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Committed to academic excellence, the liberal arts, social justice, and service. Start your journey at St. Ambrose University.


Let's start this journey together

A St. Ambrose University education equips you like no other - because St. Ambrose is a university like no other. You'll learn to think deeply, travel boldly, and use your abilities for the good of others.

At. St. Ambrose, we don't wait for the future to arrive. We pursue it with everything we've got.

We make it easy to apply:

  1. Click here to submit your application online.
  2. Submit transcripts, goals, personal statements, and test scores, if required. See the different requirements for First-Year undergraduatestransfersadult accelerated, and graduate students.
  3. Schedule an on campus or virtual visit to connect with our admissions staff and learn your next steps.

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Ranked Academic Sports Teams

St. Ambrose tops NAIA with 25 scholar-teams! To earn this award, the team must have a minimum 3.0-grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the institution. Go Brainy Bees!

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First-year students receive more than $20,000 in financial aid from various sources.

Learn about Scholarships and Grants

Uplifting dance moves

Our impact is larger because we unite in service. Each year, hundreds of SAU students pour their heart and soul into 13 hours of dance. It's a reflection of their noble drive to support children battling tough medical challenges. Since 2013, SAU Dance Marathon has raised more than $1.3 million for Children's Miracle Network and the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital.

SAU Dance Marathon Video 2019

Compassionate. Dedicated. Curious.

At the start of your journey, through every stage along the way, your future will flash brightly before you. Keep these hallmarks of St. Ambrose close to you: Traditions that inspire and sustain. Friends who bring out your best. Professors who guide and challenge. A community that thrives together. Experiences that prepare you for all that lies ahead.

Why SAU? History of SAU

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Be inspired to never stop growing

Throughout the college journey, we refuse to back down from any obstacle. We are driven and compelled to do what's right for ourselves and each other, and we act with integrity and honesty while giving our utmost every day. Be bold. Ask questions. Inspire others. That's St. Ambrose University.

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Choose Your Starting Point

No matter how you begin your college education at SAU, we will be there to support you every step of the way. Choose your path and get started on your journey.

Choose Your Path

First-year Undergraduates

We offer more than 60 majors and the flexibility to mix majors, minors, and electives to match your interests. See our scholarship and grant opportunities.

Click here to start your First-Year Student application

Undergraduate Athletes

We are #1!

Fighting Bee athletes are winners on the playing field and the classroom. We have 23 Scholar Teams as recognized by the NAIA for their academic excellence.

Our championship-winning athletics department offers a total of 15 men's and 15 women's varsity athletic programs as well as 3 co-ed activities and teams.

Transfer Students

Students can transfer up to 90 credit hours from a four-year college or university and up to 64 credit hours from two-year or community or local colleges to St. Ambrose.

Consult these helpful Planning Guides to see how your courses transfer.

Click here to learn more about transferring to SAU

Graduate Students – Doctoral and Master's

In some ways, your collegiate journey is just beginning!

SAU has more than a dozen master's and doctoral programs in health care, business, management, education, social work, and criminal justice.

Click here to see a listing of all graduate programs

International Students

Nestled in the Midwest and only a few hours from neighboring Chicago and Des Moines, the Quad Cities and St. Ambrose is a welcoming and diverse community.

Students of all faiths, culture, and backgrounds are not only welcome here, but they are an integral and enriching part of the college experience!

Click here to learn more about coming to SAU as an International student

Working Adults – Degree Completion

SAU's Adult degree completion program offers accelerated, online classes so that you can keep working and earn your bachelor's degree. You'll be supported every step of the way with a host of student services!

Learn more about the SAU ACCEL program

Returning Students

So you put college on hold for a little while. That's ok.

Whether your goal is to earn a new degree or complete unfinished studies, we're glad you're back!

See your options for returning to SAU

Online Students

We offer three master's degree programs completely online: MBA (Master of Business Administration), MPH (Master of Public Health), and MCJ (Master of Criminal Justice). In addition, Registered Nurses also can earn their BSN degree online.

Click here for more information about online degrees from SAU

So, what's next?

Are you ready to take the next step? Click on the visit button below to learn more about our virtual and in-person visit options.