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.

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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 33  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 education at an affordable cost. Ave is unabashedly Catholic, upholding the teachings of the Church through traditional values and sacramental availability, although students of all faith backgrounds benefit from the vibrant campus life, extensive service opportunities, and  numerous clubs and athletics. Ave’s student body is 85% Catholic and evenly divided between men and women, who come from 43 states and 20 countries. Ave Maria University encourages students to seek truth through its strong faith community and commitment to academic excellence while equipping them to positively impact the Church and the world.

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

The Collegium

The Collegium is an independent institution of higher learning that pledges full fidelity to the unchanging Magisterium of the Catholic Church. Faculty and staff are practicing Catholics who are fully supportive of the Collegium’s mission and have signed the Oath Against Modernism.

Holy Spirit College

Holy Spirit seeks to educate and to form students who, as leaders in professional and civic life, will live by the highest intellectual and ethical standards. In service of this goal, Holy Spirit endeavors to create an environment in which integrated learning is a shared responsibility. Shared responsibility for the life and governance of the College should lead all its members to make the best of their own talents, to work together, to be sensitive to one another, to serve others, and to seek justice within and beyond the Holy Spirit community.