Founded in 1912, Loreto College is a women's college affiliated to Calcutta University. It is the first college in West Bengal to have been assessed by the prestigious National Assessment and Accreditation Council of the U.G.C. and awarded the highest rating of five stars in 2000. The B.Ed. Department, founded in 1913, is recognized by the N.C.T.E. and was awarded a B+ grade by N.A.A.C. in 2003. Currently, there are approximately 800 students in the College.
The courses offered at this college include B.A. (Honours & General) in Education, English, History & Political Science; B.Sc. (Honours & General) in Geography; B.A. (General) in Bengali, Hindi, Economics, Journalism, Film Studies & Psychology; the B.A. (Major) course in Communicative English as well as the post-graduate B.Ed. course.
The College also has a self-financing Computer Centre, which aims to inculcate computer literacy and proficiency in all students. The College Library, with an excellent collection of academic books, is in the process of being computerized. Free internet access is available for staff and students alike, to encourage the spirit of research.
Recently, the College has added an international dimension to the educational experience of its students. Since August 2004, the College has been working in close cooperation with the International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership (IPSL) based in New York, U.S.A. Twice a year, students from the U.S.A. attend a course on “Ethics, Morality and Leadership” in the College. The same course is offered to College students, who, as part of the course, are required to perform community service. The College students receive certificates of recognition from IPSL (New York, U.S.A.).