Why St. Ambrose?

Find Your Greater Purpose in Life at St. Ambrose University

Some students prefer to get lost in the crowd at large universities. Being one person in a sea of faces, they may step out into the world not knowing who they are or what life is all about.

But you're different. You want a quality education at a smaller school where your professors know you by name, where you can actually perform research in your first year, and where your faith and dedication to serving others provides you and your friends with a greater purpose in life. If you're this kind of student, we want to meet you!

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Academic Resources of a State School, the Friendliness of a Small College

Get the Best of Both Worlds

St. Ambrose offers dozens of majors and the same top-notch academics found at larger universities and colleges in Iowa. In fact, the academic opportunities at Ambrose – internships, research, hands-on learning – go above and beyond many similar state and private schools.

What sets us apart is our investment in students' all-around well-being; professors who encourage exploration; and an unwavering dedication to seeing you graduate, prepared to face any challenge.

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Ambrosian Values

The Foundation for Building Your Success

Ambrosian values of academic excellence and commitment to the liberal arts, social justice, and community service help lay the groundwork for your success as a student, your career, and in making the world a better place.

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St. Ambrose University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

In addition to accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, we also retain several specialized accreditations as well.

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Bee the Difference

We make an impact on campus and in the community. In 2018, more than 600 students took part in Bee the Difference Day and helped 120 campus neighbors get their yards ready for winter. It is work, fun – and so rewarding.

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From scheduling a visit to filling out your application to inquiring about financial aid, our First-Year and Transfer Admissions Office can help you every step of the way!


At St. Ambrose, you'll grow through real-world learning experiences. Our master's and doctoral students become visionary leaders and change-makers who achieve and exceed their goals.

Connect with our Graduate Admissions Office to learn about specialized infosessions and program visits.


If you're an experienced professional looking to further your career and complete your coursework in half the time, we offer adult degree programs to earn your degree efficiently and on your schedule.

So, what's next?

Are you ready to take the next step? Click on the visit button below to learn more about our virtual and in-person visit options.