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Transfer up to 90 credits


St. Ambrose accepts up to 90 credit hours from four-year colleges and universities and up to 64 credit hours from two-year or community colleges.

Students who have earned an AA or AS (Associate of Arts or Associate of Science) degree from a two-year college typically enter with junior status. The Office of the Registrar, along with your major department advisor, will determine which of your transfer credits fulfill general education requirements and major requirements.

Students transferring with an AA or AS will have completed our General Education program with the exception of the following:

  • Wellness Concepts (1 credit)
  • Foreign Language (0-6 credits depending on the amount of high school foreign language taken)
  • Theology (3 credits)
  • Philosophy (3 credits)

Credit Requirements

Full Admission as a Transfer

Transfer students are eligible for admission to St. Ambrose University if they meet the following requirements:

Have completed 12 college transferable credits of academic work from a fully accredited institution of higher education.
Maintained a 2.0 grade point average or above (on a 4.0 scale). Students must submit transcripts of all prior work at higher education levels. With less than 12 transferable semester credits of college work, admission will be based on high school GPA and test scores.

Depending on the number of credits you already have earned, the following table tells you what your incoming rank at St. Ambrose would be:

Freshman: 0-29 credits
Sophomore: 30-59 credits
Junior: 60-89 credits
Senior: 90 and more credits

Coming to SAU with an associate's degree

If you already have earned an AA or AS (Associate of Arts or Associate of Science) degree from a two-year college, you typically would enter St. Ambrose with 60 credit hours and junior status.

If you've earned an AAS (Associate of Applied Science) degree, consider our Bachelor of Applied Management Studies degree. In this program, students are able to transfer all 60 hours of an AAS degree. For more information, see the Course Catalog.

Read about our transfer agreements and course equivalency information 

Dual Admission

Another Option

If your goal is to earn a Bachelor's degree, and you decided to earn an Associate of Art or Science at a community college, you can apply for dual admission at SAU -- now.

You get so many benefits from this program and a smooth transition from your community college to the Ambrosian community. Here is why:

  • While you are working on your community college studies, you get one-on-one academic advising from SAU. We want to help you set, and meet, your academic goals.
  • We have articulation agreements with Eastern Iowa Community College District, Scott Community College, Palmer College of Chiropractic, Moraine Valley Community College, Carl Sandburg College, and Black Hawk College. These formal agreements match coursework between the schools. You can access those agreements here. Are you attending a different community college? No problem. In most cases, an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from an accredited community college satisfies most of our general education requirements. Here are some transfer planning guides to help you.
  • We reward you for your initiative and planning. Apply for the SAU/CC Dual Admission program before you complete 30 credits toward your associate's degree and you are eligible for a $1,000 scholarship when you join us as a full-time student. This scholarship is offered in addition to any other SAU academic and institutional scholarships for which you may qualify.
  • You get all SAU student BEE-nifits now, including immediate access to all SAU services, activities, clubs, events and facilities - including the library, Galvin Fine Arts Center, Wellness and Recreation Center, and Career Development Center.

There are a few requirements you must meet to qualify for dual admission. Click here to see the short list. We've also created a simple online application for Dual Admission

Dual Admission Requirements

Get started with Dual Admission by following the requirements below.

• Be enrolled at a community college

• Complete admission application indicating your intended date of transfer and major

• Must be in academic good standing at your current institution and at the time of admission to SAU

• Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.00

• Submit updated transcripts at the completion of each term to the SAU Admissions Office. A final transcript must be submitted for the formal admission decision at the time of transfer.

• Enroll as a transfer student at SAU within three academic years of initial signing of intent in Dual Admission.

So, what's next?

Are you ready to take the next step? St. Ambrose offers more than 60 programs and 26 athletic teams and sports to join on campus. Become an Ambrosian today!