Saint Ambrose University

Saint Ambrose University

Saint Ambrose University, also referred to as SAU, is located in Davenport, Iowa, United States. It was established in the year 1882 by the Most Reverend John McMullen, DD, the first Bishop of Davenport. Originally, the university was a seminary and a school of commerce for young men. It offers degrees through the following colleges:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education and Health Sciences
  • College of Professional Studies

The men's sports teams of SAU are known as the Fighting Bees, and the women's teams are called the Queen Bees. The women take part in sports such as basketball, golf, softball, tennis, cross country, and volleyball, whereas the men participte in baseball, basketball, football, soccer, golf, and cross country. SAU also has a large number of clubs and organizations on campus including the Finance Club, Phi Alpha Delta, and Student Government Association.

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Contacting Saint Ambrose University

Saint Ambrose University
518 W Locust St
Davenport , IA 52803-2898
General Phone: (563) 333-6000

Saint Ambrose University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management368business, business management, business administration, accounting, accounting and related services, finance, organizational behavior, international business, management science, ...
Education and Teaching118educational administration, special ed, education of emotionally disturbed, mental retardation education, education of disabled, education of learning disabled, special education, college student counseling, elementary school teaching, ...
Therapy and Counseling118psychology, forensic psychology, physical therapy
Nursing and Emergency Medicine78registered nursing
Liberal Arts61German language, French language, Spanish language, English, interdisciplinary studies, economics, political science, sociology, history ...
Media47mass communication, journalism, radio and television, public relations
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy45health and physical education, sports and fitness management, health and fitness, occupational therapy, recreational therapy
Science42biology, exercise physiology, chemistry, physics
Family and Social Work36public administration, social work
Security and Law Enforcement35criminal justice and safety, criminal science, corrections and criminal justice
Computer Science and Engineering12information technology, systems analyst, computer science, computer networking, system administration, network management, computer security
Design9design and visual communication, graphic design
Engineering6industrial engineering
Medical Administration4health care administration
Religion and Philosophy3philosophy, theology, pastoral counseling
Drama and Performing Arts3drama
Fine Arts2fine arts
Art Studies0art studies

Number of programs and degrees for Saint Ambrose University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree58973
Master's degree33716
Award of less than 1 academic year91
Post-master's certificate06
Postbaccalaureate certificate620
Doctor's degree502

Saint Ambrose University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Saint Ambrose University had a total enrollment of 3,870 students (3,291 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 46%
Women 54%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 73%
Graduate 27%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 87%
Black 4%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 3%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 16%
20-21 24%
22-24 15%
25-29 12%
30-34 7%
35-39 5%
40-49 9%
50-64 4%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Saint Ambrose University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 79 %
Part-Time 50 %

Saint Ambrose University Room and Board (2007)

Saint Ambrose University offers campus housing for 1,506 of its 3,291 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Davenport, Iowa for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Iowa Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Saint Ambrose University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal1925
ACT Math1825
ACT Composite2025

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT99%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Saint Ambrose University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 21,610
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 21,610
Room and board $ 7,825
Room charge $ 3,988
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,837
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 2,145

Financial Aid:
Saint Ambrose University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 188900)

Saint Ambrose University Faculty

Saint Ambrose University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1619
Non-tenured and not on tenure track810

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year6$86,0564$90,033
Associate professorcalendar year3$69,2334$70,103
Assistant professorcalendar year3$72,85911$59,627
Instructorcalendar year1*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year13$76,51820$67,608

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year40$75,60425$70,713
Associate professoracademic year10$57,8399$58,407
Assistant professoracademic year31$53,02021$51,381
Instructoracademic year2*4$41,160
All faculty totalacademic year83$64,20659$59,951

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Saint Ambrose University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Midwest Classic Conference
Basketball Midwest Classic Conference
Baseball Midwest Classic Conference
Track Midwest Classic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports182947

Saint Ambrose University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Accounting and Related Services, Other
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Business/Commerce, General
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Science, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Organizational Behavior Studies

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer and Information Systems Security
Information Technology
System Administration/Administrator
System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager

Design and Visual Communications, General
Graphic Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education/Teaching Individuals - Specific Learning Disabilities
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
French Language Teacher Education
German Language Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Psychology Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Science Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Special Education and Teaching, Other
Speech Teacher Education
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Subject Areas, Other

Industrial Engineering

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Mass Communication/Media Studies
Public Relations/Image Management
Radio and Television

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management


Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy

Religion And Philosophy
Pastoral Studies/Counseling
Theology/Theological Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Exercise Physiology
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Criminalistics and Criminal Science

Therapy And Counseling
Forensic Psychology
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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