Saint Ambrose University

518 W Locust St, Davenport, IA 52803-2898

School Details

St. Ambrose University is a private, liberal arts institution that is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport and is located in the central area of Davenport, Iowa.


The mission of St. Ambrose University is “St. Ambrose University–independent, diocesan and Catholic–enables its students to develop intellectually, spiritually, ethically, socially, artistically, and physically to enrich their own lives and the lives of others”. SAU was founded in 1882 originally as a seminary and a school of commerce. The first bishop of Davenport, The Most Reverend John McMullen, established the school and the Diocese. Shortly after, Ambrose was incorporated as a literary, scientific, and religious institution. They decided that persons of any faith were allowed admittance. In 1908, the name was officially changed to St. Ambrose College to more accurately reflect the school’s mission. In 1968, SAU became co-educational and in 1977 added a master’s program in business administration. Since then, SAU established 15 more graduate programs.

The total enrollment of St. Ambrose is 3,671. More than half of the students live on campus and enjoy different amenities that the university has to offer. The student to faculty ratio is 11:1 which gives students an excellent opportunity to have a more focused and personal learning environment. St. Ambrose has an extensive athletics program fielding 23 varsity intercollegiate sports. Nicknamed the Fighting Bees, the athletes of SAU are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, bowling, cheerleading, cross country, soccer, football, lacrosse, golf, track & field and volleyball. Women’s sports include basketball, bowling, cheerleading, competitive dance, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, track & field and volleyball.


St. Ambrose is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition to overall accreditation, some of the specific programs at St. Ambrose are also accredited. These programs include: the American Occupational therapy Association, American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, Teaching Education Accreditation Council, and the American Speech-language-Hearing Association. SAU offers more than 75 majors and the flexibility to mix majors and minors. There are many graduate degrees and two doctoral programs as well. In addition, St. Ambrose offers a Master of Education in Teaching program in an online and accelerated format. This program aims to prepare students for submission of their portfolio to and assessment by the National Board. Students may also take advantage of online courses offered by St. Ambrose while pursuing their degrees.


St. Ambrose encourages prospective students to apply to their institution through the online application. There is a $25 application fee. Admissions counselors can also walk applicants through the steps to receiving financial aid if needed. Financial aid can be administered through loans, grants and scholarships. The tuition and fees for the 2012-2013 academic year is $25,970 for undergraduate students. About 94% of those students receive some kind of grant or scholarship aid and 80% take out federal student loans. The admissions rates for St. Ambrose is about 73% and of that number, about 23% actually enrolled. The overall graduation rate is 63%.




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  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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