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Congratulations on being admitted to St. Ambrose University! 

SAU is the place to BEE! Our two-day Orientations for First Year students are held in June and registration dates for 2016 will be available soon. 

Here is information you need to know for orientation:

  • Students stay on campus in a residence hall.
  • Pizza will be served to students later in the evening but please plan to eat dinner prior to arriving.
  • Parents/Guests are encouraged but not required to attend both days of orientation.
  • Several students will need to complete an online writing placement test prior to orientation. If you need to take this test information will be mailed to you from the Placement Office. Hotel information for parents can be found here.
  • A photo for your student ID will be taken.


First Day

6:30 to 7 p.m. Check In
Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the building. Students will be spending the night on-campus. Please bring your overnight belongings with you to the check-in table. Bed linens and towels are provided but please bring any desired personal items. A light jacket or sweatshirt, and an umbrella are suggested. At check-in you will be given a detailed individualized schedule of events to follow for the remainder of the evening and the following day.

7 to 7:15 p.m. Welcome and Announcements

7:20 to 8 p.m. Academic Orientation 
This is a time for students and parents to meet with academic advisors and prepare to make your class schedule the next day.

8:15 p.m. Chemistry Placement Testing
Students planning to major in Biology, Chemistry, Exercise Science, Fitness, Physics, Forensic Psychology, B.S. Psychology, Pre-Medicine or Physical Therapy are required to take the Chemistry Placement Test. Nursing majors who plan to attend graduate school should also take the test. Those interested in Occupational Therapy do not need to take this test.

Activities for new students with the STARS (Students Trained as Role-Model Students)

Parents are welcome to stay for a dessert social with faculty and staff

Second Day

7:45 to 8:30 a.m. Continental breakfast and optional Mass in Christ the King Chapel

8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Information Sessions for students and parents
Include advising and registration, resource fair, financial aid, and being a successful student at SAU


Contact Jill Beinborn, Director of Orientation, at 563/333-5898 or by email.