Parents and Family

Those years of high school really flew by, didn't they? And now your student is going off to college. Pat yourself on the back and take a high five, because they didn't do it alone!

And honestly, they still won't. But the kind of help and support they receive now will take different forms. They'll have an adviser, peers in study groups, professors as mentors, and supervisors at an internship who will help them grow and mature into a self-sufficient and well-rounded adult. Read this story about the remarkably supportive educational environment we provide students. Or, watch this video and learn how we assisted a very determined woman in achieving her dream.

For the most part, you can learn what being an Ambrosian is all about through the First-Year Admissions and Aid webpage as well as Student Life. However, when you scroll down on this page, there are some topics that you, as a parent/guardian, might find particularly interesting as you help your child take these steps to college.

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All the Comforts of Home

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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.

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St. Ambrose University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

In addition to accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, we also retain several specialized accreditations as well.

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Undergraduate Majors and Programs


St. Ambrose offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and programs. Personalize your studies early when you apply for college admission.

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Worker Bees

The lasting impact of a St. Ambrose education

In the classroom and far beyond, we ask our students to explore the unknown, challenge their limits, and act with compassion.

It is through that journey that St. Ambrose University students discover their passion and after graduation, find a job to feed that passion.

In the Spring 2019 issue of Scene Magazine, graduates shared the many ways in which an SAU education led to their success today.

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First-Generation Students

SAU appreciates the strength, persistence, and grit of first-generation students. We celebrate National First-Generation Day to celebrate those who will 'Bee First!' in their families to earn a degree.

Moving to Campus

Helping Your Child Get Prepared

The St. Ambrose University Residence Life Office works with selected external vendors in providing additional amenities to our residents. You can read about Linens and Lofts and Care Packages below.

Moving to a residence hall will be a new experience for you and your child, so we've also provided a helpful packing list.

What to Pack
  • wall or desk clock
  • bedding
  • hangers
  • lanyard
  • laundry supplies (doing laundry on campus is free!)
  • shower caddy (handheld)
  • desk lamp
  • study needs (reference books, stapler, paper clips, etc.)
  • towels

Optional Items

  • calendar
  • microwave (<700 watts)
  • fan (for Davis)
  • iron/tabletop ironing board
  • dry erase memo board for room door
  • TV
  • computer
  • carpet or rugs
  • plants, posters, and decorative items
  • indoor grill
  • mini fridge (4 cubic feet or less than 650 watts)
  • hot pot
  • scissors
  • small sewing kit
  • speakers
  • lofts (see Linens and Lofts below)

Not Allowed

  • halogen lamps
  • toasters
  • pets (except fish) 
  • candles and incense
  • pizza cookers (and other open burner items)
  • homemade lofts
  • shower caddy (those that hang on shower heads)

Read Residence Life Policies in the Student Handbook

Linens and Lofts


Residence hall rooms contain extra-long beds (36" x 80") which require extra long linens to comfortably fit the mattresses. Student Services has an agreement with an outside vendor to provide these linens through Residence Hall Linens and Bedding. Students will receive a letter and order form in the mail during the summer that describes the products and special packages available. Make sure to order by the deadline to ensure linens arrive at home before departing for campus.


If your student would like extra space in their residence hall room, consider renting a loft. Lofts are a great way to maximize space and they are delivered to your room so they're waiting for you when you arrive on move-in day.

Students wanting to loft their beds in single rooms in Davis, Hagen or North Hall must use the materials provided in their rooms. Students living in all other University housing must use lofting materials rented from College Products at College Products also sells durable futons and safes with delivery for all residence life buildings on campus.

Send Some Love

Care Packages

Care packages are a great way to let your student know you are thinking of them!

Care packages are available for Move-in Day, Halloween, Fall finals, Valentine's Day, and Spring finals.

You will receive a letter in the mail and an email during the summer that describes the packages; order by the deadline so your student is sure to receive their care package.

St. Ambrose works with Basket Bowtique, a privately-owned gift shop in Cedar Rapids. All packages are handmade, individually wrapped, and personally delivered to campus. Proceeds from care packages help fund programming and community-building efforts by SAU Residence Life.

See all care packages and order

Multi-Package Discount

Purchase a single care package or get a discount with either the Ambrose Plan – which includes all five packages (minus the Healthy Option) – or the Ambrose Healthy Plan – which includes the Move-In Pack plus four Healthy Option Packs – for $114. Order deadlines for either Multi-Package will be updated soon.

For more information, call the Residence Life office 563-333-6258 or send an email.

How to Order

  • We encourage you to send a handwritten note that we will BEE happy to attach to the package for you. Send all notes to St. Ambrose University, c/o Residence Life.
  • When ordering, please use the following as the DELIVERY ADDRESS:

St. Ambrose University
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803-2829

  • Please use your personal email address when prompted so that you receive the order confirmation instead of your student.

Move-In Pack

The Move-In Pack ($33) comes in a reusable, hard-plastic container that is perfect for storing various odds and ends. In addition to energy-inducing snacks and drinks, this pack comes with everything below and some other essentials, such as a deck of playing cards!

• Popcorn
• Oreos
• Chex Mix
• Cookies
• Nutri-Grain Bars
• Skittles
• Gardettos
• Deck of Playing Cards
• Fruit Snacks
• Bottle of Water
• Twizzlers
• Cheez-It Crackers
• Trail Mix
• Suckers
• Gatorade
• Animal Crackers
• Hot Chocolate

Halloween Pack

The Halloween Pack ($23) is a reminder of the fall season, with favorites such as apple juice and candy corn. Those traditional items, balanced with a combination of Halloween treats and healthy snacks such as pretzels, create a well-rounded approach to get your son or daughter through fall midterms. The package comes in a clear bag, decorated with Halloween tissue paper to give it a spook-tacular appearance!


• Hot Chocolate
• Candy Corn (2)
• Apple Juice
• Blow Pops
• Mini Pretzels
• Cheez-It Crackers
• Oreos
• Three Musketeers Bar
• Halloween Candy

Fall Finals

The Fall Finals Pack ($23) is a stress-busting favorite that arrives in a popcorn bucket tied with Ambrose colors. As the tension and anxiety of finals creeps in, students will be able to kick back with some comfort food to relieve that stress – and maybe use the packaging to enjoy a movie or two!

• Popcorn
• Doritos
• Cheetos
• Combos
• Animal Crackers
• M&Ms
• Starburst Candy
• Skittles
• Junior Mints
• Tootsie Pops
• Cans of pop (3)

Valentine's Pack

The Valentine's Pack ($23), packaged in a red box with a big Valentine's ribbon as a reminder of your love, shows your student that you're thinking of them when they're away at school. Although the weather outside might be cold, you're going to warm your student up with some cocoa and "red hot" cinnamon candies. 

• Chocolate Box
• Fruit Punch Gatorade
• Bottle of Water
• Skittles
• Hershey's Chocolate Bar
• Twizzlers
• Hot Tamales Candy
• Cinnamon Popcorn
• Suckers 

Spring Finals

The Spring Finals Pack ($23) comes in a blue or white canvas bag, to complement SAU's colors. Full of recharging treats and drinks, this pack is sure to keep your student's energy level up for all those late nights of reviewing and cramming!

• Bottle of Water
• Bottle of Juice
• Oreos
• Chex Mix
• Fruit Snacks
• Granola Bars (2)
• Pop Tart
• Goldfish Crackers
• Popcorn

Healthy Option

The Healthy Option Pack ($23) comes in a white, reusable container. This package cannot be ordered in place of the Move-In Pack or Ambrose Plan.

This pack can be delivered at any time of the year; use the deadlines for the above packages to determine order and delivery dates.

• Bottle of water
• Flavored water packets
• Oatmeal
• Peanut butter
• Peanuts
• Dark chocolate
• Protein or nut bars
• Dried fruit
• Trail mix
• Veggie chips


Admissions Office
Admissions and Welcome Center
310 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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