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Princeton Review

Designated one of 155 Best Midwestern Colleges by the Princeton Review (Fall 2013). Colleges named “regional bests” by the Princeton Review represent only about 25% of the nation’s four-year colleges. Princeton's profile of St. Ambrose University states: "The greatest strength of Ambrose is its size,' and undergrads at this small Catholic liberal arts school in Iowa agree. Students say 'The smaller classes help me focus. I'm not distracted the way I would be in a big lecture hall. Teachers here pay attention to you. They all know you by name.'"

U.S News & World Report

Ranked 30th -- and in the top tier -- by US News & World Report, "Best Universities - Master's By Region, Midwest" (Fall 2013) out of a region of 12 states. The publication uses 15 indicators of academic excellence, including peer assessment, student retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate, and alumni giving.

Among university strengths related to high rankings are nationally accredited academic programs in Nursing, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy. St. Ambrose offers one of only 41 post-doctoral orthopedic PT clinical residencies nationwide, the only master's level occupational therapy program in the state of Iowa, and a growing Master of Speech-Language Pathology degree program. Our Health Sciences Education Center – with a new wing added in Spring 2014 – offers students state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories.


St. Ambrose University has been honored as a leader among institutions of higher education for its support of volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. This is the fourth year in a row that St. Ambrose has been recognized on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The university was one of 690 Honor Roll colleges and universities, nationwide, commended in 2013 by President Barack Obama for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.

In 2006, the Quad City Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) recognized the philanthropic efforts of St. Ambrose students at its annual Awards for Philanthropy program. The students received AFP’s highest honor for Outstanding Youth Group during the organization’s Philanthropy Day reception and awards presentation. Students continue to raise funds and provide volunteer support in the areas of education, the environment and affordable housing, to name a few.

In 2005, Davenport-based River Action Inc. presented Ambrose with the Eddy Stewardship Award, honoring the university for working to support and care for the Mississippi River and maintain its viability as a business and recreational resource.

The State Historical Society of Iowa awarded Ambrose a 2005 "Kids Count!" certificate of merit award for excellence in service to youth researchers.

Athletics (2012-13)

We finished second overall for the Midwest Collegiate Conference Commissioner's Cup, based on overall athletic success, for the fourth year in a row. This year, we won nine conference championships and had three runner-up finishes.


-10 programs qualified for National Championship competitions
-13 student-athletes named All-Americans
- Six named conference Players of the Year
- 132 recognized as all-conference
- Two named NAIA National Player of the Week
- Eight conference Coaches of the Year

Academic Excellence

St. Ambrose University was second in the country with all 18 eligible programs earning NAIA Scholar Team status. In fact, all 23 of our athletic programs were recognized for achieving cumulative grade point averages above 3.0. We had 50 student-athletes earn NAIA Scholar-Athlete recognition. These individuals earned at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher. Only juniors and seniors are considered for this prestigious honor.

At the conference level, 192 student-athletes (sophomores, juniors or seniors with cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or higher) earned academic all-conference honors. We also had four Capital One Academic All-American First Team selections, two Capital One Academic All-American Third Team selections, and 23 Capital One Academic All-District selections.

The outstanding academic success of our student-athletes is directly attributed to the priority academics is given by our coaching staff and athletic administration, close monitoring of their student-athletes' academic progress throughout the year, and their ability to successfully recruit high-quality student-athletes to our programs.

- 18 NAIA Scholar Teams
- 23 programs had minimum 3.0 cumulative team GPAs
- 50 NAIA Scholar-Athletes
- 192 academic all-conference selections
- 6 Capital One Academic All-Americans (4 first team, 2 third team)
- 23 Capital One Academic All-District selections

Our People

Ambrose's 300-plus faculty members are among the area's movers and shakers. Passionate about education, whether their field is business, science, education or the arts, they receive numerous research grants, share their knowledge at conferences near and far, and publish papers and books every year.

We consider our students to be competent, innovative critical thinkers. They're active in the community, strong on the field, and dedicated to learning. Ambrose students win Fulbright Scholarships; compete at the state, regional and even national level in theatre and communication; and garner recognition for projects and programs they conceive and lead—goals they achieve with sustained, individualized support.