Orientation FAQs & What to Bring


Online Forms to Complete

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, and complete your TITLE IX TRAINING  Click on the links below to complete these.

REGISTER FOR ORIENTATION*

DOWNLOAD AND UPLOAD HEALTH FORMS

HOUSING CONTRACT*

ORIENTATION WEBSITE: http://www.avemaria.edu/orientation

The Main Orientation Website is your main source for all information about the Orientation weekend.  Please take the time to carefully view the “FAQ” section and the “What To Bring” section of the site.  These are invaluable resources as you prepare to come to campus.

Commuter Students

*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.

Arriving on Campus

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.

CHECK IN
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 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)
  4. Completing your Title IX Training (this is required by federal law and must be completed before you arrive on campus. It takes about 45 minutes to view the videos and complete)  The link to the training is on the Orientation website here.

We will check to make sure these things are complete before we move you into your dorms.  Again, any work done in advance will save you tons of time.

MOVE IN

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 staff and their directions and you will be fine.

After moving in, you have most of the day free to get your room in order.  You can refer to the Orientation Schedule for the rest of the details for the first day, such as the BBQ Dinner in the Student Union.

Why Health Forms?

MANDATORY IMMUNIZATION FORM

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.

CONFIDENTIAL HEALTH RECORD FORM 
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 them to the following address:

AMU Division of Student Affairs

5050 Ave Maria Blvd.

Ave Maria, FL 34142

fax: (239) 304-7034

Why a Housing Contract?

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 by the end of June.

Why Title IX Training?

All colleges and universities are required by the federal government to educate their students on the sexual harassment and sexual violence policies of the University.  That being said, while we may be required to do this presentation, everything we do here is framed by our faith and catholic tradition.  As a Catholic college devoted to upholding human dignity, we strive to create a college atmosphere that encourages service to the common good, respect for the individual, and virtuous friendships.  The following presentation provides helpful content on Ave Maria’s expectations for how you can have healthy relationships and care for others that are consistent with our values.  It will also help you understand our policies regarding sexual misconduct, strategies you can use to keep each other safe and procedures and practices the college has in place to help if you believe you’re a victim of sexual violence.

Please take the time to complete this.  The presentation will take about 40 minutes to complete.  Thank you in advance for your attention to this presentation.

You will find the link to the Title IX training above in the “Online Forms” dropdown.

Contact Us

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.   Please take the time to complete this.  The presentation will take about 40 minutes to complete.  Thank you in advance for your attention to this presentation.

How busy will I be during orientation?

You will be extremely busy. There are many events and programs to attend. While many events are mandatory, you will also have the chance to choose what interests you and what you believe will benefit you as you are oriented to Ave Maria University. After arrival, you will receive a full calendar with event descriptions to help you further decide which choices to make.

Who is invited to New Student Orientation?

All incoming students are expected to participate in Orientation, including freshmen, transfer students, and commuter students.  Parents and family members are also welcome to attend.

When is New Student Orientation and when do classes start?

New Student Orientation 2017 runs from Thursday, August 24th – Saturday, August 26th. Classes begin on Monday, August 28th, 2017.

Does it matter what time I arrive on Thursday, August 24?

The earlier you arrive on campus, the sooner you will be able to settle into your new room. However, you should not arrive to campus before 9:00 AM on Thursday, August 24th.

Can I arrive early to get settled in?

You cannot move into your assigned residence until 9:00 AM on Thursday, August 24th.  On-campus services will not be prepared to assist you before this time. You are, however, welcome to come out early and get acquainted with the area. Many parents and students find this time useful for picking up those last minute items they did not want to pack for the trip to Ave Maria.

There are a number of hotels that the university recommends. You will find their phone number, their distance from campus, and their approximate costs here.

Will I be all settled in on Thursday?

New Student Orientation lasts from Thursday until Saturday, with classes starting on Monday. You can take time over those days to unpack, finalize your class schedule, and accomplish many other tasks before classes begin. Most students are not fully unpacked by the end of Saturday. Your Residence Life staff will be there to support you during the move-in process.

What do I need to bring to Ave Maria?

As if enthusiasm, intelligence, and a bright future are not enough! We have compiled a list of essential and suggested items to bring or to get after you arrive. Please understand that no list can be comprehensive; many students are satisfied with much less, while others bring much more. Please see the “What to Bring” section for a complete detail.

Where do I go to get detergent/a bike/tape/toothpaste...?

The Ave Maria Bookstore and Publix are located in the town center. The AMU Bookstore and Publix will both be able to help you find many supplies that you are looking for. There are also many retail stores are located within a few miles of campus. Stores found near Ave Maria include: Target, Wal-Mart, Sears, Publix, Sweetbay, and more. Should you have access to a car, we maintain a set of driving directions to some of the closest retail centers.

What if I have questions about the freshman transportation policy?

Freshmen are allowed to have cars on campus. Students who intend to keep a car on campus must be sure to obtain a parking permit from the Office of Security before the end of the first week of school.

Can I ship my belongings to campus?

New students traveling to campus by airplane often ship many of their belongings to avoid paying the fees that airlines charge for extra baggage. Keep in mind that it becomes very difficult to transport everything from the airport to campus.

Packages sent to the university (no matter what the service) will be kept at the post office on campus for a limited time until you claim them. The Post Office will alert you when packages arrive by placing a slip in your mailbox. U.S. Postal Service shipping addresses should read:

[Your Name]
5050 Ave Maria Blvd.
Ave Maria FL 34142

In any case, you should arrange to ship packages so that they arrive Thursday, August 24th, 2017.  This will ensure that you are on campus to receive them.

I am flying to campus. How do I get myself and my stuff to Ave Maria?

The airport which is closest to Ave Maria is Southwest Regional Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers. Shuttle service is available from the airport. Depending on traffic, the trip from RSW will take about 45 minutes. During Orientation we provide complimentary shuttle services for those students flying into RSW (or the Naples airport). As we get closer to Orientation you will need to register online if you would like a shuttle to and from the airport.

You are responsible for getting your luggage on and off the shuttles, so be sure not to pack luggage that is too heavy for you to carry. Also make sure each piece of luggage is clearly labeled, inside and outside, with your full name.  In past years, new students have asked whether shuttle services will transport items such as stereos, bikes, guitars, or trunks. We recommend you ship these types of items, making sure that they arrive on campus after you do. Note that shuttle services are not equipped to pick up baggage shipped ahead to the air freight building, because it is quite a distance from the passenger terminal.

I will be driving to Ave Maria. Will parking be an issue?

If you or your parents plan to have a car on campus during Orientation, there are a number of visitor parking spots next to the Town Center Oratory. Students who intend to keep a car on campus after Orientation must be sure to obtain a parking permit from the Office of Security before the end of the first week of school.

What are the directions to campus?

Driving directions can usually be easily found using GPS or online direction sites using our address:

Ave Maria University
5050 Ave Maria University
Ave Maria, FL 34142

If you have any further question, feel free to call Student Affairs office at (239) 280-2540

When do I register for class?

As an incoming student, your class schedule will be created for you after you take the math placement test. If you have any questions about your schedule, you can contact the Office of Academic Records.
Office Phone: (239) 280-2565
Email: registrar@avemaria.edu

Who do I contact with general academic questions?

Staff members in the Office of Academic Records are able to assist you regarding questions about academics.
Office Phone: (239) 280-2565
Email: registrar@avemaria.edu

Who do I contact with questions about transfer credit for previous course work?

Incoming students with questions about transfer credit should contact the Office of Student Records at (239) 280-2565.

Do transfer students have their own Orientation?

Transfer students will have the opportunity to participate in general Orientation activities, which is not mandatory but highly recommended.

Whom do I contact if I am a transfer student with general academic questions?

A transfer student may contact the Office of Student Records at (239) 280-2565 for their general questions and the registrar will be able to assist their needs.

What events are scheduled for my parents?

Events that parents may be interested in attending take place on Thursday, August 24th and Friday, August 25th. They are welcome to participate in all of the general open events and may want to assist their son/daughter with Financial Aid or Registration.

Where do my parents stay during Orientation?

Stay in one of these nearby hotels when you visit Ave Maria University; Mention Ave Maria University and you may receive a discount!
Hampton Inn & Suites EsteroExternal link
10611 Chevrolet Way, Estero, Florida, 33928 – 239-947-5566
Click HERE to book now at the “Ave Maria Friends & Family” rate just for Orientation!
Located off of I-75 Exit 123 – Bonita Beach Road
Distance from Ave Maria University: 25 miles, about 38 minutes

Hampton Inn I-75 NaplesExternal link
2630 Northbrooke Plaza Drive, Naples, FL 34119
(800) 426-7866, (239) 596-1299
Ask For Ave Maria “Friends” Rate!
Conveniently located at I-75 and Exit 111 Immokalee Road
Distance from Ave Maria University: 23 miles, about 35 minutes

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott External link
3808 White Lake Blvd, Naples, FL 34117
(239) 530-3355
Brand New Hotel at I-75 and Exit 101
Distance from Ave Maria 27.6 miles- 37 minutes
Click Here for a special rate for AMU Orientation Guests!

Spring Hill Suites by Marriott External link
3798 White Lake Blvd, Naples, FL 34117
(239) 352-2234
New Hotel! located at I-75 and Exit 101
Distance from Ave Maria 27.6 miles -37 minutes
Click HERE for a special rate just for AMU Orientation guests!

Best Western Hotel & SuitesExternal link
27991 Oakland Drive, Bonita Springs, FL, 34135
(239) 949-9400, Fax (239) 948-0480
Ask for Ave Maria “Friends” Rate!
Conveniently located at I-75 and Exit 116 Oakland Drive
Distance from Ave Maria University: 27.6 miles, about 40 minutes

Best WesternExternal link
6400 Dudley Drive, Naples, FL
(888) 679-6655
Ask For Ave Maria “Friends” Rate!
Conveniently located at I-75 and Exit 107 Pine Ridge Road
Distance from Ave Maria University: 28.1 miles, about 45 minutes

Comfort Inn & SuitesExternal link
3860 Tollgate Boulevard, Naples, FL 34114
(800) 277-7517, (239) 353-9500
Ask For Ave Maria “Friends” Rate!
I-75 and Exit 101
Distance from Ave Maria University: 28.3 miles, about 48 minutes

Hawthorn SuitesExternal link
3557 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, FL 34109
(800) 527-1133, (239) 593-1300
Ask For Ave Maria “Friends” Rate!
Conveniently located at I-75 and Exit 107 Pine Ridge Road–1 mile west
Distance from Ave Maria University: 29.0 miles, about 46 minutes

Residence Inn Marriott: NaplesExternal link
4075 Tamiami Trail, North Naples, FL 34103
(239) 659-1300
Ask For Ave Maria “Friends” Rate!
Distance from Ave Maria University: 32.2 miles, about 59 minutes

Holiday Inn of NaplesExternal link
1100 Tamiami Trail, US 41, Naples, FL 34102
(800) 325-1135, (239) 263-3434
Ask For Ave Maria “Friends” Rate!
US-41 just south of Pine Ridge Road
Distance from Ave Maria University: 34.7 miles, about 58 minutes

Embassy Suites Fort MyersExternal link
10450 Corkscrew Commons Drive, Estero, FL 33928
(239) 949-4222
Ask For Ave Maria “Friends” Rate!
Conveniently located at I-75 and Exit 111 Immokalee Road
Distance from Ave Maria University: 35.2 miles, about 46 minutes

Hyatt Place, Coconut PointExternal link
23120 Via Villagio, Estero, FL 33928
(239) 495-1395
Ask For Ave Maria “Friends” Rate!
Details for booking and hotel information.
Conveniently located between Naples and Ft. Myers, Florida, only 13 miles south from the Southwest Florida International Airport.
Distance from Ave Maria University: 38.5 miles, about 52 minutes

When should my parents plan to say goodbye?

There is no “traditional” time that the parents say goodbye. Normally, by Saturday or Sunday, your children are busy with school events and parents do not stay past these days, though they are always welcome! There will be very little time after this first day for you to spend with your parents

What to Bring

All residence hall rooms are equipped with a single bed for each student (requires extra-long sheets), desk and chair, dresser, bookcase, wardrobe. Every room has a bathroom, with toilet and shower. The majority of rooms on campus house between two and four students and there are several suite-style housing options available for male students as well. All residence halls are smoke free.

• Alarm Clock
• Toiletries/Personal Care Items
• Waste Basket
• Towels and Washcloths
• Shower Curtain
• Hangers
• Extra Long Twin Bed Linens (length 80″)
• Pillow(s), Blankets, Mattress Pad
• Floor Lamp (There are no lights in bedroom areas)
• Desk Lamp/Extra Bulbs
• Laundry Basket/Bag
• Laundry Soap/Fabric Sheets
• Identification/Social Security Card
• Copy of Birth Certificate
• Insurance Cards/Medical Information
• Prescription Drugs
• Backpack or Book Bag
• Calendar
• First Aid Kit
• Cleaning Supplies
• Surge Protected Power Strip
• Computer and Computer Supplies
• Painters Tape To Hang Items on Walls – NO DOUBLE SIDED TAPE.
• Umbrella
• Raincoat
• Flashlight/Extra Batteries

•  Cell Phone
•  Television
•  Refrigerator (3.6 Cubic Feet or Less)
•  Microwave
•  Dictionary
•  Thesaurus
•  Personal Safe
•  Iron (For use in laundry room only)
•  Small Ironing Board
•  School Supplies
•  Address Book, Envelopes, Stationary, and Stamps
•  Desk Organizer
•  Sewing Kit
•  Wall Decorations
•  Pictures
•  Bicycle and Lock
•  Longboard and Padlock
•  Multi Purpose Tool
•  Desktop Fan
•  MP3 Player with Personal Headphones
•  Drinking Cup/Coffee Mug/Dishware
•  Shower Shoes – Flip Flops
•  Shower Bucket/Carrying Case
•  Plastic/Metal Storage Bin for Snacks
•  Coffee Pot with Automatic Shut-Off

•  Candles
•  Candle Warmers
•  Incense
•  Drugs
•  Weapons
•  Fireworks
•  Toaster Oven
•  Hot Plate or Open Coiled Heater (If brought, these must be stored in the hall kitchen)
•  Refrigerator Larger than 3.6 Cubic Feet
•  Air Conditioner
•  Halogen Lights(These are a Fire Hazard and not allowed in the Residence Halls)
•  Waterbed
•  Fish Tank Larger than 15 Gallons
•  Pets (Except Fish)
•  Illegal Substances
•  Flammable Liquids
•  No Open Flame Devices are Allowed In Residential Facilities
•  Gas Powered Scooter (Can only be used/stored outside)
•  George Foreman Grills

New students traveling to campus by airplane may ship their belongings to avoid paying the fees that airlines charge for extra baggage. Please keep in mind that it may be very difficult to transport everything from the airport to campus.

Packages sent to the university (by any carrier) will be kept at the post office on campus for a limited time until you claim them. The Mailroom will alert you when packages arrive by placing a slip in your mailbox. U.S. Postal Service shipping addresses should read:

[Your Name]
5050 Ave Maria Blvd.
Ave Maria FL 34142

In any case, you may ship packages to get to campus before you arrive for Orientation.

Appliances
There are many appliances acceptable in the Residence Halls such as hot pots, popcorn poppers, and coffee pots, provided they operate with an enclosed element and have an automatic shut off switch. However, due to electrical limitations and fire safety regulations halogen lamps, air conditioners, toasters, toaster ovens, or any open-coil or exposed burner appliances are not allowed. Only refrigerators under 3.6 cubic feet are permitted.

Cooking/Meal Plan
All residential students are required to be on the student meal plan. Student rooms are not equipped to accommodate the electrical and sanitary demands of cooking. The residence halls have an equipped kitchenette for your use.

Pets
The only pets permitted in the Residence Hall are aquarium fish. No aquarium can exceed 15 gallons.

Bicycles
Bikes are an inexpensive form of transportation. If you bring your bicycle, be sure to bring a bike lock. Bikes may not be stored in the hallways of the residence halls and should be kept locked on one of the outdoor bike-racks throughout campus.

Residence Hall Staff
There is a Residence Director, a full-time, live-in professional staff member living in each Residence Hall, who oversees the operations of the building as well as tends to the needs of the students living within the hall. The Residence Directors are supervised by the Director of Residence Life and Housing.

Any questions regarding Residence Life may be directed to the Office of Residence Life and Housing:

Ave Maria University
Office of Residence Life and Housing
5050 Ave Maria Blvd.
Ave Maria Florida 34142
Phone: 239-280-2542
StudentAffairs@avemaria.edu

Any questions regarding residence life may be directed to the Office of Residence Life and Housing:

Mailing Address:
Ave Maria University
Office of Residence Life and Housing
5050 Ave Maria Blvd.
Ave Maria, FL 34142


Phone: (239) 280-2542


Email: StudentAffairs@avemaria.edu