If your goal is to enter dental school, we offer majors that give you the educational foundation you need to do exceedingly well in graduate studies and your professional career.

Ambrose Advantages

  • Foundational and Comprehensive Education
  • We Give You Choices
  • Career-Focused Opportunities

Earn your undergraduate degree at St. Ambrose and enjoy our 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio, support from a community of learners, and an education that surpasses your expectations.


The requirements for dental school focus on the biological, chemical, and physical sciences, which include many courses within the Biology and Chemistry majors at SAU.

Course requirements for admission to dental school differ among institutions, but a common theme for all programs is a dedication to oral health and patient well-being. Students can demonstrate this dedication through volunteer efforts, job shadowing, and internships in dental offices.

Many dental programs in the Midwest region require:
• One year General Biology + lab (BIOL 199, 200)
• One year General Chemistry + lab (CHEM 105, 106)
• One year Organic Chemistry + lab (CHEM 207, 208, 209, 210)
• One year Physics + lab (PHYS 203, 204)
• Biochemistry + lab (CHEM 319)
• Microbiology (BIOL 251)
• One year Human Anatomy & Physiology (BIOL 230, 232)
• One year English (ENGL 101 + ENGL elective)

Individual dental programs may have additional requirements.

The entrance exam for dental school is the DAT (Dental Admission Test). In order for you to enter a dental graduate program in the fall semester after graduation, you should plan to take the DAT no later than the summer after your junior year.

Additional courses that are beneficial to complete prior to taking the DAT are:

• Biodiversity
• Lifespan & Development
• Genetics
• Ecology
• Cell and Molecular Biology
• Elementary Functions
• Statistics

What will I learn?

No matter which undergraduate major you choose - Biology or Chemistry - we offer the foundational courses required by most dental programs in the Midwest, including physics, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and microbiology. Many of our elective courses also prove beneficial to students who take the Dental Admissions Test. We offer genetics, ecology, statistics, and molecular biology, to name a few.

You can job shadow and intern, and our Career Center will help find placements that fit your goals and demonstrate your dedication to patients and their well-being. The Center is staffed with career professionals who will help you obtain - and possibly earn college credit for - an internship.

If your plans change, your SAU undergraduate degree gives you many career options. Our Biology and Chemistry graduates have successful careers in research and development, allied health professions, education, pharmaceuticals, forensic science, agriculture, and more.

Why should I pursue a pre-professional degree at SAU?

At SAU, you get a well-rounded education grounded in the Liberal Arts and within a campus community that works for social justice in the spirit of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.

As a graduate, you will have developed critical thinking skills, an awareness of the world outside the classroom, and knowledge that spans beyond your major. These aspects of your education will strengthen you professionally - and personally.


Scholarships and Grants

For academic/merit-based awards, eligible students are matched to the qualifying award; some of them are listed below.

For need-based support, eligibility is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

You may also qualify for a scholarship or grant due to your talent in the fine arts or athletics. Give us a call or send an email so we can get to know you and find the best package for you. (You're also encouraged to seek outside scholarships and begin that search early.)

Institutional scholarships (2018-19)

To receive an institutional grant or scholarship students must meet specific criteria, and some may require a certain GPA to stay eligible. There is no need to apply for these; students automatically are eligible if they meet the criteria.

The Admissions Office calculates the award amount by using high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores.

Ambrose Scholar
For First Year, on-campus residents only. Straight As on high school transcript and a minimum 30 ACT score. Applicants who meet Ambrose Scholar criteria will be invited to compete for a full tuition scholarship for $@{17-18-Tuition}.

Trustee Scholar
$22,000/year - For First-year, on-campus residents only. Unweighted 3.8 GPA, 28+ACT. May be offset by state and/or federal aid if eligible.

Academic Scholarship
$14,000-17,000/year - Based on GPA and ACT/SAT score

University Grant
$12,000/year - Based on high school GPA and ACT/SAT score

Additional Awards

If you want to apply for any of the scholarships below, contact the Admissions Office.

Fine Arts Scholarships
Award based on performance and ability in art, music, or theatre. Includes the Michael Kennedy Theatre Scholarship. Audition or portfolio required.

Athletics Scholarships
Award varies. Based on performance and ability. Marching Band scholarships available. See below.

Freeman Pollard Minority Scholarship
$1,000 for on-campus students; $500 for off-campus. For accepted minority students.

Diocese of Davenport Catholic Parish Scholarship
Award varies. For First Year students only who are recommended by their parish pastor in the Diocese of Davenport. Recommendation to be completed by your pastor available here (pdf).

Father Welch Alumni Scholarship
$1,000/year. For on-campus students only whose parent is a St. Ambrose graduate.

Athletic Scholarships

As a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), St. Ambrose can award athletic scholarships to student athletes. These scholarships allow you to earn a college education while competing in the sport that you love. At Ambrose, we embody that value of developing both the mind and body.

How do I qualify for an athletic scholarship?
You must first be eligible to play a sport at St. Ambrose. You can read about those qualifications here. The NAIA also has a complete website on how to register for eligibility at

Transfer Scholarships

Amounts are for transfer students entering St. Ambrose in the 2018-19 academic year. For questions about any of the awards below, give our friendly Financial Aid Office a call at 563-333-5775.

Guaranteed Minimum Scholarship Award 

based on GPA (Grade Point Average)
3.5-4.00 GPA: $12,000 per year scholarship award
3.0-3.49 GPA: $11,000 per year scholarship award
2.5-2.99 GPA: $10,000 per year scholarship award
2.0-2.49 GPA: $8,000 per year scholarship award


Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society

Based on Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society membership. Award is $12,500 per year for new transfer students.

Awards are renewable each year up to a maximum eight semesters, including transfer hours. Scholarships awarded for fall and spring semesters only. GPA is based on 4.0 scale.

Outside Scholarships

There are many opportunities to receive scholarships from outside sources, here are a few websites to begin researching your options:

Another tip: Next time you're on campus, check out the bulletin board outside Bee Central where we post more flyers and applications for outside scholarships.

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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 26 athletic teams and sports to join on campus. Become an Ambrosian today!