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Ave Maria University

Ave Maria, Florida

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Ave Maria University overview
Location Ave Maria, Florida
Online avemaria.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Distant Rural
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Ave Maria University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Ave Maria University, established in 2003, is a relatively new private Catholic institution located in the planned town of Ave Maria, Florida, approximately 30 miles east of Naples. The university showcases distinctive Mediterranean architecture and offers a range of undergraduate and graduate programs, with a particular emphasis on the liberal arts and sciences. Known for its Core Curriculum that emphasizes the Catholic intellectual tradition, the university provides a comprehensive academic experience. While Ave Maria maintains an inclusive admissions policy, it tends towards being more selective. On-campus housing is available, including residence halls and apartments, fostering a residential collegiate experience. The most popular majors at Ave Maria include Business, Administration, and Management; Biology/Biological Sciences; and Theology/Theological Studies. Although the university does offer an athletic program, it is not renowned for a high-profile sports presence; however, its teams, known as the Gyrenes, compete in the Sun Conference as part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

In the most recent statistical year 3,404 prospective students applied, and 1,505 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 356 enrolled in the school.  1,266 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 44 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $25,168 plus fees of $1,186. AMU is ranked 598 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












AMU is rated within the lower 49% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

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SAT 1018/1240
ACT 21/28
GPA 3.6

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Average
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Ave Maria University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,260
Other Fees$1,186
Room and Board $13,402
Budget for Other Expenses$2,905
Total One Year Cost$43,921

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Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

41% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Ave Maria University students
Subject Percent of Class
Theology and Religious Vvocations 22%
Social Sciences 20%
English and Literature 12%
Philosophy and Religious Studies 11%
Biology 9%

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