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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5 College Freshman

Facilities: The Epitome of Rad! I heart this college!

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's All Good! Seriously. It's wonderful.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Small but Fun – Although Ave Maria is just starting out and the town is quiet, the students are very active and there's always some kind of event happening. There are a few fun restaurants right in town. In Naples, there are lots of great beaches and fun places to visit.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Blue Skies! It's southern Florida, what more needs to be said? As long as you don't get caught outside between 3:30 and 4 p.m. in March through August, you'll be fine.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Not a Lot of Demand – There's plenty of parking around the dorms/student union, and with a small amount of students actually having cars, the competition for spaces isn't too harsh. Also, everything's within walking distance.

2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Limiting and Subpar – The menu options are repetitive, lacking in nutrition, and rarely anything more than passable. Also, the University makes it extremely difficult to opt out of the meal plan.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: A Unique Experience – Coming from a big city, it was hard for me to get used to the quieter atmosphere at Ave Maria. Nevertheless, it's been a great experience so far, and I'd definitely pick it again. I know I haven't been here that long (just one semester), but the education is so good (and challenging!), the spiritual fulfillment so great, and the people so nice that I really don't think I could see myself as happy at another university. Admittedly, it gets a little tiresome to have such a little town to wander in, but if you have a car, it shouldn't be a problem (Naples is about a half-hour away). In spite of that, though, Ave Maria is a great university with a lot of talented students, intelligent professors, and a beautiful-albeit, small-campus, and I'm certain it was the right choice to make.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: "Latin" Life – There isn't Greek life at Ave Maria in the way there is at other schools. Here, there are households, which are devoted to a particular aspect of spirituality and faith. One of the biggest (if not the biggest) households, for instance, Vessels of Mercy, is geared toward serving others in acts of mercy and is particularly devoted to The Divine Mercy of Jesus.

So maybe it's not hardcore partying and drinking, but it does build close relationships between the members of the households and helps make the foundation for a closer community of people.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are lots of little apartments available in the town, and if you're wealthy enough, you could get one of the houses in the residential area just outside the town. I'm not really sure how expensive they are, but resident students are required to stay in the dorms unless they're married or in graduate school. If you're a commuter student, then you also don't need to live on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Long Distance – Around campus, transportation is great! But if you want to leave Ave, you will end up driving about a half an hour.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking Over Drugs – Alcohol is the preferred drug of choice. The rest doesn't fly.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I wish there were more spots by the ends of the girls' dorms.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's a Happy Place – Campus is safe, fun, and friendly. Students are open and greet each other with smiles. Academics are top priority, but there is plenty of room to have a good time.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: Campus Is Quiet – There are no clubs on campus, and the only bar is in a restaurant often frequented by local families. Parties are fun, but usually dry, as they are hosted in school buildings.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Appearances Are Varied – The students at Ave are varied in the way that the dress, talk, and conduct relationships. Every type of person and social atmosphere is represented here.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: The library is a great place to study! There are nice quiet corners, a 24-hour study room, and a computer room. Everything is neat and available.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Unlike Most Colleges – Ave Maria is very unique in the fact that the environment, the students, and the faculty are really Catholic. There are few colleges in the country that have an environment quite like this one. The academics are tough, but when you finish a class, you didn't just learn the material, you know the material. Ave Maria has been the best part of my life so far and is definitely worth checking out.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Completely Safe – I always feel completely secure on Ave Maria's campus. The people who go here are pretty much all generally good people. If you lose something, even something expensive, odds are it will be returned to you or end up in the lost and found. Campus security is always patrolling the campus, and security cameras are in place in places where they are needed (by doors, etc.).

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Southwest Florida – After you get through October, the rest of the school year is the most beautiful Florida sunshine one could ask for. Breezy and easy living.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The Queen Mary Pub – Great food and an excellent pub. Could have a more lively atmosphere, but the staff is excellent. The food takes a while to be made, but is worth the wait. All in all, a nice place to socialize whether one is of age or not.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Oh, we're involved! Our school spirit is off the charts. The athletic facilities are awesome. Go Gyrenes!

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There are lots of different people here! Very diverse! It maketh me happy.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The Dining Hall – It's great. I love the windows. And the food is swell.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: While there aren't too many rules concerning what students can and cannot do, there are a few things that are common, and some things that are unique to Ave Maria. For instance, there should not be any underage drinking or drug use, and punishments can range depending on the severity of the situation. There is also a dress code requiring modest clothing, i.e., no excessive skin. It isn't too bad though, as long as one is accustomed to dressing in a civilly acceptable fashion.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The atmosphere on campus at Ave Maria is positively amazing! Never in my life have I met so many kind, genuinely warm people. Everyone is extremely welcoming and very understanding about all sorts of different situations. The dorms are also superb! While we do have 2-4 roommates, every dorm has a bathroom, a shower, two sinks, four beds, armoires, bookshelves, and drawers. The only downside is that the rooms don't come with floor lamps or anything, so each student can bring one in if he chooses. Other than that though, the dorms are amazing, and the people are wonderful!

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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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