In the shadow of the Vietnam conflict, when few education
options were available to members of the armed forces, military
leaders presented Saint Leo College with an opportunity. Bring
college courses and degree programs to highly mobile service men
and women challenged to complete their education while on active
It was a request that gave Saint Leo a new way to fulfill its
mission by serving the educational needs of those who serve our
The college’s response was an educational experiment that
started with 176 students at the Avon Park Bombing Range and 13 at
MacDill Air Force Base in Florida.
Since then, thousands of students from all branches of military
service, veterans, and their families have earned degrees at Saint
More than 5,000 men and women of the armed forces are enrolled
in Saint Leo degree programs. The university operates 17 education
centers on military bases in seven states and serves military
students worldwide through the Center for Online Learning.
Saint Leo is known today as one of America’s largest and most
committed providers of higher education to the U.S. military.
Beginning on Veterans Day in 2012, Saint Leo University will
mark this milestone by launching a year-long celebration of its
proud educational partnership with the military.
From a military speaker series, to monthly screenings of
military films, the anniversary year will include special programs
and events at University Campus and centers nationwide.
We encourage you to visit this page often to stay on top of
events and news about initiatives that recognize this landmark
achievement in Saint Leo’s history.
It’s a proud heritage in which we all share, as one university
community, committed to continuing to serve those who serve our