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Reviews 226 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Rigorous academics. I am getting my money's worth from this unparalleled learning experience.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The only major crimes on campus are people stealing each other's bikes. They are usually found soon after they are taken, though, because there are few places to hide a bike on a small campus where everyone knows each other.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms are new and large. Perfect environment to form close friendships.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I expected my college experience at a small, Catholic school to boring, but I've never been more wrong! My first semester has been the most fun and most formative few months of my life. I've learned a lot with respect to academics and life lessons, made wonderful friends, cultivated relationships with prominent professors, began working out, managed a budget, and enjoyed clean parties and school-wide weekend festivities. My only complaint about my wonderful school is our horrible mosquito problem.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very safe and secure campus

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are an important part of student life

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Amazing campus, people, and teachers!

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The parties are great, just got to watch out because people Will try to take advantage of you. The people in general aren't the friendliest but once you establish a good group you have all you need. Most of the classes are big so don't expect one on one attention, also be prepared to freeze in the winter walking to classes. The gym is out of this world, words can't even describe. It has its negative, but overall between the friendships, the phenomenal cafeteria food, and the gym make it the perfect school for me personally.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: My school is unique due to its religious aspect. I am not sure if I would choose to go here again if I could do it all over, because I feel like I am missing out on a lot of the "typical" college experience. On the other hand, I am happy with my decision to go here as I am excelling in classes and am happy with the campus.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Ave Maria is pretty awesome! There are many great teachers and students here.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love my university so much.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Overall, Ave is a pretty awesome place. There are amazing people there, and you develops some pretty close friendships. The Academics are pretty tough, but the professors are very helpful and they will go out of their way to help you, if you are having difficulties with a particular subject.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's pretty significant: asking some of the most fundamental questions.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I wish I received more aid and the financial aid office was more acessible to contact

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: The definition of "parties" at ave can range from a group of friends doing a shakespear reading and drinking tea, to a bunch of freshman athletes engaging in underage drinking

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are only three options in town, two of which are local. It can be a little expensive for students and the student discount is usually only 50 cents

4 College Freshman

Administration: campus security is great, but they need to be more strict about substance abuse

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food from the cafateria is good quality, although over priced due to the size of the school. Every student is required to be on the meal plan and the only other place to eat is the cafe which you reeive $50 per semester to spend there

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: AMU has an amazing environment to live in! The facilities are new and well kept, although it is quite expensive since the school is still small

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus housing would be fantastic; however, you have to be 23+ so there are very few people who take advantage of that.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I wouldn't call our school a party school by a long stretch. There are still parties, but most people just have to take it all off campus.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The few restaurants that we have are fantastic places that I greatly enjoy eating at; however, they can be a little pricey and there are only four.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Our school administrators are constantly trying to maintain an equilibrium between giving each student their freedom as adults and keeping a safe and respectable community.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received a good academic scholarship from the school which greatly aided my ability to attend there.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There have been several days where I put the food in my mouth so that I won't be hungry and that is all. I don't even know what I'm eating sometimes.


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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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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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