Living a Mission

It's what Ambrosians do every day when they serve others, dream big, act globally, and search for meaning.

Join a community of diverse learners

Follow your interests, explore new opportunities, and stay busy.

St. Ambrose University – independent, diocesan, and Catholic – enables its students to develop intellectually, spiritually, ethically, socially, artistically, and physically to enrich their own lives and the lives of others.

St. Ambrose will be recognized as a leading Midwestern university rooted in its diocesan heritage and Catholic Intellectual Tradition. Ambrosians are committed to academic excellence, the liberal arts, social justice and service.

Making a Difference

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Our students typically give more than 178,000 service hours each year to volunteer projects here and across the world.

Community Involvement

Catholic College of Distinction

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As a Catholic College of Distinction, SAU is recognized for its adherence to successful outcomes, great teaching, creating a vibrant community, and engaging students.

College of Distinction Qualifications

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Living Our Mission

  • Join a community of diverse learners. We offer more than 60 undergraduate majors, 14 master programs, and three doctoral programs.
  • Follow your interests, explore new opportunities, and stay busy. We boast dozens of student organizations and clubs -- something for everyone. 
  • Our students typically give more than 178,000 service hours each year to volunteer projects here and across the world.

Learn more about why SAU is so spectacular

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Guided by a Vision

  • Our faculty and staff assist more than 114 organizations, serving as members on volunteer boards and committees.
  • We value diversity and learning from each other. Our community includes students of various religious, ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • You get the attention you deserve, and won't get somewhere else. Our student to staff ratio is 12:1.
  • St. Ambrose University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, for starters. Most of our undergraduate and graduate programs are individually accredited, too, which means you get a high-quality education backed by the resources, facilities, and experiences to help you thrive.     

Get the Basics About SAU

Bee the Difference

We make an impact on campus and in the community. In 2018, more than 600 students took part in Bee the Difference Day and helped 120 campus neighbors get their yards ready for winter. It is work, fun – and so rewarding.

Core Mission Values and Guiding Principles


We treasure and build on our strong Catholic identity in relationship with the Diocese of Davenport. As an independent institution of higher learning, St. Ambrose University embodies our faith tradition through teaching, learning, scholarship, and service, through openness to those of other faith traditions, and through the pursuit of justice and peace.


We believe that as individuals we are capable of living in the fullest measure when our lives are freely based on values that acknowledge a loving God and a life-affirming moral code. Therefore, we teach, learn, and work in a climate of mutual respect, honesty, and integrity where excellence and academic freedom are cherished.

Liberal Arts

We are committed to the richness of the liberal arts tradition through quality instruction that fosters development of a broad awareness of humanity in all its dimensions. Ambrosians use their knowledge, talents, and career skills in service to others.

Lifelong Learning

We believe that people at all stages of life need educational opportunities. Therefore, we offer learning programs with student-centered teaching that lead to baccalaureate and professional graduate degrees in curricula through the doctoral level as well as non-degree offerings at the undergraduate and graduate levels. To meet the needs of our diverse student body, we use a variety of delivery systems and formats in the Diocese of Davenport, the State of Iowa, and other authorized locations. We collaborate with other organizations to offer further opportunities around the world.


We believe in the inherent God-given dignity and worth of every person. Therefore, we strive to develop an understanding of human cultures, achievements, capabilities, and limitations to promote justice and peace and use our talents in service to others and the world. We welcome people from other countries and cultures to study, learn, and work at St. Ambrose. Likewise, we encourage Ambrosians to teach, learn, engage in scholarship, and serve abroad.

So, what's next?

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