Ave Maria University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$22,190
5.98% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$19,226
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
4.21%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
91.8%
1,559 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
1,108
97.8% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
52.6%
160 Graduates

About

Ave Maria University is a higher education institution located in Collier County, FL. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Ave Maria University were General Business Administration & Management (24 degrees awarded), General Psychology (21 degrees), and Theological Studies (17 degrees).

In 2020, 235 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Ave Maria University. 50.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 49.4% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (159 degrees), 5.48 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (29 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Ave Maria University is $22,190, which is $−6,210 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Ave Maria University is $22,190, which is $−6,210 less than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $19,226.

In 2020, 95% of undergraduate students attending Ave Maria University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 50% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$22,190
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Ave Maria University was $22,190. The cost of tuition at Ave Maria University is $−6,210 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

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Average Net Price

$19,226
2020 Value
20.6%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Ave Maria University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $19,226. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Ave Maria University grew by 20.6%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,990
Room and Board
$1,260
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Ave Maria University was of $11,990 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,260. The cost of room and board increased by 4.84% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies increased by 5% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

95%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
50%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

95% of undergraduate students at Ave Maria University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a decline of 3.06% with respect to 2019, when 98% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
4.21%
2018 Default Rate
12
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Ave Maria University was 4.21%, which represents 12 out of the 285 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Ave Maria University received 1,559 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 7.81% annual growth. Out of those 1,559 applicants, 1,431 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 91.8% acceptance rate.

There were 1,108 students enrolled at Ave Maria University in 2020, and 55% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Ave Maria University has an overall enrollment yield of 20.8%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

91.8%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
1,431
Accepted Out of 1,559

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Ave Maria University was 91.8% (1,431 admissions from 1,559 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 84.9%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 7.81%, while admissions grew by 16.6%.

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SAT Scores

55%
Submission Percentage
164
Scores Submitted

55% of enrolled first-time students at Ave Maria University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Ave Maria University has a total enrollment of 1,108 students. The full-time enrollment at Ave Maria University is 1,084 students and the part-time enrollment is 24. This means that 97.8% of students enrolled at Ave Maria University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Ave Maria University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 68.1% White, 14.4% Hispanic or Latino, 5.42% Black or African American, 3.79% Asian, 0.812% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0% Two or More Races.

Students enrolled at Ave Maria University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (38.8%), followed by White Male (29%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (7.73%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Male (41.7%), followed by White Female (33.3%) and Asian Male (5.56%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

97.8%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Ave Maria University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 1,108 students. The full-time enrollment at Ave Maria University is 1,084 and the part-time enrollment is 24. This means that 97.8% of students enrolled at Ave Maria University are enrolled full-time compared with 80.1% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

71%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Ave Maria University was 71%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (73%), Ave Maria University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    755
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    160
  3. Black or African American
    60

The enrolled student population at Ave Maria University is 68.1% White, 14.4% Hispanic or Latino, 5.42% Black or African American, 3.79% Asian, 0.812% American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0% Two or More Races. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 54.8% White, 13.8% Black or African American, and 13.4% Hispanic or Latino.

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Graduates

In 2020, 3 more women than men received degrees from Ave Maria University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Ave Maria University is white (159 degrees awarded). There were 5.48 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (29 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Ave Maria University is General Business Administration & Management (24 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (21 degrees) and Theological Studies (17 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Ave Maria University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Theology (32 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (4 degrees), and Biology (38 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Ave Maria University are Physicians (389,457 people), Other managers (236,545 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (203,589 people), Postsecondary teachers (182,704 people), and Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (181,424 people).

The most specialized majors at Ave Maria University are Theology (32 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (4 degrees), Biology (38 degrees), Communications (16 degrees), and History (4 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Ave Maria University are Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Surgeons, Clinical and counseling psychologists, Aerospace engineers, and Computer hardware engineers

The most specialized majors at Ave Maria University are Theology (32 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (4 degrees), Biology (38 degrees), Communications (16 degrees), and History (4 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Ave Maria University are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (504,512 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (447,059 people), Elementary & secondary schools (441,919 people), Offices of physicians (193,120 people), and Computer Systems Design (162,164 people).

The most specialized majors at Ave Maria University are Theology (32 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (4 degrees), Biology (38 degrees), Communications (16 degrees), and History (4 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Ave Maria University.
Most Common
  1. 24 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 21 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 17 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Ave Maria University was General Business Administration & Management with 24 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

116
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
119
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 116 degrees were awarded to men at Ave Maria University, which is 0.975 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (119).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 18 degrees were awarded to men at Ave Maria University in Theological Studies, which is 1.29 times more than the 14 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 14 degrees were awarded to women at Ave Maria University in Theological Studies, which is 0.778 times less than the 18 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

46%
100% Completion Time
55%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 46% of students graduating from Ave Maria University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 55% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 56% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
White Female
Highest Graduation Rate (70.9%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Ave Maria University is Female and White (70.9% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 16.3% of graduates (26 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    159 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    29 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    29 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Ave Maria University is white (159 degrees awarded). There were 5.48 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (29 degrees).

12.3% of degree recipients (29 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    83 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    76 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Male
    16 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Ave Maria University is white female (83 degrees awarded). There were 1.09 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (76 degrees).

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Operations

Ave Maria University has an endowment valued at nearly $6.52M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $2.44M (37.4%), compared to the 2.06% average return ($820k on $39.8M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2020, Ave Maria University had a total salary expenditure of $38.7M. Ave Maria University employs 27 Associate professors, 23 Assistant professors, and 7 Professors. Most academics at Ave Maria University are Male Associate professors (22), Male Assistant professors(13), and Female Assistant professors (10).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Ave Maria University are: Management, with 31 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 22 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 15 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$6.52M
2020 Endowment
40.2%
growth from 2019

Ave Maria University has an endowment valued at about $6.52M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Ave Maria University grew 40.2% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $33.3M lower than than the median endowment of Baccalaureate Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $0 - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Ave Maria University received $0 in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$12.8M
2020 Salaries
0.687%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Ave Maria University paid a median of $12.8M in salaries, which represents 33.1% of their overall expenditure ($38.7M) and a 0.687% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.1% growth from 2018 and a 3.1% decline from 2017.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.4M (40.8% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$4.25M
Instructional Salaries
61
Number of Employees

In 2020, Ave Maria University paid a total of $4.25M to 61 employees working as instructors, which represents 33.2% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.78M (31%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
27 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
31 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Ave Maria University were Associate professor with 27 employees; Assistant professor with 23 employees; and Assistant professor with 7 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Ave Maria University were Management with 31 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 22 employees; and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 15 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Associate professor
  2. Male Assistant professor
  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Ave Maria University was Male Associate professor with 22 employees, Male Assistant professor with 13 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 10 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Ave Maria University.

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