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Resources for Parents and Families

Welcome, Parents and Families!

Whether you are the parent of a prospective or current student, we hope we can provide easy access to tools and services that will help you and your child get the most out of a Saint Leo education.

Families of Current Students: Get Involved with the Parent & Family Association

  • The Parent & Family Association is an excellent opportunity to play an active role in your child’s education. Attend family-focused events or become an ambassador through our many volunteer opportunities. It has never been easier to stay informed about all of the programs, services, and resources available to you. And the best part? Membership is free!

    Learn More About the Association

  • Saint Leo stresses the commitment of every student to their personal development and growth while at the university. I have grown in countless ways since coming here, including as a student, as a friend, as a colleague, and as a marketer. I have overcome weaknesses and built upon my strengths.

    Elizabeth Ottati | Marketing student

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  • Missing your student? Send a care package!

    Want to send a surprise gift of goodies to your Saint Leo student? We offer a great set of care packages that will show how much you care. 

    Send a Care Package 

Families of Future Students: Why a Saint Leo Education Is Worth Pursuing

  • We are proud to be an agile liberal arts university that stays in touch with the needs of our diverse student body and our ever-changing world. But one thing that never changes is our commitment to bringing a values-based education to every student at Saint Leo. We aspire to instill a foundation that promotes equity, inclusion, and justice for everyone.

    Plan Your Family’s Visit 

  • I think the sense of community at Saint Leo, the teachers, and those working with Saint Leo in many capacities, truly prepare their graduate and undergraduate students to become teachers and administrators. I don’t know of any other university where you get that sense of community. Even with the online programs, there is that feeling of being a part of the community.

    Mike Lastra, class of 2015

10+ Years as a Top University in the South

U.S. News & World Report, 2021

A Top Performer on Social Mobility

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#4 for Best Value Schools in the South

U.S. News & World Report, 2021

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  • An affordable education with great value

    Saint Leo University has been designated as a best value institution in private higher education. Our tuition is significantly lower than the average private college tuition, and we grant 98 percent of students some form of financial aid. We are dedicated to making higher education accessible to everyone.

    Learn About Funding Opportunities 

Students and Alumni Share Why Saint Leo University Was Their Top Choice

I completely enjoyed my experience with sociology at Saint Leo University. Through my research project … classes I was able to explore … the view of Christianity and other religions in the sight of young adults. Because of this study, it made me more confident in my faith as well as sensitive to other religions. I took an internship with a Refugee resettlement agency, where I worked daily with clients that had many different beliefs and backgrounds. Within a few months I was hired full time as the employment specialist and stayed 3 years. To this day, many of my former clients still run and give me a hug and thank me for my kindness. I will continue to take my experience over to my new position as the Family Service Case Manager for the Community Action Program.

Tasha Moss

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As a 46-year old male, the thought of going back to school was intimidating. Having an eight-year hiatus and trying to discover what I wanted to do was equally daunting. I have known that I wanted to help people most of my life. Sociology offered a path for me to achieve that goal. The staff at Saint Leo made the transition extremely easy. From the warm smile at the registrar’s office to the insightfulness of everyone at the Sociology department, each person I met along the way made the journey of my education painless and enjoyable. The constant feedback, guidance, and care made me want to learn and excel. The best gift I received from my Saint Leo Sociology experience is the preparation for Social Work graduate school.

Jerrod Klein

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Choosing Sociology was the best thing I could have done. I served the first 15 years of my career as an Active Guard Reserve with the 283rd Combat Communications Squadron, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia. Seventeen years later, I earned my active duty retirement as a Senior Master Sergeant and as the State Awards and Decorations Monitor and Sexual Assault Victim’s Advocate with the Georgia Air National Guard Headquarters. I enrolled in Saint Leo two months after retirement and chose to major in Sociology because I have always been interested in helping people and society. I am a member of Alpha Kappa Delta, the Sociology Honor Society and made the Dean’s List every semester. Dr. Eric Williamson is my inspiration for applying for the Master of Theology program which I will start this Fall. When I complete that degree, I plan to go into counseling for veterans with disabilities and grief counseling.

Barbara Smith

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Academically, I majored in marketing and even with how much marketing has evolved socially/digitally since my time at Saint Leo, I use so much of what I learned every single day. My international business courses have absolutely come in handy when doing business in other territories and overseas, knowing when I have to adjust to different standards.

Joey Gandolfo, class of 2008

Joey Gandolfo, class of 2008

Saint Leo was a smaller and more intimate environment than many other institutions. That intimacy helped to reinforce the value of building relationships that has stayed with me and benefitted my career.

Davion Cooper, class of 2011

Davion Cooper, class of 2011

I feel a natural and symbolic connection to the core values of the college and my own Catholic values. Saint Leo really lives up to its reputation for promoting a values-based education through the core values.

Lauren Boos, class of 2019

Lauren Boos, class of 2019
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Joey Gandolfo, class of 2008
Davion Cooper, class of 2011
Lauren Boos, class of 2019
  • Our approach to education is holistic.

    In line with our Catholic values, Saint Leo University endeavors to see students grow in mind, body, and spirit throughout their educational journey with us. We believe this balanced approach helps students develop the character, skills, and knowledge to become morally responsible leaders. At Saint Leo, we believe our students receive more than just an education; they learn the importance of making a difference with their values.

    Learn About Success Coaches

    Explore Wellness Resources

  • My experience at Saint Leo has been very good. It has enabled me to earn my college degree while maintaining my professional career and has strengthened both my mind and spirit through its Catholic values-based curriculum.

    Michael Boyer, marketing degree alumnus

Extracurricular Opportunities

  • Clubs and Organizations

    With our more than 70 clubs and organizations, it is easy to get involved and make new friends.
  • ROTC

    Embody Saint Leo University’s values of integrity and service as part of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps on campus.

At Saint Leo, we consider family members of new first-year students and transfer students as critical partners in the success of our students. We encourage all families of new students to attend New-Student Orientation.

New Student Orientation (NSO) includes a variety of programs and events that will set students on the path toward academic and personal success at Saint Leo University.  This multi-day experience acquaints students with our campus, support services, policies, staff and faculty, and is the beginning of their friendships with other new and returning students. 

Through programs offered, students and their families will be informed about the opportunities and responsibilities in and outside of the classroom.  By exposing students to the key services and opportunities available to them, we hope to empower students to make well-informed decisions.  NSO is mandatory for all first-year and transfer students attending University Campus.  

As a family member, you will use this time to attend sessions on the curriculum, academic advising, housing, food services, finances, health services, and career services. You can also meet fellow family members at social events.

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Depending on what their individual needs are, the Center for Academic Vision and Excellence (CAVE) offers a number of support services—from academic counseling to peer tutoring.

To view financial aid awards and status, students can check their eLion account for up-to-date information. You can speak with a Student Financial Advisor with Student Financial Services at (800) 240-7658 or email your questions to On-site advisors are also available on a first-come, first-served basis, or by appointment, at the Student Financial Support Center in St. Edward’s Hall.

Student Success Coaches assist students by guiding them throughout their entire time at Saint Leo. Our coaches create partnerships with every student on campus to provide academic guidance as well as develop financial and life strategies that promote individual success. Success Coaches collaborate with departments campus-wide to help students create educational goals, develop plans, and assist with course selections until the day they graduate. As a quick resource for students, our coaches also field questions about academic status, campus resources, or assistance with a university process.