St. Ambrose University
A private, Roman Catholic institution located in Davenport, Iowa, St. Ambrose University strives to inspire students with a stimulating academic environment, all while providing a multitude of opportunities to develop leadership skills that will support them throughout the professional world. St. Ambrose offers more than 60 majors that integrate a strong Catholic intellectual tradition into both academics and extracurriculars.
Founded in 1882 as a seminary, St. Ambrose has developed into university that embodies a faith tradition through teaching, learning, scholarship, service, openness to those of other faith traditions, and the pursuit of justice and peace. Supported by staff, faculty, and peers, each student is prepared to lead a strong intellectual, spiritual, and ethical life.
Get to know St. Ambrose University
- Campus Ministries
- Choral groups
- Concert band
- International Student Organization
- Jazz band
- Literary magazine
- Marching band
- Model UN
- Music ensembles
- Pep band
- Radio station
- Student government
- Student newspaper
- Symphony orchestra
- Television station
- First-Year Seminars and Experiences
- Common Intellectual Experiences
- Learning Communities
- Writing-Intensive Courses
- Collaborative Assignments and Projects
- Undergraduate Research
- Diversity/Global Learning
- Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning
- Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience
- Career Services
- Writing Center
- Academic Advisors
- Library Services
- Disability Services
- Multicultural Engagement Center
- Health Services
- Academic Tutors
- Financial Aid Advisors
- Student Success Initiative
- Veteran Services
- Peer Mentors
ST. AMBROSE ABROAD
St. Ambrose hosts a diverse range of international programs for its students. In partnership with other universities all around the globe, students can travel to such places as the United Kingdom, Spain, Ecuador, Italy, Korea, Japan, Germany, Cyprus, Croatia, and many more. The possibilities are endless, enriching the academic experience with thrilling, diverse cultures.
Studying abroad will enable you to grow personally, emotionally, culturally and academically. You’ll learn valuable career skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and communication across cultures. Adding international experience to your résumé will make you more marketable to employers. Study Abroad is a great investment in your future!
The number of sections of each class size.
2-9: 87 | 10-19: 259 | 20-29: 178
30-39: 17 | 40-49: 3 | 50-99: 1 | 100+: 1
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Non-U.S. Citizen: 2%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 5%
White, non-Hispanic: 72%
Native/Indigenous American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 3%
Every St. Ambrose student is valued as an individual. With the help of their academic advisor, each student seamlessly navigates their way through college in pursuit of their personal goals. Their advisors, who are professors in their own field of study, equip them with more than a four-year plan that gets them to graduation—they equip them with a four-year plan that makes the most of their major and ensures that they take the courses that truly interest them. In this way, students fulfill their degree requirements with courses that cater specifically to their goals.
As a St. Ambrose mechanical engineering major, Perla discovered a field that rewards her hungry mind—and her drive to explore caught the attention of her professors, who invited her to join a research project on climate-friendly biofuels. Then a service trip to Memphis opened her eyes to the problem of riverfront pollution and sparked a plan to seek solutions in graduate school.
“Curiosity means never being satisfied with what you know. It’s about knowing there’s always more to learn. St. Ambrose has elevated my expectations for myself and the skills I want to develop.” – Perla Hernandez ‘20
SPECIAL STUDY OPTIONS
Programs available at this institution.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Teacher certification program
Students who participate in learning communities at SAU are more likely to stay in college, participate in service activities in the first semester, and connect to important campus resources.
A WELCOME INTRODUCTION
Adjusting to college life can be a challenge, but the St. Ambrose learning communities make that transition happen more smoothly. Those who enroll are automatically put in touch with peers who, like them, are looking for a comfortable introduction to college. They enroll in a course alongside their community members and meet frequently outside of class to work together, help each other, and have fun in their new environment.
Beyond the learning community courses, freshmen are supported further through the New Student Seminar. This course sets time aside in each student’s schedule to learn about all the tools and resources that will be of use to them throughout college. They learn time-management and test-taking strategies as well as the locations of the St. Ambrose academic and support services. From their very first semester, new St. Ambrose students can feel confident about how they can navigate through this new era of their lives.
St. Ambrose University is located in Davenport, Iowa, the midway point between Des Moines and Chicago. Situated beside the Mississippi River, St. Ambrose is surrounded by a lively and progressive community that boasts small-town living in a 380,000 metro area.
St. Ambrose University hosts 29 intercollegiate teams that compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The Fighting Bees—the only ones in the country—cheer on their teams while adorned in blue and white.
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 89%
Campus housing options.
Apartments for single students
Special housing for disabled students
Special housing for international students
More than 75% of St. Ambrose students participate in an internship before graduation. Their connections for full- or part-time internships can simultaneously earn them both professional experience and course credit. What’s more, St. Ambrose shows its strong belief in the value of internships by offering a free elective course to undergraduates who want to intern.
Rigor of secondary school record | Class rank | Academic GPA | Standardized test scores
Application Essay | Recommendation(s) | Interview | Extracurricular activities
Talent/ability | Character/personal qualities | First generation
Alumni/ae relation | Racial/ethnic status | Volunteer work
25th Percentile: 960 | 75th Percentile: 1180
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 480 | 75th Percentile: 600
25th Percentile: 460 | 75th Percentile: 600
25th Percentile: 20 | 75th Percentile: 26
25th Percentile: 17 | 75th Percentile: 26
25th Percentile: 18 | 75th Percentile: 26
25th Percentile: 20 | 75th Percentile: 26
25th Percentile: 21 | 75th Percentile: 29
Tuition & Cost
St. Ambrose has numerous academic, need-based, major-specific, minority, and fine arts scholarships, as well as athletic scholarships as an NAIA school. St. Ambrose University awarded financial aid to 98% of first-year students.