Military Heritage

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.

Educating the U.S. Armed Forces

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.

Military Partnerships

To provide affordable, supportive degree programs designed to fit the mobile lifestyle of military personnel worldwide, Saint Leo University partners with:

  • GoArmyEd
  • eArmyU
  • Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership (NCPDLP)
  • Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE)
  • The Air Force Academic Institution (AI) Portal
  • Air University Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative Program
  • The Marine Corps Lifelong Learning Program’s Academic Explorer (AeX)

Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)

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 education.

Commemorating Those Who Serve

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.