Ambrosian Values

Tenacity. Transformation. Triumph. Find your greater purpose at St. Ambrose University

As a top university in Iowa, St. Ambrose is rooted in its diocesan heritage and Catholic intellectual tradition.

Our faculty, students, and alumni are committed to the values of academic excellence, the liberal arts, social justice, and community service.

At SAU, we challenge your intellectual, spiritual, ethical, and social growth – and you'll rise. Enrich your life and become an elevating force in the lives of others.

Transformational Impact

178,000+ HOURS


SAU students typically volunteer more than 178,000 hours each school year to local organizations and projects, and through service trips in the U.S. and abroad.

Community Involvement

Preparing Professionals


Pass Rates in OT, PT, and PA

Due to rigorous preparation and guidance, 100% of students in our Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant programs passed their certification exams.

Examine What Faith Means to You

Exploring your spirituality is deeply personal and so very powerful.

Retreats, interfaith celebrations, and service activities are opportunities to examine what faith means to you and to grow stronger.

Learning about your faith

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Our Campus Ministry Is All about Service

SAU Campus Ministry builds a welcoming community of Faith, Learning, and Justice through prayer, seeking wisdom, and a commitment to leadership and service.

We'll serve you in your faith and spark within you the desire to serve others.

Campus Ministry

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Social Justice Is Our Call to Action

Find out how Ambrosians are alleviating inequalities in society.


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Discover How Social Justice Took Root at St. Ambrose

Learn how we define social justice and how it became an integral part of SAU.


We Believe in and Model These Core Mission Values and Guiding Principles


We treasure and build on our strong Catholic identity in relationship with the Diocese of Davenport.


We believe we can live to the fullest measure when our values acknowledge a loving God and a life-affirming moral code.


We commit to quality instruction that develops a broad awareness of humanity in all its dimensions and to using our knowledge, talents, and career skills as service to others.


We affirm that people everywhere and at all stages of life need educational opportunities. That's why we collaborate with the Diocese of Davenport, the State of Iowa, and other organizations to offer further educational opportunities here and around the world.


We strive to develop an understanding of human cultures, achievements, capabilities, and limitations to promote justice and peace and use our talents in service to others and the world.

So, what's next?

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