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)

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.

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.

Veteran Student Services Office

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:

Transition- 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.

Reintegration- 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.

Academics- 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 culture.

Please visit Veteran Services for more information on the services and programs for veterans.

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.