Be an Ambrosian

If you are committed to academic excellence, the liberal arts, social justice, and service, you have the makings of an Ambrosian.


Great beginnings start here

At St. Ambrose University, we look for students who are interested in developing intellectually, spiritually, ethically, socially, artistically, and physically.

While SAU is a private, Catholic university, being a student here is more affordable than you might think due to grants, scholarships, and other options to defray costs.

Applying to one of the best universities in the Midwest is easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Submit your Application.
  2. Submit transcripts, goals, personal statements, and test scores, if required. See the different requirements for First Year undergraduatestransfersadult accelerated, and graduate students.
  3. Submit a housing/meal plan application, if applicable.

Before you apply, the best way to experience what being an Ambrosian is all about is by scheduling a visit. We look forward to meeting you soon!

Best Midwest University

St. Ambrose University performed exceedingly well when evaluated by U.S. News & World Report and its 15 indicators of academic excellence!

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First-year students receive an average of $19,056 in financial aid from various sources.


Uplifting dance moves

The SAU Dance Marathon is one of our many student Community Service success stories. Hard work and planning by hundreds of SAU students raised more than $1 million dollars for The Children’s Miracle Network and the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital!

SAU Dance Marathon Video 2019

Promises Fulfilled

In 1882, Bishop John McMullen promised the sons of Davenport immigrants a place where ideas were important, so he started St. Ambrose University. Today, with highly-ranked academics, championship-winning sports teams, the arts, modern housing, and faith, St. Ambrose has it all.

Why SAU? History of SAU

Different Paths for Different Students

Find the path that best suits your situation. Then, we make sure your admissions process is efficient and hassle-free.

Choose Your Path

First-year Undergraduates

Seeking a bachelor's degree? 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.

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 13 men's and 13 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.

International Students

Our international community welcomes students from every corner of the world!

Working Adults – Degree Completion

SAU's Adult degree completion program offers the flexibility and time-savings needed by working adults who wish to earn their degree and/or take additional classes. Reach your goal in half the time!

Returning Students

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

Online Students

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

The MEA (Master of Education in Education Administration) and MECE (Master of Early Childhood Education) programs are conducted mostly online with some classroom instruction.

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!