Facilities

Location
Ave Maria, FL
Undergrads
863
Tuition
$21,496
Admission Difficulty
Average
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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.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: It is really a great environment to study in. There are enough events on campus where you can miss one or two and not be out of things to do. The SAB and some of the households are really active in planning or sponsoring events and trips off campus. The cafe is open until 2am, so there are almost always people hanging out, or playing pool or table tennis. There is also a super market about 8 minutes walk from the dorms, so shopping is convenient, although slightly more expensive than off-campus stores.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: I think that the food in the cafeteria could be a better quality for the students. Although there is usually a good mixture of meat and vegetables, sometimes there is a lot of fried food, and not enough fresh fruit. The buildings are built to withstand hurricanes, so no matter what comes up, the campus buildings are all very safe in case of foul weather. Some of the professors are both challenging as well as understanding. They really notice if you work hard and give them your undivided attention during class. There is also a good opportunity to grow spiritually through the frequent availability of the sacraments of the Holy Eucharist and Penance.

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4 College Senior

Facilities: It's a hard thing to avoid, so all reasonably active students will most likely have true and false rumors spread around about them at some point. It's a small school and really to be expected.
After each semester, you can actually look back and say that you learned a significant amount. It is great to feel yourself truly getting smarter as time goes on.
The school is what you make it. If you come here you can start or change anything if you are determined.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 177th
    Best Library
  • 813rd
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 840th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 911st
    Best Student Centers
  • 1277th
    Best Performance Venues

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Natalia Selín
Hometown
Hialeah, FL
Major
Theology, Other
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Being such a young university means all the facilities at Ave Maria are new and in excellent condition. The buildings are well maintained and kept very clean. In addition to the state of the buildings, the University also has an aesthetically pleasing campus with a touch of nature in every line of sight. As far as the actual buildings and facilities are concerned, they definitely meet the students' needs. The Student Union is built to withstand strong hurricanes and has a cafeteria, ballroom, post office and mail room, student lounge, fitness center, and Student Life offices. The fitness center there is  well equipped with all sorts of exercise machines and weights, and the hours from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. are convenient for busy students. In short, the Student Union alone can meet most of the students' needs. There is also the newly opened Golisano Field House, which has a basketball court and fully equipped weight room made especially for the student-athletes.

The Canizaro Library, a three-story building, has an extensive assortment of books that could sate even the most inquisitive scholars. The library also has a language room for learning languages, computers, a 24-hour room, group study rooms, desks, tables, and plush seats. Needless to say, everything is in perfect or near-perfect condition. The Academic Building is also in excellent condition with spacious rooms conducive to learning.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
5
Campus Size
1,000 acres
Student Centers
Bob Thomas Student Union
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
Canizaro Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The Bean
  • Common rooms
  • The pool
  • The Pub
  • Student lounge
Bar on Campus
None, but The Pub is very close to campus.
Bowling on Campus
None
Coffeehouse on Campus
None, but The Bean is very close to campus.
Movie Theater on Campus
None
"Green" Initiatives
The school uses water-conserving toilets and sensor-activated lights to preserve energy and water.
School Slang
  • JPII: Pope John Paul II Hall
  • Mama T: Mother Teresa Hall
Traditions
  • Angelus Prayer: Every day at noon and 6 p.m., students stop whatever they're doing in the cafeteria area of the Student Union, stand up, and start praying the Angelus together. The prayer is probably a minute long, and after they're done, the students sit back down and get back to what they were doing (presumably eating).
  • Casino Night: This event is hosted by the Esto Vir household. The prize for whoever holds the most chips by the end of the night varies, but it's usually pretty good.
  • Dorm Wars: Dorm Wars, held in the fall, is a competition between all the dorms. The "War" consists of a lot of events, such as tug of war, capture the flag, and others that vary year to year. And, of course, the winner takes home the trophy to display in their dorm!
  • Sadie Hawkins Dance: This dance is definitely a big deal at Ave! It's usually held the weekend of Halloween or Halloween itself, so couples dress in related costumes (ex: Jasmine and Aladdin) and can enter a costume competition. Students can also go alone and still dress up with their friends. Either way, you're bound to have a good time.
  • Theology on Tap: Theology on Tap is when students and a professor or faculty member go to The Pub, where the professor will discuss in depth some theological aspect(s). Students are welcome to comment or ask questions. And this isn't held on just one night, either. Theology on Tap is the name of a series of these nights that many of the students enjoy.
Favorite Things To Do
Students typically enjoy going into town and to Naples, attending events and sports games, and hanging out in the student common rooms and the student lounge.
Student Newspaper
Veritas
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Many AMU students are very involved in the clubs on campus. Some of the more prominent ones include Students for Life, FIAT, and Student Government. Lots of students join a few clubs to get involved and meet new people with similar interests.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Yearbook
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No
Did You Know?
If the Ave Maria oratory had been built any bigger, it would have created its own environment, and it would have started to rain inside! It's pretty massive and definitely a sight worth seeing.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 18 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 25 responses

  • 0% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 44% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 20% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 36% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 15 responses

  • 7% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 0% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 47% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 47% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

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