Ave Maria University is a Catholic, liberal arts institution of higher learning devoted to Mary the Mother of God, inspired by St. John Paul II and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, and dedicated to the formation of joyful, intentional followers of Jesus Christ through Word and Sacrament, scholarship and service.
NAIA, The Sun Conference, and NWLL
Gyrene Athletics rounds out the whole person.
The Ave Maria University Athletics Department strives to enable students to live out Pope John Paul II’s vision of sports and the overall idea of physical, moral and social development through its athletic programs. The program provides students with a constructive learning experience that enables significant growth and enhances the development of values that will be critical for personal and professional success in the future.
Ave Maria, Florida Our Home
Ave Maria is located in beautiful southwest Florida, just thirty minutes east of Naples, and an hour and a half from Miami. It’s the perfect blend – far from the maddening crowds, but close to everything. Located in the center of town is the Ave Maria Oratory, an architectural feat. Surrounding the Oratory is the Piazza Town Center, with popular student food favorites like The Bean, The Pub, Tropical Smoothie Cafe, and Gino’s Italian Restaurant.
Ave Maria is also home to the Braden Clinic, Publix grocery store, Mobil Gas Station, and First Florida Integrity Bank.