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Academics

Ask any students at this Catholic-affiliated liberal arts university, and they’ll tell you that “one of Ambrose’s best features is the caring faculty and staff.” “The professors are extremely accessible,” a freshman explains. “Most of mine have even given the class their home and cell phone numbers in case we cannot reach them in the office. They are willing to help you in any way academically and otherwise.” Students say that faculty accessibility is enhanced by “the small class sizes,” which guarantee that undergrads enjoy plenty of “one-on-one contact with their teachers.” Some undergrads admit that while they are “sometimes challenged by classes,” they have “never been overwhelmed.” Students also report that “the administration has a fairly good handle” on things and “tries to be accessible.” Ultimately, students leave happy; one satisfied elementary education major says, “Coming to Ambrose was one of the best choices I have ever made.”

Student Body

SAU is a mix of “traditional” and “nontraditional” students as well as “kids from Chicago” and “rural kids.” That’s part of the Ambrose charm; “Everyone gets along really well, regardless of background.” Students do concede, however, that “diversity and cultural experience is lacking.” But a junior opines that this “is not necessarily due to a lack of tolerance, but rather a lack of opportunity and exposure.” As you would expect, the school maintains “a strong [Catholic] presence”---though an undergrad is quick to point out that “many other religions are represented as well.” Overall, the student body includes “punks, jocks, preps, partiers,” and many others that defy categorization. But in true Midwestern style, they’re all connected by a “down-to-earth” attitude and a willingness “to help someone out at any time.”

Campus Life

Here’s an easy breakdown of life at SAU: “People are generally either academic-focused or party-scene-focused.” According to many students, St. Ambrose draws “students that like to live it up.” “There are always parties to go to---in the dorms or in the student houses surrounding the school.” But, says a freshman, “You can go and you don’t have to drink. People . . . respect your decision.” As for good, clean fun, “There is actually a board that comes up with activities to do that are usually free. For example, there is something to do every Wednesday night and most weekends they bring in guest singers, comedians, etc.” SAU’s home turf is Davenport, Iowa, which gets a bad rap because it “does not cater to college students” by offering “cheap, alternative activities.” Scour the full terrain of the Quad Cities, though, and you’ll find “art galleries, museums, clubs, movies, and much more.”

Overview

Applicants
4,877
Acceptance Rate
77%
Average HS GPA
3.35

GPA Breakdown

20%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
12%
3.00 - 3.24
17%
2.50 - 2.99
8%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
490 - 590
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
580 - 680
ACT Composite Scores
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 25

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
342
with Terminal Degree
205

183
Women
159
Men
36
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
57%
Graduate in 5 years
67%
Graduate in 6 years
67%

Majors

  • AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS, AND RELATED SCIENCES.

  • Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • Area Studies, Other.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Biomedical Sciences, General.
  • Neuroscience.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting and Related Services, Other.
  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other.
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other.
  • Business/Commerce, General.
  • Finance, General.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • Management Science.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
  • Operations Management and Supervision.
  • Organizational Leadership.
  • Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General.
  • Specialized Merchandising, Sales, and Marketing Operations, Other.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Journalism.
  • Public Relations/Image Management.
  • Radio and Television.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance.
  • Computer Science.
  • Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst.
  • Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications.
  • Information Science/Studies.
  • Network and System Administration/Administrator.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Art Teacher Education.
  • Biology Teacher Education.
  • Business Teacher Education.
  • Chemistry Teacher Education.
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education.
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education.
  • French Language Teacher Education.
  • German Language Teacher Education.
  • History Teacher Education.
  • Mathematics Teacher Education.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
  • Physics Teacher Education.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education.
  • Special Education and Teaching, General.
  • Speech Teacher Education.
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Engineering Physics/Applied Physics.
  • Engineering, General.
  • Industrial Engineering.
  • Mechanical Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Athletic Training/Trainer.
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management.
  • Nursing Science.
  • Occupational Therapy/Therapist.
  • Physical Therapy/Therapist.
  • Physician Assistant.
  • Public Health, General.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration.
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.
  • Natural Sciences.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General.
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Forensic Psychology.
  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Public Administration.
  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Economics, General.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Social Sciences, Other.
  • Sociology.

  • THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS VOCATIONS.

  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling.
  • Theology/Theological Studies.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production.
  • Digital Arts.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Graphic Design.
  • Music, General.
  • Painting.
  • Printmaking.
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Mara Sovey, Class of 1998
President John Deere Foundation

Josh Schmidt, Class of 2001
Member of Kansas City Chiefs Staff

Brian Hemesath, Class of 1994
Emmy Award Winning Costume Designer (SNL, Today Show, Sesame Street, Honeymoon in Vegas, Boeing Boeing, and The Rivals)

Mike Kubiesa, Class of 2013
Private Chef Catering to Athletes and Celebrities in Chicago Area

Patricia Snyder, Class of 1981
Vice President DMM Children's Apparel at Wal-Mart Stores Inc

Mary Madormo, Class of 2013
Property Marketing Coordinator at Nickelodeon

Chris Hassel, Class of 2007
Anchor of SportsCenter and Highlight Express on ESPNEWS.

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
57%
Graduate in 5 years
67%
Graduate in 6 years
67%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Nov 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$21,330

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$19,287

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,438

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
78%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$38,149

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$19,000

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$32,478
Required Fees
$280
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,320

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,935
Transportation for Commuters
$1,800

On-Campus Room and Board
$11,354
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,260
Foreign Countries Represented
21

Demographics

1.49%
Asian
4.98%
African-American
9.03%
Hispanic
72.58%
Caucasian
3.91%
Unknown
4.24%
International

55% female
45% male
66% are out of state
94% are full time
6% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
69%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
95%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Ryan Saddler

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

documentation sufficient to confirm disability,

Documentation Required for ADHD

documentation sufficient to confirm disability, achievement (Woodcock-Johnson) abilities, (Wechster) and information processing (Woodcock-Johnson)

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
84
Number of Honor Societies
15

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
3

Sports

Athletic Division
NAIA

Men's Sports (Fighting Bees)
15 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Bowling
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Women's Sports (Queen Bees)
14 Sports

Basketball
Bowling
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: Safezone, SafeHive, PRISM

Minority Support Groups

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple computers Dell computers

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Lisa Fortner
Admissions Visit Coordinator

Address
St. Ambrose University
518 West Locust St
Davenport, IA 52803-2898

Phone
800-383-2627

Email
admit@sau.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Rogalski Center (Student Union)
Wellness Center
St. Vincent Fields
Chapel
Galvin Fine Arts Building

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Vander Veer Park
Showcase Cinemas
TaxSlayer Center
North Park or South Park Mall
Modern Woodman Park

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F, Saturday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
800-383-2627

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admit@sau.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Visits from Sunday to Monday

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
taxi, bus, QC airport

Driving Instructions to Campus
https://www.sau.edu/about-sau/our-location Welcome Center is located on the corner on Locust St. and Harrison St.


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