Return to St. Ambrose
At St. Ambrose University, we take great pride in helping students of all ages and backgrounds realize their personal and professional goals.
We also 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.
We commit to offering one-on-one evaluations of your academic record and recommendations on how to complete your degree through a program tailored to your needs and goals. This could include a mix of online, hybrid, weekend, evening, or traditional daytime classes.
Follow the steps below to re-start your journey toward graduation.
Call one of the following to discuss your degree completion goals. These returning student advisors will help you develop a clear plan to graduate.
- Undergraduate Students: 563-333-5707
- Graduate Students: 563-333-6308
- Fill out the online application so that your transcripts can be reviewed and you can register for classes. You will need the following information handy: the year you stopped taking classes at SAU and transcripts from any institutions where you took classes since leaving SAU.
- Once you are accepted, register for classes with the help of your returning student advisor.
Your advisor will also introduce you to a dedicated financial aid counselor to work with you on financing your education.
Some of the most popular questions returning students ask are included below.
As always, give us a call at 563-333-6300 to talk to a counselor for Returning students.
Students with a GPA below 2.0 still should complete the online application and it will be evaluated. You may be able to return to classes under provisional guidelines.
Former St. Ambrose students who have left the university for at least one semester are required to complete the free, online application and provide transcripts for any other school they have attended since leaving the university. To be fully accepted back to the university, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 since leaving.
No. We understand that life and career goals change, so it's definitely possible to change your major when you return for classes.
We will help develop a degree completion plan that aligns with your current goals.
Every returning student will receive a "degree audit," which is a report of what credits and courses you've completed and what you still need to graduate.
Afterward, we'll set up a plan to complete those courses and credit hours, and we may be able to offer credits for life, work, and military experience. Read more about those possibilities on the Registrar page (scroll down to the Credit by Exam/Prior Learning section).