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AMU Begins New Year with Record Enrollment

Ave Maria University hit one of its growth milestones this academic year, with a record number of incoming students pushing the school's total enrollment past the 1,000 mark.

Enrollment statistics released by the school show a total enrollment of 1,081, with 1,030 undergraduates. There will be a lot of new faces on campus, as AMU is welcoming 395 new students of whom 309 are in the freshman class of 2018.

About half the incoming students are from Florida, the rest from 40 states and seven countries.

AMU President Jim Towey says that the incoming class is not only larger in numbers but also stronger academically. "We're excited that that means we can grow but also grow quality," Mr. Towey told Jeff Lytle of lori-1the Naples Daily News in an interview for the television program "Newsmakers" that aired over the weekend. The interview can be seen in its entirety on the Naples Daily News website by clicking here (the video is not behind the newspaper's pay wall).

The university also announced that Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore  (left) will deliver the convocation address Friday, Sept. 5 on the subject "The Freedom to Bear Witness." Archbishop Lori chairs the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops' Ad-Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty and has worked with Mr. Towey to coordinate the strategy of the USCCB and AMU to oppose the Obamacare contraceptive mandate.


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