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Summer Classes, Summer Living at SAU

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March 2017

Summer at St. Ambrose already is heating up with a busier scheduled geared to make campus buzz with more excitement than in previous years.

This year, SAU has increased the number of seated and online summer courses to more than 50 and has created affordable housing options for those who want to stay on campus this summer, no matter the reason. The university invites students to continue to live, learn, play and participate on campus.

"Our overarching goal is to create a robust environment on campus in the summer," said Maureen Baldwin, dean of student academic services and community college relations. "This is a great opportunity for students."

This summer, SAU is offering 52 six-week undergraduate courses, including 22 on campus, 28 online and two hybrid courses, which combines in-seat and online classes. Registration is open for all summer courses.

Baldwin said the expanded course roster is wholly student-focused. "We made an intentional effort last fall to learn what classes students really want, need and would be interested in taking during the summer term," she said.

Students were surveyed, as were faculty. The feedback sparked the university to add summer courses in math and science, as well as courses for specific majors, such as psychology.

Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Paul C. Koch, PhD, said SAU is striving to meet the learning needs of students by delivering courses in a delivery format that makes most sense. "For our students who leave the Quad Cities during the summer we have enhanced our delivery of online courses at an affordable price to ensure that they have continued access to a high quality St. Ambrose education," he said.

"Some of our students are place bound, however, so having a range of well thought out seated or hybrid courses that meets their needs during the summer makes sense," Koch added.

Baldwin said undergraduates can take advantage of a reduced summer tuition rate of $531 a credit hour to catch up or get ahead in general education or major credits, or retake a class for a better grade.

In addition, summer students will continue to reap the benefits of a SAU education, including smaller class size and strong faculty interaction. "We know it will be a positive experience," Baldwin said.

For students who choose to stay on campus, the university is opening at least three of its apartment-style residence halls: Hagen, McCarthy and Tiedemann. If there is enough demand, rooms in North may be made available, too.

Matt Hansen, assistant dean of students and director of Residence Life and Housing, said students no longer need a reason to stay on campus. Those who want to remain in the Quad Cities to experience the long list of festivals, events and fun are welcome to do so, at a rate of $15 a day. Students who choose to stay on campus to take classes will be charged the same daily rate.

Students who stay on campus to work for the university, Sodexo Food Service or Housekeeping, and average 30 hours a week can receive free summer housing. Hansen said for each 4.286 hours worked, students earn one day of free housing.

SAU students who will be serving an internship at a local company will receive a 50 percent discount on housing, as long as the internship is approved by the Career Center and meets other requirements, Hansen said.

Those staying in campus housing will receive all of the same benefits and services they are used to, including housekeeping, security, card access and facility usage. There will be never-ending games of sand volleyball, cookouts and other events coordinated by the summer RAs.

"We provide these great services at a price that is competitive because we want to create and grow this community," Hansen said. "Those who stay get to see Ambrose at its best."

He said many people believe the campus is empty from late May to mid-August. "But really, it is a vibrant community in the summer."

Summer housing contracts are due by April 21. For more information about summer housing and courses, click on Summer at SAU. 

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