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The College Admissions Process

Sounds difficult, right? It's really not. We've made it simple by giving you, as a prospective First-Year student, the option to use our application or The Common Application.

When you apply, you'll also need to have your school transcripts and ACT/SAT scores sent to St. Ambrose.

And remember, we're always here to help!

Apply with SAU's Application Apply with The Common Application

Smaller is better

With an average student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1, your professors know you on a personal level.

Dedicated Faculty

All the Comforts of Home

A residence hall is more than a place to live. Students living in our comfortable residence halls participate in recreational, educational, spiritual, and cultural programs that contribute to their overall growth and personal development.

ResLife at SAU

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Undergraduate Majors and Programs


St. Ambrose offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and programs! This enables you to personalize your studies early when you apply for college admission.

See our academic programs


Best University Housing in the Midwest

Come see for yourself!

Enjoy being part of SAU's safe, supportive, and empowered campus community! Apply early; hall capacities are limited. See our informative FAQs.

Residence Life

More Affordable Than You Think

Did you know that the average First Year student at St. Ambrose University receives more than $19,000 in financial aid?

Your St. Ambrose education is a tremendous value, but not just because of our affordable costs for tuition and housing. Compared to large public institutions, SAU has higher rates for first-year retention and graduation. That tells you our students like it here, focus on their studies, graduate faster, and start their careers sooner. It results in a lower total cost for your degree - and who doesn't like to save money?

We can help you develop a plan that meets your needs.


Bee the Difference
Join Us!

Our students make an impact on campus and in the community! In 2018, more than 600 took part in Bee the Difference Day. It is an annual volunteer event coordinated by SGA in which our students help 120 campus neighbors get their homes and yards ready for winter. It is work, fun, and so rewarding.

Congratulations on Your Decision to Apply to St. Ambrose University!

A post-secondary degree is the best way to invest in your personal and financial future. Your increased earnings potential will repay your tuition costs multiple times. Review the undergraduate admissions process for first-year students and use the helpful resources below.

Scholarships and Grants

You may qualify for scholarships and grants based on academic performance, financial need, artistic/athletic talent, or another qualification.

Admissions Requirements

A complete listing of requirements for admission to St. Ambrose University – as well as instructions on completing your application – are on the Apply page.

First-Year Student Profile

Our students are more than just statistics and test scores but here is some information about 506 first-year students who started at St. Ambrose University in the Fall of 2018:

53% Women
47% Men

Average GPA: 3.27 (unweighted)

Average ACT: 23

High School Rank: 

  • 44% ranked in top 25%
  • 75% ranked in top 50%

Catholic: 33%

Minority Students: 19%

Received Institutional Aid: 99%

Home state of Iowa or Illinois: 88%

Top Areas of Study:

  • Undecided
  • Nursing (Pre-)
  • Physical Therapy (Pre-)
  • Business Undecided
  • Criminal Justice
  • Psychology

Top High Schools:

  • Mother McAuley Liberal Arts (Chicago)
  • Peoria Notre Dame (Peoria, IL)
  • Providence Catholic (New Lenox, IL)
  • North Scott (Eldridge, Iowa)
  • Marist (Chicago)
Apply Now

First, relax. Then, create an account or login to complete our application online.

You also have the option to complete The Common Application to apply to SAU and other schools.

Admitted Students

Congratulations, you've been admitted! There are still a few forms and tasks to complete before you arrive for your first day at SAU. Be sure to check out your next steps.


Orientation sessions for first-year students are held each summer. To select your orientation session,  you will need to complete the Commit form.

Questions? See our Orientation FAQs.

We look forward to welcoming you!


Admissions Office
Admissions and Welcome Center
310 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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!