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Dear Member of the AMU Fall 2016 Incoming Class:

Welcome and thank you for choosing Ave Maria University!  This email is your first step in preparing for your Fall Orientation in August.

In order to prepare for your arrival at AMU, it is imperative that you REGISTER FOR ORIENTATION and complete the REQUIRED HEALTH AND HOUSING FORMS.  Click on the links below to complete these.


* HONORS ORIENTATION – separate registration link

If you are an Honors Program Student, you will arrive to campus a day early for Honors Pre-Orientation.  Click here to register for Honors Orientation and for additional information about the Honors Pre-Orientation schedule.

* NOTE FOR COMMUTERS:  All full-time undergraduate students are required to live on campus unless they are 23 or older, married or living with a parent/guardian within a 40-mile radius of campus.  If you meet any of these criteria, and plan to live off-campus, you must register as a commuter student. Contact Residence Life at residencelife@avemaria.edu to receive a separate Commuter Registration Form via email.


The Orientation Weekend is our way of transitioning you into your new life as a student here at AMU.  In order to participate, we need you to register.  This will give us the necessary information that we need to prepare for you and your family.

Orientation 2016 begins on Thursday, August 25, 2016 and runs through Saturday, August 27, 2016.  Please note that you are permitted to move on to campus no earlier than Thursday, August 25 at 9:00am unless you are an athlete attending preseason camp, or you are in the Honors Pre-Orientation Program referred to above.

When you arrive with your family on campus, we spend most of the first day taking care of your paperwork and moving you into your dorms.  But the paperwork comes first.  You cannot move into the dorms until you go through the Check In process

This is the process by which we make sure you have your tuition bill cleared, your financial aid set up, your housing paperwork checked, your email verified, your picture taken, your mailbox assigned, and your Student ID issued.  Sounds like a lot, right?

Well, the good news is that you can avoid a long line and a lot of waiting by getting completing these items in advance of your arrival:

  1. Registering for Orientation (listed above)
  2. Completing all the required Housing and Health Forms listed above.
  3. Being cleared by the Business Office and Financial Aid.
    (Basically, having your bills paid or your payment plans made – in advance)

If you have these done before you come to AMU, as you enter the Check In area in the Student Union, you will be awarded a BLUE CARD, which is your ticket to the Fast Track.  (This is highly encouraged and desirable).  You will then proceed to the faster line to get your ID photo taken and mailbox set up.  At that point, you’re done with Check In!  If you have questions about your classes, your email or internet access, these options will also be available to you at that time if needed.

If you were unable to complete these two items in advance (which sometimes happens, even with the best intentions), you will be given a GOLD CARD, which will allow you to proceed to the Business Office area, Financial Aid, or Student Affairs to complete the items needed.  Once cleared by the Business Office, you will be given a BLUE CARD.  You can then proceed as described above to complete the Check In process in the Fast Track line.

Once you are all finished with the Check In process, you are free to head over to your dorm and get moved in!  We will have Orientation Team members to direct you to where you need to go and where to unload your stuff.  Just follow the signs and staff directions and you will be fine.

Once you get to the unload area, there will be Orientation Team members there to greet you and help you move your things into the dorm room.  Drivers will need to stay with the vehicle once it is unloaded to move out of the loading area to make room for the next family, but parking is close by so they can continue to assist if needed.

You can refer to the Orientation Schedule for the rest of the details for the first day, such as the main event of the weekend, the President’s Welcome, an evening with President Towey and reception afterwards.


All students are required to download and complete the Immunization Record Form.  If you wish, there is an “opt out” option on the form, but the form must be completed and returned to us using the UPLOAD feature on the website.

All students are required to download and complete this Confidential Health Record Form.  This will insure that your health needs are well taken care of during your time on campus.  NOTE: While students are not required by the University to have health insurance, students may wish to include this information in case of emergency.

We prefer that you use the DOWNLOAD and UPLOAD feature to submit these forms directly to our secure servers.

Although it is not the preferred method, if necessary you can mail or fax them to the following address:

AMU Division of Student Affairs
5050 Ave Maria Blvd.
Ave Maria, FL 34142
fax: (239) 304-7034


In order to register for on-campus housing, complete the application with the link supplied above to complete your Housing Contract and roommate request. While every effort is made to honor mutual roommate requests, they are not guaranteed. Room and roommate assignments will be communicated via email on June 1, 2016.


The official orientation information email is orientation@avemaria.edu.  Please use this email as your main source of communication with us.  As we prepare for your arrival, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers, and we look forward to your entry into the AMU family!  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Division of Student Affairs at (239) 280-2540.

Martin Doman
Director of Student Engagement & Operations
Ave Maria University
5050 Ave Maria Boulevard
Ave Maria, FL 34142
(p) 239-280-2513
(f) 239-304-7034

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