Ave Maria University

Address 5050 Ave Maria Boulevard
Ave Maria, FL 34142
Town Ave Maria
Tuition In/Out-of-State $23,000
School Type Private-Christian
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Year Founded 1998
School Website avemaria.edu

Originally founded in Michigan in 1988 by Catholic philanthropist and Domino’s Pizza owner and founder Tom Monaghan, Ave Maria University was moved to the town of Ave Maria in Southwest Florida in 2003. It is a private Roman Catholic university with hopes of one day being one of the Catholic Ivies, though there is now much controversy surrounding the university.


Acceptance Rate 61%
Average High School GPA 3.53
Average SAT Scores Critical Reading: 550-640
Math: 500-660
Writing: 530-710
Average ACT Scores Math: 22-26
English: 23-28
Application Fee N/A

At only 37%, Ave Maria University has a rather selective admissions process. It is likely that the admissions department at Ave Maria looks at an applicants character and faith background just as much or more than his or her academic background. Additionally, be aware that two references are also required, which should be completed on the school’s reference template.


Number of Majors Offered 15
Most Popular Majors Theology
Criminal Justice
Political Science
Student to Faculty Ratio 13:1

As would be expected from a fundamentalist Catholic university, the most popular academic programs at Ave Maria University relate to theology and the core curriculum includes a year of Latin, theology and philosophy courses.

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Student Body

Undergraduates 679
Postgraduates 521
Male to Female Ratio 47:53
Percent Out-of-State 5%
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Student Life

Students are encouraged to engage in traditional style worship at the massive Ave Maria Oratory.

Life at Ave Maria University is unlike college life at most other universities. Pornography and sexual relations between unmarried students is banned at Ave Maria University. Dormitories are single gender and members of the opposite sex are not allowed to visit dormitories.

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