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.
St. Ambrose will be recognized as a leading Midwestern university rooted in its diocesan heritage and Catholic Intellectual Tradition. Ambrosians are committed to academic excellence, the liberal arts, social justice and service.
Ambrose’s 300-plus faculty members are among the area’s movers and shakers. Passionate about education, whether their field is business, science, education or the arts, they receive numerous research grants, share their knowledge at conferences near and far, and publish papers and books every year.
We consider our students to be competent, innovative critical thinkers. They’re active in the community, strong on the field and dedicated to learning. Ambrose students win Fulbright Scholarships, compete at the state, regional and even national level in theatre and communication, and garner recognition for projects and programs they conceive and lead—goals they achieve with sustained, individualized support.
Our main campus is located in central Davenport, which is part of the Quad Cities, on the Iowa side of the Mississippi River. We also offer select programs at the Rock Island Arsenal, Burlington, Cedar Rapids, Muscatine, Ottumwa, and Waterloo.
While many good things happen in our classrooms and on our campus, St. Ambrose University students, alumni, faculty and staff are part of making good things happen in the Quad City community.
During a typical academic year, Ambrose students volunteer more than 15,000 service hours to local projects and organizations ranging from the campus Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America chapter to building a house for a local family, raking a neighbor’s yard and helping the disabled experience waterskiing. Students coordinate semi-annual campus blood drives and raise funds for organizations such as the March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Scott County Special Olympics.
Faculty and Staff
Our faculty and staff share their skills and talents through board service and volunteer activities. At least half of our faculty members serve on at least one community board or advisory committee, and almost 10% serve on four or more. Almost two-thirds volunteer for a community organization. Overall, service by Ambrose faculty and staff has assisted 114 different organizations.