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Reviews 211 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: School does not offer Off-campus housing

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.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: This school prefers to focus on education, not sports, so our sports teams aren't the best. The best teams here are the soccer teams.

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2 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a diversity of Hispanics, African Americans, and Causcasians. However, it is a very religious school. Most of the people here are Republican, Catholic, and identify as straight as far as I know. There are some exceptions, but not too many.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are not many places to go; there is an ice cream shop, a smoothie place, a pizza parlour, and the Pub.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: For the girls, the dorms are very spacious, and every dorm room has a shower and toilet. Four people live in the dorm, two on each side of a wall. Each side comes with two beds, two dressers, to bookshelves, two desks, and two closets. I'm not sure what the guys' dorms look like, but I've heard that they are also very nice.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: The school is very helpful when it comes to helping students afford the school. There are a lot of people that donate scholarships to the school and are willing to help a student out who is struggling.

College Freshman

Greek Life: There is no Greek Life here; the school forbids it.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Once again, this school is in the middle of nowhere. We have campus security on call 24/7, and there are blue boxes all over campus. Our head of campus was a sharpshooter in the armed forces. You can leave your luggage outside the dorms and not worry that it will be stolen. Probably the safest campus at least in the States.

2 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There is little diversity here. The girls are mostly Catholic "angels" and most of the guys are players. Sometimes it's the other way around, but that is my experience here.

College Freshman

Party Scene: I am not a party person, but I'm pretty sure the parties are about average here. Lots of alcohol, occasional exposure to drugs. There is no Greek life, but apparently the golf team knows how to party...

College Freshman

Majors: I have never had an internship. I'm not sure that there are many available here, and as I said before, the school is in the middle of nowhere. Without a car, you're basically stuck here, so you don't come across internships all that often.

3 College Freshman

Majors: This is still a new school (it was founded in 2003), so they do not have all of the majors, however they are adding majors every year, so it is still growing in this area.

3 College Freshman

Academics: The academics here are about average, nothing special.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: As students are not allowed to live off-campus, I have only been in an off-campus house once. I don't know the exact cost of living or the landlord situation, but I do know that houses here range between $100-$300, and they are decent houses.

2 College Freshman

Local Area: This school is in the middle of nowhere. It has its own little town, but there is not much to do here. The entire atmosphere is very Catholic-oriented. The college wifi is always going out, and the college has blocked several sites, including Tumblr. However, it is a very safe campus, and the salad bar is always good. There is no Greek Life, but they do have Households (I've only heard about religious ones). Don't trust the food.


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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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