St. Ambrose University Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Ambrose Hall at St. Ambrose University
Ambrose Hall at St. Ambrose University. Farragutful / Wikimedia Commons

St. Ambrose University Admissions Overview:

Students applying to St. Ambrose can apply through the school's application, or with the Common Application. Prospective students will also need to submit official high school transcripts and scores from either the SAT or the ACT. In 2016, the school had an acceptance rate of 64%; admissions are not highly selective, and most students with a "B" average or better and standardized test scores that are at least average will have a good chance of being admitted.

Admissions Data (2016):

St. Ambrose University Description:

Established in 1882 as a seminary and school of commerce for young men, St. Ambrose is now a private, coeducational Roman Catholic university offering a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Among the school's 70+ majors, business and health fields are among the most popular. Academics are supported by an 10 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 20. The school's main campus is located in a residential neighborhood of Davenport, Iowa, and St. Ambrose offers study abroad programs in over 30 countries. The college has better residence halls than most, and student life is active with over 50 clubs and organizations. In athletics, the St. Ambrose Fighting Bees and Queen Bees compete in the NAIA Midwest Collegiate Conference for most sports. The college fields eleven men's and eleven women's sports.

Enrollment (2015):

  • Total Enrollment: 3,184 (2,404 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 43% Male / 57% Female
  • 91% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $29,150
  • Books: $1,200 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,869
  • Other Expenses: $3,284
  • Total Cost: $43,503

St. Ambrose University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 72%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $17,665
    • Loans: $8,541

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Business Administration, Management Science, Marketing, Nursing, Psychology

Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 79%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 31%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 53%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 63%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Baseball, Bowling, Football, Lacrosse, Golf, Soccer, Track, Tennis, Volleyball, Cross Country, Basketball
  • Women's Sports: Softball, Track, Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis, Bowling, Dance, Golf, Cross Country, Cheerleading

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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St. Ambrose University Mission Statement:

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"St. Ambrose University — independent, diocesan, and Catholic — enables its students to develop intellectually, spiritually, ethically, socially, artistically and physically to enrich their own lives and the lives of others."

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