AVE MARIA, Fla. (October 30, 2017) — Ave Maria University announced today that it has been ranked 3rd among Florida universities by the personal-finance website WalletHub, which released its 2018’s Best College & University Rankings. Only the University of Florida and the University of Miami fared better among the state’s private and public institutions, and Ave Maria also was identified as the best Catholic university in the southern United States, and among the top five nationally. The criteria used by WalletHub in evaluating nearly 1,000 colleges and universities nationally included 26 key measures grouped into seven categories: Student Selectivity, Costs and Financing, Faculty Resources, Campus Safety, Campus Experience, Educational Outcomes, and Career Outcomes. The rankings also place Ave Maria University 21st in the southern United States and 106th nationally.
“This confirms that Ave Maria University is a high value, high quality choice for parents and students who want the best ‘bang for the buck’,” AMU President Jim Towey said. “We have incredible faculty and staff, students who are highly capable and motivated, and a board of trustees that is fully invested in the University,” Towey added.
Ave Maria University established its permanent campus near Naples in 2007, and has since expanded the number of majors offered from 11 to 33, including programs in business, nursing, education, and the arts and sciences. The University this year has an enrollment of 1,100 that includes students from 45 states and 20 countries, and a student body that is approximately 85% Catholic, 25% minority, and evenly-divided between men and women. Ave Maria’s state-of-the-art campus offers six residence halls with a capacity for 1,300 students and rests on a tract of over 300 acres in Southwest Florida. “Our rapid rise in the rankings proves that you can have small class sizes and first-rate professors and still be affordable,” Towey said. Tuition, room and board at the University ranked among the lowest of the private schools evaluated by WalletHub, and the average debt of an Ave Maria graduate, too, is well below the national average.
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 St. Teresa of Calcutta, and dedicated to the formation of joyful, intentional followers of Jesus Christ through Word and Sacrament, scholarship and service. For more information on Ave Maria University, visit https://www.avemaria.edu.
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