Factbook


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.

 201020112012201320142015201620172018
Total Students81684697698810811110110011131123
Degree-Seeking Undergraduate69473287990410191061105010521071
Incoming First -Time Freshman164217260254304303267283331
Incoming Transfer7982113627777708074
Continuing451433506588638681713689656
Non-degree-seeking27329962017
Graduate 12010794825340444135
Full-Time80383094896510621082107410751092
Degree-Seeking Undergraduate68172886389010121046103110351059
Incoming First -Time Freshman163217254254304303266283331
Incoming Transfer7582112617676707973
Continuing443429497575632667695673646
Non-degree-seeking200000100
Graduate 12010285755036424032
Part-Time131628231928263831
Degree-Seeking Undergraduate1341614715191712
Incoming First -Time Freshman106000102
Incoming Transfer401111011
Continuing84913614181610
Non-degree-seeking07329952017
Graduate 059734212

 201020112012201320142015201620172018
Tuition180251944020800222561719617712183321913519978
Room/Board8350835088419286974610137104921095511436
Fees600720696744744791821835872
Total Cost of Attendance269752851030337322862768628640296453092532286
Percent Increase / Decrease0.0480.0570.0640.064-0.14250.0340.0340.044.044

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

 201020112012201320142015201620172018
American Indian or Alaska Native1%0%0%0%1%1%0%0%0%
Asian2%1%2%2%3%3%3%2%3%
Black or African American4%3%4%6%5%5%5%5%5%
Hispanic16%12%13%15%17%15%16%16%15%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%
White70%51%63%53%67%61%61%64%64%
Race/ethnicity unknown2%29%9%21%5%13%13%12%12%
Nonresident alien total5%4%9%3%2%2%2%3%2%

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

Degrees2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-20142014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018
Bachelor's128121148148189195204231
Master's293015382791210
Doctoral32102026
Total160153164186218204218247

 20102011201220132014201520162017
Faculty Headcount6764787384939195
Faculty Full-Time5353545961676568
Faculty Part-Time1411241423262627
Percent Full-Time79.10%82.80%69.20%80.80%72.60%72%71%71.58%
Percent with Terminal Degree89.50%89%94%93%78%80%80%85.3%

 2010 Cohort2011 Cohort2012 Cohort2013 Cohort2014 Cohort2015 Cohort2016 Cohort2017 Cohort2018 Cohort
Freshman Retention Rate70%72%72%70%74%72%73%73%Oct '19
Four-Year Graduation Rate53%46%47%51%49%Oct '19Oct '20Oct '21Oct '22
Six-Year Graduation Rate64%55%55%Oct '19Oct '20Oct '21Oct '22Oct '22Oct '23