Washington Monthly Lists Loras College #5 Nationally in 2021 College Rankings

Loras College is a Top-Five Bachelor’s College in the United States according to Washington Monthly’s 2021 College Rankings released on August 30.

Loras made a significant jump from the 2020 rankings when it was listed as the 19th-best. It is the highest-ranked college in Iowa in that category.

The Bachelor’s College category ranks liberal arts colleges—four-year institutions that award almost exclusively bachelor’s degrees and focus on arts and sciences rather than professional programs—based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research, and promoting public service.

In addition to the top-five ranking among bachelor’s colleges, Loras also landed in the top 20 for Best Bang for the Buck Colleges, which ranks college and universities according to how well they help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices. The list is created by isolating the social mobility metrics from the leading rankings of four-year institutions. Loras ranked 20th on that list among institutions in the Midwest.

The Washington Monthly is a nonprofit devoted to ahead-of-the-curve coverage of politics, government, and public affairs. Its College Guide and Rankings, first published in 2005, has helped upend the conventional wisdom about what constitutes quality in higher education and was the 2013 recipient of the Education Writers Association Award for data journalism.

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).