High School “JumpStart” Program

Get ahead of the crowd and start your college career early!

Ave Maria University offers our “JumpStart” program to high school or homeschool students who wish to enroll in highly affordable, fully accredited college-level courses online or in person.

These courses are taught by AMU professors. You can be confident that you are getting an excellent jump start on your education as Ave Maria University is a SACSCOC-accredited institution.  The courses you take at Ave Maria University are readily transferable to other accredited colleges and universities.

*Enrolled students do not need to reapply each semester.

Spring 2018


This basic course in the economics of nations and the world addresses aggregate demand and supply analysis; the determination of national income and the price level; the determinants of economic growth; saving and investment, foreign exchange, and international capital flows. Economic policy making by the government is mainly concerned with low inflation and high employment: consequently, the course will include a critical examination, in the light of different schools of economic thought, of the role of government in price and income stability. (4 credits)

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This course is the study of medical terminology, the language of medicine, focusing on prefixes, suffixes, word roots and their combining forms by review of each body system and specialty area. It also emphasizes word construction, spelling, usage, comprehension, and pronunciation. In addition, students gain information regarding anatomy and physiology, symptomatology, pathology, diagnostic/surgical procedures, pharmacology, and medical abbreviations. (1 credit)


A self-contained introduction to statistical inference with applications in economics and the social sciences. Univariate and multivariate descriptive statistics, probability theory, sampling distributions, statistical inference, hypothesis testing, simple and multiple regression analysis. Intensive use of statistical software is a key component of the course. (4 credits)

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Dayami Abella, Ph.D.

Instructor of Modern Language (Spanish)
Education: A.A., Spanish, Florida Gulf Coast University; B.A., Spanish Philology, University of Navarre, Spain; M.A., Teaching English and Spanish, University of Navarre, Spain; Ph.D. (candidate), Latin American Literature, University of Navarre, Spain
Office: Canizaro Library 235
Email: dayami.abella@avemaria.edu
Phone: (239) 280-2532

Paul Baxa, Ph.D.

Chair of the History Department, Associate Professor of History
Education: B.A., History, York University; M.A., History, University of Toronto; Ph.D., History, University of Toronto
Office: Henkels 2019
Phone: (239) 280-1661
Fax: (230) 280-1637


Dr. Paul Baxa is Associate Professor and Chair of the History Department at Ave Maria University.  Dr. Baxa received his doctorate at the University of Toronto specializing in the cultural history of Italian Fascism.  His publications included the book Roads and Ruins: The Symbolic Landscape of Fascist Rome (University of Toronto Press, 2010).  Dr. Baxa’s scholarly interests also include the life and work of the Italian-Canadian activist, poet, and journalist Gianni Grohovaz, and the history of motorsport.

Dr. Matthew Kuhner, Ph.D.


Dr. Matthew Kuhner received his doctorate in Systematic Theology at Ave Maria University. He obtained dual Bachelor’s degrees in Theology and Philosophy at DeSales University in Pennsylvania in 2010 and his M.A. in Theological Studies at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family (Washington, DC). He wrote his dissertation under the direction Dr. Michael Waldstein on the theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar, focusing particularly on Balthasar’s treatment of mission, personhood, and Christian experience in connection with the Gospel of John. Dr. Kuhner’s published work has appeared in, or is forthcoming from, Harvard Theological ReviewPrinceton Theological ReviewPro EcclesiaThe Heythrop Journal, and Humanum.

Gabriel Martinez, Ph.D.

Chair of Economics, Associate Professor of Business & Economics
Education: B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, University of South Carolina; M.A., Economics, University of Notre Dame; Ph.D., Economics, University of Notre Dame
Office: Henkels 2056
Phone: (239) 280-1611
Fax: (239) 280-1637


Dr. Gabriel X. Martinez is chair and associate professor of business and economics at Ave Maria University. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Notre Dame, and he has served in the Office of Evaluation and Oversight for the Inter-American Development Bank, Central Bank of Ecuador, and the Department of Finance in the Banco La Previsora in Guayaquil. His scholarly articles have appeared in the Cambridge Journal of Economics, Cuestiones Económicas, Journal of Business Ethics, and Faith and Economics.

Michael Waldstein, Th.D.

Max Seckler Professor of Theology                                  
Education: B.A., Liberal Arts, Thomas Aquinas College; Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Dallas; S.S.L., Sacred Scripture, Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome; Th.D., New Testament & Christian Origins, Harvard Divinity School
Office: Henkels 3009
Phone: (239) 280-2594


Dr. Michael Waldstein is the Max Seckler Professor of Theology at Ave Maria University. He holds his B.A. from Thomas Aquinas College, a Ph.D. from the University of Dallas, a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, and an Th.D. in New Testament and Christian Origins from Harvard University. Previously, he taught at the University of Notre Dame and the International Theological Institute (Gaming, Austria), where he served as the founding president. His published works include a critical edition of the four Coptic manuscripts of the Secret Book of John, a Gnostic text discovered in the Nag Hammadi codices, as well as a critical translation with introduction of John Paul II’s Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body. He has published numerous articles on the Gospel of John, Gnosticism, St. Thomas Aquinas, John Paul II and Hans Urs von Balthasar in such journals as Nova et VeteraCommunioAnthropotes, and Journal of Early Christian Studies.

Brandon L. Wanless

Phone: 651-925-8740

Brandon L. Wanless is a doctoral candidate in systematic theology at Ave Maria University, writing his dissertation on St. Thomas Aquinas. Mr. Wanless has served as an adjunct professor at Ave Maria for the past year, conducting courses both on-site and online in Scripture, dogmatic theology, and Christology and ecclesiology. He currently lives with his family in Minnesota and teaches theology at Saint Agnes School in St. Paul.

All courses in the JumpStart program are $125 per credit hour, with a typical course consisting of 4 credit hours. JumpStart students are not required to pay a deposit fee.

Students wishing to attend class in person or take classes online should contact the Office of Admissions at 239-280-2556 or email admissions@avemaria.edu

The schedule for the JumpStart program mirrors Ave Maria University’s academic calendar.  Important dates for the JumpStart program are highlighted in the Academic Calendar below.

2017-2018 Academic Calendar JumpStart

  • JumpStart students must be at least 16 years of age or older or a junior in high school (or homeschool) to participate.
  • Students must have a minimum unweighted GPA of 2.8 to be in the JumpStart program. Your current transcript must be sent to the Ave Maria University Admissions Office prior to registering for classes.
  • Transcripts can be sent to AMU through a secured network from your high school or through the mail. Our address is:

Ave Maria University
Student Enrollment Center
5050 Ave Maria Blvd
Ave Maria, FL 34142

  • Parental oversight in the JumpStart program is essential to student success. At least one parent or guardian of each JumpStart participant must serve as an observer for their child’s courses.
  • A maximum of one course per semester is allowed to ensure the overall success of the student. Exceptions are made on a case by case basis.

Students who successfully complete a total of 8 credit hours with the AMU JumpStart program will be automatically accepted for admission to Ave Maria University.

If a student is planning to enroll at AMU as a full-time student after graduating high school or a home school program, official SAT or ACT scores will be required.

Transcripts cannot be issued without the student’s written permission (FERPA.1974).  All financial obligations to the University must be resolved before a transcript will be released.  Students on the Stop List for account balance are unable to receive official transcripts until balance is resolved with the Business Office. Ave Maria University policy does not permit this office to send transcripts (either official or unofficial) by fax or to disclose grades over the telephone. A student’s transcript is a full account of his/her academic progress at Ave Maria University, including all courses taken, grades earned, degrees conferred and honors achieved (if applicable).  As the successor institution to Ave Maria College (AMC), Ave Maria University assumes the responsibility of issuing AMC transcripts.  AMC transcripts appear on Ave Maria University transcript paper.  Students who attended Ave Maria College of the Americas (AMCA) or Ave Maria University-Latin American Campus (AMULAC) may request their transcripts from the AMU Florida campus.  Transcripts appear on Ave Maria University transcript paper.

An electronic delivery option exists for transcripts via eScripSafe by providing the email address of the transcript recipient (not available for College of the Americas students).  Please note: Ave Maria University does not email your actual transcript; rather, an encrypted PDF file is submitted from Ave Maria to a secure server; the recipient is then notified by email with a one-time use link to present credentials, log in to the system, and access the transcript.  The PDF file will automatically delete 24 hours after it is first opened.

  • Transcript Request Online Payment will be accepted in the form of debit or credit card.  Please go to http://iwantmytranscript.com/avemaria Please follow the instructions carefully. Students from the College of the Americas are unable to request electronic transcript delivery, but are able to order and make payment online.
  • Transcript Request by mail or in person: Transcript Request. Payment will be accepted in the form of cash, check, or money order. Please mail to: Office of Academic Records, Ave Maria University, 5050 Ave Maria Blvd.,  Ave Maria FL 34142.  Transcript requests cannot be processed until payment is received.

Please contact the Registrar if you have any questions at (239) 280-2565 or by email at registrar@avemaria.edu.  If you need to request a syllabus for a particular course, please contact the Office of the Dean of Faculty at (239) 280-2550 or by email at christy.dorer@avemaria.edu.

Ave Maria University would like to develop partnership relationships with high schools through our JumpStart program.

We would be happy to discuss with high school leadership the range of partnership opportunities available, including JumpStart courses tailored to continue and dovetail with programs and courses of study offered at your high school.

Please contact Brent Johnson at (239) 293-5816 or email Brent.Johnson@avemaria.edu for more information or to schedule a phone discussion or visit from us to your school.

Professors suggest spending 90 minutes a day, every day of the week, on a class.

Posting the class calendar and the deadlines in a visible place is helpful for staying on track.

Your professor is always available to help you or answer any questions you may have.

For online classes, some professors offer video lectures or hold video conferences with their students. Students can also do their quizzes and homework all online.