Diversity

Location
Ave Maria, FL
Undergrads
863
Tuition
$21,496
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Pretty much everyone accepts everyone

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.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Ave Maria is a great place to be in. I can have a faith, and being there helps me to grow deeper on it. Everyone that is looking for a good school with good academics, and growing athletic dept. Ave Maria is the right choice.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: International and "Intra-National" Cultures – Here at Ave Maria, we have a number of international students, from South America to Zimbabwe and the Czech Republic, besides Americans from all over the country. This is one of the major fields of diversity, with the many cultures--not only because of international students, but even the differences in the students from the East and West Coasts, and from the Northern and Southern States. There are also many students from a large variety of economic backgrounds. Being a Catholic school, most of the students are Catholic, and most political beliefs tend to be conservative.

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2 College Junior

Diversity: Not Much – It's not very diverse here.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Natalia Selín
Hometown
Hialeah, FL
Major
Theology, Other
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In terms of religious diversity, nearly all Ave Maria students are Catholic. This doesn’t mean students are closed-minded or intolerant; it’s just a simple fact that most students here have been brought up in Catholic families and schools. From a political aspect, most Ave Maria students are conservative, though there are many who are either relatively indifferent or something other than conservative. Ethnically speaking, the University is somewhat diverse; the student body is predominantly white with a number of Hispanic students and a minority of African American, Asian, and other ethnic groups. In regards to economic standing, there are students who fall on every part of the financial spectrum.

On the whole, the University may not be as diverse as others, but it isn’t due to any reason in particular. The student community is friendly regardless of differences, and they all get along well, including students who differ in ethnicity, religion, or political views.

Facts & Statistics

African American
4%
Asian
2%
Hispanic
17%
International
0%
Native American
0%
White
72%
Unknown
4%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
58%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Illinois
  • Michigan
  • New York
  • Ohio
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 31%
20-21: 36%
22-24: 18%
25+: 15%
Female Faculty
12%
Male Faculty
88%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 0%
Asian American: 0%
Hispanic: 6%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 94%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
There are no campus groups for GLBT students. This isn't to say students and faculty wouldn't be accepting of those who aren't straight, but there isn't much variety in that regard.
Political Activity
The majority of students at Ave Maria are conservative, although there is a decent number of students who are either disinterested in politics, left-oriented, or moderate. There is a Republican club at Ave Maria that is fairly active in trying to make students aware of the goings-on of the Republican Party, as well as increase participation in voting during elections.
Economic Status
Most AMU students receive scholarships for sports or academics, so there are students from all classes. There aren't really any labels in the student body, so students from every social class are friendly with one another.
Most Common Religions
Catholicism is no doubt the most common religion here. There may be a few students here or there who are more or less indifferent to religion or practice something other than Catholicism, but the large majority of the student body is Catholic.
Minority Clubs on Campus
The only club for minority students on campus is International Students, which is geared toward uniting foreign and U.S. students to create a more unified and coherent student body. Other than IS, there are no minority clubs.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 12 responses

  • 42% Libertarian
  • 0% Not sure
  • 25% Very conservative
  • 25% Conservative
  • 8% Moderate
  • 0% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 14 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 64% Very conservative
  • 29% Conservative
  • 0% Moderate
  • 0% Not sure
  • 7% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 12 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 11 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 12 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 17% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 67% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 17% Very accepting.
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