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Student Life

We're the first to admit that St. Ambrose isn't for everyone: It isn't for those who want to get lost in the crowd, who want huge lecture halls and a 15-minute walk to campus.

Here, you'll find small classes taught by professors–not teaching assistants–who know your first name. With more than 3000 undergraduate students, with about half that number living on campus, it's nearly impossible to walk across the Quad at the change of class without seeing people you know.

Here, you'll make friends quickly. And being in the Quad Cities, you'll find plenty to keep you busy (that is, when you're not studying).

Play the part

The Ambrose experience encompasses much more than the classroom. It means staying up late night after night to plan an event with the Campus Activities Board; helping new students adjust to college as a STAR (Students As Role Models); giving up free time to plan a community service project in downtown Davenport; or being a mentor in the Student Success Center. Whatever passion you have, the possibilities that student activities offer are endless.

Make the play

Our men's and women's varsity athletic teams are highly respected in their conference, with many of our teams consistently winning their conference championships and advancing to national tournaments. But our athletes aren't just winners on the field: Your academic success will be a priority for your coaches, and as a result, many players are named to All-Academic Teams. And through the SAU Leadership Academy, teammates give of themselves in service to others.

If you're a sports lover who's looking for a pick-up game, look no further than that array of intramural sports offered by Wellness and Recreation. From racquetball to Wii Bowling to three-on-three basketball tournaments, there's something for everyone.

Crash in comfort

When you're tired from a hard day of classes and extracurricular activities (no doubt you will be with everything that's going on at Ambrose), or if you just want to hangout with your friends, you'll have a home away from home in our residence halls. Known for having the best college housing in the Midwest, Ambrose's residence halls feature large rooms with cable television, wi-fi, kitchens, private bathrooms, and even housekeeping service (and we know you don't get that at home).

mass in the grottoDeepen your faith

Among the most important things you'll explore at Ambrose is your own spirituality–whatever that means for you. Through retreats, interfaith celebrations and service learning activities, you'll have ample opportunity to examine what your faith means to you, and how the values that are important to you can be lived out every day.

A Catholic Mass is offered daily in Christ the King Chapel. And when the weather cooperates, a Wednesday night "prime time" Mass is held in the university's beautiful outside grotto (at left).