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Accreditations & Authorization

University Accreditation

Saint Leo University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Saint Leo University.

Saint Leo University recognizes transfer credit from regionally accredited institutions. Non-regionally accredited coursework may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Transfer credit is assessed on the educational quality of the learning experience; the comparability of the nature, content, and level of the learning experience; and the applicability of the learning experience in light of the student's educational goals. 

Schools & Programs Accreditations

Saint Leo University’s School of Business received initial accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP) in November 2014. Saint Leo University’s degree program in social work is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education (BSW and MSW). Saint Leo University’s undergraduate Sport Business program and MBA Sport Business Concentration are accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA).

The Bridge Program at Saint Leo University is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation. For further information about this accreditation, please contact CEA, 1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 630, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 665-3400, www.cea-accredit.org.

Saint Leo University has Teacher Education Programs approval by the State of Florida Department of Education.

Undergraduate and master's degree programs in the Donald R. Tapia School of Business are accredited by ACBSP. For a list of accredited programs, click here.


Saint Leo University holds memberships in:

  • American Association of Adult and Continuing Education
  • American Council on Education (ACE)
  • Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
  • Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
  • Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF)
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • National Association of Institutions for Military Education Services (NAIMES)
  • National Catholic Education Association
  • National Collegiate Honor Society
  • Private Colleges and Universities of Florida, an organization of 21 of Florida’s most competitive and prestigious private colleges and universities
  • University Continuing Education Association (UCEA)

Education Centers Licensure

Licensure indicates only that minimum standards have been met; it is not equal to or synonymous with accreditation by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Saint Leo University is licensed by the Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission organized under the Georgia Department of Education. 2189 Northlake Parkway, Building 10, Suite 100, Tucker, GA 30084-4113. (770) 414-3300.

South Carolina
Saint Leo University Shaw Center, South Carolina, is licensed by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. 1333 Main Street, Suite 200, Columbia, SC 29201. (803) 737-2260. Licensure indicates only that minimum standards have been met; it is not equal to or synonymous with accreditation by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

The State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) has certified Saint Leo University (33701 State Road 52, P.O. Box 6665, Saint Leo, FL 33574-6665) to operate in Virginia at the following locations (Fort Lee Center, 700 Quarters Road, Bldg. 12400, P. O. Box 5220, Fort Lee, VA 23801-0220; South Hampton Roads Center, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story, 1481 D Street, Bldg. 3016, Virginia Beach, VA 23459 and Virginia Peninsula Center, Fort Eustis, U. S. Army Education Center, 1500 Madison Avenue, PO Box 4326, Fort Eustis, VA 23604).

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