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Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Ave Maria University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Ave Maria University.

Inquiries concerning Ave Maria University, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to Ave Maria University and not to the Southern Association of Colleges and School Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).  The Commission should be contacted only in the instance there is evidence of significant non-compliance with a SACSCOC requirement or standard.

ProgramDegreeCurriculumCIP Code
GraduateDoctoratePh.D. in Theology38.0201
GraduateMaster of ArtsMasters in Theology38.0201
GraduateMBAMaster in Business Administration38.0201
UndergraduateBachelor of ArtsAccounting52.0301
UndergraduateBachelor of ArtsAmerican Studies5.0102
UndergraduateBachelor of ArtsBiochemistry26.0202
UndergraduateBachelor of ArtsBiology26.0101
UndergraduateBachelor of ArtsBusiness Administration52.0201
UndergraduateBachelor of ArtsCatholic Studies38.0299
UndergraduateBachelor of ArtsClassics & Early Christian Literature16.12
UndergraduateBachelor of ArtsCommunications9.01
UndergraduateBachelor of ArtsEconomics45.0601
UndergraduateBachelor of ArtsElementary Education13.1202
UndergraduateBachelor of ArtsEnvironmental Science3.0103
UndergraduateBachelor of ArtsFinance52.0801
UndergraduateBachelor of ArtsGlobal Affairs/International Business52.1101
UndergraduateBachelor of ArtsGreek16.1202
UndergraduateBachelor of ArtsHealth Science 51
UndergraduateBachelor of ArtsHistory54.0101
UndergraduateBachelor of ArtsHumanities/Liberal Studies24.0103
UndergraduateBachelor of ArtsLiterature23.1401
UndergraduateBachelor of ArtsManagerial Economics/Strategic Analysis52.0601
UndergraduateBachelor of ArtsMarketing52.1401
UndergraduateBachelor of ArtsMarine Biology
UndergraduateBachelor of ArtsMathematics27.0101
UndergraduateBachelor of ArtsMusic50.0901
UndergraduateBachelor of ArtsPhilosophy38.0101
UndergraduateBachelor of ArtsPhysics40.0801
UndergraduateBachelor of ArtsPolitical Economics and Government45.1004
UndergraduateBachelor of ArtsPolitics45.1001
UndergraduateBachelor of ArtsPsychology42.0101
UndergraduateBachelor of ArtsTheology39.0601
UndergraduateBachelor of ScienceBiology26.0101
UndergraduateBachelor of ScienceChemistry40.0501
UndergraduateBachelor of ScienceExercise Science31.0505
UndergraduateBachelor of ScienceNursing51.3801

Aquinas Center for Theological Renewal
The Aquinas Center for Theological Renewal is a new academic institute created to foster the renewal of Catholic theology. The Aquinas Center is invested in a wide variety of projects both within and outside of Ave Maria University.
Grounded by its founders’ interest in the theology of Aquinas and with projects that involve scholars from colleges and universities around the world, the Aquinas Center for Theological Renewal hopes to contribute to the development of a vibrant theological renaissance.

 2010201120122013201420152016201720182019
Total Students816846976988108111101100111311231176
Degree-Seeking Undergraduate694732879904101910611050105210711093
Incoming First -Time Freshman164217260254304303267283331310
Incoming Transfer798211362777770807486
Continuing451433506588638681713689656690
Non-degree-seeking2732996201736
Graduate 1201079482534044413547
Full-Time803830948965106210821074107510921124
Degree-Seeking Undergraduate681728863890101210461031103510591082
Incoming First -Time Freshman163217254254304303266283331310
Incoming Transfer758211261767670797386
Continuing443429497575632667695673646677
Non-degree-seeking2000001004
Graduate 1201028575503642403238
Part-Time13162823192826383149
Degree-Seeking Undergraduate134161471519171216
Incoming First -Time Freshman1060001020
Incoming Transfer4011110110
Continuing8491361418161013
Non-degree-seeking0732995201732
Graduate 0597342121

 2010201120122013201420152016201720182019
Tuition18025194402080022256171961771218332191351997820938
Room/Board835083508841928697461013710492109551143611990
Fees600720696744744791821835872916
Total Cost of Attendance26975285103033732286276862864029645309253228633844
Percent Increase / Decrease0.0480.0570.0640.064-0.14250.0340.0340.044.044.048

Freshman Admissions20102011201220132014201520162018
Applied11261271124216111737226121733258
Admitted498607810960898967867
Percent Admitted44%48%65%60%52%43%40%86.9%
Enrolled165219255254390301267419
Percent Matriculated33%36%31%26%43%31%31%30%

 2010201120122013201420152016201720182019
American Indian or Alaska Native1%0%0%0%1%1%0%0%0%.37%
Asian2%1%2%2%3%3%3%2%3%3.21%
Black or African American4%3%4%6%5%5%5%5%5%4.77%
Hispanic16%12%13%15%17%15%16%16%15%14.59%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%
White70%51%63%53%67%61%61%64%64%64.22%
Race/ethnicity unknown2%29%9%21%5%13%13%12%12%12.85%
Nonresident alien total5%4%9%3%2%2%2%3%2%4%

Incoming Freshman Scores20102011201220132014201520162017
ACT24.523.623.922.923.624.523.223.8
SAT11101085163516051643164116501146
GPANot AvailableNot Available3.483.513.683.693.73.37
(2012-2016 Three-Part SAT Exam)

Race/Ethnicity %

  • Caucasian
  • Unknown
  • Hispanic
  • African American
  • Asian
  • American Indian

Gender %

  • Male
  • Female

Degrees2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-20142014-20152015-20162016-20172017-20182018-2019
Bachelor's128121148148189195204231243
Master's2930153827912108
Doctoral321020261
Total160153164186218204218247252

 2010201120122013201420152016201720182019
Faculty Headcount67647873849391959799
Faculty Full-Time53535459616765687165
Faculty Part-Time14112414232626272634
Percent Full-Time79.10%82.80%69.20%80.80%72.60%72%71%71.58%73.20%65.66%
Percent with Terminal Degree89.50%89%94%93%78%80%80%85.3%87.30%89.20%

 2010 Cohort2011 Cohort2012 Cohort2013 Cohort2014 Cohort2015 Cohort2016 Cohort2017 Cohort2018 Cohort2019 Cohort
Freshman Retention Rate70%72%72%70%74%72%73%69%73.72Oct '20
Four-Year Graduation Rate53%46%47%51%52%56%Oct '20Oct '21Oct '22Oct '23
Six-Year Graduation Rate64%55%55%57%Oct '20Oct '21Oct '22Oct '22Oct '23Oct '25