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Saint Leo University to Host Grand Opening of New Atlanta Campus

Saint Leo University will host a grand opening celebration for its latest location in Atlanta on Tuesday, April 16.

The Saint Leo University Atlanta Education Center is in the “heart of Buckhead” at Lindbergh City Center. Its address is 2450 Piedmont Road N.E., Suite 200, Atlanta, GA 30324.

The public is invited to this celebration that will take place from noon to 2 p.m. The new location will be blessed by the Rev. Peter Hopkins, who serves in various ministries of the Diocese of Atlanta, and there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony with university leaders and the Atlanta Metro Chamber of Commerce.

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Guests will tour the 23,000-square-foot education center and meet with faculty, staff, students, and administrators, including President Jeffrey D. Senese and Senior Vice President Melanie Storms. The grand opening celebration will feature refreshments catered by local celebrity chef Gregory Jones, owner of Perception of Elegance; music; a photo booth; and prize giveaways.

Those applying for admission to the university during the grand opening will receive application fee waivers. In addition, undergraduate and master’s students displaced by the closing of Argosy University will receive a special offer for enrollment completed in the Summer 1 or 2 terms.

A Fresh Start Award was created specifically to support former Argosy University students as they seek to continue their educational goals at Saint Leo University, said NaTanya Dowell, associate director of the Atlanta Education Center. Argosy students who enroll in either the Summer 1 or Summer 2 terms, will be eligible to receive a one-time award, equivalent to the cost of tuition for one (1) class at either the undergraduate or graduate academic level.

Eligible candidates must submit a Fresh Start Award application by April 19 for the Summer 1 term, which begins April 29; and June 14 for Summer 2 term, which begins June 24.

Transfer credit will be awarded based on the standard Saint Leo University transfer credit policy.

Atlanta Education Center“Our goal for the new Atlanta Education Center is to establish a stronger presence in Atlanta and offer a broader menu of academic majors through our FLEX program, which begins in the Spring 2 Semester,” said Mary Estes, Atlanta area director. Saint Leo FLEX (Flexible Learning EXperience) allows students who live in the communities where Saint Leo has a physical presence, access to programs traditionally only offered online.

“Our location is very convenient to I-85, I-75, I-285, and GA 400,” Estes said. “Students will be able to enroll in courses both online and on-ground during the grand opening. We are military friendly and have a large population using VA [Veterans Affairs] benefits so I would encourage veterans to attend.”

RSVPs are preferred. To RSVP, or for more information or to request special accommodations, contact the Atlanta Education Center at (770) 960-5000, or by email at

Saint Leo began educating military students in 1972 at the Fort McPherson and also Dobbins Air Reserve base. In 2007, Saint Leo opened its first civilian center, the Gwinnett Education Center, in Duluth. In 2010 and 2013 respectively, the university opened adult education centers in Morrow and Marietta. Both centers were consolidated in December 2018 to create the new Atlanta center in Buckhead.

Atlanta Education Center - InteriorThe new Saint Leo center features a Learning Resource Center, cybersecurity lab, student lounge, and unlimited Wi-Fi, and there are several restaurants within walking distance such as Chili’s Grill & Bar, LongHorn Steakhouse, Dunkin’, Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, and Taco Mac.  The Lindbergh MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) station is on-site

Saint Leo’s Atlanta location offers associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Associate degrees are offered in liberal arts, business administration, and criminal justice.

Bachelor’s degrees offered include accounting, business administration-project management; business administration-management; criminal justice; criminal justice-criminalistics; criminal justice-homeland security; human resource management; human services; psychology-developmental; psychology-general; sociology-general; sociology-applied and clinical; sociology-diversity and  inequality; computer information systems; cybersecurity; and health care administration.

Master’s degrees are offered in human services administration and criminal justice.

Founded in the Tampa-area of Florida in 1889, Saint Leo University has a proud history of providing an education for students from all backgrounds and all ages. It continues to deliver strong academic programs, one-on-one attention, and support services for students.

Named a 2018 Best Regional University–South and Best Value University–South by U.S. News & World Report, Saint Leo University offers a private-university education at a competitive price at its Atlanta location.

Saint Leo teaches at two other locations in Georgia—in Duluth at its Gwinnett Education Center, and in Savannah at its Savannah Education Center.

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