LEAP students DO NOT need to take
placement tests prior to their arrival on campus. Math placement
exams will be done during the LEAP program.
LEAP students will receive academic advising and be
registered for the fall 2013 semester during the final week of the
LEAP program. Fall registration is based on successful completion
of the LEAP program.
LEAP students requiring accommodations during the LEAP
program can contact Ms. Christine Georgallis at Christine.firstname.lastname@example.org
Saint Leo University wants to see every new student succeed.
Each year, a small number of carefully selected students enroll in
the Learning Enhancement for Academic Progress (LEAP) progam. LEAP
is designed to provide the academic support, structure and guidance
to afford these students with the best chance of success as they
begin their college careers. Upon successful completion of the LEAP
program courses, participants generally enter their fall semester
ahead of most of their peers.
The LEAP program is designed to provide students with
the opportunity to:
The LEAP program is a four-week curriculum taken in the summer
prior to the commencement of the fall semester. For 2013, the LEAP
program dates will be July 15 - August 9. Students are required to
live on campus during the program; there are no exceptions.
Students are provided weekend activities designed to enrich the
LEAP students will take the following classes, which
satisfy six credits of General Education requirements:
ENG 121 – Academic Writing I (3 credits)
This course will focus on enhancing grammar and mechanics, the
techniques of effective writing, logical thinking, and intelligent
reading, with special emphasis on expository writing. To ensure
competence in oral communications, a speech component is
SLU 100 – Introduction to the University Experience (3
This course will focus on promoting the holistic success of our
first-year students, with emphasis on positive change. The course
is designed as a foundational learning environment to enable
first-year students to commit themselves to inquiry and productive
student learning by developing creative and critical thinking
strategies, exploring complex and diverse issues of social justice
locally and in a global society, fostering writing skills across
the curriculum, and acquiring group dynamic, teamwork, and oral
communication skills. In addition, students will learn to identify
university resources available to them as well as the habits and
skills necessary to make a successful transition from a high school
to a university academic and social environment. The course will
also enhance the students’ knowledge, appreciation, and
understanding of our Benedictine values and service to the
Learning Labs (1 credit)
Weekday evening learning and writing labs, along with tutoring
sessions are mandatory and are considered part of the academic
program of LEAP.
Students meet each week with administrators and faculty from
Academic and Student Affairs to develop specific college
skills/topics such as:
Field trips and community service will be a significant
component of the course. The Wednesday sessions are mandatory and
are considered part of the academic program of LEAP.
LEAP students are monitored during the first year for academic
progress using the Success Alert System, which sends notices to
students, the student’s advisor and instructors throughout the
semester so that early interventions may be initiated if needed.
Students having difficulty in classes are required to meet with
their advisor, attend study sessions and perhaps use the services
of the Learning Resource Center.
Students who successfully complete fall semester with a grade
point average of at least a 2.0 are exempt from mandatory learning
labs until mid-term grades are known. At that point, any LEAP
student earning less than a 2.0 GPA will be required to attend
weekly learning labs and may register for a second semester only
with the approval of the director of the LEAP program.
The LEAP program costs approximately $3,000 which covers the
following for the summer LEAP program:
The only additional costs will be for books (estimated at $400*)
and personal expenses.
*Costs listed are estimates and are subject to change.
For more information please contact:
Ms. Heather DeRonde
Student Service Coordinator for
Office of Academic Affairs