Loras Experience: Getting GRIT on Campus

A new partnership with Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) provides an opportunity for prospective students to earn enrollment at Loras College while still gaining the on-campus experience.

First-year students who fall short of Loras’ admission requirements can still attend classes on campus as enrolled students of NICC through the Grow Resources, Ignite Talents (GRIT) Program. Students will live on Loras’ campus, have access to Loras dining services, receive academic and advising services from both institutions, and attend classes taught by visiting NICC faculty.

According to Kyle Klapatauskas (’04), director of admission, the program provides students with an opportunity to show their commitment to success if their academic record is not up to established admission standards.

“If a student has a lower GPA, it can be misleading. You may see that it is higher over their final years in high school if you look closer. For any number of reasons, they are turning things around and are ready for college,” he said. “This allows us to familiarize us with their abilities and help set them up for success moving forward.”

After one year in the program, students can continue as transfer students if they show academic achievement. All credits from that first-year transfer to Loras and they are on track for a four-year degree.

“Part of the benefits of this program is that students get the best of both worlds,” Klapatauskas said. “They get to take community college courses through NICC while living on campus. They get the four-year experience of the Loras College campus, including being involved with clubs and organizations.”

The only aspect of the Loras experience unavailable GRIT students is athletics, but they retain full athletic eligibility if they continue as transfer students.

The first cohort of students in the GRIT program will begin in the 2021-22 academic year.

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About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2020, Loras was ranked the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the fourth consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 12th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).