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Saint Leo University

  • Saint Leo, FL
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Rural
    setting
  • 52%48%
    student ratio
  • 2,234
    total students
  • $19,740 | $19,740
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • Rolling
    fall application deadline
  • 76%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 504
    sat math
  • 502
    sat reading
  • 479
    sat writing
  • 21
    act composite

Overview

A Catholic, Liberal Arts University

Saint Leo University is a Catholic institution founded in 1889 and dedicated to educating students in the liberal arts and Benedictine tradition. Students receive a strong liberal arts foundation that prepares them for future careers, graduate work, and lifelong personal development. The university's 6 core values of excellence, community, respect, personal development, responsible stewardship, and integrity are the driving forces behind the academics and community at Saint Leo University.

The university campus in Saint Leo, Florida is home to just over 2,200 traditional undergraduate students. Roughly 62 percent of the student population lives on campus. The school's intimate atmosphere and 16:1 student to faculty member ratio attracts students looking for a highly personalized educational experience.

University Explorations: Because students are more than their majors

The new liberal arts general education program, University Explorations, was introduced to all Saint Leo undergraduates in fall 2013. The program takes a topical, dynamic approach to liberal arts education, which makes the subject matter all the more intriguing.

The goal of general education is unchanged: to equip students to think critically; to read, write, and communicate effectively; to calculate and analyze competently; to act ethically; to appreciate beauty and exercise creativity; and to develop a capacity for reflection. These are the skills that enable Saint Leo students to become thoughtful citizens of the world, and SLU wants all of its graduates to possess these capabilities, no matter what their majors.

University Explorations courses achieve these teaching objectives, with an emphasis on topics of special interest to the 21st century learner. Students will complete 42 credit hours in "University Explorations," with mandatory foundational courses in "College Mathematics" (MAT 131), 2 semesters of "Academic Writing" (ENG 121 and 122), and "Basic Computer Skills" (COM 140).

Students then choose courses from selected academic clusters to satisfy the "University Explorations" requirements. Students in the Honors Program should consult with their academic advisers, as their programs of study will entail different course selections.

Bachelor Degree Requirements

Bachelor degrees are awarded by the 3 schools at Saint Leo University: the School of Arts and Sciences, the Donald R. Tapia School of Business, and the School of Education and Social Services. Through these schools, Saint Leo University offers a wide range of undergraduate degrees including a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Applied Science, a Bachelor of Science, or a Bachelor of Social Work.

Candidates working towards these degrees must complete a minimum of 120 academic credits in order to graduate. Along with meeting specific course requirements in each major, students must maintain a grade point average of 2.0 or higher, if specified.

The School of Arts and Sciences

The School of Arts and Sciences offers degree programs in biology, English, global studies, history, mathematics, medical technology, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology. Two of the most popular majors are biology and psychology. In addition to the B.A. and B.S. degree programs, the School of Arts and Sciences offers minors in anthropology, art, biology, chemistry, dramaturgy, engineering, English, ethics and social responsibility, history, a homeland security certificate, interdisciplinary arts, mathematics, a Middle-East studies certificate, music, music ministry, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, sociology, and Spanish. . Because of Saint Leo University's liberal arts commitment, all coursework emphasizes decision making, problem solving, and analytical skills in addition to specialized course knowledge.

In 2009, the School of Arts and Sciences established the "International Journal of African Catholicism," which encourages worldwide dialogue regarding the African Catholic community. The notable journal is supported by the Department of Religion, Theology, and Philosophy at Saint Leo University.

The interdisciplinary Global Studies program in the School of Arts and Sciences at Saint Leo is unique in Florida and the Southeast. Global issues can no longer be addressed by a single discipline, department, or way of thinking. As Global Studies majors, students will take classes in sociology, politics, biology, and business. This broad perspective will help students learn to think critically about complex global issues.

The Donald R. Tapia School of Business

The Donald R. Tapia School of Business offers degree programs in accounting, communication management, computer information systems, computer science, economics, health care management, human resources management, international tourism and hospitality management, management, marketing, multimedia management, and sport business. The sport business program is one of a very select few programs accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA). This major is increasingly popular as demand for specialists in sport business continues to rise.

Coursework in the Donald R. Tapia School of Business emphasizes a strong foundation in management and business knowledge, as well as a background in business ethics to help guide students through their careers. All business students complete the Common Body of Knowledge courses to gain understanding and familiarity with all topics and facets of business.

The School of Education and Social Services

The School of Education and Social Services prepares students for careers in education and service-oriented fields. Coursework encourages students to critically assess social institutions and how to effect positive change in society. Majors offered within the School of Education and Social Services include criminal justice, elementary education, middle grades education, secondary education, and social work. Education students in the school are eligible to apply for a Florida State coaching endorsement while attending classes. Criminal Justice and Elementary Education are among the top majors in the School of Education and Social Services at Saint Leo University.

Academic Support through Community Resources

Cannon Memorial Library contains 94,146 volumes, and provides access to 235,000 e-books (non-unique e-book titles), 534 print periodical subscriptions, 147,929 unique e-journal titles, and 75 online databases. Students have access to library resources on campus and electronically, or through interlibrary loan programs. Cannon Memorial Library also offers free professional instruction in writing and research to students of all levels, across the curriculum.

Students meet at Saint Leo University's LRC (Learning Resource Center) for group projects or tutoring sessions. The center is equipped with meeting spaces, projection areas, and computer labs. Study skills workshops are taught regularly for students looking to perfect their time management and research skills.

Financial Aid Availability

Financial aid, both federally funded and awarded by the university, is available in the form of scholarships, grants, and loans. The university offers generous institutional aid for academic merit, honors, and leadership, as well as special programs for students who meet criteria for alumni nomination, Catholic high school, legacy and sibling grant awards. Financial aid is allocated on the basis of academic performance and need, as determined by the federal government from the financial information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). On-campus jobs are available for students, with priority given to students with demonstrated financial need. Ninety-two percent of University College students receive some form of financial aid.

A Variety of International Academic Experiences

Saint Leo University is committed to helping students expand their horizons through study-abroad programs. Saint Leo University students have the opportunity to spend semesters studying at more than a dozen international universities, including schools in Australia, Brazil, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, and more. Articulation agreements also afford study opportunities throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim. A partnership with Semester at Sea gives students the unique opportunity to spend a semester studying and traveling aboard the MV Explorer. In addition to full semesters abroad, students also have the opportunity to study abroad on shorter, faculty-member-led trips.

Faculty advisers assist students in making course selections and internship decisions to maximize their time spent abroad. The university continuously evaluates program success, adding new programs and partnerships to allow a wider range of opportunities for students seeking various international experiences.

A Sunny Florida Setting

Situated 90 minutes west of Orlando and 35 minutes north of Tampa, Saint Leo University sits on 215 acres of lush rolling hills in central Florida. The campus offers students various outdoor recreational opportunities including a heated outdoor competition-size swimming pool, adjacent 18-hole golf course, and Lake Jovita, the 154-acre lake that adjoins the university.


Location & Contact

PO Box 6665
Saint Leo, FL 33574-6665
USA

Ms.Dana Davies

Associate Vice President of Enrollment

Phone: 352-588-8283
Fax: 352-588-8257
Email: admissions@saintleo.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration, Management and Operations Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Commerce
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Corporate Communications
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Hospitality Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Human Resources Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Management Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Education Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Middle School Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Secondary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • English Language and Literature Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health/Health-Care Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Criminal Justice/Safety
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Criminalistics and Criminal Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Homeland Security
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • International/Global Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Sport And Fitness Administration/Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Human Services
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Work
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

76% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied3,178
    • Accepted2,435
    • Acceptance Rate76%
    • Enrolled2,234
    • Female Applicants1,842
    • Females Accepted1,468
    • Female Acceptance Rate79%
    • Male Applicants1,336
    • Males Accepted967
    • Male Acceptance Rate72%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.50
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 502 450 543
    • SAT Math 504 460 550
    • SAT Writing 479 440 520
    • ACT Composite 21 19 23
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$19,740
    • Out-of-state tuition *$19,740
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$370.00
    • Room and board *$9,920.00
    • Room only *$5,120.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredDeferred paymentsDeferred payments and Installments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students2,234
    • Male Student Percentage48%
    • Female Student Percentage52%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino16.74%
    • Black or African American11.01%
    • White or Caucasian47.14%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.36%
    • Asian1.16%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.09%
    • Two or more races2.78%
    • Unknown8.06%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout12.55% representing 57 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students29% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing , Female-only housing, Special housing for disabled, Male-only housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 61%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities Yes
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Student Government Union, Campus Activities Board, Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority, The Quest, Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other surveillance cameras in parking lots

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division II
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division 2 Yes
    • Basketball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Cross-country running No Division 2 Yes
    • Field hockey Yes No No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf No Division 2 Yes
    • Lacrosse No Division 2 Yes
    • Soccer Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Softball No No No
    • Swimming No Division 2 Yes
    • Tennis Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Track No Division 2 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball No No No
    • Water polo Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Cross-country running No Division 2 Yes
    • Field hockey Yes No No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf No Division 2 Yes
    • Lacrosse No Division 2 Yes
    • Soccer Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Softball No Division 2 Yes
    • Swimming No Division 2 Yes
    • Tennis Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Track No Division 2 No
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball No Division 2 Yes
    • Water polo Yes No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty207
    • Full-time Percentage60%
    • Part-time Percentage40%
    • Female Percentage47%
    • Male Percentage53%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio14:1 or 2,234 students to 207 faculty


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