Ave Maria University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Scholarships & More

The Oratory in Ave Maria, Florida
The Oratory in Ave Maria, Florida. Gabi Lamberti / Flickr

Ave Maria University Admissions Overview:

With an acceptance rate of 40%, Ave Maria University is fairly selective--less than half of the students who apply are admitted each year. In addition to submitting an application, applicants must send in test scores from either the SAT or ACT. Both tests are accepted equally, with about half of the students who apply submitting scores from the SAT, and half from the ACT.

Students applying to Ave Maria are expected to have a 2.8 high school GPA (on the 4.0 scale). While applicants aren't required to visit the campus, tours and overnight stays are encouraged.

Admissions Data (2016):

Ave Maria University Description:

Ave Maria University, now situated just east of Naples, Florida, was originally called Ave Maria College, and was located in Ypsilanti, Michigan. In 2007, after the construction of the new campus was finished, the University officially opened in Florida, in the planned community of Ave Maria. The school has strong ties to the Catholic Church, and many of its policies and practices are derived from the teachings of that religion.

Students are offered a range of extracurricular activities, including participation in the NCAA Division II athletic teams on campus. There are a number of clubs and organizations, allowing students to participate in academic and artistic clubs, community service projects, faith-based programs, and sports/recreation groups.

With around 30 undergraduate majors, and several graduate-level programs, Ave Maria University has much to offer students interested in furthering their education and their relationship with their religion.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 1,100 (1,056 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 49% Male / 51% Female
  • 98% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $19,128
  • Books: $1,000 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,492
  • Other Expenses: $2,776
  • Total Cost: $33,396

Ave Maria University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 60%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $13,112
    • Loans: $6,747

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Philosophy/Religion, Business, Psychology, Social Sciences, English

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 74%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 53%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 65%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Soccer, Golf, Football, Basketball, Tennis, Cross Country, Track and Field, Baseball
  • Women's Sports: Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Golf, Basketball, Track and Field, Volleyball, Cross Country, Golf

    Data Source:

    National Center for Educational Statistics

    If You Like Ave Maria University, You May Also Like These Schools:

    Other colleges in Florida with similar acceptance rates as Ave Maria include Florida State University, Edward Waters College, Jacksonville University, the University of Florida, and Flagler College. These schools admit around half of applicants each year, making them neither highly accessible nor highly selective.

    Applicants interested in a mid-sized Catholic-affiliated college on the East Coast should also consider Rivier University, Belmont Abbey College, Saint Anselm College, Felician University, and Trinity Washington University.

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