Mechanical Engineering


If you view the world as having unlimited potential, love to solve problems, and envision a career of true impact, our Mechanical Engineering program will inspire you onward to advance the energy sector, improve community water systems, streamline manufacturing, and more.

Our graduates work at Accenture, ExxonMobil, Genesis Health System, Boeing Charleston, Deere & Company, HON Company, Sierra Nevada Corporation Space Systems, and others.


Ambrose Advantages

  • Extensive Hands-On Research & Design Experience
  • Exceptional Lab Facilities
  • Personal Attention: Faculty Focus On You

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Since engineers have the ability to see connections and the skills to strengthen them, too, we approach your mechanical engineering education the same way. You'll complete an internship and a project that clearly illustrates the deep connection between engineering and improving lives. Discover the role you can play.

See our mechanical engineering fact sheet (pdf)


Accreditation

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Accreditation


The St. Ambrose Industrial and Mechanical Engineering Programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

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More Information on Mechanical Engineering

What will I learn?

Mechanical Engineering uses a combination of human, material, and economic resources to provide solutions to problems faced in society. As an applied science, it focuses on design, development, manufacture, management, and control of engineering systems. Courses include engineering design, materials science, manufacturing processes, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and control theory.

We are the only university in the Quad Cities region that offers this degree. If you want to dual major in Industrial Engineering, we offer that program, too.

Full-time students generally earn the dual major in 4.5 years (or less), and we give part-time students up to eight years to complete any of the engineering programs. No matter what you choose, you will work closely with faculty who believe education happens inside and outside the classroom.

Tom Helms '16 says he loves the constant challenge and evolving nature of engineering. At SAU, we provided the academic rigor and support that helped him thrive. Listen to Tom describe his engineering education in this video.

Read course descriptions

Why Choose SAU Engineering?

Our Liberal Arts focus makes us different than any other engineering school. Yes, you will learn the same math, science, and analytical skills here, but you will also learn how to think critically, communicate, work in teams, and gain the ability to see how and where you fit into the greater world.

These are assets regional and national employers want in new hires, and they tell us our students excel in those areas. That could be why 99% of our domestic engineering students have a job lined up before they graduate.

Enrollment in our engineering programs has more than doubled in recent years from 50 students in 2009 to more than 150. That is a lot of growth, yet we remain a small department committed to giving you personal attention! Our focus is to educate engineers, not conduct personal research projects. And you will be taught by PhDs, not teaching assistants.

Our engineering programs get high praise and support from regional employers who offer internships, professional mentorships, and job opportunities. Some even have given financial support to the university, allowing us to provide you with three floors of state-of-the-art labs.

What kind of lab facilities will I use?

Our state-of-the-art Engineering and Physical Science Laboratories offer you all of the equipment and technology you need to build and apply what you are learning.

Our facilities include:

  • A $500,000 update to our labs, gifted by Deere & Company.
  • Thermo-Fluids Laboratory where you can visualize, control, and test concepts in thermodynamics, fluid flow, and heat transfer, then apply that knowledge to design and build systems involving energy.
  • Lab with an industrial robot that students learn how to program
  • Mechatronics Laboratory which serves as collaborative learning classroom. Junior and senior level engineering courses that require specialized technology are issued laptops equipped with software, including ProE, Solidworks, ANSYS, PSpice, MatLab, and LabView.
  • Machine Shop with fabrication equipment for woodworking, laser engraving/cutting, welding, milling (including CNC programming), 3D printing, and programming an industrial robot. If you complete the manufacturing course, you can use the facilities with faculty/staff supervision for academic-related projects.
  • Computer and Prototyping Lab with a new 3D printer that extrudes plastic filament, creating a high-quality, customer-ready product.
  • Engineering Computer Lab, which is open 24/7 for engineering students. You can use upgraded computers and monitors and access the software you need for engineering-specific assignments and projects. Printing is free in the lab.

All engineering faculty have offices in Hayes Hall, and there is a prototyping and student work room.

What unique learning opportunities will I get at SAU?
  • Internships: Companies throughout the region enthusiastically support our engineering programs by providing internships, professional mentors, and job opportunities. Through our extensive network of engineering alumni and companies across the country, you get on-the-job experience in a mandatory internship at leading manufacturers such as Deere & Company, the Rock Island Arsenal, Caterpillar, and more.
  • Design Experience: Enroll in sophomore design courses and undertake a real project for a real customer, then present your work at an Engineering Showcase. Our students have completed projects for local companies and even engineered ways to help people with disabilities lead more active lives.

Watch how SAU engineering students helped people with disabilities in Brazil by creating new assistive technologies.

  • Engineering Club: The club hosts pizza and study nights throughout the year, members volunteer at events that promote engineering and community service, organizes tours of local companies, and participate in Quad Cities Engineering and Science Council events.
  • Society of Women Engineers: Our official chapter of SWE focuses on professional development and outreach to youth. Our members go to area high schools and tell students about the opportunities that abound in STEM fields. We annually host Introduce a Girl to Engineering Night, and in the Spring of 2017, it garnered a crowd of more than 500 girls, ages 3-13, who learned about engineering through hands-on activities.
  • Engineering Ambassadors: You, too, can represent SAU's Mechanical and Industrial Engineering programs. Ambassadors share their experiences as Ambrosians and members of the engineering program. They help with recruiting, retention, outreach, and industry relations for the Engineering and Physical Science Department.
  • If service is included in your future plans, we are one of few universities in Iowa offering Peace Corps Prep, a program that can make you a stronger candidate for volunteer positions within the Peace Corps or other service programs. You'll gain skills and a cultural worldview that employers value and best of all, most students can earn the certificate – awarded by the Peace Corps – without taking extra courses. Click here to learn more about Peace Corps or talk to your faculty advisor.
Study Abroad

You've heard people say it before: "College will be the greatest time of your life!" With Study Abroad, you can add even more to your college years.

You can study in another country in a semester-long or short-term study abroad program (with a few offered during spring and winterim breaks). No matter the duration, these trips deepen your professional education while earning credit toward graduation.

There are also opportunities through an exchange program, an overseas internship, or volunteering. The limits for Study Abroad are only ones you set for yourself! SAU students have studied in Italy, Costa Rica, Australia, Korea, United Kingdom, Spain, Ecuador, Japan, Germany, Peru, Cyprus, Croatia, Belize, Canada, Chile, and more.

SAU students returning from their Study Abroad locations talk about their time away as life-changing – personally, emotionally, culturally, and academically.

Click here to search our Study Abroad programs, and for general information click here.

What are some potential career outcomes?

Engineers can work in design, manufacturing, robotics, electrical systems, quality, process improvement, and in civil engineering for local, state and federal governments.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics puts the median pay for mechanical engineers at $84,190 and the field is growing (2016). In fact, 95% of SAU engineering program graduates who pursue employment are working in the field. Many of our students are sought out by employers before they graduate.

What have alumni of this program done?
  • Tom Helms '16 is an Automated Systems Engineer at Genesis Systems, Davenport. Watch this video about his SAU education.
  • Samantha (Lee) Barkley '09 was a Fulbright Scholar, and worked in a HIV/AIDS clinic in Trinidad and Tobago where she researched medical record processes and developed ways medical centers could provide better care. She is now a process engineer for ASEA Brown Boveri in St. Louis.
  • Chris Donnelly '12 is a Transportation Analyst for Caterpillar's Strategic Planning and Controls Group in Peoria, Illinois.
  • Santiago Gonzalez '14 is the Chief Design Engineer for Fraustchi and runs his own thriving business.
  • Jeff Menke '99 is a Pella Windows senior engineer and recently designed custom windows for the Ambrose Hall renovation at SAU.
  • Jeff Stebel '01 is a systems engineer for Dream Chaser Space, which supports NASA and the International Space Station.

Many of our graduates seek advanced degrees, and have been admitted to programs at Southern Illinois University Medical School, Northern Illinois University, University of Florida, Bradley University and Oregon State University.

FAQ

How many students are in the St. Ambrose University Engineering programs?
There are approximately 110 students between both programs. Each program has its own enrollment numbers posted: IE Enrollment | ME Enrollment

What benefits do engineering students have at St. Ambrose versus at a larger school?
Often times students at large schools can feel like they're just a number. Their instruction is often in huge classrooms, which makes it challenging to receive individual attention from professors. Sometimes the instructor is a graduate student. In comparison, the students here at St. Ambrose find themselves in small classes, taught by caring PhDs who are focused on preparing future engineers.

What makes your program unique?
Our emphasis on humans in engineering makes the SAU program stand apart. We focus on how humans fit into systems, or how humans are affected by systems. As a result, our engineers learn how to think critically from a numbers perspective, and our programs' emphasis on the Liberal Arts teaches students to think critically from a qualitative perspective, making the educational experience at Ambrose more complete than at many other schools. 

And above all, they can communicate. Over and over, employers have been surveyed about what they want in an engineer, and the ability to communicate and work on multidisciplinary teams comes out on top very commonly. We do that. We emphasize those skills from day one and support them throughout our curriculum.

What equipment will I get to work with in the engineering labs?
We recently enhanced our labs with the help of a $500,000 grant from Deere & Company to purchase new and exciting equipment. We already have several pieces of equipment that the students learn how to use for fabricating such as a laser engraver/cutter, CNC mill, welding equipment, rapid prototyping machine, saws, drills, etc. The students learn solid modeling as well as simulation in SolidWorks, and also learn to program G-Code manually and create it through SolidWorks.

We also have an industrial robot that students learn how to program, as well as a fully-equipped electronics lab with a range of electronic components (sensors, motors, resistors, wires, and breadboards), soldering irons, etc. Our students learn to use NI DAQs for acquiring signals from electronics (multimeters, oscilloscopes), as well as how to program NI LabView for data acquisition and analysis. They also learn to program Arduinos and create autonomous robotic systems.

What opportunities are there outside of the classroom?
There are plenty of opportunities for students to be leaders, both in and out of engineering. At big schools, it can be difficult to take on leadership roles and be involved with activities outside of class because there are already so many other people competing. At St. Ambrose, we have a group of engineering students who regularly get involved with extracurricular activities, and because of that, get to know each other better. Check out our Engineering Club and Society of Women Engineers Chapter.

Students have many chances to work hands-on in the labs, where at a larger school, they may have to share a piece of equipment with 200 students in one class rather than 20.

What about physics?
So glad you asked! We have a full physics lab for analysis of physics concepts such as kinematics of motion, thermal properties, and magnetism. For fluid and heat transfer analysis and modeling and simulation of dynamic systems, we have the software ANSYS and MATLAB. We have new labs and equipment to support these areas. 

Faculty

Mohamad El-Zein, PhD, Professor and Chair

Andrew Lutz, PhD, Asst. Professor
Robert Mitchell, PhD, Professor
Michael Opar, PhD, Professor
Mohammad Rahdar, PhD, Asst. Professor
Rebecca Romatoski, PhD, Asst. Professor
Yingxiao Song, PhD, Lab Instructor
Susa Stonedahl, PhD, Assoc. Professor

Accreditation

Program Educational Objectives

Students are educated through a carefully engineered curriculum that includes proven engineering design knowledge, an ability to solve real problems, the development of thinking, writing, and presentation skills, exposure to modern computer technologies, an understanding of spatial relationships, and a breadth of general education.

Mechanical Engineering graduates will:

  1. Demonstrate their success through leadership roles.
  2. Advance their expertise through professional practice or graduate education.
  3. Investigate, define, communicate, defend and implement solutions to complex problems.
  4. Enrich their lives and the lives of others
Student Learning Outcomes

Students are expected to know and be able to do the following student outcomes by the time of graduation. These relate to the skills, knowledge and behaviors that students acquire in their matriculation through the program::

  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  • an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  • an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  • an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted.

Engineering:
ENGR 106 Introduction to Engineering, 2 credits
ENGR 201 Engineering Service, 0 credits
ENGR 220 Engineering Statics
ENGR 251 Engineering Design Laboratory
ENGR 265 Engineering Economy
ENGR 270 Materials Science
ENGR 296 Manufacturing Processes: Fundamental and Computer-Aided
ENGR 301 Engineering Experience, 0 credits
ENGR 302 Engineering Dynamics
ENGR 303 Strength of Materials
ENGR 401 Engineering Exit Survey, 0 credits

Mechanical Engineering:
ME 310 Engineering Measurements and Instrumentation
ME 312 Thermodynamics
ME 315 Fluid Mechanics
ME 350 Machine Design
ME 405 Control Theory
ME 410 Heat and Mass Transfer
ME 412 Applied Thermodynamics, 3 credits
ME 415 Mechatronics
ME 490 Senior Design Seminar

Math:
+MATH 191 and 192 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I and II, 4 credits each
MATH 290 Elementary Linear Algebra
MATH 291 Calculus & Analytic Geometry III, 4 credits
MATH 300 Modern Probability and Statistics
MATH 320 Ordinary Differential Equations

Physics:
+PHYS 251 General Physics I: Mechanics, 4 credits
PHYS 253 General Physics II: Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics, 4 credits
PHYS 306 Electronics

Chemistry (Choose One):
+CHEM 103 Principles of Chemistry, 4 credits
+CHEM 104 Chemistry for Engineering Students, 4 credits
+CHEM 105 General Chemistry I, 4 credits

Ethics (Choose One):
+PHIL 207 Ethics
+PHIL 305 Business Ethics
+PHIL 310 Biomedical Ethics
+THEO 311 Environmental Ethics

Elective (choose one):
one IE elective
ENGR 320 Research Topics (3 credits)
IE/ME 460 Special Topics (3 credits)

Students attending continuously on a part-time basis are expected to complete the degree requirements within eight years. 

GPA Requirements

  • A minimum GPA of 2.50 must be earned for all semester credits used to satisfy the course requirements shown above
  • a minimum GPA of 2.00 in all IE and ENGR  prefix course numbers
  • MATH  191 and 192, or their equivalents, must be completed with a grade of C or better
  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.00 must be earned in the combination of semester credits and attempted transfer credits

Plan to Graduate

This is the suggested plan of study to graduate in four years with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

This plan assumes the student hasn't taken three years of foreign language in high school.

Check the online course catalog for prerequisites.

Year One

FallCreditSpringCredit
†MATH 191 Calculus I* 4 †MATH 192 Calculus II* 4
ENGR 105 Introduction to Engineering 2 †ENGR 265 Engineering Economy 3
†CHEM 103/4/5 General Chemistry 4 †ENGR 270 Materials Science 2
ENGR 106 Intro to Engineering Design and Analysis 3 Humanities 3
ENGL 101 English Composition 3 Communication 3
IL 101 Information Literacy 1 Philosophy 3
Total Credits 17 Total Credits 18

Year Two

FallCreditSpringCredit
†MATH 291 Calculus III (Multi-Variable Calculus) 4 †MATH 290 Linear Algebra 3
†MATH 300 Probability & Statistics 3 †PHYS 253 General Physics II 4
†PHYS 251 General Physics I 4 †ENGR 280 Engineering Statics & Strength of Materials 4
†ENGR 296 Manufacturing Process 4 Humanities 3
ENGR 201 Engineering Service 0 KIN Activity 1-2
KIN 149 1
Creative Arts Course 2
Total Credits 18 Total Credits 15-16

Year Three

FallCreditSpringCredit
†PHYS 306 Electronics 3 †ME 310 Measurement and Instrumentation 3
†MATH 320 Ordinary Differential Equations 3 †ME 312 Thermodynamics 3
†ME 350 Machine Design 3 †IE 351 Mechanical Engineering Design Lab 3
†ENGR 302 Engineering Dynamics 3 Foreign Language 101 3
ENGR 301 Participation 0 Social Science 3
PHIL/THEO 300+ 3
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15

Year Four

FallCreditSpringCredit
†ME 405 Control Theory 3 †ME 415 Mechatronics 3
†ME 412 Adv. Thermodynamics 2 †ME 490 Senior Design Seminar 3
†ME 315 Fluid Mechanics 3 PHIL 207/305 Ethics 3
Foreign Language 102 3 ENGR 401 Exit Survey 0
ENGR 450 Professional Experience 1 †ME 410 Heat and Mass Transfer 3
Theology 3 ENGR Elective 3
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15


#Must be taken at SAU to satisfy writing intensive
*Must receive a grade of C or better
†Check online course catalog for pre-requisite

Dual Major in Industrial and Mechanical Engineering

Students interested in designing to fit humans into mechanical systems may consider the dual degree option.

This five-year program will result in Bachelor of Science degrees in Industrial and Mechanical Engineering.

Engineering:
ENGR 105 Introduction to Engineering, 2 credits
ENGR 112 Engineering Graphics, 4 credits
ENGR 201 Engineering Service, 0 credit
ENGR 265 Engineering Economy
ENGR 270 Materials Science
ENGR 296 Manufacturing Processes: Fundamental and Computer-Aided
ENGR 301 Engineering Participation, 0 credits
ENGR 302 Engineering Dynamics
ENGR 401 Engineering Exit Survey, 0 credits
ENGR 450 Professional Experience, 1-6 credits

Industrial Engineering:
IE 305 Work System Design and Analysis, 2 credits
IE 335 Quality Control and Reliability
IE 340 Ergonomics and Occupational Safety
IE 350 Operations Planning, Scheduling and Control
IE 360 Introduction to Simulation
IE 391 Operations Research Probability Models
IE 403 Design Fundamentals for Industrial Engineers
IE 409 Operations Research Mathematical Programming
IE 415 System Integration and Design
IE 490 Senior Design Seminar

Mechanical Engineering:
ME 310 Engineering Measurements and Instrumentation
ME 312 Thermodynamics
ME 315 Fluid Mechanics
ME 350 Machine Design
ME 351 Mechanical Engineering Design Laboratory
ME 405 Control Theory
ME 410 Heat and Mass Transfer
ME 412 Applied Thermodynamics
ME 415 Mechatronics
ME 490 Senior Design Seminar

Math:
+MATH 191 and 192 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I and II, 4 credits each
MATH 290 Elementary Linear Algebra
MATH 291 Calculus & Analytic Geometry III, 4 credits
MATH 300 Modern Probability and Statistics
MATH 301 Statistical Modeling or 320 Ordinary Differential Equations

Physics:
+PHYS 251 General Physics I: Mechanics, 4 credits
PHYS 253 General Physics II: Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics, 4 credits

Chemistry: (Choose one)
+CHEM 103 Principles of Chemistry, 4 credits
+CHEM 104 Chemistry for Engineering Students, 4 credits
+CHEM 105 General Chemistry I, 4 credits

Ethics:
+PHIL  207 Ethics, +PHIL 305 Business Ethics, +PHIL 310 Biomedical Ethics, or +THEO 311 Environmental Ethics

GPA requirements

A minimum GPA of 2.50 must be earned for all semester credits used to satisfy the course requirements shown above, a minimum GPA of 2.00 in all IE, ME and ENGR  prefix course numbers, MATH 191 and 192, or their equivalents, must be completed with a grade of C or better. A minimum overall GPA of 2.00 must be earned in the combination of semester credits and attempted transfer credits.

Students attending continuously but on a part-time basis are expected to complete the requirements within eight years. +

= satisfies a general education requirement

Click here to read course descriptions for Mechanical Engineering

Scholarships and Grants

First-Year

St. Ambrose offers excellent scholarships and grants, work-study and other financial aid options! Full-time students may be eligible based upon your strong academic performance in college, your talent in fine arts or athletics or your demonstrated financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The SAU school code for the FAFSA is 001889.

First-Year Scholarships and Institutional Aid 2022-2023

There is no need to apply for the scholarships or grants below; students automatically are eligible if they meet specific criteria. The Admissions Office calculates the award amount by using unweighted high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Please note, while St. Ambrose University has a test-optional admissions policy, standardized test scores are required for both admission to specific programs and/or eligibility for top academic scholarships. Scholarships and grants are renewable for four years of undergraduate study. 

Your scholarship will automatically renew each year of your undergraduate studies - up to four years - as long as you maintain satisfactory progress toward an undergraduate degree, achieve certain GPA requirements (see below), and remain a full-time student. 

Download helpful PDFs of this information here: First-Year Iowa Resident or First-Year Out of State Resident


IOWA RESIDENTS LIVING ON CAMPUS

Iowa Resident On Campus Merit-Based Scholarships

Trustee Scholar
Criteria: unweighted 3.9 GPA and minimum 29 ACT or 1340 SAT score. Must maintain 3.25 cumulative GPA in successive years.
Award: $25,000/year and invited to compete for an Ambrose Scholar full-tuition award

Academic Scholarships
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score (optional)
Award: $15,000-$21,000/year

University Grant
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score (optional)
Award: $13,000/year

Iowa Resident On Campus Additional Institutional Aid

Ambrose Advantage
Criteria: Iowa resident, Federal Pell Grant eligible, 2022 high school graduate, min. unweighted GPA 2.5, admitted to SAU, and FAFSA filed by Mar. 15. To remain eligible in subsequent years, students must maintain 2.5 GPA and qualify for the Federal Pell Grant.
Award: Full tuition

Athletic Scholarships
Criteria: performance and ability
Award: varies

Fine Arts Scholarships
Criteria: performance and ability in music, art and theatre
Award: varies

Fr. Welch Alumni Scholarships
Criteria: parent is a St. Ambrose graduate
Award: $1,000/year

Minority Scholarship
Criteria: ethnically diverse student, FAFSA required
Award: $500-$1,000/year

Catholic Traditions Scholarship
Criteria: graduate from Catholic high school
Award: $2,000/year

Menke Parish Scholarship
Criteria: Diocese of Davenport parishioner, additional application required
Award: $1,000/year



IOWA RESIDENTS LIVING OFF CAMPUS

Iowa Resident Off Campus Merit-Based Scholarships

Academic Scholarships
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score (optional)
Award: $13,000-$16,000/year

University Grants
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score
Award: $11,000/year

Iowa Resident Off Campus Additional Institutional Scholarships

Ambrose Advantage
Criteria: Iowa resident, Federal Pell Grant eligible, 2022 high school graduate, min. unweighted GPA 2.5, admitted to SAU, and FAFSA filed by Mar. 15. To remain eligible in subsequent years, students must maintain 2.5 GPA and qualify for the Federal Pell Grant.
Award: Full tuition

Athletic Scholarships
Criteria: performance and ability
Award: varies

Fine Arts Scholarships
Criteria: performance and ability in music, art and theatre
Award: varies

Fr. Welch Alumni Scholarships
Criteria: parent is a St. Ambrose graduate
Award: $500/year

Minority Scholarship
Criteria: ethnically diverse student, FAFSA required
Award: $500-$1,000/year

Catholic Traditions Scholarship
Criteria: graduate from Catholic high school
Award: $2,000/year



OUT OF STATE RESIDENTS LIVING ON CAMPUS

Out of State On Campus Merit-Based Scholarships

Trustee Scholar
Criteria: unweighted 3.9 GPA and minimum 29 ACT or 1340 SAT score. Must maintain 3.25 cumulative GPA in successive years.
Award: $25,000/year and invited to compete for an Ambrose Scholar full-tuition award

Academic Scholarships
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score (optional)
Award: $17,000-$23,000/year

University Grant
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score (optional)
Award: $13,000/year

Out of State On Campus Additional Institutional Aid

Athletic Scholarships
Critieria: performance and ability
Award: varies

Fine Arts Scholarships
Critieria: performance and ability in music, art and theatre
Award: varies

Fr. Welch Alumni Scholarships
Criteria: parent is a St. Ambrose graduate
Award: $1,000/year

Minority Scholarship
Criteria: ethnically diverse student, FAFSA required
Award: $500-$1,000/year

Catholic Traditions Scholarship
Criteria: graduate from Catholic high school
Award: $2,000/year

Menke Parish Scholarship
Criteria: Diocese of Davenport parishioner, additional application required
Award: $1,000/year



OUT OF STATE RESIDENTS LIVING OFF CAMPUS

Out of State Off Campus Merit-Based Scholarships

Academic Scholarships
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score (optional)
Award: $14,000-$17,000/year

University Grants
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score
Award: $11,000/year

Out of State Off Campus Additional Institutional Scholarships

Athletic Scholarships
Criteria: performance and ability
Award: varies

Fine Arts Scholarships
Criteria: performance and ability in music, art and theatre
Award: varies

Fr. Welch Alumni Scholarships
Criteria: parent is a St. Ambrose graduate
Award: $500/year

Minority Scholarship
Criteria: ethnically diverse student, FAFSA required
Award: $500/year

Catholic Traditions Scholarship
Criteria: graduate from Catholic high school
Award: $2,000/year

State and Federal Grants, Work Study

Grants are money that you don't repay, and they can come from government or private sources. SAU receives all financial aid funds directly - including loans and grants - then applies them to your account: once in the fall term and once in the spring term. Grants can be used to cover your tuition, books, and housing costs. You must apply for grants each academic year. If you have any loan funds in excess of your costs, you may receive a refund. If you are a first-time borrower, there is a 30-day hold on your first disbursement. For all of these grants, you must complete the Free Application Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after October 1.


Iowa Tuition Grant
To be eligible for the Iowa Tuition Grant, you must be a resident of Iowa as defined by the State Board of Regents and currently enrolled or planning to enroll in an undergraduate degree program at an eligible Iowa college or university (SAU is eligible). Iowa College Aid administers need-based college financial aid for Iowans, such as the Iowa Tuition Grant. FAFSA deadline is July 1.
Award: $6,800

Federal Pell Grant
Awarded to students of the highest need based on how much your family can contribute to your education. The U.S. Department of Education sets a Expected Family Contribution (EFC) threshold. Then, when you file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), it computes where you land within that threshold and determines if you qualify for the grant and for how much.
Award: $6,345 maximum

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
To qualify, you must file a FAFSA by the priority deadline of March 15 and you must qualify for a Pell Grant. This grant is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to students who have submitted all required documents for review and in time for the review to be complete. If you are eligible for a Pell Grant or SEOG, the awards will appear on your financial aid award letter. Award: $400 maximum

Federal Work Study
Criteria: based on financial need. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1.
Award: $1,850

Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant 
Provides aid to students intending to teach in a high-need field at a school that serves low-income families (as determined by the U.S. Department of Education or a state education agency). Review criteria and all details here.
Award: up to $4,000

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.


Justin Keister '16


"Words can't express how happy I am with my decision to switch from a health science field to engineering. For a long time, I've wanted a job that would allow me to help people, and I had initially been leaning toward healthcare. After discovering engineering, though, I'm much more excited to be involved in the research and design of medical technology. I feel that engineering will allow me to make a much broader impact than I could in a clinical setting."

Tom Helms

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering & Industrial Engineering,Automated Systems Engineer, Genesis Systems, Davenport,Class of 2016


Tom loves the constant challenge and evolving nature of engineering. At SAU, we provided the academic rigor and support that helped him thrive. It was a hands-on education in our engineering labs and in local firms, and we pushed Tom to use his growing skills to help a child communicate. His education had a direct impact on his future because we let Tom explore his potential in the world.

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Contact


Mohamad El-Zein, PhD

Engineering and Physics Department
Hayes Hall 215
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803
563-333-6485
Engineering@sau.edu

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