Saint Leo University is a American private, non-profit, co-educational, Roman Catholic liberal arts university, located in Saint Leo, Florida, United States of America. It was founded in 1889 by the Order of Saint Benedict of Florida and re-established as a college in 1959. The University is associated with the Holy Name Monastery, a Benedictine convent, and Saint Leo Abbey, a Benedictine monastery. The university and the abbey both have been named in honor of Pope Leo the Great. It is the oldest Catholic college in Florida, and the sixth-largest in the whole of United States and was one of the first U.S. universities to provide distance learning opportunities to students, beginning to educate military men and women in 1973. Saint Leo University now operates 17 continuing education centers in seven states, including California, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia, as well as dozens of military base centers, and the University's Center for Online Learning. The university offers over 40 associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degree, and certificate programs, also inaugurating its first doctoral program in 2013. Saint Leo University is regionally by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in the United States and the State of Florida various degrees. Saint Leo University has been ranked as one of the top universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report.
Saint Leo is structured into three schools offering more than 40 academic programs including associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs, along with pre-professional and accelerated-learning programs. The School of Arts & Sciences offers students a broad education that lays a durable foundation for critical and independent thinking at the Associate, Undergraduate and Graduate (certificates and degrees) level. The School of Education & Social Services couples a transformative liberal arts tradition with highly specialized training in the education and social service fields providing Associate Degrees, Undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates in addition to Florida Coaching Endorsements. The Donald R. Tapia School of Business offers Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Applied, Bachelor of Arts degrees in Accounting, Communication Management, Human Resources Management, International Tourism and Hospitality Management, Management, Marketing, Sport Business and Business Administration, with specializations in accounting, logistics, management, marketing, project management, and technology management in addition to various Bachelor of Science degrees and Associate degrees. Saint Leo offers graduate degree and post-baccalaureate certificate programs in Accounting, Business, Criminal Justice, Critical Incident Management, Education, Social Work and Theology. Saint Leo University also offers additional courses and degree programs online each year—with each online course held to the same rigorous academic standards as its campus counterpart. More than 3,000 students across the world are enrolled in Saint Leo's 100% online associate, bachelor's, master's and graduate certificate programs. The Distance Learning Program (DL) at Saint Leo University provides continuing education center students with a convenient opportunity to supplement the courses they take in traditional classrooms with Internet based courses offered through a student's Center and must be taken in conjunction with traditional classes.
Saint Leo University not only provides quality education but is also dedicated to ensure that the students enjoy their student life for their academic, personal, and professional development. For this, the university has more than 60 recognized clubs and organizations roughly divided into Honor Organizations, Multicultural Organizations, Professional and Departmental Organizations, Religious and Service Organizations and Special Interest Organizations. Saint Leo University provides housing facility through 13 residence halls with a traditional community-style double room or single, or an on-campus apartment or suite that houses more than 1600 students. The university also provides excellent dining services serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, grab 'n' go snacks and drinks, event catering, and even birthday cakes. The students at Saint Leo get to experience Greek Life as the university has five sororities and six fraternities on campus, including national organizations, local chapters that are unique to Saint Leo, and historically African American fraternities and sororities. Saint Leo University serves its student through International Student Services, Veteran Services, Health & Wellness Center, Disability Services, Bookstore, Learning Resource Center, Career Services, and many others. Saint Leo is equally popular for various sports activities and its teams are known as the Lions. The university has over 340 student-athletes participate in National Collegiate Athletic (NCAA) Division II at University Campus. It is a member of the Sunshine State Conference and also hosts a variety of intramural sports throughout the year. In addition to its affordable fees, the University also provides financial aid opportunities which keep it within the reach of every qualified student to assist students and their families in meeting the cost of higher education. The financial aid comes in the form of Federal Aid, State Aid, grants which need not be paid back, Loans that must be repaid, Military and Veteran Benefits, Corporate Assistance, Privately Funded and Outside Scholarships, Federal and Non-Federal work-study Program and Student Employment that allows working and earning money.
Located on in Saint Leo, Florida, 35 miles north of Tampa, Saint Leo University currently serves nearly 16,000 students from all 50 states and 61 countries. Saint Leo University welcomes them not only from all over the state but from the whole wide world as well. The university promotes equal opportunity for all potential and current students and employees not discriminating against any individual on the basis of sex, race, national origin, color, political affiliation, religion, veteran status, sexual orientation, age, or disability status. With so much to offer and that too at an affordable price, Saint Leo University has been one of the most sought after universities for a long time. The university’s website contains detailed and current information.