- Associated Press - Monday, September 1, 2014

AVE MARIA, Fla. (AP) - The new school year at Ave Maria University is the first without funding from Domino’s Pizza founder Tom Monahan.

Monahan bankrolled the Roman Catholic school during its construction and development phase. President Jim Towey tells the News-Press (https://newspr.es/1pAuNlY ) that Monahan has followed through with a seven-year plan to wean the school off his money.

The fall term began Monday. Ave Maria’s enrollment has surpassed the 1,000-student milestone for the first time with 1,081 students on campus.

The school opened in 2003 in temporary quarters in Naples. Its permanent campus opened in 2007. Towey expects 1,500 undergraduates by 2017.

Ave Maria offers majors in theology, Catholic studies and early Christian literature, but students also can major in other subjects. Registrar Billee Silva said the school received 2,102 undergraduate applications this year.

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Information from: The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press, https://www.news-press.com


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