Ave Maria doesn’t have a traditional Greek life like other schools. There aren’t fraternities and sororities, but Ave Maria does have “households.” In each residence hall, there are households centered on a particular spiritual facet by which they distinguish themselves. For example, the Esto Vir household aims to achieve manly virtue; its name means, "To Be a Man." The households are optional for students, but those who join typically find the experience fulfilling and helpful in their spiritual growth.
Another means by which students identify themselves is their dorm halls. This is particularly true early in the school year when the Dorm Wars competition takes place—most students from every dormitory participates. In general, students at Ave don't see the need for a traditional Greek life. Between the households and the dorm "patriotism," students get their fill of community identification and unity.