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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is school spirit at this school. Athletics are a little above average.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Many of the students on campus are very active and will get together to play different sports. The school sports teams aren't a huge part of campus life though. The school wants them to be and have been pushing to make the teams and facilities higher quality, but it hasn't seemed to work very well yet. They want to have top level sorts programs, but I don't know if that will ever happen.

3 College Junior

Athletics: I did not participate in any sports.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is a lot of student participation in sports. More students could go to the games though.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are an important part of student life


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Although the athletics at Ave Maria are by no means bad, studies and academics take priority for most students here. However, lots of students participate in at least one sport, so student involvement is undoubtedly good. School spirit is somewhat lacking, but more people have started to attend games, and it is steadily improving. Furthermore, Ave just opened its newest sports facility, the Golisano Field House, which is certain to help improve the quality of the sports even more. This facility not only provides practice space for basketball and other indoor sports, but it also has a new and fully equipped weight room.

Intramural and club sports are probably just as popular—or even more so—than the intercollegiate sports. There are games and practices going on all the time, and quite a number of students participate in them. The team spirit in the club and intramural sports is definitely not lacking. In addition to the Field House, Ave Maria students also have the option of working out in the fitness center on the second floor of the Student Union, which is well maintained and equipped with many different fitness machines.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NAIA
Athletic Division
NAIA Division II
Athletic Conferences
Football: Florida Sun Conference
Basketball: Florida Sun Conference
School Colors
Navy and gold
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
92 - 28%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
77 - 22%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading/dance
  • Equestrian
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Swimming
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Frisbee
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Golisano Field House
  • Softball Field
  • Student Union Fitness Center
  • Swimming Complex
  • Tennis Courts
Most Popular Sports
The most popular sports on campus are basketball, football, baseball, and soccer.
Most Overlooked Teams
Rugby, rowing, and golf are the most overlooked teams on campus. Although there is active participation in all three, they tend to get overshadowed by other, more popular sports.
School Spirit
The school spirit here is pretty good considering the small student body, but it could be a bit livelier. The most spirit comes out in Dorm Wars, but as far as actual sports events are concerned, the students aren't as enthusiastic as they could be. The boys' sports games garner much more attention than the girls' teams, which can be upsetting, but at least school spirit is shown. However, Ave Maria could definitely afford some more athletic zeal.
Getting Tickets
Students can get into home games for free, but tickets for away games are harder to come by.
Best Place to Take a Walk
There are a few off-campus parks that are really nice for talking a walk. If you're looking for a place on campus, the nicest would probably be next to the canal, which has the loveliest sunsets in Ave.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 29 responses

  • 3% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 31% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 62% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 3% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 32 responses

  • 69% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 22% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 9% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 31 responses

  • 3% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 52% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 39% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 6% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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