Orientation FAQs & What to Bring


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 2016 runs from Thursday, August 25th – Saturday, August 27th. Classes begin on Monday, August 29th, 2016.

Does it matter what time I arrive on Thursday, August 25?

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 25th.

Can I arrive early to get settled in?

You cannot move into your assigned residence until 9:00 AM on Thursday, August 25th.  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 25th, 2016.  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

What steps is AMU taking to prevent the spread of the Zika virus?

Learn more about preventing mosquito bites here.

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 25th and Friday, August 26th. 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
• Bed Linens (extra long sheets)
• 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