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Diving into Saint Leo’s New Atlanta Education Center

A screenshot of Saint Leo University’s Atlanta Education Center on Google MapsFor over four decades, Saint Leo University has had a presence in the Atlanta area of northern Georgia. In January 2019, the university unveiled its new Atlanta Education Center, which combines two former locations for the school in the area.

We recently caught up with Mary Estes and NaTanya Dowell to learn more about what the center boasts and some future plans with the facility.

Q: Why did Saint Leo decide to combine two of its former centers into this new Atlanta Education Center?

A: This new center allows us to offer a much larger location, a wider variety of academic programs, state-of-the-art technology, and a higher level of security.

Overall, we’ll be able to reach many more students who will have easier access to Saint Leo around the Atlanta area than they ever had before.

Q: Where is the new Atlanta Education Center located?

A: The street address of this center is:

2450 Piedmont Road NE[ME1] , Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30324

This location is in the heart of Buckhead at Lindbergh City Center. This is a pretty concentrated area with plenty of restaurants and retail stores. The main thing that anchors this area is a MARTA train station, which is only a block away from our center. This is one of the busiest stations in Atlanta and will help bring students conveniently to and from our location.

Plus, students have unlimited access to free parking in the on-site deck adjacent to Taco Mac and the MARTA station just 500 feet away.

This new space really puts Saint Leo in an urban area where we can reach out to business partners, help students get internships and jobs, and help us serve the overall community more effectively.

Q: How large is the center?

A: We occupy the entire second floor of our building and have over 23,000 square feet of space. We currently have eight classrooms but can expand to 14. This center is more than double the size of our previous Morrow and Marietta centers combined.

Q: Which academic programs are offered at this new center?

A: We currently offer the following degree programs:

Associate of Arts

  • Business Administration
  • Criminal Justice
  • Liberal Arts

Bachelor of Arts

  • Accounting
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice (Criminalistics)
  • Criminal Justice (Homeland Security)
  • Human Resource Management
  • Business Administration (Management)
  • Business Administration (Project Management)
  • Human Services
  • Psychology (General)
  • Psychology (Developmental)
  • Sociology (General)
  • Sociology (Applied & Clinical)
  • Sociology (Diversity & Inequality)

Bachelor of Science

  • Computer Information Systems
  • Cybersecurity
  • Health Care Administration

Master of Science

  • Criminal Justice
  • Human Services Administration

In Spring 2, we’ll be launching Saint Leo FLEX here, which will allow students to enroll in online degree programs right from our center. We also plan on launching some new programs taught at the center in the near future.

A staff photo for Saint Leo’s Atlanta Education Center  (from left to right: Sharrod Kimble, assistant director of admissions; Shawna Cohen, assistant director of admissions; Portia Stallworth, assistant director of academic advising; NaTanya Dowell, associate center director; Mary Estes, area director in Atlanta)Q: When are classes offered at the center?

A: We offer classes Monday through Saturday. Most of the weekday classes are in the evening starting at either 5 p.m. or 7:45 p.m., but we do offer some daytime classes. Our Saturday classes are held between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Q: What are the students like at the center?

A: Our students are mostly adult learners who are already working within a profession. They are trying to increase their professional opportunities or expand on their skill sets.

We do have a small population of traditional students coming right out of high school, so we aren’t entirely adult learners.

Q: What are the faculty like at the center?

A: We have seven full-time faculty members and about 80 adjunct instructors who we rotate throughout the year.

Plus, we have six VTT systems that allow us to offer classes taught by instructors at University Campus and from some of our other education centers. We can also share classes taught here with students from other locations.

Q: In addition to great program options, what else does the center offer?

A: We have a learning resource center, a cybersecurity lab, a forensics lab for criminal justice students, a student lounge, a coffee station, a popcorn machine, and unlimited Wi-Fi to allow for web browsing on all devices.

Plus, the good news is that we will have the ability to add even more unique features as time goes on.

Q: How can prospective students learn more about the Atlanta Education Center and potentially enroll in one of your programs there?

A: You can contact us by phone at 770-960-5000 or by e-mail at

In addition, check out the center’s webpage and Facebook page to learn more about us.


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