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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 Biology26.1302
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.

 20102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Total Students8168469769881081111011001113112311761149
Degree-Seeking Undergraduate6947328799041019106110501052107110931083
Incoming First -Time Freshman164217260254304303267283331310291
Incoming Transfer79821136277777080748663
Continuing451433506588638681713689656690727
Non-degree-seeking273299620173619
Graduate 120107948253404441354737
Full-Time8038309489651062108210741075109211241117
Degree-Seeking Undergraduate6817288638901012104610311035105910821069
Incoming First -Time Freshman163217254254304303266283331310291
Incoming Transfer75821126176767079738662
Continuing443429497575632667695673646677715
Non-degree-seeking20000010043
Graduate 120102857550364240323837
Part-Time1316282319282638314932
Degree-Seeking Undergraduate13416147151917121630
Incoming First -Time Freshman10600010200
Incoming Transfer40111101101
Continuing849136141816101312
Non-degree-seeking073299520173216
Graduate 05973421211

 20102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Tuition1802519440208002225617196177121833219135199782093822190
Room/Board83508350884192869746101371049210955114361199012474
Fees6007206967447447918218358729161104
Total Cost of Attendance2697528510303373228627686286402964530925322863384435768
Percent Increase / Decrease0.0480.0570.0640.064-0.14250.0340.0340.044.044.048.057

Freshman Admissions20102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Applied11261271124216111737226121742744282323462662
Admitted4986078109608989678651122123612931663
Percent Admitted44%48%65%60%52%43%40%41%123655%62%
Enrolled165219255254390301267283331310291
Percent Matriculated33%36%31%26%43%31%31%25%27%24%17%

 20102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
American Indian or Alaska Native1%0%0%0%1%1%0%0%0%.37%.83%
Asian2%1%2%2%3%3%3%2%3%3.21%3.61%
Black or African American4%3%4%6%5%5%5%5%5%4.77%5.37%
Hispanic16%12%13%15%17%15%16%16%15%14.59%14.43%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%
White70%51%63%53%67%61%61%64%64%64.22%65.03%
Race/ethnicity unknown2%29%9%21%5%13%13%12%12%12.85%10.73%
Nonresident alien total5%4%9%3%2%2%2%3%2%4%3%

Incoming Freshman Scores201020112012201320142015201620172018
ACT24.523.623.922.923.624.523.223.824.2
SAT111010851635160516431641165011461157
GPANot AvailableNot Available3.483.513.683.693.73.373.43
(2012-2016 Three-Part SAT Exam)

Race/Ethnicity %

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

Gender %

  • Male
  • Female

Degrees2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-20142014-20152015-20162016-20172017-20182018-20192019-2020
Bachelor's128121148148189195204231243208
Master's293015382791210813
Doctoral3210202612
Total160153164186218204218247252223

 20102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Faculty Headcount6764787384939195979994
Faculty Full-Time5353545961676568716563
Faculty Part-Time1411241423262627263431
Percent Full-Time79.10%82.80%69.20%80.80%72.60%72%71%71.58%73.20%65.66%67.02%
Percent with Terminal Degree89.50%89%94%93%78%80%80%85.3%87.30%89.20%92.06%

 2010 Cohort2011 Cohort2012 Cohort2013 Cohort2014 Cohort2015 Cohort2016 Cohort2017 Cohort2018 Cohort2019 Cohort
Freshman Retention Rate70%72%72%70%74%72%73%69%73.7271%
Four-Year Graduation Rate53%46%47%51%52%56%48%Oct '21Oct '22Oct '23
Six-Year Graduation Rate64%55%55%57%55%Oct '21Oct '22Oct '22Oct '23Oct '25