Ambrosian Values

Find Your Greater Purpose in Life at St. Ambrose University

As a top university in Iowa, St. Ambrose is rooted in its diocesan heritage and Catholic intellectual tradition. Ambrosian faculty, students, and alumni are committed to the values of academic excellence, the liberal arts, social justice, and community service. At SAU, you will develop intellectually, spiritually, ethically, and socially to enrich your life and the lives of others.


178,000+ HOURS


In a typical academic year, SAU students volunteer more than 178,000 service hours to local projects and organizations and take service trips in the U.S. and abroad.

Community Involvement

Examine What Faith Means to You

One of 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 as part of your student life here.

Student Life

Our Campus Ministry Is All about Service

The mission of the SAU Campus Ministry is to build a welcoming community of Faith, Learning, and Justice by praying, seeking wisdom, and committing to leadership and service. We are here to serve you in your faith and to assist you in the service of others.

Campus Ministry

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At St. Ambrose, Social Justice Is Our Call to Action

Find out what Ambrosians are doing to alleviate inequalities in society.


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Discover How Social Justice Took Root at St. Ambrose

Learn how social justice is defined and how it became such an integral part of SAU.


We Believe in These Core Mission Values and Guiding Principles


We treasure and build on our strong Catholic identity in relationship with the Diocese of Davenport.


We believe we can live to the fullest measure when our values acknowledge a loving God and a life-affirming moral code.


We commit to quality instruction that develops a broad awareness of humanity in all its dimensions and to using our knowledge, talents, and career skills as service to others.


We affirm that people everywhere and at all stages of life need educational opportunities. That's why we collaborate with the Diocese of Davenport, the State of Iowa, and other organizations to offer further educational opportunities here and around the world.


We strive to develop an understanding of human cultures, achievements, capabilities, and limitations to promote justice and peace and use our talents in service to others and the world.

So, what's next?

Are you ready to take the next step? St. Ambrose offers more than 60 programs and 27 athletic teams and sports to join on campus. Become an Ambrosian today!