At A Glance

Learn about our students and faculty, as well as academic programs, financial aid, and extracurricular activities.

Quick Facts About SAU

For 2021, SAU was ranked 27th by U.S. News & World Report (2021) 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:

  • 19th Best College for Veterans due to our participation in federal initiatives helping veterans and active-duty service members pay for their degrees
  • 33rd Best Value (calculated by net cost of attendance)
  • an A+ School for B Students. Membership on this list is based on metrics of first-year students such as their high school rank and standardized test scores.

From the Princeton Review, St. Ambrose University is one of the Best in the Midwest, which is notable because Princeton only ranks 23% of U.S. four-year colleges. We ranked highest in admissions selectivity and interesting and accessible professors.

The SAU Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program ranked 5th Best DBA Program by (2019). 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.

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Smaller is better

With an average student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1, your professors know you on a personal level.

Dedicated Faculty

College of Distinction

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St. Ambrose University is recognized as a College of Distinction for its adherence to successful outcomes, great teaching, creating a vibrant community, and engaging students.

College of Distinction Qualifications

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Welcome Week

Welcome Week marks your first days on campus and gives you the full experience of what it means to be Ambrosian: taking an Urban Plunge to serve your community, learning together, and having fun.

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General Information

Affiliation Roman Catholic, Diocese of Davenport

Established 1882

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


Our undergraduate and graduate programs allow you to dive into your academic goals or discover your real passion. 

Here are some highlights, but then head over to the Academics page to get a complete picture of how SAU prepares 

Majors and Programs
More than 60 undergraduate majors, 14 master's, and three doctoral programs

High-Impact Practices
Internships, service learning, and career readiness

Study Abroad
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,, 800-621-7440.

Our People

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
Faculty: 335
Staff: 270

Average class size 20 


Mascot – Fighting Bees/Queen Bees

31 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

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518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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