Ave Maria University

Ave Maria, FL
student ratio
total students
$23,000 | $23,000
in-state | out-of-state tuition
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
Moderately Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
sat math
sat reading
sat writing
act composite


Ave Maria University

Ave Maria University in southwest Florida cultivates future leaders who excel in their professions and communities. The university offers exceptional liberal arts curricula and specialized programs in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Ave Maria University has 30 undergraduate majors -- including biochemistry, biology, business, environmental science, and physics -- and 20 minors.

In addition to providing outstanding academic programs, the university cultivates a vibrant and supportive community grounded in Catholic principles and focused on developing the whole person.

Core Curriculum at Ave Maria University

Through the core curriculum, students acquire knowledge and exposure to key disciplines; gain critical thinking, analytical, and writing skills; and build solid foundations on which to pursue their majors.

The 64-credit curriculum consists of courses in American history and government, foreign language, history, literature, mathematics, natural science, philosophy, and theology. It also includes a first-rate composition component and immersion into classic books like the "Holy Bible," "Origin of Species," the Divine Comedy," and "Hamlet."

Biochemistry Major

The biochemistry major introduces students to the chemical and biochemical sciences.

Its curriculum incorporates classroom learning and independent research to provide pre-professional training that prepares students for graduate study or careers in the biological, chemical, or medical sciences.

It consists of 44 credits of required courses, a minimum of 8 credits of elective courses, and 4 credits for a calculus course.

Biology Major

Students in the biology major gain an in-depth education in modern biology, molecular biology, and biochemistry.

As a result, they graduate equipped to pursue advanced study in fields such as medicine, nursing, dentistry, and veterinary medicine or obtain positions in clinical labs, research labs, or educational institutions. The major's curriculum includes biology core courses; a calculus course; and elective courses in biology, biochemistry, and environmental science.

Business Major

The business major at AMU provides fundamental education in accounting and finance, business law and global issues, economics and statistics, and marketing and management. In addition to core and elective courses, the program includes 10 (40 credits) business core courses.

Environmental Science Major

The environmental science major at AMU prepares students for field and laboratory careers or graduate study in a variety of fields such as botany, business, ecology, and law. Its curriculum has 10 required courses in biology, botany, zoology, ecology, genetics, microbiology, and chemistry, as well as 2 elective courses.

Physics Major

Students who major in physics at AMU acquire an in-depth understanding of computational, experimental, and theoretical science. In addition to the core curriculum, they complete 5 required and 4 elective physics courses.

Students also have opportunities to work with faculty members on their research in areas such as formal aspects of quantum field theories and high-energy particle phenomenology.

Student Life at Ave Maria University

AMU integrates the educational, social, and spiritual elements of college life to foster students' academic, personal, social, and spiritual growth.

It provides a full range of support services including on-campus housing, health and counseling services, adaptive services, and career services.

The university also offers many opportunities to get involved including more than 60 clubs and organizations, student government, and study abroad programs. Additionally, it provides intramural sports and intercollegiate athletics.

Spiritual Life at Ave Maria University

Ave Maria University offers students many opportunities to nurture their spiritual lives including a campus ministry and Faith Houses.

Its Office of Campus Ministry brings students, faculty members, and staff members together in learning, prayer, service, and worship. It provides daily and Sunday Masses, retreats, and other spiritual programs.

Faith Households consist of groups of male or female students who connect with each other through prayer and recreation.

Service Learning at Ave Maria

Service learning allows students to express Christ's love for others, particularly the poor and marginalized. Students along with faculty members and staff members volunteer for a variety of projects with organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Immokalee Housing & Family Services Childcare, and Virtus Mentoring Program.

In addition to these projects, students can participate in the Mother Teresa Project. This unique endeavor aims to cultivate graduates who spread Mother Theresa's teachings and compassion to new generations of Americans.

Project participants engross themselves in her life and writings and provide service to local farm-worker communities.

Dedicated and Accomplished Professors

Faculty members at Ave Maria University are accomplished teachers and scholars dedicated to creating a community of academic excellence. Many of them are published authors and international lecturers.

Patrick Kelly, Ph.D., associate professor of physics, has a doctoral degree in physics. His research focuses on theoretical particle and gravitational physics.

James Peliska, Ph.D., professor of chemistry and biology, holds a doctoral degree in chemistry. He has published extensively in the areas of drug resistant retroviruses and inhibitors of retroviral replication.

Financial Aid at Ave Maria University

To assist students with financing their educations, Ave Maria University provides several financial aid options including federal and state grants, federal work study jobs, and loans. It also offers the federally-funded Florida Work Experience program in which students work in positions that complement their academic and career interests.

Additionally, the university awards institutional scholarships and grants like the Ave Maria University Leadership Scholarship, Greater Ann Arbor Scholarship, and Athletic Leadership Scholarship.

A Thriving Region

Ave Maria University is located in Ave Maria, Florida, in the southern region of the United States. Its location in resource-rich Southwest Florida just 30 minutes from Naples provides an abundance of outdoor recreational options including sugar-sand beaches, gardens, sailing, hiking, and animal sanctuaries.

The area also offers outstanding cultural institutions like the Naples Museum of Art, von Liebig Art Center, and Sugden Theater, as well as many shopping and dining options.

Location & Contact

5050 Ave Maria Boulevard
Ave Maria, FL 34142

Fax: 239-280-2559

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Classics and Classical Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Comparative Literature
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • American Government and Politics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Theology and religious vocations
    • Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious/Sacred Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Theology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Theology and Religious Vocations Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


55% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied1,464
    • Accepted819
    • Acceptance Rate55%
    • Enrolled532
    • Female Applicants810
    • Females Accepted442
    • Female Acceptance Rate54%
    • Male Applicants654
    • Males Accepted377
    • Male Acceptance Rate57%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      Minimum high school GPA of 2.8
      activities list
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.60
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan November --
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer December 1st --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 609 510 640
    • SAT Math 602 500 620
    • SAT Writing 610 500 630
    • ACT Composite 25 21 28
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$23,000
    • Out-of-state tuition *$23,000
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student feesNot Reported
    • Room and board *$9,286.00
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students532
    • Male Student Percentage46%
    • Female Student Percentage54%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/LatinoNot Reported
    • Black or African AmericanNot Reported
    • White or CaucasianNot Reported
    • American Indian or Alaska NativeNot Reported
    • AsianNot Reported
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • UnknownNot Reported
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International BreakoutNot Reported
    • Out-of-state Students75% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Female-only housing, Male-only housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 90%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station No
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Students for Life, Chastity Team, Student Government Association, Habitat for Humanity, Faith in Action Ministry
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Not Reported
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Not Reported
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other County Sheriff workstation on campus with deputy patrols


Member of the: National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Basketball Yes Yes No
    • Golf No Yes No
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Yes No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Basketball Yes Yes No
    • Golf No No No
    • Rugby No No No
    • Soccer Yes Yes No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Yes No


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty73
    • Full-time Percentage77%
    • Part-time Percentage23%
    • Female Percentage15%
    • Male Percentage85%
    • Student:Faculty RatioNot Reported




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