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Admissions Timeline

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This timetable applies both to high school students and transfers. These are just guidelines, nothing's set in stone; however, the sooner you get going, the smoother the process will be.

Junior or Senior Year (or the year before you want to start classes)

Check out the campus. If you've got a friend who attends who can show you around, that's great. We still suggest taking an "official" tour through the Admissions Office with a student ambassador. They can set you up to speak with a professor or students in your field, and they may show you some go-to places for studying, hanging out, or give you some insider knowledge on the best classes. They can also arrange for you to stay overnight in the residence halls with a current student.

September - May,  Senior Year

Complete the online application. Request your high school/college transcripts be sent to the SAU Admissions Office.

January - May, Senior Year

Apply for financial aid. You'll need to fill out the FAFSA, which is a government form. It's available from the St. Ambrose Financial Aid Office, your school, or online.

The FAFSA also will serve as your application for any state grants.

October - May, Senior Year

Submit a residence hall contract, if you plan to live on campus. This should arrive shortly after your acceptance letter, or you can get one from SAU's Residence Life Office.

March 15

Priority deadline for financial aid and FAFSA information.


You can reach the Admissions Office directly at or by calling 800/383-2627 or 333-6300.