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Reviews 215 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

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.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Compared to many other schools the dorm size is great! Each room easily fits two or more students plus their personal things. The buildings are clean and each room has its own bathroom, which is a huge plus!

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Not much of a party scene

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: A few fast food places about 15 miles away. Plenty of food choices in naples though.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Cafe has way better food then the actually cafeteria

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms are brand new and very spacious. Social atmosphere is not the best but you learn how to adjust.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There is the Cafeteria and the Cafe. I prefer eating in the Cafe as it is less noisy and they play upbeat music in there most of the time. I hear the Cafeteria likes to to serve mystery foods alot.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Because the school is relatively small, everyone knows just about everyone and there is a great sense of community and friendship between everyone. Granted, there are the occasional dumbheads, but otherwise it is awesome.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: We are required to live on campus all 4 years, unless you are 23 or have family in the area. However the dorms are some of the nicest dorms I have ever seen on a college campus. They are spacious, clean, and there is individual bathrooms in each room. Comparatively it is much better than other campuses.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The classes are tough but the professors are top notch

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Intramural are awesome at Ave.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The scholarship process went smoothly, but the school is still small and I will have a great amount of debt.

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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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