Orientation FAQs & What to Bring

Arriving on Campus

Orientation at Ave Maria will look a little different this year. All students MUST register for a Check-In/Move-In date and time before they arrive on campus. An email has gone out prompting students to register for Check-In/Move-In. If you haven’t received this email, please contact your Admissions counselor, or email StudentAffairs@avemaria.edu.

When you arrive on campus, we will spend most of the first day taking care of your paperwork and moving you into your dorm. You cannot move into the dorms until you’ve gone 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 complete, your email verified, and your Student ID issued. Sounds like a lot, right? Well, the good news is that you can avoid a lot of waiting by completing these tasks in advance of your arrival.Most of the tasks you must complete are outlined in the Attending AMU Welcome Course, but we’ve broken the list down on our Pre-Orientation Checklist page, as well.

Again, any work done in advance will save you TONS of time at Check-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 our Orientation Team members on hand 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’ll have time to get your room in order. You will receive a copy of your Orientation schedule which you can refer to for the rest of the details for the first day.

Attending AMU Welcome Course

If you haven’t already, please be sure to complete all sections of the Attending AMU Welcome Course. If you haven’t yet received access to the course, please contact your Admissions Counselor.

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.

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) 280-2501.

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 schedule of events 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. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, parents and family members are welcome to help with check-in and move-in, and are also invited to attend the optional Parent Information session. Otherwise, all Orientation events are only open to the students.

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 in nearby Naples include: Target, Wal-Mart, and much more. Should you have access to a car, the Office of Student Affairs can provide you with driving directions to some of the closest retail centers upon request.

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 or bicycle on campus must be sure to obtain a permit from the Office of Campus Security before the end of the first week of school. See “Vehicle and Bicycle Registration” for further details.

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 after your move-in date. This will ensure that you are on campus to receive them.

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) 280-2501

When do I register for class?

As an incoming student, your class schedule will be created for you after you complete the Pre-Registration form and 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 must register for a Check-In/Move-In time, and have the opportunity to participate in general Orientation activities, which are 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?

There will be an optional Parent Information Session that parents are welcome to attend. For students who’ve selected an AM check-in time, the Parent Session will take place in the afternoon that same day; for students who’ve selected a PM check-in time, the Parent Session will take place in the evening that same day.

Where do my parents stay during Orientation?

For a list of nearby hotels, click here.

When should my parents plan to say goodbye?

There is no “traditional” time that parents say goodbye. Most of the Orientation events are not open to parents or families, for space reasons, though parents may decide to stay in the area to be on hand to assist with trips into Naples to secure items for their child’s dorm room. Usually, there is very little time after the first day for students to spend with their parents.

Do I need a permit to park my vehicle or bicycle on campus?

All vehicles and bicycles parked on campus must be registered with Campus Security. Vehicle registration is $40 for the year; bicycle registration is free. To register either, simply navigate to the Ave Maria Parking Policy page (found HERE) and select “Student Parking Registration” to follow the prompts to register your car or bicycle. After processing, Campus Security will issue a sticker for you to place in your windshield or on your bike. 

For the University’s full bicycle and vehicle policy, please contact AMUsecurity@avemaria.edu.

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.

COVID-19 Packing List

We can’t wait to safely welcome you to campus! Please partner with us in maintaining a healthy environment by bringing these items with your down to AMU:

  • Thermometer
  • Masks or Face Coverings (disposable or reusable)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Hand Soap
  • Sanitizing Wipes
  • Tissues


  • Extra Long Twin Bed Linens (length 80”)
  • Pillow(s), Blankets, Mattress Pad


  • Towels and Wash Cloths
  • Shower Curtain
  • Bath Mat/Rug
  • Toiletries/Personal Care Items
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Medications


  • Broom
  • Vacuum
  • Swiffer/Swiffer Wipes
  • Sanitizing Wipes
  • Toilet Brush
  • Shower Cleaner
  • Glass Cleaner
  • Laundry Basket/Bag
  • Laundry Detergent/Dryer Sheets
  • Dish Soap
  • Sponges/Dish Rags
  • Storage
  • Hangers
  • Storage Bins


  • Alarm Clock
  • Floor Lamp (there are no lights in bedroom areas)
  • Desk Lamp
  • Extra Lightbulbs
  • Surge Protected Power Strip
  • Painters Tape to Hang Items on Walls – NO DOUBLE SIDED TAPE
  • Umbrella
  • Raincoat
  • Flashlight/Extra Batteries
  • Trash Can
  • Rug


  • School Supplies
  • Backpack or Book Bag
  • Calendar/Planner
  • Laptop
  • Headphones
  • Chargers (phone, laptop, etc.)


  • Driver’s License
  • Birth Certificate*
  • Social Security Card*
  • Insurance Cards/Medical Information
  • Passport*
    *For employment, travel
  • 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
  • Plastic Drawer Tower
  • Closet Organizers
  • Sunblock/Sunscreen
  • 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.

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.

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

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: 239-280-2501

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) 280-2501

Email: residencelife@avemaria.edu