Loras College has received a $190,000 grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust to upgrade science classrooms and labs, purchase laboratory equipment, and install a new water purification system inside the St. Joseph Hall of Science.
The improvements will enhance courses in multiple science disciplines including biology, biochemistry, chemistry, and neuroscience. Together, they enroll on average 340 students each academic year. Expansion of the Science Hall’s DNA lab will provide a larger space for more students and more room for student research projects. The building will also receive an upgraded distillation system that purifies water. Biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, and analytical chemistry require extremely pure water to assure accurate experimental results. Loras will also improve its human cadaver lab that is a necessity for STEM students, especially those in its premedical program.
In other news, Loras College is ranked third among Iowa’s 34 private not-for-profit colleges according to MONEY Magazine’s 2018 Best Colleges For Your Money list. MONEY Magazine analyzed graduation rates, tuition, family borrowing, and alumni earnings, in addition to 22 other data points, of 727 schools across the nation to find the country’s top “best value” institutions.
Loras College is the highest-ranked Catholic and fourth best college or university in Iowa, according to the 2018 College Consensus Best Colleges and Universities in Iowa rankings. Loras College has also been named the 13th Best Regional College in the Midwest – a 12-state region – according to the 2019 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings released Monday. Loras also ranked among three state institutions as A+ for B students, ninth in Midwest Best Value and was one of three schools in Iowa to make the Best Undergraduate Engineering Program list.
Lastly, Loras College President Jim Collins announced that the College has received a $500,000 anonymous donation to establish a charitable gift annuity. The funds will be used to create an annual scholarship award, helping to ensure that students continue to receive a high-quality education at an affordable price.