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St. Ambrose University

Davenport, IA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate74%

St Ambrose University Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into St. Ambrose University. The university admitted 74% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 3,483 applications received in 2023, 2,562 students were offered admission.

If you want to apply to St. Ambrose University, there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Students who apply to St. Ambrose University for the fall semester should hear back from St. Ambrose University by October 1.

St. Ambrose University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of St. Ambrose University's admissions stats.

St. Ambrose University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Mean SAT Score 1070
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 26%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 34%
Waitlist No

St. Ambrose University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for St. Ambrose University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No

Considering Applying Early to St. Ambrose University?

St. Ambrose University does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ See a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on St. Ambrose University Admissions

Is St. Ambrose University Challenging To Get Into?

It is moderately difficult to get into St Ambrose University. St Ambrose University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2022, St Ambrose University accepted 74% of all applicants, approximately 2,562 from 3,483 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like St Ambrose University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to St. Ambrose University

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to St. Ambrose University

St. Ambrose University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does St. Ambrose University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at St. Ambrose University

Wondering what factors are considered by St. Ambrose University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Class Rank Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Application Essay Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with St. Ambrose University for more information on admission factors.

St. Ambrose University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to St. Ambrose University, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with St. Ambrose University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript of High School Record
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.5

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into St. Ambrose University?

Students admitted to St. Ambrose University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

St. Ambrose University has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 26% of St. Ambrose University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 34% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for St. Ambrose University?

To be competitive with other St. Ambrose University applicants, you should strive to score between 960 and 1180 (or higher!) on the SAT. At St. Ambrose University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1180 and 25% of scored lower than 960, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a St. Ambrose University student is 1070.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of St. Ambrose University students scored 600 or higher and 75% of students scored 480 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of St. Ambrose University students scored 600 or higher, and 75% scored a 480 or higher.

To be most competitive at St. Ambrose University, you should strive to earn between 20 and 26 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 26 means you fall in the 75th percentile for St. Ambrose University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 26, and three out of four students scored lower than 26 on the ACT.

A 20 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for St. Ambrose University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 20.

More Information on Transferring to St. Ambrose University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to St. Ambrose University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in St. Ambrose University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

St. Ambrose University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to St. Ambrose University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to St. Ambrose University.

Does St. Ambrose University accept transfer credits?

✅ St. Ambrose University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. St. Ambrose University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES • Life Long Learning Credit

Does St. Ambrose University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ St. Ambrose University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to St. Ambrose University?

❌ No, St. Ambrose University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is St. Ambrose University's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for St. Ambrose University is 74%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at St. Ambrose University?

❌ St. Ambrose University does not offer early decision.

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St Ambrose University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into St Ambrose University? St Ambrose University is a somewhat selective institution. The St Ambrose University acceptance rate is 74%. This means that the institution accepts 73 out of every 100 applicants.


St Ambrose University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to St Ambrose University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to St Ambrose University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

St Ambrose University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

960 - 1180


Math SAT Range

460 - 600


Reading SAT Range

480 - 600

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1180 and Above


960 to 1180


960 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for St Ambrose University students is 1070. Applicants with SAT scores of 1180 and above have a good chance of being admitted to St Ambrose University, while applicants with SAT scores between 960 to 1180 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 960 have a low chance of being offered a spot at St Ambrose University.

St Ambrose University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At St Ambrose University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.41. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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