Ave Maria University
Ave Maria, FL 34142-9505


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Small
Campus locale Rural
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 1,100
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Students with disability 5%
Student to faculty ratio 14:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 1,152 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Ave Maria University is very selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 2,173 applications and only 867 students were granted admission. Ave Maria University is at the #38 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 69% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 52% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT970 to 1230
ACT21 to 27
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, Ave Maria University's tuition was $18,332 for all students regardless of residency (31.6% cheaper than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 100% of Ave Maria University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 25% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,575 (which is 4% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Ave Maria University in 2016-2017, was 177, which is 58% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $5,555 (which is 5.8% below the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Ave Maria University has enrolled a total of 1,100 students (1,074 students full-time and 26 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 1,100 students, 70 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 50% men and 50% women and 1,056 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 44 for graduates studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 61%

Hispanic: 16%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 13%

Black/African American: 5%

Asian: 3%

Non-resident alien: 3%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%

Two or more races: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Ave Maria University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Philosophy And Religious Studies 15% 11
Social Sciences 14% 10
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 8% 6
English Language And Literature/letters 8% 6
Mathematics And Statistics 6% 4
Theology And Religious Vocations 3% 2
Health Professions And Related Programs 3% 2
Visual And Performing Arts 3% 2
Psychology 3% 2
Natural Resources And Conservation 3% 2

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Ave Maria University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Campus Location

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