Getting Started

College applications can be intimidating. Find out ways to get organized about the entire process.

Review the Application Process

College applications typically involve a fair amount of paperwork. So before you hit the post office or click the "submit" button, make sure you understand everything that's being asked of you. Are you an incoming freshman? A transfer student? An international student? Follow the specific admission steps outlined for you.

Be Thorough

Make sure you fully complete your application—an incomplete application is a clear signal you are not an eager, detail-oriented applicant. Ask a friend or parent to check for typos, spelling and grammatical errors, and proper casing.

Beat the Deadlines

Saint Leo has a rolling admission process, so candidates can submit applications to the university anytime within a large window. However, priority application dates can be found here. Keep in mind that college admission offices are inundated with applications for a few months each year—get yours in before the rush.

Letters of Recommendation

Saint Leo requires each applicant to submit a letter of recommendation directly from a high school guidance counselor or teacher. Recommendations tell us a great deal about how you contribute to your school and community, and what you add to a classroom dynamic. Select a teacher or counselor who knows you well, and can speak to your recent progress and preparation for college-level work.

Standardized Testing

Most students take their SAT or ACT in the spring of their junior year or the fall of their senior year of high school. Plan ahead, and prepare.

Because Saint Leo remains committed to emphasizing a holistic review of students' credentials for admission, we have decided that factors other than test scores are stronger predictors of a student's potential to succeed in college. Saint Leo University no longer requires undergraduate applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of their application. However, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit scores, even if they elect to apply under our Test-Optional Policy. Saint Leo's SAT Code is 5638, and ACT Code is 0755.

Financing Your Education

The financial aid process doesn’t have to be difficult, complicated, scary or stressful. Your Saint Leo admissions counselor and the Saint Leo Financial Aid Office are ready to help you every step of the way.