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Admissions Requirements

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Full Admission as a Freshman

Individuals are eligible for admission to St. Ambrose University as a freshman if they meet the following requirements:

  1. Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above (on a 4.0 scale) from an accredited high school
    AND EITHER
  2. Have a composite score of 20 or above on the American College Testing Program (ACT) or a 950 or above on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) of the College Board. Students who graduated from high school five or more years ago do not need to supply ACT or SAT scores.
    OR
  3. Have an ACT composite score of 18 or 19 (or an SAT score between 870 and 950) AND graduate in the upper half of their senior class.

Admission as a Home School Student

Prospective students who do not have a high school diploma are required to receive a passing score on the General Education Development Test (GED) and to have earned an ACT composite score of 18 or an SAT score of 870. Students who have been out of high school (or equivalent) at least five years do not need SAT or ACT scores.

Provisional Admission

Students who are ineligible for full admission because they do not meet the above standards may be admitted on a provisional basis. The academic progress of provisional students is monitored each semester by the Board of Studies. Minimum requirements for the provisional status include a 2.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 non-weighted scale) and a score of 18 on the ACT or 870 on the SAT.

Petition Process

Applicants who don't meet the minimum criteria for either category above may petition the Admissions Standards Committee. More information on this process is available from the Admissions Office.

Health History

All undergraduate students are required to have on file in the Office of Health Services a properly completed health form. This information is confidential and is available only to the Director of Health Services. Release of any health information requires the student's signature. This form is available on the Health Services web site.

Placement Tests

Placement tests are part of the complete set of academic requirements established by the faculty to ensure proper course placement for students. When SAU accepts you, that acceptance signals a belief that you can succeed here. Placement tests help ensure that you are placed in courses that will challenge but not overwhelm you. Learn more about Placement Testing.