Without a doubt, Ave Maria offers one of the finest educations around. The professors are very well-versed in their areas of study, and almost every single one is excellent at relaying that information to the students. The courses are challenging but fulfilling, and though it takes a lot of hard work and effort on the students' part, the reward is a thorough understanding of their majors and minors, along with any other areas of interest. Probably the weakest aspect of Ave Maria academics is the lack of variety in majors. Other than that, however, Ave Maria doesn't really have a weakness in its academics. The courses are tough enough to keep a student busy but not usually so hard that it deprives students completely of a social life (except for the overachievers). Excellence is written across the board.
The professors can be easy or hard graders, but almost all of them teach their materials extremely well, with the exception of a couple. And because of the University’s small size, there is almost never a problem getting into a class you want, though the hours may not necessarily be to your liking. The advisers are also pretty good, and the core curriculum is really well-rounded. The only real problem at Ave is that there tends to be a good number of hard-working students who want to surpass the norm, so the workload can get a bit overbearing for them. So, if you want to do more than just a major and maybe a minor, be prepared. However, rest assured that you'll be incredibly well-educated by the end of it all.