Campus Student Life


Going to college is not something you do; it's something you experience. Live it to the fullest!

Student Life

Find out who you truly are at St. Ambrose.


At SAU, we believe great things happen when you step out of your comfort zone or run with your ability to rally, lead, and explore. As an Ambrosian, you are surrounded with these opportunities. 

Here, you can join or lead more than 80 student clubs and organizations. Working side-by-side with your peers, you will experience a level of support that strengthens your drive and focus on academics, a career field, spirituality, or a personal passion.

Through Campus Ministry, explore your faith and the difference it can have in how you walk through the world. Discover how deeply you can impact the life of one person – or a whole community – by jumping into service activities and elevating social justice.

In our residence halls, you'll be surrounded by peers who challenge and support you. And you'll develop meaningful friendships during late-night conversations about hopes, dreams, and an unbridled future. 

Use your downtime to run some laps, lift weights, do some cardio, or take a group fitness class in the Wellness and Recreation Center.

Experiencing everything college has to offer – including a remarkable impact on your life. 

Uplifting dance moves

Our impact is larger because we unite in service. Each year, hundreds of SAU students pour their heart and soul into 13 hours of dance. It's a reflection of their noble drive to support children battling tough medical challenges. Since 2013, SAU Dance Marathon has raised more than $1.3 million for Children's Miracle Network and the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital.

SAU Dance Marathon Video 2019

All the Comforts of Home

students talking

A residence hall is more than a place to live; it's a place to live with purpose and compassion. With 24/7 security, weekly housekeeping, and Resident Assistants on each floor, students living on-campus are surrounded by people who care and want them to succeed.

ResLife at SAU

The Highest Possible Score

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NAIA Schools with perfect CHAMPIONS OF CHARACTER score

SAU was named for the second straight year a 2017-18 Five-Star Award school, but only 12 out of 171 earned a perfect score in the competition which measures commitment to character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition, and character promotion.

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Four Years of Fun, Exploring, and Making the Most of Every Day


College life is a grand balancing act, and we have plenty of choices to make it interesting.

Fighting Bees Athletics Clubs and Organizations

Welcome Week
BEECOMING AMBROSIAN

Welcome Week marks your first days on campus and gives you the full experience of what it means to be Ambrosian: taking an Urban Plunge and serving your community, learning together, staying active, and having fun.

Community Involvement

There's always something to do at SAU


Go beyond the classroom. Plan and participate in activities that enrich your life, your peers, and your community. Join us!

Examples of how to get started!

Campus Activities Board (CAB)

Work with other undergrads to provide creative, social, educational, and cultural events for the St. Ambrose University community. Learn more about CAB

Clubs and Organizations

Join any of our 80+ student clubs and organizations. You'll gain leadership skills, hone your time management skills, and create life-long friendships.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Collaborate with others to coordinate campus activities and events that deepen understanding and appreciation of other cultures

Late Night @ SAU

Organize a late-night event that kicks off after 10 p.m. on a Friday or Saturday. Make it fun, make it healthy, and carpe that noctem

Leadership Opportunities

Attend a conference, join a leadership program, mentor your peers in the Student Success Center, or get involved in a club or organization.

Safety and Security

Students and employees at St. Ambrose University should feel safe at school, in their workplace, and in all their activities.

Our Safety and Security Office works in partnership with the community to proactively reduce risks to safety, respond to threats/challenges to security, and enhance and maintain an environment conducive to study and growth.

So, what's next?

Are you ready to take the next step? St. Ambrose offers more than 60 programs and 29 athletic teams and sports to join on campus. Become an Ambrosian today!