which has won the Sport Marketing Association Case Study competition 5 of the last 6 years.

Educating Ethically-Aware, Data-Informed, Globally-Prepared, Responsible Leaders

The School is named after the late Francis J. Noonan, a 43-year member of the Loras faculty, retiring in 1991 as professor emeritus. Noonan remains the longest-serving business faculty member.

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Feel free to contact Jim Padilla, Dean of Francis J. Noonan School of Business for more information.

James Padilla

james.padilla@loras.edu
563.588.7405