At A Glance
SAU was ranked 5th in College Consensus' (2018) survey of Best Colleges and Universities in Iowa, and 13th in the category Best Regional Universities-Midwest, based on an average of published rankings and student reviews.
The SAU Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program ranked 9th Best DBA Program by CollegeChoice.net (2018). Rankings were based on quality, reputation, affordability, value, and satisfaction, and placing in the top 10 is an honor SAU shares with Harvard, Creighton, and Washington University in St. Louis.
SAU is recognized as a College of Distinction for its adherence to successful outcomes, great teaching, creating a vibrant community, and educating engaged students.
Ranked 38th (tie) by U.S. News & World Report (2019) Regional Universities Midwest out of a region of 12 states. The publication gathers data from each college on up to 15 indicators of academic excellence. Each factor is assigned a weight that reflects U.S. News' judgment about how much that measure matters. Finally, the colleges and universities in each category are ranked against their peers, based on their composite weighted score.
In other categories, U.S. News & World Report ranked SAU as 23rd (tie) in Best College for Veterans due to our participation in federal initiatives helping veterans and active-duty service members pay for their degrees and 42nd Best Value (calculated by 2017-18 net cost of attendance).
Smaller is better
With an average student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1, your professors know you on a personal level.
College of Distinction
St. Ambrose University is recognized as a College of Distinction for its adherence to successful outcomes, great teaching, creating a vibrant community, and educating engaged students.
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Affiliation Roman Catholic, Diocese of Davenport
Type private, Catholic, comprehensive university grounded in the liberal arts
President Joan Lescinski, CSJ, PhD, since 2007
Location Main campus is in Davenport, Iowa
Economic Significance to the Quad Cities
Annual economic impact of $200 million
Majors and Programs
More than 60 undergraduate majors, 14 master's, and three doctoral programs
Study Abroad programs
Fall and spring semesters, winter and May interim, and summer programs offered in more than 40 countries
St. Ambrose University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, www.hlcommission.org, 800-621-7440.
Enrollment Fall 2018
Undergraduates: 2,310 (2,141 full-time; 169 part-time)
Graduate Students: 737 (464 full-time; 273 part-time)
Coeducational since 1968
Women: 1,798 (1,278 undergraduates; 520 graduates)
Men: 1,249 (1,032 undergraduates; 217 graduates)
Undergraduates: 17.7 percent of students identify themselves as belonging to a minority group
Graduates: 13.3 percent of students identify themselves as belonging to a minority group
Student-faculty ratio is approximately 12 to 1
Average class size 20
Mascot – Fighting Bees/Queen Bees
27 varsity intercollegiate sports
Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) – Baseball, Men's and Women's Basketball, Men's and Women's Cross Country, Men's and Women's Golf, Men's and Women's Soccer, Softball, Men's and Women's Tennis, Men's and Women's Indoor/Outdoor Track & Field, Men's Volleyball, Women's Volleyball
Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) Midwest League – Football
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) – Men's and Women's Lacrosse
2017-18 Athletic Honor Roll: 5 National Championships, 13 National appearances, 1 Conference championship, 33 NAIA All-Americans, 23 Scholar Teams, 77 Scholar-Athletes, and more. Click here for the complete list