Location: Davenport, Iowa
Percent Women: 59%
Tuition (one year): $27,540
Most Popular Majors: Education, Nursing, Exercise Science, Marketing, Public Relations, and 65 more!
Greek Life: No
Acceptance Rate: 71%
"What I love most about SAU is that it's the perfect distance from home. It allows me to get the full college expereince, but I can also take an quick hour drive and be home to spend a weekend with my family and friends."
"CAB always manages to host the best events. The Plain White Tee's concert in Rogo was the best part of fall semester (2013)!"
"Our study abroad program is the best! They worked with me step-by-step through the application process and made sure to check-in with me while I was abroad."
"Ambrose offered me a sense of community that I don't think I would have had at a big school. I love that I all of my teachers know me by name and they are always available to help."
"I'm sure everyone at SAU would agree with me when I say Last Blast is my favorite tradition. It's the best way to end the year with a bang before finals week!"
Why Choose SAU?
“I transferred here because I could study what I wanted and get into the classes that I wanted and still be able to graduate on time. Everyone was so helpful and willing to make my credits transfer.”
“From the first time I toured the campus, I got this feeling of home and closeness, and that’s what I love.”
“Getting to actually play the sport that I wanted was really important to me. The coaches were really nice and personable when I was recruited, and that got me hooked. Once I got here, that feeling stayed the same."
“There are so many more opportunities for the social life and internships in the Quad Cities that you might not get in a smaller area."
"I love that this is a Catholic school, but you don't have to be to come here. There are so many activities through campus ministry, and that's where I have found some of my closest friends."
"There's obviously nothing they can do about the weather, but it definitely wouldn't hurt to have a snow day when it's -15 with eight inches of snow on the ground."
"Freshman year I was assigned to live in Davis. I hated not having a roommate...or air conditioning."
"There's a select few bars that SAU students go to, so by the time you're a senior it gets kind of boring doing the same thing every weekend."
New Collegiette on Campus
"The first few monthes of freshman year felt like summer camp."
"Freshman year I had the chance to meet so many people. I ended up making friends witha big group of girls who all lived on my floor, and we've been friends since."
"As a freshman you participate in Urban Plunge. At first I wasn't very excited, but it was a cool way to volunteer in my new city."
All About Academics
"For my first three years at SAU I took at least 15 credits per semester. Now, as a senior, I'm taking 12 at the most. Since I was transitioning from full days in high school, it didn't take too much effort to adjust to my new schedule."
"I just declared a nursing major, and the department has really helped to make sure I have all the requirements to get accepted to the program my junior year."
"I have the best advisor. We chat regularly, and he has really helped me to figure out what I'm good at and what career path I should take."
"Since the new Beehive opened that's been my new place to study. It's great in the morning, because it's not that crowded and I love the new coffee shop."
"For my PR capstone class I'm working with a group to create a campaign for a non-profit in the area. It's giving me great hands-on experience for the real world."
Learn from the Best
"Above all, teachers at St. Ambrose want you to succeed."
"I can honestly say that I've never disliked a professor at Ambrose. They love what they do and are always willing to help."
"Ted Woodruff's classes are fun, but they're hard. That's what I like about them, though, because he pushes me to keep doing better and trying harder."
"I don't know where else I would find professors who give out their cell phone numbers so they are always available to answer questions about homework [via text on a Saturday morning.]"
"Alan Sivell is one of my favorite teachers because he truly cares about the students and knows what he's talking about. He also knows how to give great advice and run a newspaper."
"I'm definitely guilty of checking "Rate My Professor" for tips on what professors to take. It's hard to come by a bad review."
"Before you graduate you need to take a class with Fr. DeFrancisco. Never a dull moment."
"Carla Stevens is a professor that everyone should have because she'll go above and beyond for the peopel who care. I think that is true for almost all of the teachers here."
Interests & Involvement
"Student government hosts awesome activities that everyone can attend."
"I love getting involved in volunteer events. Luckily Ambrose has a ton to offer, like Bee the Difference day."
"Dance Marathon has been my favorite avtivity at Ambrose so far."
"Being involved in a club gave me the chance to meet so many different people. It's fun to have a group of friends that have a lot of my same hobbies and interests."
"I'm pround to say that we're the only Fighting Bees in the nation. So there's that."
"Personally I don't play a sport but I'd say at least half of campus is on a sports team."
"The men's volleyball team always gets a big turn out to their games! They usually do a theme so they're a good time."
"There's a ton of different options for intramurals from flag football to floor hocky. It really brings out everyone's competitive side, and gives them a chance to play a sport that they would not have had time to otherwise."
"SAU is definitely dominated my women. I'm a PR major and most of my classes are all female. It's fun since my classmates have become some of my good friends."
"St. Ambrose has a women's studies major and club. I think it's great for women to take classes under the women's studies umbrella. It's sort of empowering to learn about such influential women."
"Our HC chapter hosted a girl power event. It was a fun movie night with my friends, but it was also awesome that all the proceeds went to Susan G. Koman!"
"As an English Education major there is on average about two guys in each of my classes. But we're all so close and have taken the same classes together that it's not that big of a deal."
Food & Drink
"The new coffee shop is my favorite place to grab a drink and a quick snack in between class."
"I love Rogo, but I go through my buzz bucks [money that comes with your meal plan] in like three weeks."
"If you live on campus, you are required to have a meal plan. The lowest is seven meals per week, and I like that one because I can meet my friends for lunch during the week and either go to brunch on the weekends or grab dinner after a crazy day. For the most part the caf does a good job of appealing to everyone with different food stations and throwing themed parties every now and then. They pull out all the stops every finals week for Midnight Breakfast!"
"As an upperclassman all of the dorm rooms come with a kitchen. It makes life so much easier!"
"There's only one dining hall on campus, so if you go at noon or five you better be prepared to search for a table."
"Opening day [baseball] is th best day in the Cosgrove cafe! Cotton candy, soft pretzels and nachos."
"There are a lot of clubs on campus that host late night events. It makes a good alternative to drinking on the weekends."
"Our gym just started up with late night hours. If you're into working out that gives you something to do."
"As an underclassman, we always found stuff to do instead of drinking on the weekends. Sometimes it was just having a much needed girls' movie night because the Library has an extensive selection of movies from new releases to oldies like "The Breakfast Club.""
"Since we're in a city we share the bars with students from other colleges and locals, so we definitely have an inclusive social scene."
"It's really easy to get to the bars downtown from SAU. Barhoppers picks up on campus, takes us to the bars, and pick us up for $5."
"Freshman year was the best. The dorms at SAU couldn't be nicer; unless you live in Davis every room comes with a bathroom for four. Definitely nicer than community showers."
"Besides the rooms being so spacious, my favorite part was that you were automatically living with three other girls because you were in a suite. This worked perfectly freshman year because I got along with my suitemates right off the bat and we're still living together senior year."
"Most of the dorms at SAU are relatively new. That was a huge selling point when I was looking at colleges."
"The rooms are a perfect size. They don't feel like you're living in a shoe box. "
"Some of the dorms are located in the perfect spot on campus! The freshmen dorm, Cosgrove, is on top of the cafeteria so in the winter I could walk downstairs without a coat to eat lunch. Rohlman is located right in the center of campus, so all of my classes were just a short walk away. McCarthy may be across the football field, but if you have classes in that building, you can walk downstairs in your slippers during the wintertime."
"SAU now has key cards, so security on campus is pretty tight. We also have security guards that work at every down from 11p.m. to 7a.m. I'm never worried about my safety."
"Freshman year I met my best friends. We all lived on the same floor and had the best time!"
"Davenport is one of the Quad Cities so we're close to a lot different attractions like museums, music venues and sports arenas. So you never have to be bored!"
"There are a ton of bars, but if you're not 21 there are other venues with live music you can hang out at."
"St. Patrick's Day in Davenport is super fun. They're a ton of people, a parade and live music!"
"The Bix is another huge weekend in Davenport. It's a huge outdoor race in July, so it's fun reunion over the summer!"
"There are a few sketchy areas, so you do have to be cautious, especially at night."
HC's Complete College Guide: St. Ambrose University
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