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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.

3 College Freshman

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

3 College Freshman

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

2 College Freshman

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

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Ave is located in a small community. Most of the professors and their families live in the communities next to the campus.


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There are things to do around the town, but Ave Maria doesn't provide too much in the way of entertainment. Students often find themselves tired of the same scenery and restaurants, so many try to find a way off campus for the weekends. In its defense, though, the University and student government do offer events for the students, and many do attend. Others, however, prefer to spend their time off campus, eventually finding themselves in Naples. Though not a major city, Naples does offer a lot in the way of entertainment, with movie theaters, clubs, restaurants, pubs, as well as other attractions, including the beaches. Naples is also home to a zoo.

If you're willing to drive about an hour and a half, you could go to Busch Gardens, a roller-coaster-heavy theme park with a zoo, souvenir shops, live performances, and great food. Disney World, Islands of Adventure, and Universal Studios are three to four hours away, and though that may seem like a long drive, it's definitely a worthwhile trip for a few days or spring break. A closer attraction is the Everglades, a national preserve for wildlife, including the Florida Panther. So overall, while Ave Maria itself may not be too exciting, it's definitely passable and not too far from civilization. And, if you ever want to take an exciting trip, there are fun theme parks and beautiful beaches not too far away.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Ave Maria University is the first Catholic university established in the United States in more than 40 years.
  2. The Ave Maria oratory is at the center of the physical community of Ave Maria.
  3. The Queen Mary Pub has renamed some well-known drinks to better establish its Catholic foundation (i.e. a "Bloody Bess" instead of a "Bloody Mary").
  4. Ave Maria University and town was founded by the same man who founded Domino's Pizza, Tom Monaghan.
  5. Ave Maria has workers whose job is specifically to fend off alligators.
Points of Interest
  • Busch Gardens
  • The Everglades
  • Naples beaches
  • Naples Zoo
Shopping Centers
  • Big Cypress Marketplace
  • Fifth Avenue South
  • La Piazza
  • Prime Outlets at Naples
  • The Village on Venetian Bay
  • Waterside Shops
Movie Theaters
Pavilion Cinema 10
833 County Road 862
(239) 596-0008
Movie Theaters
Regal Hollywood Stadium 20
6006 Hollywood Dr.
(239) 597-9494
Movie Theaters
Silverspot Cinema
9118 Strada Pl.
(239) 592-0300
Major Sports Teams
  • Florida Marlins: MLB
  • Miami Dolphins: NFL
  • Tampa Bay Devil Rays: MLB
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Fort Lauderdale: Fla.: 1 hour, 45 minutes
  • Fort Myers: Fla.: 1 hour
  • Naples: Fla.: 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 21 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 21 responses

  • 5% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 5% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 57% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 5% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 29% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 21 responses

  • 10% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 38% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 52% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 21 responses

  • 10% Totally.
  • 38% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 52% No way.


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