New university coming

Accord reached for permanent Ave Maria University campus in Collier County

A new town and university will soon emerge from the palmetto fields of East Collier County. This project located about 5 miles south of Immokalee is expected to add 11,000 dwellings and 24,000 residents over the next 10 years.

Ave Maria, a Catholic University is expected to eventually have a student body of 6000 students. Ave Maria is the first new Catholic University in the US in the last 50 years. Currently Ave Marie, has more than 300 students in a temporary campus in The Vineyards in Northeast Naples. Much of the funding for Ave Maria has been provide by Thomas S. Monaghan, the Michigan-based founder of the Domino's Pizza and owner of the Detroit Tigers baseball team.

The developer will donate to Collier County the necessary roadside land required to provide four lane access to the University.

Deal clears way for Ave Maria campus [News-Press]

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