Saint Leo: One of the Top-Ranked Catholic Universities in Florida

Catholic Roots

Saint Leo is proud to be one of the oldest Catholic universities in Florida, and the largest of four Catholic higher education institutions in Florida.

Faith is one of those qualities that lives inside each of us, remaining constant when dedicated and unwavering beliefs are present.

At Saint Leo University, faith has remained a constant since 1889, when the Florida legislature authorized the Order of Saint Benedict of Florida to establish the university. Saint Leo Abbey remains active today, a living embodiment of our history and our future.


Respect for All

Our mission to truly live the rich Catholic values of individual and collective excellence is still as firmly intact today as it has been from our beginning. In the spirit of this mission, we welcome learners of all faiths, and those with no religious affiliation.

A living-learning-serving community, our University Campus thrives in bringing together students, faculty and staff from all paths of life through service and leadership. Across our University Campus, Education Centers and online programs, our vast history of integrity and responsible stewardship is uniquely woven into our academic curriculum. As part of their general education core, all our undergraduate students take courses in religion and philosophy, with no Christian or Catholic-specific subject requirements.

Living Our Catholic Faith

Opportunities abound at our University Campus for faith and spirituality in action. University Ministry programs include eucharistic adoration, Sunday and weekday Mass and confession, as well as:

  • Voices of Christ: Student choir and band
  • Imago Dei: Pro-life group
  • Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA): A scripture- and community-based process of learning more about the Catholic faith and practice
  • Peer Ministry: Students are selected and trained to serve as spiritual partners for their campus peers