St. Ambrose ranks among top schools in Midwest


DAVENPORT — Two national ranking publications, The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report, have rated St. Ambrose University among the top universities in the region. 

St. Ambrose is one of the best universities in the Midwest, according to The Princeton Review. The New York City-based education services company selected the university as one of 158 institutions of higher education it recommends in its “Best in the Midwest” designation. Colleges named “regional bests” represent only about 25 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges. This is the fifth year in a row St. Ambrose has been selected.

Also, the U.S. News & World Report ranked St. Ambrose University 36th among “Best Universities — Master’s By Region, Midwest,” using 15 indicators of academic excellence. The region includes 12 states.

Among university strengths related to high rankings are nationally accredited academic programs in nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy. St. Ambrose offers one of only 21 post-doctoral orthopedic physical therapy clinical residencies nationwide, the only master’s level occupational therapy program in the state of Iowa and a new master of speech-language pathology degree program.


The new $11.5 million health sciences education center will offer students state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories in response to the growing need for highly qualified health care professionals.

“We are always pleased to receive this type of affirmation, but not surprised,” says President Joan Lescinski, CSJ. “Even more important to us than rankings, however, is maintaining our own commitment to quality educational programs, first-class campus facilities, and service to others, a commitment that not only benefits our students, but the entire Quad-Cities community.”

St. Ambrose offers more than 75 undergraduate majors as well as master’s and doctoral programs. For more information, go to

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