Loras Named Top 5 Institution for Engineering Degrees for Women

Loras College’s Engineering program ranked in the top five of the American Society for Engineering Education’s (ASEE) listing of the top 20 institutions awarding Bachelor’s degrees to women.

According to the ASEE’s 2019 edition of Engineering and Engineering Technology by the Numbers, Loras ranked as the fifth-best engineering school of their top 20 leaders in awarding bachelor’s degrees to women. Two private women’s colleges, Smith College and Sweet Briar College, topped the list, followed by Hampton University and George Washington University at numbers three and four, respectively.

Bachelor’s degrees in engineering awarded to women have been slowly increasing over the past decade. In 2019, 22.5% of bachelor’s degrees were earned by women, compared to 17.8% in 2010. Loras awarded 50% of its degrees for engineering to women, tying it with Navajo Technical University on the ASEE list.

ASEE is a nonprofit organization of individuals and institutions committed to furthering education in engineering and engineering technology. In pursuit of academic excellence, it also develops policies and programs that enhance professional opportunities for engineering faculty members, and promotes activities that support increased student enrollments in engineering and engineering technology colleges and universities.

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).