Welcome Transfer Students
Because the health and safety of our university employees, students, and visitors to campus is paramount, we are reformatting our Transfer Advising and Orientation Days.
If you haven't already, the first step is to complete our Transfer Commit form. You will then be contacted by the Advising Office and connected to your advisor. Your advisor is looking forward to speaking with you through a virtual meeting. This meeting will assist with many things to prepare for your enrollment at St. Ambrose for the fall semester, including registering for classes.
Be on the look out for details about a Transfer Orientation event before classes begin in August 2020. There you'll be able to connect with fellow transfer students, pick up your student ID, meet with representatives from Financial Aid, and learn about services from Information Technology and the Career Center. Plus, the bookstore will be open to answer your questions about textbook purchases and rentals.
Beyond the discomforting uncertainty of the moment, your future, filled with promise and untold possibility, still awaits. We hope that future is here at St. Ambrose and we look forward to the opportunity to support you during the next steps of continuing your education.
Complete our commit form to begin the Transfer Advising and Registration process for Fall 2020. The Commit form for students transferring to St. Ambrose in Spring 2021 will be available in early fall.
Are you an international student? Information regarding your Fall 2020 orientation is provided by International Student Services.
What will happen during my Advising and Registration appointment?
Our primary goal is to help you understand SAU's curriculum requirements and, with the assistance of your academic advisor, help you select an appropriate course schedule based on your expected major, general education requirements and interests. You will be assigned an academic advisor who will lead you step-by-step through the decision-making process of selecting courses for the upcoming semester.
Will my family be allowed to help me register for classes?
Students will meet one-on-one with an academic advisor for their appointment. It is in the students' best interest so they can begin to take ownership of their plan of study and class schedule early in their college career. This also allows students to begin forming a relationship with faculty members and professional advising staff before ever stepping into a classroom at SAU!
How will I know what classes to pick?
During your advising appointment, your assigned advisor will help you understand the general education requirements at SAU, as well as the appropriate classes to get started on your major. As far as selecting classes, your academic advisor will gather information from you about your interests and goals and provide direction in deciding which classes to take. Academic advisors are well-prepared to advise students in all areas of study at SAU.
Will I be able to change my schedule after my appointment?
Absolutely! If for any reason you want to change your schedule, you will have access to SAU's online registration system to drop/add classes. You will also receive contact information for the Academic Advising Office if you need assistance after registration.
What are General Education requirements?
The General Education curriculum is required of all students who graduate from SAU, regardless of their major. For the liberal arts, General Education promotes the knowledge, skills, habits of mind, and commitments needed to lead a life of personal fulfillment, professional achievement, and public service. SAU's General Education curriculum gives you a high degree of freedom, innovation, and choice to select courses of interest. Students take General Education courses throughout your college career. These requirements will be explained in more detail during your appointment.
Do I need to fulfill a foreign language requirement?
Yes! There are two ways to fulfill SAU's foreign language requirement:
- Complete a minimum of three years of the same foreign language in high school.
- Take a two-semester sequence in college (for example, Spanish 101 and 102).
If you have completed the requirement and wish to continue your study in Spanish, French or German, you will be required to complete a placement exam prior to orientation. You can indicate your interest at the end of the exam.
What are course prerequisites?
A course prerequisite is any class you need to complete before taking another course. This ensures you have a solid knowledge and skill base in certain classes prior to registering for them. For example, SPAN 101 First Semester Spanish is the prerequisite for SPAN 102 Second Semester Spanish. Not all courses have prerequisites but your advisor will assist you in identifying which courses do. Additionally, the Course Catalog specifies which courses have prerequisites.
SAU is offering a free class, College in the Time of COVID, that will help you navigate your first year in college during a pandemic.
Because we believe it's important to learn this set of skills on how to be successful this year, all First-Year and Transfer students have been automatically registered for this class. To opt out, click here.