Saint Leo University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn what degree programs St. Leo University offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About St. Leo University

St. Leo University is a private, 4-year Catholic college located in the town of Saint Leo, FL. The college was founded in 1889 and is the oldest of Florida's Catholic colleges. The university has the distinction of being one of the most military-friendly schools in the U.S. St. Leo's Maritime Law Enforcement College Partnership Program is endorsed by the U.S. Coast Guard, something that only 10 institutions in the nation can claim. The school has an enrollment of more than 15,000 students who come from all states as well as the U.S. territories and more than 60 foreign countries. U.S. News and World Report ranked St. Leo #67 on its list of top universities in the South for 2013.


St. Leo is made up of 3 schools: the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education and Social Services, and the School of Business. Between these schools, St. Leo offers more than 40 different undergraduate and graduate programs. Popular fields of study at St. Leo University include liberal arts, business, and criminal justice. Out of the 218 full-time faculty members, 175 of them have terminal degrees in their fields.

Approximately 87% of the student population constitutes adult learners, and the average age of adult learners is 36. St. Leo caters to adult students by offering programs at more than 40 education centers in 7 states and offering evening, weekend, online and distance-learning options.

The school also offers several opportunities to study abroad. Junior or senior students can spend a semester in countries like Brazil, England, Germany, Ecuador, or Spain studying at a partner university or completing an internship. Students can also participate in for-credit faculty-led trips, which often take place during semester breaks. Service trips provide opportunities to volunteer in disaster-struck areas, help build homes in primitive communities, or aid in orphanages.


St. Leo uses a rolling admissions policy, so students may apply any time. St Leo University requires applicants to complete a college preparatory curriculum while in high school with at least a 2.7 GPA. To apply, students should submit a completed application along with their official high school transcripts, a letter of recommendation, and standardized test scores, if desired. St. Leo University uses a test-optional policy for admission, which means that students aren't required to submit SAT or ACT test scores and won't be penalized for not doing so. However, accepted students who don't submit standardized test scores must take placement exams in math and English. The average GPA of accepted students was 3.51 and a 1033 SAT score. In fall 2011, nearly 2,000 students applied for admission to St. Leo.

Tuition and Financial Aid

In the 2011-2012 academic year, tuition for a full-time undergraduate student at St. Leo University was almost $19,000 for the year. Students also spent an additional $1,200 on books and supplies, and those living on campus paid about $9,120 for room and board.

Students seeking financial assistance should apply as soon as is possible; the priority date is March 1st. Eligible students may receive grants, scholarships, and/or loans. St. Leo also offers a variety of institutional non-need-based scholarships. In the 2010-2011 school year, all first-time, undergraduate St. Leo University students received institutional grants or scholarships.

School Type 4-year, private, not-for-profit**
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's, post-baccalaureate certificate**
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic**
Academic Calendar Semester***
School Setting Rural**
Student Body 15,564 (12,710 undergraduate)**
Student Housing 14 residence halls*
Schools and Programs 3 schools, 40+ academic programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 16 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011: Associate's: Liberal Studies (798), Bachelor's: Business Administration (541), Master's: Business Administration (573)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 32% in 4 years, 46% in 6 years (for students who began in fall 2005)**
Admission Rate In 2011: 93%**
Entering Class Size 544***
First-Year Retention Rates In 2011: 66% full-time students**
Average ACT Score of Admitted Students For 2012: ACT (22)*
Application Due Date Rolling admissions; Priority deadline for fall semester is March 1 and November 15 for spring semester *
Decision Notification Date Within 2 weeks of completed application for priority deadlines*
Tuition For 2011-2012: $18,870 per year for undergraduates (including fees)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Federal grants (49%), state and local grants and scholarships (65%), institutional grants and scholarships (100%), federal student loans (72%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid In 2010-2011: 100%**

Sources: *St. Leo University, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***IPEDS Data Center.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admission, St. Leo University, 33701 State Road 52, PO Box 6665, MC 2008, Saint Leo, FL 33574-6665
  • Phone: (352) 588-8283
  • Website:

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