Welcome back from President Collins

Dear Loras Students,

It is a pleasure to welcome all new Duhawks to the Loras community and it’s fun to have so many returning Duhawks back at Loras, too.

As our nation struggles with all sorts of negative rhetoric, shameful behavior and dismissive attitudes related to faith, human dignity and ethics, I’d like for all of you to join me in making our campus community truly live out its slogan of, “Be More. Be Loras.” We have so many reasons for which we ought to be both grateful and proud. Let me highlight just a few:

  • Loras was one of only 11 Midwest colleges cited by US News as an A+ college for B students
  • In that same publication, Loras was ranked 13th among all Midwest colleges for overall institutional quality. We were ranked 10th best for service to Military Veterans
  • We have enrolled a first year class that is 5% larger than a year ago. Nationally, first year student enrollment at private colleges is flat or declining
  • We have achieved the highest first year to sophomore student retention in Loras history – around 83%. The students who leave Loras are almost always asked to leave (academics/behavior). Don’t be that Duhawk. Nationally, this retention statistic hovers between 65-70%
  • We just landed another national award for our community service work in partnership with the City of Dubuque. This comes on the heels of last year’s designation as the nation’s first ever President’s Award recipient for Community Service-Interfaith Relations
    We have completed or are nearing completion with a few facility upgrades:

    • Science Hall classroom/lab/student lounge renovation
    • Keane Hall classroom, faculty office renovation
    • Pub renovation
    • Einstein’s Bagels/Welcome Center/Spirit Shop construction
    • Indoor Baseball practice facility
    • Attendance at opening liturgies, campus gatherings, athletic events and information sessions have been awesome

We have much work to do in an effort to become even better. Getting better will require all of us working together with a positive, moral and engaged Duhawk spirit. Loras pride is manifested best when wearing purple and gold on the outside and living out the mission on the inside. Loras students have a longstanding tradition of being successful, having fun, making good decisions, wearing the purple & gold and honoring our faith-based and academic mission by serving and representing well at all times.

Please join me in being more and making this another great year for our Loras College.

God Bless,
President Jim Collins ‘84

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