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 CollegeChoice.net (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.
Smaller is better
With an average student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1, your professors know you on a personal level.
College of Distinction
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.
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Then, contact us so we can learn more about you and check for other awards, scholarships and grants for which you may qualify. Each year, St. Ambrose University awards nearly $30 million in institutional aid and scholarships. Take the first step and ask. Our admissions representatives are happy to help.
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.
More About SAU
Affiliation Roman Catholic, Diocese of Davenport
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 you for a fulfilling, meaningful career.
Internships, service learning, honors, research, and career readiness
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, www.hlcommission.org, 800-621-7440.
Enrollment Fall 2020
Undergraduates: 2,305 (2,180 full-time; 125 part-time)
Graduate Students: 698 (464 full-time; 234 part-time)
Coeducational since 1968
Women: 1,589 (1,225 undergraduates; 364 graduates)
Men: 1,220 (1,015 undergraduates; 205 graduates)
Undergraduates: 19.7 percent of students identify themselves as belonging to a minority group
Graduates: 13.5 percent of students identify themselves as belonging to a minority group
Average class size
20, with a 12:1 student-faculty ratio
Mascot – Fighting 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 Swimming and Diving, 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
Coming in 2021-22 – Wrestling
2019-20 Athletic Honor Roll: 2 National Championships, 8 National appearances, 53 All-Conference, 25 Scholar Teams (leading the NAIA), 145 Scholar-Athletes, and more. Click here for the complete list