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Ave Maria University


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.

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor&Apos;S And Master&Apos;S
Biological And Biomedical Sciencesbiology/Biological Sciencesenglish Language And Literature/Lettersenglishforeign Languages, Literatures, And Linguisticsclassics And Classical Languages; Comparative Literaturehistoryhistorymathematics And Statisticsmathematicsphilosophy And Religious Studiesphilosophysocial Sciencesamerican Government And Politics; Economicstheology And Religious Vocationspre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies; Religious/Sacred Music; Theology; Theology And Religious Vocations Related


Admission: 1,464 applied; 819 admitted; 228 enrolled Average high school GPA: 3.6

Test Scores:

Options: electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred entrance
Required: essay or personal statement, high school transcript, minimum 2.8 GPA, 2 letters of recommendation, activities list
Application deadlines: rolling (freshmen), 12/1 (transfers)
Early decision: 11/1
Notification: continuous (freshmen), continuous (transfers)

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • 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 *Not Reported
    • 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 offeredNot Reported
    • Tuition pre-payment planNot Reported
    • Tuition payment plans offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported

Student Body

Undergraduate Student Population
532 Undergraduate Students, 54% Women, 46% Men, 19% Transferred In
International Population
Representing 28 Other Countries
Housing Info
90% Live On Campus

Campus Life

On-Campus Residence Required Through Senior Year
Men-Only, Women-Only, Campus Housing Is University Owned. Freshman Campus Housing Is Guaranteed
Drama/Theater Group, Student-Run Newspaper, Choral Group, Students For Life, Chastity Team, Student Government Association, Habitat For Humanity, Faith In Action Ministry
Most popular organizations
Students For Life, Chastity Team, Student Government Association, Habitat For Humanity, Faith In Action Ministry
Campus security
24-Hour Patrols, Controlled Dormitory Access, County Sheriff Workstation On Campus With Deputy Patrols
Student services
Health Clinic, Personal/Psychological Counseling
Academic Programs
Special Study Options: Accelerated Degree Program, Double Majors, Independent Study, Internships, Services For LD Students, Study Abroad, Summer Session For Creditunusual Degree Programs: 3-2 Theologyschool Calendar: Semesters




Total: 73Full-Time: 77% Full-Timestudent/Faculty Ratio: 10 :1

Financial Aid

Costs (2013&-14)
Comprehensive fee:$32,286 includes full-time tuition ($23,000) and room and board ($9286)
Payment plan:installment
Waivers:employees or children of employees

Financial Aid
Of all full-time matriculated undergraduates who enrolled in 2013,722 applied for aid, 650 were judged to have need, 131 had their need fully met. 38 Federal Work-Study jobs (averaging $54,000)
In 2013,205 non-need-based awards were made
Average percent of need met:73%
Average financial aid package:$20,022
Average need-based loan:$3951
Average need-based gift aid:$16,113
Average non-need-based aid:$10,709
Average indebtedness upon graduation:$22,031




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