Location
Ave Maria, FL
Undergrads
863
Tuition
$21,496
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 153 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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1 College Freshman

Nightlife: 5th avenue in Naples (35 min drive) is the best option for a saturday night (21 and older obviously)

4 College Freshman

Majors: Getting more majors each year

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Either Naples for expensive food (30 min drive) or Immokalee for fast food (10 min drive)

1 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Lucky day if your food is fully cooked

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Pretty much everyone accepts everyone

3 College Freshman

Academics: The teachers actually care about you

4 College Freshman

Academics: Professors work hard to ensure you get a job post-grad.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Solid IT and above average wifi on campus everywhere (not just in dorms)

5 College Freshman

Weather: Weather is amazing year round

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Ave is located in a small community. Most of the professors and their families live in the communities next to the campus.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off - campus housing is in close proximity to the University. The school does have available units on their secured website.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are a decent size. There are several buildings. The dorms are not coed. It seems that the boys dorm has the kitchenettes which are not available in the girls dorms. I think they should be reversed.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Ave Maria University, is a small college campus located just outside of Naples. I feel very safe here. There is the campus police who travel around the campus. They make an effort to get to know the students. The campus is well lit and there are emergency call poles throughout the campus

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Ave has some bi-polar weather sometimes. One day it will be bright and hot and the next it is freezing cold. During the summer it is hot and humid and rains almost everyday. But other than that it is a very bright and warm state.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Since Ave Maria is practically 45 minutes away from Naples there are no buses. One can call a cab but that is a lot of money and the next best thing is the school vans that can be used if you sign up to use one. They are very reliable but have a time limit.

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5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There is never really a drug problem at Ave Maria University. There is a pub but that require ID to be able to drink or smoke. Also there is constant security around campus on the look out for underaged drinking and smoking.

4 Niche User

Majors: My major is Music. Always has and always will be. I love music and I feel that Ave Maria University has the best music department in Southwest Florida. I hope to start my degree in Music this fall.

4 Niche User

Academics: The Academics seem to be very good. As a transfer student I was very excited that the academics are up to the level that I expect from a college. I went to another college that I felt their Academics were very poor.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: When I spoke with my admissions counselor in June, he said that the weather is very warm in September, still under the spell of the summer humidity. That humidity is also present in May, although to a lesser extreme because of the earlier time of year. But he said that when the calendar flips to October, the humidity snaps and the temperatures cool pretty dramatically. Winter temperatures in the daytime reach, at most, 80 degrees, but drop to the 30s at night. In that regard, it's very much like early to mid-spring, with warm days and chilly nights. He told me it rains almost every day, as well, but usually for only a half-hour to forty-five minutes, and then the sun is back out.

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4 College Freshman

Parking: Permits do not cost a lot and the parking is very close to the dorms. The need for a car on campus is minimal as everything is walking/biking distance, but it is good if you need to go to the city on weekends. There is always parking available.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are many options for activities all around. I am not sure about the options for students 21+ years old, but there are several options for students under 21. Everything is close enough and safe enough to walk or bike to, so transportation is not an issue.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are only a few restaurants on campus, so in order to get different food, students have to drive elsewhere to find places. The food on campus is god and cheap, however, making it easy for students to find a place.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Diverse people are accepted and people of racial minorities is fairly common. It is difficult to find religious minorities because this is a Catholic University. Most people are Catholic but people in the minority are still accepted.

3 Niche User

Facilities: It's a privet catholic college. Even though it's a small school, the people down there want you to suceed and are so nice. It's a place where you'll be treated like a person and not a number. Plus Ave Maria keeps things small so you get more one on one attention.

3 Niche User

Facilities: Most of the facilities are very nice and clean. There are places for students to hang out and to pray. I also like how clean and grean looking the campus is.

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To the Cafeteria
To the Cafeteria
To the Cafeteria To the Cafeteria This path behind the girls' dorms and next to the canal leads to the cafeteria, which is the building in the picture. Along this path is also where you can see the most beautiful sunsets on campus!
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Natalia Selín
Hometown
Hialeah, FL
Major
Theology, Other
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Ave Maria offers a unique and fulfilling experience to its students by providing an excellent and well-rounded education, a Catholic foundation and community, and an opportunity for growth and spiritual development. Overall, it’s an experience that cannot be found anywhere else! Although Ave Maria is a new university, it has grown despite the hardships of the recession, demonstrating the determination of the school and student body. While this may not be the school for everyone, Ave Maria will definitely help you grow intellectually, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. The combination of a liberal arts education and love for God helps to drive the University and its students. The University may not have the best sports teams and isn’t located in the most exciting town, but the knowledge and wisdom gained here is incomparable.

While the academics and modernity of the school are certainly impressive, it's the community and faith of the school that ultimately attract its students. Between the households and dances, essays and lectures, students at Ave not only gain an education but also an experience like none other. Ave certainly isn't perfect and it still needs a lot more work before it is fully developed, but considering the newness of it, the University undoubtedly has a lot of opportunity to grow. The current students are helping to build the foundation for one of the best Catholic universities around.

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