Saint Leo Named Military Times Best: Colleges 2018

November 21, 2017

For Those Who ServeSaint Leo University was selected as one of the Military Times Best: Colleges 2018, the publication announced November 20. Formerly known as Best for Vets, the Military Times Best: Colleges  rankings factor in the results of Military Times’ annual survey, the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement.

More than 600 colleges took part in this year’s detailed survey. As with all Military Times  rankings, Best Colleges 2018 is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that help make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans, and their families.

Saint Leo ranked eighth in the country in the Online & Nontraditional Schools category, which recognizes the university’s commitment to educating military personnel, veterans, and their families wherever they may be—even if they are deployed. The top-finishing institutions in the Online & Nontraditional School category have more than half of their students attending class online or in another setting different from the main or regional physical campus setting that is historically typical.

In addition to University Campus in St. Leo, FL, students are educated at more than 35 teaching locations, including many located on military bases. Saint Leo teaches at one of the largest naval bases in the world, Naval Station Norfolk, as well as at other bases in Virginia, Florida, California, Texas, South Carolina, and Mississippi.

“Saint Leo remains committed to educating our active-duty military, veterans, and their families,” said Dr. William J. Lennox Jr., Saint Leo University president. “I am proud of the university’s dedication to the U.S. military. Saint Leo recognizes the special needs of those serving, as well as their families, and the university strives to provide the best educational opportunities for them.”

While hundreds of institutions applied, “fewer than half received the Military Times Best: Colleges  designation this year. Only the best made the cut," said George Altman, the editor in charge of the rankings. "For the past eight years, we've seen colleges and universities consistently increasing their resources, revising their policies, and improving their academic outcomes for military and veteran students. The Military TimesBest: Colleges  rankings showcase the very best of these efforts." 

learning about saint leos programs at mayport and jacksonvilleMilitary Times’ annual Best Colleges survey asks higher education institutions to document an array of services, special rules, accommodations and financial incentives offered to students with military ties, as well as describe many aspects of veteran culture on a campus. Military Times  also factors in data from the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments, as well as three Education Department sources: the IPEDS Data Center, College Scorecard data and the Cohort Default Rate Database.

The rankings are published in a Military Times  magazine sent to subscribers the week of November 20, as well as online at,,,, and

For more information about Saint Leo University’s commitment to the U.S. military forces and veterans, contact Pamela Martis, associate vice president of Military Affairs and Services, at or (352) 588-8234, or go to Veterans Services.