WINK-TV North Naples : Ave Maria College can now officially be called Ave Maria University. The Florida Commission for Independent Education gave the school a license on Monday. The license is a big step for the school’s goal of building a campus on 5,000 acres of land in Collier County.
The school has opened a temporary campus in the Vineyards in North Naples. This year, 100 students have signed up to be part of Ave Maria’s first class. “It will be almost like a family,” said incoming student Mary Megan Barone. “We’ll start out small and grow big together.” Barone is a graduate of St. John Neumann High School in Golden Gate, she will join students from 29 states in Ave Maria’s first freshman class.