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Reviews 203 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: You always see security on their bikes patrolling campus every where you go. There are posts where you can push a buttonin case of emergency and help will be with you in 5 min or less. There's hardly any crime that goes on campus. No cases of sexual assault. One of these reasons is the way the dorms are set up and their rules regarding girls being in them.

2 College Freshman

Administration: It's a little too strict

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Depends on the students, sports vs. non-sports are about 50/50 here

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Very small town, not much to do unless you have a car

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Scholarships are pretty good, very limited though

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms are spacious and students are all very nice

5 College Freshman

Weather: Southwest Florida, best weather there is probably.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Alright... The Nightlife. Here's your Ave nightlife in a painfully truthful summary, there's the Pub, there's the Gazebos, there's the infrequent single sex dorm room party (or the both which ends by midnight and will have RA's stopping by), then there's a few other locations that will pop up now and then, not as popular but that's for good reason.

I'll describe a typical weekend night here, at least from a party perspective. You'll hang out in a dorm room for a bit, with your friends. Around 10, you'll mosey over to the Pub, hang out there until 2. At 2 when the pub closes, you'll head to the Gazebos, they're in a field between all the dorms, decent size. Someone usually brings out speakers and now you'll hang out here until you decide to go to bed, or security stops by and depending on the person sometimes will give you a hard time.

Honestly that^ happens more often than not. There's a few exceptions now and then, and different groups of people do different things. It's not a party school. But, if you meet some good people- which is easy to do, you can make your fun.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Ave has its ups and downs..... I'm annoyed throughout the year by different things, usually the lack of options on Saturday night, pretty much one option every weekend. But at the same time, the academics are great, the facilities/dorms are great, and I've met some great friends. Ave takes some getting used to, but once you start to figure it out it's not as bad.

2 College Freshman

Local Area: Very little happens in Ave Town. Few restaurants, a Publix, a gas station, and that about sums it up.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Beautiful campus, maintained exceptionally well. 3 mile long entrance road having very detailed landscaping the entire way is a good example. All the buildings are under 10 years old, everything is well maintained and clean in general. Great facilities.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: It's hard to say what exactly sets Ave apart. I'd say it's in the students it attracts and retains. There are great people to meet here, no matter what type of person you are. For a small school, you can meet a great variety of people, and no matter what their status is, they tend to be great people.

The professors are top-notch, without a doubt, as well.

4 College Freshman

Technology: Computers in all the dorms and library. Easy to find one unless it's finals week.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Religion- Relatively no diversity. If you aren't Catholic, you're Christian. I wouldn't consider it problematic if you aren't, the school just doesn't attract other religions.

Politics- Mainly conservative. As expected.

Economic background- I'd say pretty diverse.

Sexual Orientation- Straight. Few exceptions.

5 College Freshman

Parking: Very few issues with parking. The dorm lots only fill up around 11pm on weeknights, and rarely is it an issue. There's plenty of spaces all over campus.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Yeah you won't find many drug frequenters at this school, as you'd expect. There's a few, like everywhere, but it's pretty minor.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Very spacious, new, clean dorms. No complaints on the facilities. The strictness and visitation rules are the main issue.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Compared to most, if not all, private schools I've looked at... This school is far better in price...

4 College Freshman

Majors: Adding new majors every year, becoming quite diverse.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I haven't had an internship but plan on one, the staff is there to help you. They'll do everything they can, and that's something great about the university.

2 College Freshman

Administration: The campus is strict. That's a fact. A lot of obnoxious rules will be enforced. There's a lot to say here but I'll keep it short, the rules are strict, the enforcing varies but is more often then not, strict.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Amazing off-campus options ....40 min drive away. If you have a car the options are there, and there's fast food 10 mins away.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There's a good amount of attractive people at this school... Girls, and guys. It's nothing amazing but nothing very bad either... Probably above average based on my experiences. Lots of relationships develop at this school, a lot... It just happens, and a lot of them get married. Student dress varies, pretty casual. It's Southwest Florida, everybody just wears shorts and sandals.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: No off-campus housing as of this review. The dorms are filling somewhat and with the town surrounding the school.... it could be great, but only time will tell if that develops.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The sports are growing, performances are pretty good- depending on the sport. It's a small school and considering the age of most of the programs it's headed in a great direction. As an athlete the progress is very noticeable. The school supports the athletic programs pretty strongly, and that helps.


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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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