Founded in 1882, St. Ambrose University has provided students with a holistic education grounded in the liberal arts for more than a century.

St. Ambrose is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, which accredits degree-granting post-secondary institutions in the North Central region consisting of 19 states, including Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois and Ohio.

HLC is an independent corporation founded in 1895 and is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Committee on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation (CORPA, now continued under the Council on Higher Education Accreditation).

You can find more information about HLC and St. Ambrose University’s affiliation status on the commission’s website or by calling 800-621-7440.

Below are specialized accreditations for specific programs offered at St. Ambrose.

College of Business

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) has accredited the undergraduate programs of accounting, business administration, economics, finance, international business, management, and marketing, as well as the graduate programs in accounting, business administration (MBA and DBA) and organizational leadership.


The baccalaureate degree in nursing at St. Ambrose University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791 and is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing.