Ave Maria University

A Catholic, liberal arts institution of higher learning devoted to Mary the Mother of God, inspired by St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Calcutta, and dedicated to the formation of joyful, intentional disciples of Jesus Christ through Word and Sacrament, scholarship and service.

Ave Maria University
Ave Maria University (photo: Register Files / Ave Maria University)

5050 Ave Maria Blvd.
Ave Maria, FL 34142
(239) 280-2556

Enrollment: 1,100

Ave Maria University Website

The Institution:

  • President’s Oath
  • Catholic Board
  • Catholic Faculty
  • Mandatum Required
  • Theologians’ Oath

Campus Culture:

  • Mass and Confession
  • Speakers Vetted
  • Unobjectionable Clubs
  • No Coed Dorms
  • Health Services Okay (N/A) 

School’s Comments:

Institution:  Ave Maria University is an authentically Catholic university situated in the growing area of beautiful Southwest Florida. With 31 majors and an average class size of 20, students are able to build relationships with our elite faculty as they benefit from a classical liberal arts curriculum buoyed by the sacraments. As the name — Ave Maria — indicates, we are focused on helping students discern their vocational call, whatever that call might be. We accomplish this by offering access to grace, empowering students to inquire and discover their unique God-given vocation, respond to the will of God in their lives with their own profound fiat, and, then, to live a life of joyful collaboration with Jesus Christ and his Holy Catholic Church.

Health Services: Ave Maria University does not offer on-campus health services. Students are able to use the clinic in town.

Oscar Wergeland, “Service in a German Village Church,” ca. 1880

This Sunday, I’ll Be Going to Church. Will You Join Me?

“The Sunday Eucharist is the foundation and confirmation of all Christian practice. For this reason the faithful are obliged to participate in the Eucharist on days of obligation, unless excused for a serious reason (for example, illness, the care of infants) or dispensed by their own pastor. Those who deliberately fail in this obligation commit a grave sin.” [CCC 2181]