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Early Decision Placement

FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ONLY. Applications will be accepted through December 1.

High-achieving high school students have the opportunity to enter St. Ambrose University as First Year students and secure a place in the Department of Nursing through our Early Decision Placement Program.

The Department of Nursing will admit a cohort who will complete two years of prerequisites at St. Ambrose University and begin their study in nursing major course work in the fall sessions.

If you did not meet the Early Decision Placement criteria or deadlines, don't worry! There are future opportunities to enroll in the SAU nursing program. Fewer than 50 percent of students are admitted under the Early Decision Placement Program.


To be considered for Early Decision, students must meet the following minimum GPA, ACT, and course requirements:

  • 3.2 unweighted GPA
  • 23 ACT composite score
  • accepted by SAU for admission

Additional Requirements

The student maintains placement in the nursing program if he/she has met the Nursing admission criteria when application materials were submitted to the Nursing program (during the designated semester the student begins the Nursing program).

Applications will be accepted through December 1.

Apply for Early Decision Placement