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First and Second Year Experience


Helping Your Student Live in the QCA

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About the Quad Cities Area

From our world famous festivals to our numerous family activities and engaging theatre and arts venues, the Quad Cities has something for everyone.

68 Things

The 68 Things Every First Year Ambrosian Should Do contest is a great way for students to get engaged and explore the Quad Cities community. Why 68? Ambrose officially became co-educational in 1968 -- men and women in class together (gasp!) Although SAU was founded in 1882, "82" things wouldn't leave your student much time to study. So, 68 it is!

Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce

This group of savvy Quad Citians has the rundown on all the best places. Their website will also tell you why living in the Quad Cities is a great choice for your student.


Move-in day is fast approaching. Learn more about your student's residence hall, meal plan options, how to get around campus, and student parking.

Important Phone Numbers

Find the right person to direct your student to with a full list of SAU office numbers.