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Ave Maria University Data & Information Overview

7 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
64% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Ave Maria University Ranked?

#1,657 Best Colleges in Nation
#56 Best Colleges in FL
Theology & Religious Vocations Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

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Ave Maria University was awarded 7 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is theology & religious vocations.

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Overall Quality

College Factual ranked AMU as #1,657 out of 2,217 colleges and universities in the country on its 2024 Best Colleges list.

Out of the 77 colleges in Florida, AMU is ranked at #56.

See all of the rankings for Ave Maria University.

Is It Hard to Get Into AMU?

64% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Ave Maria University you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 64%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Learn more about Ave Maria University admissions.

Ave Maria University Faculty

18 to 1 Student to Faculty
88% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Ave Maria University, this ratio is 18 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Ave Maria University is 88%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  88 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Ave Maria University

76% Freshmen Retention
48% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

Ave Maria University has a freshmen retention rate of 76%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  76 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At AMU the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 48%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  48 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Ave Maria University.

Ave Maria University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,048 Full-Time Undergraduates
24.7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
56.0% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,071 undergraduates at AMU with 1,048 being full-time and 23 being part-time.

How Much Does Ave Maria University Cost?

$18,264 Net Price
56% Take Out Loans
$30,112 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of AMU is $18,264. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for AMU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$15,479 $14,928 $16,140 $20,109 $20,335

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of AMU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At AMU, approximately 56% of students took out student loans averaging $7,528 a year. That adds up to $30,112 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at AMU is 4.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do AMU Graduates Make?

$45,789 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from AMU make about $45,789 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future AMU graduates since it is 8% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Ave Maria University make the most money.

Location of Ave Maria University

Florida State
1,048 Full-Time Undergraduates
Rural Campus Setting
Ave Maria University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Ave Maria, Florida. The rural area surrounding the school is great for students who prefer living in a country setting.

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Contact details for AMU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 5050 Ave Maria Blvd, Ave Maria, FL 34142-9505
Phone: 239-280-2500

Ave Maria University Majors

31 Majors With Completions
390 Undergraduate Degrees
19 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 31 majors graduated from Ave Maria University. Of these students, 390 received undergraduate degrees and 19 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 45 $32,648
General Psychology 32 $26,800
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 31 NA
Nursing 29 NA
Communication & Media Studies 27 NA
Theological & Ministerial Studies 21 $31,775
Health Sciences & Services 19 NA
Accounting 19 NA
Political Science & Government 17 NA
General Biology 16 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Ave Maria University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at AMU

100% Take At Least One Class Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2020-2021, 1,302 students took at least one online class at Ave Maria University. This is an increase from the 14 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 1,302 0
2019-2020 14 14
2018-2019 11 11
2017-2018 2 2
2016-2017 34 11

Learn more about online learning at Ave Maria University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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