Saint Leo University emphasizes a holistic review of students'
credentials for admission and we believe that factors other than
test scores are stronger predictors of a student's potential to
succeed in college. In fact, our research confirms that the best
indicators of academic success at Saint Leo are a student's
performance inside and outside the high school classroom and the
rigor of the high school curriculum.
As a result, Saint Leo University has developed a test-optional
policy that no longer requires undergraduate applicants to submit
SAT or ACT scores as part of the admissions process. Prospective
students who choose not to submit standardized test scores for
review will receive full consideration, without penalty, for
Once an applicant identifies they wish to be considered 'test
optional' or if they choose to have their test scores considered,
they will not be able to change their choice or decision at a later
point. Students may only apply once and the choice submitted first
will be recorded.
Competitive candidates desiring admission under the
test-optional policy should have a minimum high school GPA of 3.0
and demonstrate above average performance in the core academic
areas: English, math, science, and social science. The Office of
Admissions focuses on individual grades in each core academic
class. We are more interested in consistently strong academic
performance throughout a student’s four-year high school record. In
cases where initial high school performance is not strong, special
attention is given to steady and substantial improvement throughout
the sophomore, junior and senior years. Students with a GPA below
3.0 may be referred to the Admissions Committee for consideration
at the request of their admission counselor as an exception.
In addition to the minimum high school GPA of 3.0, each student
must submit at least three options from the lists below. Two
of the three supplements must come from the academic options list.
Further explanation of these options follows the lists.
International students whose primary language of instruction is
other than English must still submit the results of the Test of
English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English
Language Test System (IELTS).
Applicants must submit at least two letters of recommendation
from teachers who can attest to their academic abilities.
Additional recommendations received will not factor into our
Applicants should submit a recent, graded writing sample with a
high school teacher's comments. This writing sample will preferably
be at least 500 words and written within the last two years.
Research papers, position papers and literary analysis are all
acceptable examples of graded writing samples.
When assessing grade point average, consideration is given to
the strength and frequency of Advanced Placement, Honors, and
International Baccalaureate course work in a student's
Students who feel that their SAT or ACT scores are a good
indicator of their abilities may submit their results and request
that they be reviewed in their admission decision. If, however, the
student does not feel that their test scores accurately represent
their academic abilities, they do not need to submit them.
Class rank, like GPA, indicates a student’s performance in the
classroom. Although class rank is not the ultimate indicator of
academic performance, it provides us with a more precise
understanding of where each applicant falls on the academic
Community service and volunteer experience highlight students
who have a genuine concern for people and their community. Such
activities are aligned with Saint Leo University’s core values.
Saint Leo University desires to admit students who participate
in quality involvement in their high school. Students must
demonstrate the type of involvement they have in particular clubs,
organizations, or sports teams, with leadership positions preferred
over general membership.
Outstanding achievements are just that—they stand out. Students
may submit resumes, YouTube videos, DVDs, PowerPoint presentations
or slide shows that demonstrate their backgrounds, athletic or
artistic talents, interests or accomplishments. This achievement
summary gives the student the opportunity to highlight special
skills or talents, interesting experiences and personal
accomplishments. When reviewing candidates for admission, Saint Leo
University is looking for those experiences that might suggest high
potential for leadership and involvement on campus.