Saint Leo University emphasizes a holistic review of students' credentials for admission and we believe that factors other than standardized test scores can be predictors of a student's potential to succeed in college. In fact, our research confirms that strong indicators of academic success at Saint Leo are a student's performance inside and outside the high school classroom and the rigor of the high school curriculum. While numbers do not always tell the whole story about a student applying to the University, they are hard evidence that tends to support the potential for success. We offer the test-optional approach in a way that does not compromise the academic quality of admitted students and at the same time allows us to accept a more diverse and intellectually stimulating students for our learning community.
As a result, Saint Leo University has developed a test-optional policy that does not require undergraduate applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of the admissions process should they decide to apply under the test-optional policy. Prospective students who choose not to submit standardized test scores for review will receive full consideration, without penalty, for admission under this policy.
Competitive candidates desiring admission under the test-optional policy should demonstrate above average performance in the core academic areas: English, math, science, and social science. In order to make decisions of admission without test scores, the Office of Admissions focuses on individual grades in each core academic class. In this review we are very interested in consistently strong academic performance throughout a student’s four-year high school record. In cases where initial high school performance is not strong, special attention is given to steady and substantial improvement throughout the sophomore, junior and senior years.
AP, Dual Enrollment, and International Baccalaureate Courses
When assessing grade point average, consideration is given to the strength and frequency of Advanced Placement, dual enrollment,, and International Baccalaureate course work in a student's curriculum.
Standardized Test Scores
Students who feel that their SAT or ACT scores are a good indicator of their abilities may submit their results and request that they be reviewed in their admission decision. If, however, the student does not feel that their test scores accurately represent their academic abilities, they do not need to submit them.