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About Saint Leo University

Be More and Do More

Founded in 1889 as Florida's first Catholic institution, Saint Leo University has a rich history of providing students with a transformative, values-centered education. With over 40 majors and minors to choose from, our core mission is to inspire students to become their best selves and lead the way for those that follow. Come see why our liberal arts institution is ranked as one of the best in Florida.

We Are Saint Leo

We are a close-knit community that is made up of inspiring individuals. Discover for yourself what makes us special.

An introduction to life as a Saint Leo student.

Catholic Roots

Saint Leo University is proud to be one of the oldest Catholic universities in Florida and the largest of four Catholic higher education institutions in Florida.

Our determination to make higher education more accessible to all has made Saint Leo a world leader in redefining the 21st-century university. We now serve more than 14,000 students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, three U.S. territories, and more than 100 countries. Saint Leo University is proud to be 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.

Mission and Values

Facts and Figures


Year Founded

3,000 on campus; 14,190 total

Number of Students


Alumni Worldwide


Countries with Online Degrees and Programs

Our Community

  • Faculty/Leadership

    Discover why our faculty is exceptional and which members are leading in their fields.
  • Alumni

    Our alumni are from all over the country and the world. Stay connected.

Meet Our President—Edward Dadez, Ph.D.

  • President Dr. Ed Dadez
  • As the eleventh president of Saint Leo University, Dr. Dadez holds a strong passion and appreciation for Saint Leo’s core values; its diverse students, faculty, and staff; and life-changing mission. Before becoming the second provost of the university, he was a visiting professor in Graduate Education. He also held the position of vice president in support of the university’s regional education centers, online learning programs, student affairs, and campus operations.

    Office of the President

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