Homeschool Admissions at Ave Maria University
About one-third of students at Ave Maria University were homeschooled all the way through high school. In fact, many of our most successful students come from a home education background. Homeschool students love Ave Maria because they find the rigor of academics challenging, engaging, and truly useful. Parents appreciate that the moral climate on our campus respects and supports the values which they have instilled at home. Our pro-family culture is welcoming, and it’s not uncommon for siblings to attend university side by side or one after another.
We are proudly Catholic, rooted in our faith, and open to engagement with the world. We believe very strongly that students must grow virtue in freedom and our job is to create an environment that encourages the flourishing of faith and a spiritual, emotional and social maturity that will last a lifetime.
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When you take into account the unswerving promotion of Catholic values, the strong core curriculum, and the presence of an impressive and faithful faculty, Ave Maria stands as an exciting new option available to American Catholics today.
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AMU Admissions Homeschool Newsletter
Of course, whether you’re about to graduate or you still have a few years to go, you are welcome to join our email newsletter for interested homeschool students and their families. We share happenings at the University and in our Catholic college town, as well as occasional tips for homeschool applicants or reminders of important dates. Add your email to our Homeschool Newsletter
Are campus visits available?
Absolutely! We have Open House events throughout the year, but also welcome you to schedule a private visit to our beautiful campus in southwest Florida. Bring the whole family, and make sure to schedule time to enjoy the beach too!
How does a homeschool student apply for admission?
Our application process for homeschool students is the same as for any other applicant and we are proud to offer the same scholarships and financial aid opportunities as well.
Step one: Complete an Application
Complete our free online application.
Step two: Send an Essay
Submit an essay of no more than 650 words and no less than 250 words on one of the following topics:
- Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
- Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?
- Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
- Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?
- Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.
Step Three: Submit Letters and Scores
Submit two letters of recommendation from individuals not related to you. At least one letter should be from an academic source (tutor, music teacher, etc.)
Also include an official high school transcript. If you did not complete a homeschool program that issues transcripts, just ask your admission counselor for our homeschool transcript worksheet.
Lastly, send your official SAT or ACT scores. Ave Maria University’s codes are 4249 for the SAT or 6212 for the ACT.
Contact us if you have have questions!
If you have any questions about our campus culture, our excellent academics, sports opportunities, financial aid, or homeschool-specific concerns please contact us by phone or email and we’ll be happy to speak with you.
Ave Maria University Student Enrollment Center:
5050 Ave Maria Boulevard
Ave Maria, FL 34142–9505
Toll Free: (877) 283–8648
Local: (239) 280–2556
Fax: (239) 280–2559
Hours of Operation:
M –F: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sat: By Pre-set Appointment