At Ambrose, our faculty and staff take the time to get to know you-what you both need and want in your college educational experience, and how the university can support and propel you toward success. Through our Student Success Center, we offer a number of different services free of charge to undergraduate students, from advising to tutorial assistance and supplemental instruction.
With more than 70 majors to choose from, deciding what path you want to take might not happen overnight. And that's okay. At Ambrose, it's not uncommon for a student to enter the university as an "undecided" student who wants to "try-on" a number of different subjects to see what fits. For others, they know right away what they want to do, and begin taking core classes immediately. Either way, all students are assigned a faculty or staff mentor who is committed to helping you succeed academically, and adjust to the university environment.
Art Professor Kristin Quinn and Chemistry Professor Andy Axup offered their "Marvelous Molecules and Magnificent Masterpieces" learning community a few years ago, which explored the interactions between the science of the studio and the art of chemical composition, and how the demands of the art community drive the need for new chemistry, which chemical advances challenge artistic creativity. During the semester, students learned such techniques as how to make Egyptian paint and how to blow and form glass. They even paid a visit to the Scott County Landfill to see where hazardous paint materials end up. "I wish you could have seen them when we said we were taking a field trip to the dump," Axup says. "They wouldn't admit it, but they doubted us."