The College Admissions Process
When you apply, you'll also need to have your school transcripts and ACT/SAT scores sent to St. Ambrose.
And remember, we're always here to help!
Best Midwest University
St. Ambrose University performed exceedingly well when evaluated by U.S. News & World Report and its 15 indicators of academic excellence!
Undergraduate Majors and Programs
St. Ambrose offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and programs! This enables you to personalize your studies early when you apply for college admission.
More Affordable Than You Think
Did you know that the average First Year student at St. Ambrose University receives more than $19,000 in financial aid?
Your St. Ambrose education is a tremendous value, but not just because of our affordable costs for tuition and housing. Compared to large public institutions, SAU has higher rates for first-year retention and graduation. That tells you our students like it here, focus on their studies, graduate faster, and start their careers sooner. It results in a lower total cost for your degree - and who doesn't like to save money?
We can help you develop a plan that meets your needs.
In your first days on campus during Welcome Week, you get the full treatment of what it means to be Ambrosian: serving your community, learning together, staying active, and having fun!
A post-secondary degree is the best way to invest in your personal and financial future. Your increased earnings potential will repay your tuition costs multiple times. Review the undergraduate admissions process for First-year students and use the helpful resources below.
You may qualify for scholarships and grants based on academic performance, financial need, artistic/athletic talent, or another qualification.
A complete listing of requirements for admission to St. Ambrose University – as well as instructions on completing your application – are on the Apply page.
Our students are more than just statistics and test scores but here is some information about 550 first-year students who started at St. Ambrose University in the Fall of 2017:
Average GPA: 3.3 (unweighted)
Average ACT: 23
High School Rank:
- 42% ranked in top 25%
- 75% ranked in top 50%
Minority Students: 22%
Received Institutional Aid: 99%
Home State of Iowa or Illinois: 86%
Top Areas of Study:
- Nursing (Pre-)
- Physical Therapy (Pre-)
- Business Undecided
- Medicine (Pre-)
- Criminal Justice
Top High Schools:
- Mother McAuley Liberal Arts (Chicago)
- Wahlert Catholic (Dubuque, IA)
- Providence Catholic (New Lenox, IL)
- Auorora Central Catholic (Aurora, IL)
- United Township (East Moline, IL)
Congratulations, you've been admitted! There are still a few forms and tasks to complete before you arrive for your first day at SAU. Be sure to check out your next steps.