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Honors Program

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Honors students

Join our group of scholars, a small tight-knit community of students eager to learn, with a strong work ethic and a keen interest in being pushed intellectually.

Start off the program with wide-ranging, interdisciplinary discussions in the Honors core courses. Later, each student will have the opportunity to work with a faculty member to develop a research project or scholarly activity. The balance between interdisciplinary discussions and creating a project in your field of study is invaluable preparation for academic work beyond an undergraduate degree.

Academic Benefits

  • Engaging and scholarly academic culture
  • Intellectual and ethical development
  • Appreciation of different perspectives
  • Small class sizes
  • Enhanced critical thinking skills
  • Research with faculty guidance
  • Increased breadth, depth and coherence of study
  • Opportunities for community service

Outside of the classroom, enjoy Honors trips, service opportunities and fun social activities! You will also have access to the historic Adler House, our Honors Program hang out spot.  You'll feel right at home during study sessions and social events throughout the semester!

Admissions Quick Facts

Honors Program study is open to students who have been accepted to St. Ambrose University pursuing any major. Core courses in the Honors Program fulfill general education requirements.

HONORS I: First-year students
Admitted prior to orientation. Acceptance based on GPA (3.5 or higher), ACT score (25 or higher) and online student essay. All three components will be factored into the consideration process. 

*Students must maintain a 3.25 average in their honors courses and a 3.25 GPA overall in order to remain in the Honors Program after the first year. This will be assessed annually and students will have one semester to improve their GPA if it falls below the 3.25 level.

Learn more about Honors I

HONORS II: Transfer, sophomore and junior students
Acceptance based on cumulative 3.5 GPA or higher and two recommendations from faculty in student's major.

Learn more about Honors II

Download the Honors Program brochure (pdf)



Contact Info 

Sara Pearson
563-333-6184
honors@sau.edu

Whats Next

ONLY accepted students may apply to the Honors Program. To apply for admission to St. Ambrose, apply online.