AVE MARIA, Fl. (November 3, 2010) – Ave Maria University (AMU) officials were pleased to have recently received notable distinction from two national publications.  Newsweek named AMU one of the top 25 most desirable rural schools in the U.S., while First Things – a magazine published by the Institute of Religion and Public Life – ranked AMU as the number one Catholic school in the country. 

“Any positive recognition the university receives is always very gratifying and humbling,” said AMU President, Nicholas J. Healy.  “And, relevant to the ranking in First Things, it is a special honor to know that AMU’s Catholic foundation – which has helped guide all our educational, enrollment and campus life efforts – is evident to our supporters and constituents.”

Some of the university’s most prominent, positive differentiators were called out by Newsweek editors as a basis for AMU’s inclusion in the rankings.  A few of the items identified included:

-        Goal of preparing students for leadership in academics, professional occupations and service to the greater community

-        Close knit university body

-        Average ACT score of 29

-        Average SAT score of 1370

-        An eleven-to-one student-to-faculty ratio

-        Ability to study abroad at Nicaraguan branch campus

“As our curriculum and programs continue to expand, we hope to continue attracting such high-caliber students to AMU,” Healy continued.  “We pride ourselves on being an accredited university founded in the Catholic tradition, and we’re honored to have the quality of our campus community and our commitment to faith recognized by such reputable publications.”