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Tuition
$23,000
Admission Difficulty
Average
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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 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 Senior

Academics: Professors Are Generally Available and Interested in Your Success – A good portion of students leave after the first year if they cannot keep up with the workload, but after the first two years it becomes more natural and bearable. The teacher/student ratio is very good and the professors are personable.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 61st
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 137th
    Smartest Professors
  • 192nd
    Most Available Classes
  • 192nd
    Most Caring Professors
  • 264th
    Best Academic Advisers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Natalia Selín
Hometown
Hialeah, FL
Major
Theology, Other
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
15:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
52
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
2
Total FT Faculty
52
Faculty with Terminal Degree
92%
Average Faculty Salary
$56,958
Full-Time Retention Rate
72%
Part-Time Retention Rate
0%
Graduation Rate
64%
Programs/Majors Offered
12
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Other
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 5%
  • Economics and Econometrics: 5%
  • English Language Studies: 7%
  • Theology/Theological Studies: 15%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Other: Theology
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • Internships
Online Courses
Online courses are not offered at Ave Maria University.
Best Places to Study
  • 24-Hour Reading Room
  • The Bean
  • Bob Thomas Student Union
  • Fourth-floor study room in Pope John Paul II (JPII) residence hall
  • Group study rooms in the library
  • Study desks in the library
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't leave the research and writing of any paper until the last minute. You'll go crazy trying to get it all done in a short amount of time.
  • Get out of town every once in a while to de-stress. Or, if you don't have the time, get out of town anyway and do your homework there.
  • Go to class as often as possible. It really helps you know what your professor thinks is important for the tests.
  • Study ahead of time. Most classes only offer two or three tests a semester, so every one counts!
  • Talk to your professors often. They're there to help, and they'll definitely assist you with any kind of problem you may be having in their classes.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 11 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 11 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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