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Reviews 213 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

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.

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.

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.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Hard to find a good party since people are against fun and everything it stands for

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: They helped people in the same situation as I am in way faster and they received big scholarships while they have me crap.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There's just houses nearby so if you wanted to live near campus you would pretty much have to but a house or commute 45 minutes from the nearest apartments

3 College Freshman

Local Area: If you don't have a car have fun being bored or look for someone who does have car

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Someone recently tried to start a frat but wad shut down quickly

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Spirit sucks, fan support sucks, sports in general at the school suck.

3 College Freshman

Administration: They will be on top of you if you have a girl in your room.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's three options to choose from if you decide not to eat the food from the cafeteria, and they close early so it's hard if your hungry and it's late out night

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.

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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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