Ave Maria University is dedicated to the formation of joyful, intentional followers of Jesus Christ through Word and Sacrament, scholarship and service.

Quick Facts

  • Ave Maria University is a Catholic University. We proudly uphold and adhere to the Magisterium of the Church and its Catholic Mission.
  • Ave offers 33 strong majors and 9 pre-professional programs that meet the needs of all students who are eager to develop and challenge themselves to the highest levels they can achieve.
  • AMU boasts a student to faculty ratio of 15:1.
  • Average Class Size is 20.
  • Our students come to us from families across the nation and across the globe – 48 states and 28 countries are represented.
  • We have comprised an outstanding group of faculty that excel as teachers and as scholars. Nearly all are full time and 80% have earned the highest degree in their field. Our students are taught by the best!
  • Ave Maria University is situated on 1,000 acres in Southwest Florida. The University is characterized by its distinctive buildings, designed in the tradition of Frank Lloyd Wright. Progress on the overall campus Master Building Plan continues on a regular basis.
  • The Canizaro Library holds 200,000 volumes. It uses the most up-to-date techniques and practices to provide exceptional library service to the Ave Maria University community.
  • Golisano Fieldhouse serves as the hub for the AMU Athletic Department. Our athletic teams compete in the NAIA in the following sports: baseball, men/women’s basketball, men/women’s cross country, football, men/women’s golf, men/women’s soccer, softball, men/women’s tennis, volleyball, women’s lacrosse and cheerleading/dance. Club sports are rugby and ultimate frisbee.
  • More than 40 Clubs and Organizations provide a vibrant extracurricular component to the AMU educational environment.
  • Ave Maria University is a Catholic University. We proudly uphold and adhere to the Magisterium of the Church and its Catholic Mission.
  • Ave offers 33 strong majors and 9 pre-professional programs that meet the needs of all students who are eager to develop and challenge themselves to the highest levels they can achieve.
  • AMU boasts a student to faculty ratio of 15:1.
  • Average Class Size is 20.
  • Our students come to us from families across the nation and across the globe – 48 states and 28 countries are represented.
  • We have comprised an outstanding group of faculty that excel as teachers and as scholars. Nearly all are full time and 80% have earned the highest degree in their field. Our students are taught by the best!
  • Ave Maria University is situated on 1,000 acres in Southwest Florida. The University is characterized by its distinctive buildings, designed in the tradition of Frank Lloyd Wright. Progress on the overall campus Master Building Plan continues on a regular basis.
  • The Canizaro Library holds 200,000 volumes. It uses the most up-to-date techniques and practices to provide exceptional library service to the Ave Maria University community.
  • Golisano Fieldhouse serves as the hub for the AMU Athletic Department. Our athletic teams compete in the NAIA in the following sports: baseball, men/women’s basketball, men/women’s cross country, football, men/women’s golf, men/women’s soccer, softball, men/women’s tennis, volleyball, women’s lacrosse and cheerleading/dance. Club sports are rugby and ultimate frisbee.
  • More than 40 Clubs and Organizations provide a vibrant extracurricular component to the AMU educational environment.

Ready to be a part of this vibrant community? Join us!

Applying to AMU is easy. Here’s how to get started:

Acceptance Criteria

To be eligible for regular undergraduate admission to the University, students are expected to meet the following standards:

  • High school unweighted grade point average (GPA) equal to or above 2.8 or college GPA equal to or above 2.6 on a 4.0 scale.
  • An SAT score equal to or above 1000 (two part), or an ACT score equal to or above 21.

In some instances, the University may accept students who do not meet the above criteria, but upon closer review indicate a probability for success.

The University considers all of the above factors in reaching an admissions decision. The University reserves the right to administer placement tests to admitted students in order to improve the advisement process, ensure placement in the correct course, and enhance the probabilities for student success.

Transfer Applicants

Transfer applicants, you are considered to be a transfer student if you have enrolled in another regionally accredited college or university following your graduation from high school. All transfer applicants must:

  • Have a minimum cumulative 2.6 grade point average in college-level courses (excluding developmental/remedial courses) from all accredited institutions attended.
  • Have completed 24 transferable semester credit hours of college-level academic coursework. Those students who have completed fewer than 24 semester hours of college-level academic coursework at one or more regionally accredited institutions must meet all freshmen admission requirements.
  • Be eligible to re-enroll at the last institution attended.
  • Have completed all college preparatory curriculum.

International Applicants
Please have your transcript translated by a current NACESExternal link approved evaluation service:

  • The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (www.aacrao.org/international/ )External link
  • World Education Services (www.wes.org/students/index.asp )External link.
  • If English is not your native language, submit an official copy of your TOEFLExternal link score. A minimum score of 550 is required on the paper-based test and a minimum score of 213 is required on the computer-based test and a minimum score of 79 is required on the Internet-based test.  (Ave Maria code: 4249)
  • You must submit documented proof of financial supportExternal link or 3 months of consecutive bank statements before a Form I-20 will be issued. Please consult with your admissions counselor with any questions you may have about the International Student Admissions Process.

After You Have Been Accepted

  • Submit your non-refundable $300.00 Enrollment DepositExternal link. This gives you priority in scheduling your classes and guarantees a place in the dorms for students who will be residents. The enrollment fee is not refundable.
  • Information regarding New Student Orientation, AMU residential living, roommate selections, student insurance, viewing your class schedule and bill payment will be sent to deposited students after May 1st.
  • It is your responsibility to have your transcript(s) evaluated prior to receiving an admission decision. If your secondary school transcripts are in a language other than English, a certified English translation must accompany the original document(s).

“What’s a Gyrene?”

The name comes from the United States Marines. The mascot for the Marines is the bulldog. However, during World War II, the Marines adopted “Gyrenes” as a nickname that set them apart. Think “Government Issue” and Marine (Government Issue Marine, or “Gyrene”).

Ave Maria University founder Tom Monaghan served in the United States Marine Corps from 1956-59. As a way to honor the US Marines for their service, Ave Maria Athletics adopted “Gyrenes” as our team name.

Our mascot is a bulldog, and our team name is Gyrenes.

Gyrenes

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