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About Saint Leo

One of the Top-Ranked Universities in Florida

As the oldest Catholic institution of higher education in Florida and one of the top universities in Central Florida, Saint Leo University has a century-long tradition of welcoming students of all faiths.

Our liberal arts campus—located 30 miles north of Tampa—educates just over 2,200 students. Total enrollment across our Central Florida campus, more than 40 regional locations, and online programs is nearly 16,000. Saint Leo offers over 50 undergraduate degrees, programs and endorsements as well as master's, doctoral and certificate programs in the School of Arts & Sciences, School of Business, and School of Education & Social Services.

Admission & Enrollment Deadlines

  • Saint Leo University evaluates applications on a rolling basis.
  • Fall "priority" application deadlines: January 15 (first-year candidates); July 1 (transfer candidates)
  • Fall financial aid priority application deadline: March 1
  • Spring "priority" application deadlines: November 1 (first-year candidates); November 1 (transfer candidates)
  • Deposit deadline for Fall enrollment (first-year candidates): May 1
  • Deposit deadline for Spring enrollment (first-year candidates): December 1

High School General Education Requirements

Applicants for regular freshman admission status must have successfully completed the following high school courses by the time they enroll at Saint Leo University:

  • English: 4 years
  • Mathematics: 3 years including Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry
  • Science: 2 years
  • History & Social Science: 2 years
  • Foreign Language: 2 years of the same language, with a C average
  • Electives: 2 years

Test-Optional Policy

Saint Leo University no longer requires undergraduate applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of the admission application. Prospective students who choose not to submit standardized test scores will receive full consideration, without penalty, for admission. Although submission of test scores is not required for admission, students who do not submit scores will be required to take math and English placement tests upon enrollment. For more information on applying under this policy, read the full Test-Optional Policy here.

Saint Leo - University Campus: By the Numbers

  • Year Founded: 1889
  • University Campus enrollment: 2,370
  • Average class size: 19
  • Percentage of fulltime professors holding the highest degree in their field: 83%
  • Student-teacher ratio: 14:1
  • Academic programs: 50+
  • U.S. states and territories represented: 44
  • Foreign countries represented: 80
  • Underrepresented populations in the student body: 41%
  • NCAA Division II Varsity teams: 19
  • Acres on campus: 259
  • Lakes on campus: 1 (Lake Jovita)
  • Clubs and organizations: 70+
  • Traditional students receiving financial aid: 95%
  • Alumni network: Nearly 80,000 graduates in all 50 states, D.C., five U.S. territories and 72 countries
  • Graduates who would recommend Saint Leo to a friend: 95%

U.S. News & World Report Ranking

Saint Leo is proud to have been consistently ranked as one of the top universities in the South, according U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges" list. 


The publication Diverse Issues in Higher Education ranks Saint Leo among its Top 100 institutions graduating minority students with baccalaureate degrees. We're a small school, but we have an incredibly diverse student body composed of 41%  students from underrepresented populations, representing 44 U.S. states and territories, and 66 foreign countries. 

Community Service

The university has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll each year since its inception in 2006. Saint Leo students, faculty and staff subscribe to a culture of service and volunteerism in the spirit of our core values.

We are traditional, but we are cutting edge

Established in 1889 by the Order of Saint Benedict of Florida, the university seeks balanced growth in mind, body and spirit for all members of our community. Saint Leo has grown from a peaceful campus in the rolling hills of Central Florida to an institution of international consequence—ranked one of the best regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report

Our Tampa-area campus remains committed as ever to student-centered liberal arts education, and is strengthened by the global reach of our regionally accredited online programs and Education Centers in seven states across the U.S., including on many military bases.

We are Catholic, but we are for everyone

Our determination to make higher education more accessible to all has made Saint Leo a world leader in redefining the 21st century university. Saint Leo now serves more than 13,000 students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, three U.S. territories, and 92 countries. Saint Leo is also one of the nation's leading providers of higher education to the U.S. military.

While we are proudly Catholic, we teach students not because they are Catholic, but because we are Catholic. And our faith compels us to imagine and contribute to a more socially just society.

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