Ave Maria University

Ave Maria University

Ave Maria, FL
location
Private
type
Small
setting
48%
52%
student ratio
1,028
total students
$17,712 | $17,712
in-state | out-of-state tuition
Rolling
fall application deadline
55%
acceptance rate
Moderately Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
602
sat math
609
sat reading
610
sat writing
25
act composite

Overview

Ave Maria University

Ave Maria University is a small Catholic liberal arts University located in southwest Florida. AMU is dedicated to the formation of joyful, intentional followers of Jesus Christ through Word and Sacrament, scholarship and service. The University is known for its exceptional academics and superb faculty. Ave Maria University has 30 undergraduate majors -- including biochemistry, biology, business, environmental science, and physics.

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
USA

Fax: 239-280-2559

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Exercise Physiology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Business/Trade/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Education (Specific Levels and Methods) Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Literature
      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.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Health and Medical Administrative Services Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Nursing Practice
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Humanities
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      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.
    • Political Economy
      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.

Admissions

55% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied1,464
    • Accepted819
    • Acceptance Rate55%
    • Enrolled1,028
    • Female Applicants810
    • Females Accepted442
    • Female Acceptance Rate54%
    • Male Applicants654
    • Males Accepted377
    • Male Acceptance Rate57%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee$
    • Required for All Transcript of high school record
      Minimum high school GPA of 2.8
      activities list
    • Required for Some Essay or personal statement
      Interview
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • 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 Not Reported
    • 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 *$17,712
    • Out-of-state tuition *$17,712
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$767
    • Room and board *$10,137
    • 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 Students1,028
    • Male Student Percentage52%
    • Female Student Percentage48%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino17.22%
    • Black or African American5.25%
    • White or Caucasian66.83%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.49%
    • Asian2.82%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • Unknown4.96%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout2.43% representing 15 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students55% 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 Yes
    • Most popular organizations Students for Life, Drama Club, Student Government Association, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 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

Athletics

Member of the: National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Yes No
    • Basketball Yes Yes No
    • Cheerleading No No No
    • Cross-country running No Yes No
    • Football Yes Yes No
    • Golf No Yes No
    • Lacrosse No No No
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Yes No
    • Softball No No No
    • Tennis No Yes No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Yes No
    • Cheerleading No Yes No
    • Cross-country running No Yes No
    • Football No No No
    • Golf No Yes No
    • Lacrosse No Yes No
    • Rugby No No No
    • Soccer Yes Yes No
    • Softball No Yes No
    • Tennis No Yes No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Yes No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty84
    • Full-time Percentage73%
    • Part-time Percentage27%
    • Female Percentage26%
    • Male Percentage74%
    • Student:Faculty RatioNot Reported


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