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Recognized as one of the Midwest's best colleges and universities, St. Ambrose University appeals to all kinds of students who seek academic challenge in a caring environment with opportunities to both serve others and develop as leaders.

Call us to schedule an individual, tailor-made visit, or participate in an open house.

Our learning environment

We offer more than 60 majors with the flexibility to mix majors, minors and electives to match your interests. So while you may be focused on a program like Public Relations, you can also develop the eco-friendly side of your brain by minoring in Environmental Studies, preparing you to become a communications expert in the fast-growing green industry. What's more, you don’t have to major in a subject to participate in a lot of the activities you did in high school, like band, chorus and theatre.

Small classes—and the encouragement of your professors—make it easy to put your ideas into practice. In the Women and Gender Studies program, students created an event for the community as part of Ambrose's Multicultural Week to raise awareness about violence against women. Students were involved from start to finish—organizing the event, performing monologues and donating the proceeds to women who are struggling to put their lives back together after Hurricane Katrina and to a local women's shelter.

Faculty members are committed to your personal growth, and you'll only be taught by professors (not TAs). Many integrate service with their professional passions. Fr. Robert "Bud" Grant, a theology professor who teaches Environmental Ethics, received an Education Eddy Award from River Action Inc. for his environmental education work in and around the Quad Cities. He serves on local and state environmental committees; moreover, he helped produce a storm water mitigation plan that has changed both the university’s and Davenport’s water collection and retention practices. Our faculty members live what they teach.

Our student life environment

This is a spirited community with athletics, campus concerts, and outstanding residence halls as just a few of the features our university is known for. Our students represent many different faiths, and they are inspired by our inclusive community, the tenets of our Catholic intellectual tradition, and our commitment to social justice. Interpersonal relationships and an involved community provide the foundation for learning.

Succeed amid success

Fighting Bees athletes compete in 23 sports and our teams and athletes regularly advance to the NAIA post-season, including over one very memorable recent weekend when the dance team won a national championship and, just 24 hours later, the men's volleyball team finished as NAIA runner-up for a second straight year — and at home at Lee Lohman Arena.

Rest assured Fighting Bees don't just succeed on the field of play. Our alumni also win big in the game of life. And success extends beyond athletics as well. Our mock trial and Kinesiology Quiz Bowl teams have advanced to national tournaments against schools as much as 10 times larger.

What's more, at St. Ambrose, success is about more than ourselves: for instance, the ongoing growth of a Dance Marathon program that was honored as the best debut Dance Marathon event in the nation in 2013. That was a win "For the Kids."

Join us and succeed amid success.