New Student Orientation

Welcome to Saint Leo University. Your journey begins here.

INFORMATION FOR FALL 2016 NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION WILL BE POSTED HERE WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.

New Student Orientation includes a variety of programs and events that will set you on the path toward academic and personal success at Saint Leo University. The orientation is an exciting experience that acquaints you with our campus, academic programs, support services, policies, staff and faculty, and is the beginning to your friendships with other new and current students.

We are looking forward to getting to know you, and having the opportunity to work with you over the next four years.

Take a moment to review our helpful New Student Checklist and to download our helpful What's Next guide for new students in order to familiarize yourself with the various documents and tasks you will need to complete prior to your arrival here on campus for the semester.

Spring 2015 New Student Orientation: Week of Welcome

All first-year and transfer students are required to attend orientation programs. However, there’s no need to register in advance. The "Week of Welcome" orientation event begins with Move-In Day and concludes on the first day of classes.

All first-year and transfer students in the University College are required to attend orientation programs. A charge of $175 will be assessed to each new student’s account as a one-time only required New Student Orientation fee.

Key Dates

Saturday, January 9
Move In Day - New Domestic & International Students

Sunday, January 10
New Student Trip - Busch Gardens

Monday, January 11
Fast U Tour
Move In Day - Returning Students

Tuesday, January 12
*First Day of Classes - ALL STUDENTS (*mandatory) 

Transfer and Commuting Students

We encourage transfer and commuting students to attend the entire program,

International Students

Move In Day - Saturday, January 9

International students will move in the same day as new domestic students. For more information on orientation for international students, including support services  specially tailored to your needs, contact the International Student Services Office at (352) 588-8489, or email Paige Ramsey-Hamacher, Saint Leo's Director for Multicultural and International Services.

Contact Us

For questions regarding New Student Orientation, please contact orientation@saintleo.edu or call us at either (352) 588-7222 or (352) 588-8499.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Orientation

All first-year and transfer students in the University College are required to attend orientation programs. These programs are designed to acquaint students with University Campus, academic programs, Student Affairs offices and services, University policies, the faculty, staff and administration and other members of the student body. Participation in the orientation program sets students on a path towards academic and personal success at Saint Leo University. A charge of $175 will be assessed to the account of new students beginning in the Spring semester as a one-time only required New Student Orientation fee.

New Student Orientation will occur from Saturday, January 9 through Monday, January 11, and is designed to assist students in making a smooth transition to Saint Leo University. Orientation Leaders will meet students upon arrival and will guide them through the orientation process so that all students will be settled and ready for success when classes begin on Tuesday, January 12.

Placement Testing

  • First-time, first-year students may need to complete placement testing to finalize their first semester schedules.
  • Transfer students or first-year students meeting any of the following requirements do not need to complete placement testing: Bridge Program participant; Honors Program participant (or eligible, with 3.5 GPA and SAT of 1150+ or ACT of 25+)
  • Placement exams must be completed for both math and English.
  • Placement exams will be completed online through Proctor U. You may find instructions on how to use Proctor U here.
  • Students may access and complete placement exams online.
  • DEADLINES: First-year, first-time students should complete placement exams online prior to January 9, 2016.
  • Students who do not complete their placement exams online prior to their arrival on campus must complete them at an on-campus session on January 9, 2016.
  • Students may use a calculator for the mathematics placement exam.

English Placement:

  • Students are required to take the English placement exam in order to determine the best English class for them to take the first semester at Saint Leo.
  • The online exam is an hour long and consists of two sections. The first section is multiple choice and covers knowledge of grammar and punctuation and the second section is an essay to reflect critical thinking and effective communication skills.
  • Saint Leo requires two sequenced composition courses, English 121 and English 122, as part of the University Explorations (general education) program. Some incoming students may need additional preparation in order to be successful in English 121.
  • Results of the English placement test will determine if a student will be placed in English 002, a course that covers the basic skills related to grammar, punctuation, and sentence and paragraph structure but does not count toward University Explorations; or if they will be placed in English 121, a course which reviews these skills and goes on to study various types of essays.
  • Students who are placed in English 002 their first semester will then take English 121 the following semester.

Math Placement:

  • Students are required to take the mathematics placement exam in order to determine the best mathematics class for them to take the first semester at Saint Leo.
  • The Level 1 exam tests student knowledge of basic algebra and the Level 2 exam tests knowledge in intermediate algebra. The time limits for the Level 1 and Level 2 exams are 25 minutes and 35 minutes respectively.
  • Students are allowed to take the exam using a calculator.
  • Saint Leo requires all students to take a mathematics course as part of the University Explorations (general education) requirement. The required course may vary depending on a student's major.
  • Students who need only one mathematics course to fulfill their University Explorations requirement may take MAT 131 or College Mathematics. MAT 131 is a terminal course and will not prepare students for higher mathematics courses.
  • Business majors will take the following mathematics course sequence: MAT 003 (Basic Algebra) > MAT 141 (Finite Mathematics) > MAT 201 (Introduction to Statistics)
  • Majors that require MAT 151 (College Algebra and/or above) will take the following sequence: MAT 003 (Basic Algebra) > MAT 128 (Intermediate Algebra) > MAT 151 (College Algebra) > MAT 152 (Trigonometry) > MAT 231 (Calculus)
  • Results of the mathematics placement test will determine if a student will be placed in MAT 003, MAT 128/141, or MAT 151/201.

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS: Students who will require special accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Services to place a formal request for ADA accommodations and provide the necessary documentation. Contact the Office of Disability Services at (352) 588-8464 or email Christine Georgallis at christine.georgallis@saintleo.edu.  

Parking on Campus

Students who will be bringing a car to campus must register with the university for a parking decal. This includes both resident and commuter students. Students may do this online or in person at Student Financial Support Center in Saint Edward Hall on University Campus. Students are strongly encouraged to register their vehicle online to help avoid long lines at the beginning of the semester. To register a vehicle online simply visit www.saintleo.edu/parkingdecals and complete the online form. A decal will be assigned and billed to the student's account. It will then be available for pick up upon arrival on campus for the semester, provided it is requested prior to January 6, 2016.

Student IDs

Each student attending Saint Leo University is provided a student ID. Student IDs may be requested via email or in person at Student Financial Support Center at University Campus in Saint Edward Hall. Completing the request online will help avoid long lines at the beginning of the semester. Simply visit www.saintleo.edu/studentID and follow the instructions for requesting a student ID. Once we receive this request we will make the ID and it will be available for pick up upon arrival on campus for the semester, provided it is requested prior to January 6, 2016.

Student Health Insurance

Each student attending our traditional program at University Campus full time is required to carry health insurance. This policy applies to commuter students registered full time as well. To assist students in following this policy, the University automatically enrolls students in the University endorsed health insurance plan and bills their student accounts. Students with their own insurance through a group or individual plan may waive the coverage and avoid the fee. Students entering for the Spring 2016 semester must complete the online waiver process no later than January 26, 2016. Additional information regarding the policy, premium, and instructions on how to waive this insurance coverage is available mid-November, 2015 at www.saintleo.edu/insurance.

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