Saint Leo University is ranked among the nation's most
military-friendly institutions by G.I. Jobs and
Military Advanced Education magazines. The university is
one of only 10 institutions nationwide to be approved by the U.S.
Coast Guard for participation in its new Maritime Law Enforcement
College Partnership Program.
In 1973, Saint Leo University stepped up to serve college
courses and degree programs to the military—before many U.S.
colleges and universities recognized active military, veterans and
their families as an important student community.
In the decades since, Saint Leo University has come to be known
as one of America's largest and most committed providers of higher
education to the U.S. military. Thousands of active duty
servicemembers, veterans and family members worldwide earn
affordable, accessible university degrees through our traditional
Florida campus, extensive online program offerings and Education
Centers on military bases throughout the U.S.
To provide affordable, supportive degree programs designed to
fit the mobile lifestyle of military personnel worldwide, Saint Leo
University partners with:
Saint Leo University is ranked as one of the leading providers
of higher education to the military, as noted in G.I.
Jobs, Military Advanced Education, and other
publications. In November 2014 the Northeast Florida Education
Center, along with the School District of Clay County (FL), was
chosen by the Military Child Education Coalition as one of five
national recipients to receive the 2014 Pete Taylor Partnership of
Excellence Award, which recognizes successful partnerships and
projects that ultimately benefit military-connected children.
Saint Leo University has a partnership with University of South
Florida that allows University Campus students to participate in
Air Force and Army ROTC programs at USF. ROTC provides the tools,
training and experiences for students to become officers in the
United States military, while earning money toward their college
The office of Veteran Student Services provides a comprehensive
approach to facilitating continuing education opportunities to our
nation’s active duty military and veterans focusing on the “whole
person” concept. The three primary areas are comprised of:
Helping the veteran with tangible support programs which provide
logistical and financial support services and/or referrals to
minimize stress. This can be accomplished by utilizing internal and
external resources the university has established.
Bridging the gap from active duty to civilian life by providing
them a “familiar” or “experienced” veteran person they can seek
help from who has gone through the same thing and successfully
navigated this path. Acting as a liaison and providing
“translation” so to speak from one culture to the other.
Assistance in enrollment, certifications, tutoring, and disability
services referral, etc. An existing student veteran
(representative) who has experienced all of the proverbial “red
tape” in regards to registering for, utilizing, and overcoming the
expected obstacles or roadblocks in their educational pursuits can
in turn become a mentor for newer veterans. It is this type of
leadership that is familiar when coming from the military
Please visit Veteran Services for more information on the
services and programs for veterans.
In 2008, Saint Leo University commissioned a bronze sculpture
for our campus to commemorate 35 years of educating the men and
women of our nation's armed forces.
On Veterans Day 2010, the sculpture was dedicated in an evening
ceremony that drew more than 400 attendees, many of them veterans
and active-duty service members.
The sculpture, "For Those Who Serve," honors the five branches
of the military, as well as our faculty and staff who are devoted
to leading the men and women of the U.S. armed forces toward growth
and fulfillment of purpose.