St. Ambrose University: Narrative Description

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518 West Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803-2898
Tel: (563)333-6000
Free: 800-383-2627
Admissions: (563)333-6300
Fax: (563)383-8791
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent Roman Catholic, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1882. Setting: 11-acre urban campus. Endowment: $35.4 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $6252 per student. Total enrollment: 3,534. Faculty: 315 (162 full-time, 153 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 1,575 applied, 86% were admitted. 14% from top 10% of their high school class, 32% from top quarter, 64% from top half. 45 valedictorians. Full-time: 2,138 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 501 students, 66% women, 34% men. Students come from 23 states and territories, 12 other countries, 42% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 3% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.5% international, 23% 25 or older, 52% live on campus, 12% transferred in. Retention: 75% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; psychology. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Black Hawk College, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, minimum ACT score of 20 or rank in top 50% of high school class, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview, ACT. Required for some: recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: 10/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. One-time mandatory fee: $100. Comprehensive fee: $24,200 includes full-time tuition ($17,565) and college room and board ($6635). College room only: $3380. Full-time tuition varies according to course load and location. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $547 per semester hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load and location.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 23 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Student Alumni Association, Social Action Group, College Activities Board, Ambrosians for Peace and Justice. Major annual events: Homecoming, Winter Carnival, Spring Fling. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, police officer on campus 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. 1,273 college housing spaces available; 1,212 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. O'Keefe Library plus 1 other with 143,634 books, 6,727 microform titles, 739 serials, 3,351 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $838,329. 190 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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