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Welcome, Future Students!

The Courage to Be More

Welcome to Saint Leo University, ranked one of the best universities in Florida. Saint Leo offers an unparalleled liberal arts education grounded in rich Catholic traditions. More than 1,800 students live and study at our beautiful lakeside campus, where we value the dignity, value and gifts of all people.

Why You Should Choose to Be a Saint Leo Lion

  • An introduction to what makes Saint Leo University unique

  • There is a reason why Saint Leo University has been ranked as one of the top universities in the South for over a decade: We put our ambitious and talented students first no matter what we do. Our students graduate not only with a degree but also with integrity, pride, and a competitive advantage.

    Saint Leo University. Over a Century of Excellence.

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10+ Years as a Top University in the South

U.S. News & World Report, 2021

A Top Performer on Social Mobility

U.S. News & World Report, 2021

#4 for Best Value Schools in the South

U.S. News & World Report, 2021

Flexible Programs, Uncompromising Academic Excellence

  • Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate, an on-campus student, or an online student, Saint Leo University is committed to being adaptable to your diverse lifestyle and demanding schedule. Discover our variety of academic programs and the different ways in which you can pursue your degree.

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  • All of my professors were memorable to me and are intrinsically part of the reason for where I am today. You get to extensively work with them. They know who you are and recognize you. My professors knew what I was interested in and were there for me as mentors to help me achieve my goals.

    Bradley Brooks | Biology degree alumnus

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  • Our Community Culture Breeds Confidence

    At Saint Leo University, our goal is to educate our students to grow in every aspect of their character. We believe a values-based mindset creates community and inspires the kind of confidence that can transform the world

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  • 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

Top 100 Institutes for Minorities

Diverse Issues in Higher Education

95%

Of Students Would Recommend Saint Leo

Top 10 College Dorm Rooms in the United States

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Opportunities to Grow

  • Athletics

    From tennis to golf to beach volleyball, we know how to do sports at Saint Leo. Have fun and keep your competitive edge!
  • Clubs and Organizations

    Saint Leo University has over 70 student-run clubs and organizations that satisfy diverse interests. If you can’t find a group to participate in, you can start your own!
  • ROTC

    Learn the skills, training, and discipline to be a leader in the U.S. military while earning your degree.
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  • We are stronger because of our diversity.

    Because Saint Leo has one of the most diverse campus communities at a private university in the United States, our alumni have come from all 50 U.S. states and Washington, DC, 3 territories, and over 100 countries. Nearly 25 percent of our students are from outside the U.S. As such, we know what it means to have a diverse student body, and even better, we know how to promote and build equity, inclusion, and justice among diverse people and cultures.

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  • We have a growth mindset.

    Our Benedictine values represent the foundation of our university. We encourage a holistic approach to learning so that each student grows in mind, body, and spirit. At Saint Leo University, we work to meet the evolving needs of our communities and the world around us. 

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  • My Saint Leo instructors and academic advisor, whom I never met in person, gave me strength, encouragement and warmth through that struggling period of my life. I will never forget how much they’ve helped me.

    John Sinclair | Online Psychology Degree Program

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  • We work for your professional growth.

    At Saint Leo University, we assist students and alumni with all phases of career development, from career guidance and job search training to resume writing, interview skills, and professional networking.

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Why Saint Leo University? Students and Alumni Share Their Experience.

This program allows growth as a writer and as a person. The experience was absurdly personal. Absurd because of the organic evolution fostered by its leadership and absurd because of the personal touches from the instructors. Why expect that? St. Leo is invested in its students. You get more than you bargained for.

Jimmy Sutman, (Poetry, 2022)

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It can be intimidating to go back to school after decades of being in the workforce. But as a non-traditional student, I felt nothing but a warm welcome from Saint Leo faculty and my classmates. I started my first semester at another university and wasn't happy. I transferred to Saint Leo and learned more than I could have ever imagined in this program. Best decision I ever made. Thanks to my studies there, I'm getting ready to release my first book at the end of this year!

Lisa Moody, (Nonfiction, 2021)

Creative Writing alumna, Lisa Moody

Being a part of the Creative Writing program at Saint Leo was the right choice for me, as it allowed me to pursue my degree from another state while also working a full-time job. I was still able to have the invaluable experience of connecting with a group of like-minded writers through the in-person residency, and I still maintain those relationships today. Through your coursework in this program, you will both read and write quality work and have constant support and encouragement from professors who really do care about your future as a writer.

Susan Abercrombie, (Nonfiction, 2021)

Creative Writing alumna, Susan Abercrombie

I enjoyed the close-knit literary community that Saint Leo University provided in the Creative Writing Nonfiction program. The instructors are a very experienced, passionate, and supportive group. I am a confident and better writer because of the workshops, the effective and inspiring feedback from faculty, and peer support.

Tisha Arther, (Nonfiction, 2022)

Creative Writing alumna, Tisha Arther

When I started the MA in Creative Writing at Saint Leo University, I didn't know what to expect and I didn't know if I would be able to fit into the program. After I left my first day of residency, I never questioned the absolute certainty that I had finally found where I belonged as a writer. The faculty were knowledgeable and encouraging, my peers were talented and welcoming, and the university offered an experience catered to my success. Participating in this program absolutely changed the trajectory of my life - as both a student and educator.

Danielle Knight, (Fiction, 2020)

Creative Writing Alumna, Danielle Knight

As a working professional, the DBA program at Saint Leo University was an absolutely perfect fit. I achieved my terminal degree in a little over three years, while working full-time, and made some really great friends along the way.

 

Dr. Audrey Hirst, Vice President at Lake Michigan Credit Union and Adjunct Finance Professor at Baker College

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  • Financial Aid and Scholarships

    Saint Leo University has one of the lowest tuition rates for a private college in the state of Florida. We are dedicated to ensuring all families can afford an education through our generous scholarships and financial awards, as well as financial aid. 

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  • I loved going to Saint Leo and would say that it was literally worth every single cent. The investment in yourself is so very worth it. The feeling of accomplishment you will gain is amazing.

    Adri Colina | Human Resource Management alumna

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  • A private education that pays off

    We help students prepare for career excellence by developing marketable skills and providing networking opportunities that match their professional interests and goals. They will learn how to build relationships with employers, develop effective job search strategies, and ultimately land a great job.

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98%

Of Students Receive Financial Aid

#4 Best Value in the South

US News & World Report, 2021

50%

Discount on Tuition with Study Florida Scholarship