Apply to St. Ambrose University

Make connections – intellectual and personal. Explore your potential and seek answers to the unknown. Be inspired by the inclusive and generous community you'll join at St. Ambrose University!

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First-Year and Transfers

Application and Academic Requirements

Apply as a First-Year student if you:

  • are a current high school student
  • are a high school graduate that has not enrolled at a college or university

First-Year students apply with the SAU application or the Common App.

Apply to transfer to St. Ambrose University if you:

  • have completed 12+ credits (post-high school) at another institution

Transfer students apply with the SAU application.

First-Year Requirements

The following is required to apply for First-Year admission to St. Ambrose University:

  • Cumulative, unweighted grade point average of 2.5 or above (on a 4.0 unweighted scale) from an accredited high school
  • Academic Transcript. Ask your high school to send your academic transcripts to St. Ambrose University
  • (Optional) Send your test scores. St. Ambrose University has a test-optional* admissions process, but if you would like to submit scores, please make sure they are submitted either on high school transcript(s) or from the appropriate testing service. Send your test score(s) to St. Ambrose by using these codes, ACT: 1352, SAT: 6617

Apply today using the SAU application or the Common App.

Contact Us
If you have questions or concerns, our admissions counselors are always willing to talk with you one-on-one. Contact us at 563-333-6300 or

*Test scores are required for admission to specific programs and eligibility for top academic scholarships. Please contact your Admissions Counselor for details.

Transfer Requirements

The following is required to apply for Transfer admission to St. Ambrose University:

  • Have completed 12 college transferable credits of academic work from a fully accredited institution of higher education.1
  • Maintained a 2.0 grade point average or above (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Submit transcripts of all prior work at higher education levels.

Apply today using the SAU application

Determining Your Rank
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

Already Have Your AA or AS Degree?
If you've already 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 

1If you've completed <12 college transferable credits, admission will be based on your high school GPA.

GED Certificates

If you passed the General Education Development Test (GED), and have an ACT composite score of 18 or an SAT score of 860, you meet our academic requirements.

If you've been out of high school (or the equivalent) for at least five years, you don't need SAT or ACT scores.

HiSET Exam

If you passed the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) and have an ACT composite score of 18 or an SAT score of 860, you meet our academic requirements.

If you've been out of high school (or the equivalent) for at least five years, you don't need SAT or ACT scores.

Graduate Students

Application Requirements

In order to apply to St. Ambrose University as a graduate student, you must have completed either a bachelor's or master's degree.

Graduate students apply with the SAU application unless applying to one of the programs below. 


Applicants for the following graduate programs should NOT use the SAU application, but instead use their respective centralized application service:

As you begin the application process, we highly recommend reading all instructions provided for you.

International Students

Undergraduate or Graduate

Undergraduate or graduate students whose main residence is outside the United States – no matter how many college courses you've taken or completed – should follow the steps on the International Admissions page.

International students apply with the SAU application or undergraduate first-year students have the option to apply with the Common App.

Returning Students

Undergraduate or Graduate

At St. Ambrose University, we understand that sometimes the journey to graduation includes taking a break from classes for a variety of reasons.

Ultimately, we want to see you achieve your dreams and earn your degree, which is why we have put together a team of dedicated staff members to help you return to St. Ambrose. 

Learn more about the steps to re-start your journey to graduation.


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

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