Ave Maria University

The university takes as its mission the sponsorship of a liberal arts education curriculum dedicated, as articulated in the apostolic constitution Ex Corde Ecclesiae, to the advancement of human culture, the promotion of dialogue between faith and reason, the formation of men and women in the intellectual and moral virtues of the Catholic faith, and to the development of professional and pre-professional programs in response to local and societal needs.

Ave Maria University
Ave Maria University (photo: Ave Maria University)

5050 Ave Maria Blvd. Ave Maria, FL 34142 

(239) 280-2556

Enrollment: 1,300

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 


School’s Comments:

Institution: Highlights: 91% of AMU faculty have a terminal degree (highest certification in their given field); 14:1 student-to-professor ratio; 33 majors; 98% of students receive scholarships; fully Catholic board of trustees; founded by Thomas S. Monaghan in direct response to the call of Pope St. John Paul II in Ex Corde Ecclesiae; graduate programs include a Master in Theology, a Master in Business (online), and a Ph.D. in theology. Ave Maria University is an authentically Catholic university located in beautiful Southwest Florida. With 33 majors and a 14:1 student-to-professor ratio, students are able to build relationships with AMU’s elite faculty as they benefit from a classical liberal arts curriculum, buoyed by the sacraments. As the name — Ave Maria — indicates, AMU is focused on the formation of the human person and the cultivation of each student’s relationship with Christ, through the intercession of our Blessed Mother. They accomplish this by offering frequent access to the sacraments, vigorous academics grounded in faith and reason, and a life of joyful collaboration and community within the Catholic Church.

Campus Culture: Highlights: 20 miles from the beach; 24/7 perpetual adoration; three daily campus Masses and daily confession; located in the town of Ave Maria and within walking distance to the Ave Maria Catholic Church (three daily Masses and confession four times a week; the average yearly temperature is 84 degrees; 15 faith households (eight female and seven male); 24 NAIA varsity sports (13 female and 11 male); no coed dorms.

Health Services: A small medical clinic is open for students to visit the school nurse for minor medical concerns. There is appointment availability on weekday afternoons, and the nurse is on call for emergencies during business hours. A doctor in town has also partnered with AMU’s nurse to provide a wider range of services, including testing for certain viruses and infections and the ability to call in medications. AMU’s nurse can provide minor wound care or dressing changes, administer injections, and refer students for further medical care in some instances. The clinic phone is (239) 304-7970, and the AMU nurse can be reached at [email protected] The Athletics Department also has several athletic trainers on site for all games and practices to address athletic injuries and therapy.

José Benlliure Ortiz, “Leaving Mass in Rocafort,” 1915

On Suffering and Hope and Forever

‘In the Eucharist the sacrifice of Christ becomes also the sacrifice of the members of his Body. The lives of the faithful, their praise, sufferings, prayer, and work, are united with those of Christ and with his total offering, and so acquire a new value. Christ’s sacrifice present on the altar makes it possible for all generations of Christians to be united with his offering.’ (CCC 1368)

José Benlliure Ortiz, “Leaving Mass in Rocafort,” 1915

On Suffering and Hope and Forever

‘In the Eucharist the sacrifice of Christ becomes also the sacrifice of the members of his Body. The lives of the faithful, their praise, sufferings, prayer, and work, are united with those of Christ and with his total offering, and so acquire a new value. Christ’s sacrifice present on the altar makes it possible for all generations of Christians to be united with his offering.’ (CCC 1368)