Find Your Greater Purpose in Life at St. Ambrose University

Some students prefer to get lost in the crowd at large universities. Being one person in a sea of faces, they may step out into the world not knowing who they are or what life is all about.

But you're different. You want a quality education at a smaller school where your professors know you by name, where you can actually perform research in your first year, and where your faith and dedication to serving others provides you and your friends with a greater purpose in life. If you're this kind of student, we want to meet you!

The Academic Resources of a State School, the Friendliness of a Small College
Get the Best of Both Worlds
St. Ambrose offers dozens of majors and the same top-notch academics found at larger universities and colleges in Iowa. In fact, the academic opportunities at Ambrose – internships, research, hands-on learning – go above and beyond many of our state and private school competitors.

But what sets us apart is our small class sizes and approachable professors who get to know you and are dedicated to your instruction, providing you with opportunities you might not receive at other colleges in the Quad Cities or elsewhere.

Ambrosian Values Are the Foundation for Building Success
SAU Is the Right Fit for You
Our Ambrosian values of academic excellence and commitment to the liberal arts, social justice, and community service help lay the groundwork for your success as a student, your career, and in making the world a better place.

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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.

Learn About SAU's Accreditations

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.

Learn more about our admissions process!


From scheduling a visit to filling out your application to inquiring about financial aid, our Admissions Office can help you every step of the way!


Applying for graduate school here is as easy as 1-2-3! To find out the requirements specific to a graduate program, contact it directly.


If you're an experienced professional looking to further your career and complete your coursework in half the time, our ACCEL Program could be right for you. Apply today, and you'll be on your way to earning your degree in no time!


Transfer up to 90 credits from your community college.


When you visit our campus, you'll know why St. Ambrose University is the school for you. Come see us soon!


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