Ave Maria University is deservedly proud of its Core Curriculum. The Core offers guidance to our students by requiring them to take specific courses in the great tradition of the liberal arts. In these carefully selected courses, our students share together in the discovery of truth and acquire the indispensable foundation for a lifetime of learning. Moreover, since the Core Curriculum comprises one-half of the overall education, the students not only achieve breadth of knowledge, but also depth of knowledge. Since each discipline views reality from its distinct perspective, students encounter the truth about God and His creation more completely through the dynamic interplay of all of the liberal arts including theology and natural science.

More than 50 Clubs and Organizations provide a vibrant extracurricular component to the Ave educational environment. We invite students to take an active role in organizations because it contributes to their total education as a whole person and the educational goal of Ave Maria University. Also, they’re awesome.


Making The Grade

Founded in fidelity to Christ and His Church in response to the call of Vatican II for greater lay witness in contemporary society, Ave Maria University exists to further teaching, research, and learning at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the abiding tradition of Catholic thought in both national and international settings. The University takes as its mission the sponsorship of a liberal arts education curriculum dedicated, as articulated in the apostolic constitution Ex Corde Ecclesiae, to the advancement of human culture, the promotion of dialogue between faith and reason, the formation of men and women in the intellectual and moral virtues of the Catholic faith, and to the development of professional and pre-professional programs in response to local and societal needs.

Ave Maria is known for its exceptional academics, faithfulness to the magisterium of the Catholic Church, dedicated faculty and caring staff, and a unique educational philosophy that strives to develop the whole person.

The university’s superb faculty, challenging curriculum, professional staff, and a student community where it is easy to form lasting friendships, provide graduates with a training
that empowers them to step out into the working world as future leaders.


At A Glance

Ave Maria University is a Catholic University. We proudly uphold and adhere to the Magisterium of the Church and its Catholic Mission.

Ave offers 32 strong majors and 9 pre-professional programs that meet the needs of all students who are eager to develop and challenge themselves to the highest levels they can achieve.

AMU boasts a 14:1 student to faculty ratio.

Average Class Size is 20.

Our students come to us from families across the nation and across the globe – 44 states and 20 countries are represented.

We have comprised an outstanding group of faculty that excel as teachers and as scholars. Nearly all are full time and 87% have earned a Ph.D. or equivalent in their field.


3 Things Families Should Know

Ave Maria University is an Authentically Catholic University

AMU has 18 NAIA Varsity Sports, that compete in The Sun Conference and NAIA. JV sports are also available.

31 Undergraduate Majors and 29 Undergraduate Minors


Top Majors

Business Administration

Top Minors
Health Science


How To Apply
Applying to Ave is easy. Here’s how to get started:

Complete the online application. There’s no application fee.

1-Request an official copy of your high school transcript be sent to AMU.
2-Request that your SAT (Ave Maria’s SAT school code is: 4249), ACT (Ave Maria’s ACT school code is: 6212), or CLT test scores be sent to AMU.
3-Begin the Financial Aid Process
4-Make Deposit Now

Freshman applicants may submit personal (unofficial) copies of transcripts and/or test scores in order to obtain a provisional offer of admission and an estimated financial aid award. In such a case the applicant’s admission letter will clearly state that the offer is provisional.


Campus Visit Information

Come see our beautiful campus! We offer tours Monday through Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
Join us for an individual visit or an overnight stay in the dorms with a student host. Click or copy the link below to open our calendar and find a date that works for you. We’ll see you soon!


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