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Saint Ambrose University

Davenport, Iowa

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Saint Ambrose University overview
Location Davenport, Iowa
Online sau.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Small City
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Saint Ambrose University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Saint Ambrose University is a private, Catholic institution located in Davenport, Iowa, part of the larger Quad Cities metropolitan area and approximately 180 miles from Chicago. Founded in 1882 by the Diocese of Davenport, the university presents a liberal arts education integrating both academic and professional development. The campus is characterized by its notable late 19th century architecture, with modern enhancements to support academic pursuits. As a medium-sized institution, Saint Ambrose University offers undergraduate, master's, and doctoral programs, with a particularly strong emphasis on health sciences, business, and education. The university enrolls a diverse student body and has a moderately selective application process. On-campus living is encouraged, with a range of residence halls and apartment-style accommodations. Saint Ambrose prides itself on offering personal attention in its academic programs, facilitated by a student-to-faculty ratio that fosters individualized learning. While the university supports various athletic programs as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), it is especially renowned for its competitive men's and women's soccer teams.

In the most recent statistical year 3,589 prospective students applied, and 2,653 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 459 enrolled in the school.  2,471 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 276 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $34,290 plus fees of $280. St. Ambrose University is ranked 402 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












St. Ambrose University is rated within the top 41% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

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SAT 1020/1240
ACT 20/27
GPA 3.39

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Saint Ambrose University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,320
Other Fees$280
Room and Board $11,988
Budget for Other Expenses$3,420
Total One Year Cost$51,298

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$48,300 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

62% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Saint Ambrose University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 32%
Psychology 12%
Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 11%
Education 9%
Health Professions 7%

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