University College offers Saint Leo University students associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs in a traditional campus-based environment at University Campus, Saint Leo, Florida. For a complete listing please see Majors/Minors/Specializations
This section contains information that applies only to University Campus students and supplements The University section. Online Learning students and Division Saint Leo WorldWide students should also consult Undergraduate Policies and Procedures , University Explorations , Saint Leo WorldWide , and Online Learning Center .
The campus of Saint Leo University, known as University Campus, is approximately 35 miles north of downtown Tampa, Florida. Its rolling hills and richly wooded grounds edge on beautiful Lake Jovita. The central Florida location offers many natural advantages that attract people to live, work, and study in the Sunshine State. This pleasing pastoral atmosphere can be exchanged in an hour or so for beaches or two metropolitan areas—Tampa/St. Petersburg and Orlando.
Campus buildings unite the tradition of the past with the objectives of modern education through a combination of Spanish Florida baroque and contemporary architecture.
Saint Francis Hall houses the offices of the President, Academic Affairs, Business Affairs, Human Resources, University Advancement (Alumni Relations, Development, University Communications), and Assessment and Institutional.
Across from Saint Francis Hall is Saint Edward Hall. The offices of Graduate Studies in Public Safety Administration, Graduate Studies in Education, Registrar’s Office, Veterans Affairs, and the University’s Student Financial Support Center are located on the first floor. The rest of the building houses faculty offices and classrooms.
Residence halls are situated throughout the 215-acre campus. Located on the west side of the campus is the Marmion (first-year male students) and Snyder (first-year female students) residence hall complex. Marmion/Snyder Halls house the Lion’s Den. In this large lounge are recreation and cardiovascular equipment, and a large-screen television. On the east side of campus are eleven residence halls. Benoit Hall and Henderson Hall are traditional style residence halls located between Apartment 6 and the Turf Stadium/Parking Garage and house first-year students. Alumni Hall houses our Honors eligible, and 3+1 Accelerated Degree Program students who are identified at the time of admission and accepted into the Academic Excellence Housing community. Our upper-class students are located in Roderick Hall, Apartments 1 - 6, and East Campus. Roderick Hall offers suite-style living for both men and women. All rooms have a private bathroom and a private entrance. Apartments 1 - 4 are located down by the lake and have either four singles or two doubles with two bathrooms, a common living room, and either a full kitchen or kitchenette. These facilities also have a common lounge, conference room, cardio fitness room, and laundry room. Our newest residence halls Apartments 5 and 6 are located next to the Student Community Center and offer suite-style living. Each suite has four single bedrooms, two bathrooms, a common room closet, and living area which features a 46” flat screen television. Apartment 5 community space features a 2,100 gallon saltwater aquarium, relaxation room with state of the art Energy Pods, fitness room, conference room, and game room with pool tables, air hockey, arcade racing, pinball, ski ball, foosball, and dome-hockey. Apartment 6 hosts the Residence Life Office suite and a multi-media room. Apartment 5 and Apartment 6 are our newest residence halls which opened in Fall 2012 and Fall 2013. East Campus is located four miles from main campus. Residents living in East Campus must have their own transportation to and from campus. East Campus apartments have two bedrooms, two baths, a full kitchen, a common living room, washer and dryer, and a balcony.
Julia Deal Lewis Hall of Science is a three-story building occupied by the Department of Mathematics and Sciences, which includes biology, chemistry, physics, and research laboratories. The William G. and Marie Selby Auditorium, adjoining Lewis Hall at the ground and second-floor levels, is a teaching auditorium with tiered seating. Nearby Crawford Hall provides general classrooms.
The Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library is named in honor of longtime trustees and donors Daniel A. and Elizabeth T. Cannon. The three-level building overlooking Lake Jovita houses the library collections, research stations, media services center, student computer lab, and the University Archives. The Hugh Culverhouse Computer Instruction Center and the Video Teleconferencing Classroom are located on the lower level.
University Ministry, Counseling Services, and Health Services are located in deChantal Hall. There are also a number of faculty offices in this building.
The Campus Security & Safety Office is found at the main entrance of University Campus.
The Career Planning Office is located on the second floor of Student Activities Building.
The Office of Residence Life is located on the first floor of Apartment Building 6.
The Office of Admissions building is adjacent to the Marmion/Snyder residence hall complex on the west end of campus and overlooks picturesque Lake Jovita. This building serves as the Visit Center where prospective students interested in attending University College may attend information sessions and participate in campus tours.
The Student Community Center is the hub and focal point for campus social activities and provides dining and recreational spaces for students, faculty, staff, and community members for meeting, eating, and socializing. On the ground floor of the Student Community Center is the dining room, with its open-air ceiling into the first floor, which houses the campus bookstore, Lions’ Lair snack shop, convenience store, large lounge area, and a series of meeting rooms. The Student Activity Building houses the offices of Student Affairs, Student Involvement, Greek Life, Multicultural and International Student Affairs, and Student Government as well as other student organizations on the first floor. The second floor hosts the Center for Student Success (Leadership Development, Veteran Student Support Services, Multicultural and International Student Affairs, and the Center for Values, Leadership and Service) and the Career Planning Department. The Clock Tower houses a small multifunctional room used for small-group liturgies. Connecting these three buildings is a beautiful open-air plaza.
The Marion Bowman Activities Center is a facility for teaching and recreation as well as the location of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. The main gymnasium is used for intercollegiate sports, lectures, and other educational and social activities. Physical education classrooms, an athletic training room, an aerobics room, a fitness center, and a weight-lifting room are also in the facility. The Recreation Department operates a large heated outdoor swimming pool and sunning deck adjacent to the Activities Center.
Athletic fields provide venues for soccer, baseball, lacrosse, and softball. Numerous courts are also available for tennis, volleyball, racquetball, handball, in-line skating, and basketball.
The waterfront at Lake Jovita provides opportunities for canoeing, sailing, boating, lakeside cookouts, and recreational events coordinated by the Recreation Office.
Special Academic Areas of Study
The University Honors Program
The Saint Leo University Honors Program serves the needs and interests of highly motivated and academically talented students who attend University College, providing them with an opportunity to reach their potential as independent, self-actuated learners and community leaders. Within the Honors Program, students representing a wide variety of intellectual perspectives meet on common ground, frequently debating controversial subjects and exploring personal concerns and interests. For more than twenty-five years, our graduates have relied upon the flexible minds and adaptable skills they developed in the Honors Program to succeed at highly rewarding careers in business, law, medicine, education, professional sports, the fine arts, and the various areas of public service.
The Honors Program consists of an integrated sequence of six interdisciplinary courses, spread over the first three years of college, and an extensive senior year honors project carried out under the nurturing supervision of a distinguished faculty mentor. Because honors core courses substitute for many of the required University Exploration (general education) courses, the Honors Program may be viewed as an alternative means of satisfying the University Explorations requirements. As a complement to the honors core courses, the Department of English, Fine Arts, and Humanities provides special honors sections of the freshman composition courses ENG 121H and ENG 122H.
Honors courses feature a great-readings, great-discussions strategy for intellectual development that advocates careful attention to the text, shared inquiry through intelligent conversation, critical reflection through writing, and a heightened awareness of the learning process. Informed absorption of great ideas, rather than mere acquaintance with them, is the overall goal. The Honors Program seeks neither to provide a comprehensive treatment of world intellectual achievement nor to undertake a general survey of Western civilization; its purpose is to probe in depth the original minds of a few significant thinkers, doers, and dreamers.
Each Honors course exhibits its own theme or focus, but the entire sequence of core courses is structured and integrated so that knowledge builds over time and academic skills taught in one course are applied directly in the next. The Honors Program strives to reinforce Cardinal Newman’s notion that a liberal arts education furnishes a coherent body of knowledge that serves the whole human being and nourishes a “philosophic habit of mind.”
The Senior Honors Project offers each senior Honors student the opportunity to design an independent course of study mapped to his or her personal life goals and to pursue that study for a full year under the close personal supervision of a chosen faculty mentor. The results are defended before a panel of experts and then presented to the public, usually during Academic Excellence Day. Completion of the Senior Honors Project provides incontrovertible proof of the student’s arrival as a truly independent and self-authoring scholar, and the project itself has frequently proved to be a springboard for success in graduate or professional school.
Through HON 101 - Honors Freshman Apprenticeship , first-year Honors students are awarded the opportunity to enter into a faculty-student apprenticeship experience that provides curious students with a behind-the-curtains view of the work and rewards of academic life. Highly motivated sophomore Honors students may participate in the Honors Peer-Mentoring Council, which assists in providing stimulating activities for the Honors Program and smoothing the transition from high school to university for first-year Honors students. Service learning is expected of every Honors student.
The full Honors curriculum consists of an integrated sequence of six courses plus two research courses:
Honors courses may be substituted for University Explorations requirements as follows:
||Reflective & Spiritual - Philosophy
||Reflective & Spiritual - Religion
||Science in a Changing World
Moreover, with the appropriate academic Dean’s approval, the Senior Honors Project may be used to satisfy upper-level major requirements.
The minimum requirements for admission to the Honors Program are a high school cumulative GPA of 3.5 and an SAT score of 1190 or the ACT equivalent of 26. If a student, international or domestic, has the equivalent GPA but does not meet the SAT or ACT requirement, he or she may petition to apply to the Honors Program by writing an essay and taking a separate examination administered by the Honors Director. These students may also be required to submit a letter of recommendation confirming their aptitude for independent and collaborative work. Students who complete the first semester or freshman year at University Campus with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 may seek a recommendation by a faculty member to join the Honors Program, but they must double up on Honors core courses during their sophomore year.
Students who transfer from another National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) recognized Honors program with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 are automatically eligible for admission.
Junior transfer students holding an A.A. or A.S. degree who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.75 are invited to join the Honors Program for the final two years. The two-year Honors curriculum for qualified junior transfers consists of the following courses: HON 350 , HON 351 , HON 498 , and HON 499 .
To graduate from the Honors Program, a student must meet all University graduation requirements with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25, must also achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in Honors classes, and must complete the Senior Honors Project with a grade of B- or better.
Any student who receives a grade of less than a B- in any two Honors core courses (excluding English Honors courses) may no longer register for Honors courses or receive further Honors benefits.
The Saint Leo University Honors Program is affiliated with the National Collegiate Honors Council, an organization of more than 700 colleges and universities that serves as the national organization for Honors programs. In addition, Saint Leo University participates in the Southern Regional Honors Council, which is an affiliate of the National Collegiate Honors Council.
For further information and application forms, contact the Director of the Honors Program, MC 2127, P.O. Box 6665, Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, FL 33574-6665.
3+1 Accelerated Degree Programs
Saint Leo University is pleased to offer highly motivated and well qualified students the opportunity to accelerate their education. Students undertake an aggressive academic schedule that permits them to earn both their undergraduate and graduate degrees in an abbreviated time frame. Students’ progress through the program at an accelerated pace by taking additional courses throughout the year including on-ground, online and summer course options. Students are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 in order to remain eligible for the program.
Programs offered include:
- B.A. Management + One Year International & Experiential M.B.A.
- B.A. Marketing + One Year International & Experiential M.B.A.
- B.S. Computer Science + M.S. Cybersecurity
Students who are eligible for the Saint Leo Honors Program or are already in the program qualify for admission into the 3+1 accelerated degree program. Honors Program eligibility requires a minimum 3.5 GPA and SAT score of 1150+ or ACT score of 25+ for first-year students. Students who transfer from another National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC)-recognized Honors program with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 are also eligible. Transfer students with an A.A. or A.S. and a minimum GPA of 3.75 also qualify.
Students whose credentials fall just below the minimum eligibility requirements and are interested in being considered by the Admissions Committee for admission into a 3+1 accelerated degree program should alert their Saint Leo admission counselor.
Visit www.saintleo.edu/accelprograms for more information on how to apply. Students should apply for admission to their graduate program of choice at the completion of their second year.
Students enrolled in a 3+1 Accelerated Degree Program may enroll in up to 21 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters at the same full time (12-18 hour) tuition rate, beginning in their first semester of enrollment at Saint Leo.
International Education/Study Abroad
Saint Leo University is a global university. We believe that all students can improve their education by gaining an international perspective. The best way for students to understand cultural differences and gain a global perspective is by studying abroad. For those interested in international business or international relations, a study abroad experience is particularly important.
To assist students in finding opportunities abroad that fit their individual academic programs, the University offers students the opportunity to study in Italy, Spain, France, England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Brazil, Japan, Australia, India, China or a Semester at Sea.
For further information regarding study abroad opportunities, students should contact their academic advisor or the Director for Multicultural and International Student Services in Student Affairs.
Internships can be an important part of the Saint Leo academic experience. Many Saint Leo majors offer students the opportunity to apply theories and principles learned in the classroom to a real-world, real-work setting. Internships provide practical learning experiences that can be a valuable asset in the workplace and can greatly enhance one’s chances when seeking employment or admission to graduate programs following graduation.
Students must follow a prescribed series of steps in order to obtain an internship. These procedures may vary depending on the major but must always begin with a discussion with the student’s academic advisor, who will guide the student through this process. Procedures ensure that the student is properly prepared to derive the most benefit from this experience and require a written agreement negotiated between the student, his or her internship advisor, and the work-site supervisor. This agreement must be completed before the internship can begin. It represents a plan describing the learning objectives for the internship, how those objectives can be achieved, and how the student’s success in achieving those objectives is to be assessed.
Depending on the major, internships may be offered fall, spring, and/or summer semesters. Students have pursued internships in the greater Tampa area; Orlando; Miami; New York; Washington, D.C.; London; and Switzerland. Questions about internships can be directed to the student’s academic advisor or the Career Planning Department.
The University English Bridge Program Academic Requirements
The primary goal of the Bridge Program is to increase students’ potential for success in the new academic culture. The credits earned through the successful completion of the courses offered in the Program will be counted towards the total graduation credits as general electives. A maximum of 30 credit hours may be earned within this program (22 credits from Bridge Program courses and 8 credits from courses offered to all degree-pursuing students). Note: each University major requires a different number of electives.
The courses offered in the Bridge Program are designed to help students master their academic communication skills, advance their learning skills, and become familiar with the academic culture in the United States. Additionally, these specialized courses serve as an orientation of University expectations, regulations, and resources. Students must pass all courses in the program with a minimum of a C- in order to matriculate into their chosen majors.
The Program offers two tracks:
(1) Fast-Track: The students whose scores indicate advanced-intermediate level of proficiency (65-77 - iBT, band score 6 (with one or more section scores 5.5 or lower) - IELTS, 70-84 - MTELP) will be enrolled in the fast one-semester track and will follow the second-semester Bridge Program curriculum as described in the Academic Catalog. Their schedule might be individually modified based on the test scores;
(2) Regular Track: The students whose scores show intermediate proficiency level (45-64 - iBT, band score 5.0 (with one or more section scores 5.5) - band score 5.5 - IELTS, 58-69 - MTELP) will be enrolled in the regular two-semester track and will follow the full
Required Courses for the Bridge Program Courses
Students will take the following courses to complete The Bridge Program in the order listed in the student schedule below. In their second semester, students will take two university explorations courses from an approved list. Students will meet with The Bridge Program Director for the selection of these courses.
Courses for International Students Only
ENG 114 - Composition and Grammar for Speakers of Other Languages.
Prerequisite: Admission into the Bridge Program.
A course designed to remedy the special problems of non-native speakers. Emphasis is on spoken as well as written academic English. (three credits)
ENG 118 - Composition for Speakers of Other Languages.
Prerequisite: Admission into the Bridge Program.
A course designed to help non-native speakers improve their critical thinking, reasoning, and academic writing skills. Increased emphasis is on English idiomatic usage and academic text structure. (three credits)
ENG 115: College Reading I
Prerequisite: Admission into the Bridge Program.
This course is designed to improve the critical reading and academic vocabulary skills of non-native speakers of English. Emphasis is on using effective reading strategies to aid in the comprehension of general academic texts. (three credits)
ENG 117: College Reading II
Prerequisite: Admission into the Bridge Program.
This course aims to support the mastery of key academic reading skills and the application of effective critical reading strategies. During the course, the students will involve in active reading of college-level texts, critical examination of text organization patterns, identification of main and supporting ideas, and analysis of the connections of ideas presented in the texts. (three credits)
ENG 120 - Listening, Lecture Note-Taking, and Speaking
Prerequisite: Admission into the Bridge Program.
This course is designed to improve the academic listening and speaking skills of non-native speakers of English. Emphasis is on lecture note-taking, academic communication in various settings, and presentation skills. (three credits)
SLU 105 - Introduction to American Culture and University Life.
Prerequisite: Admission into the Bridge Program.
This course is intended for international students who are entering a US college. It focuses on improving international students’ cross-cultural competence and granting opportunities for analyzing complex social, moral, and academic issues that students will have to face while studying in the US. (three credits)
SLU: 110 Academic Learning Lab I
Prerequisite: Admission into the Bridge Program.
This course is designed to improve the academic skills of non-native speakers of English. Emphasis is on access and evaluation of informational resources, on gaining familiarity with university expectations, regulations, and resources, as well as on developing oral and written academic presentation skills. (two credits)
SLU: 112 Academic Learning Lab II
Prerequisite: Admission into the Bridge Program.
This course is designed to improve the academic skills of non-native speakers of English. Emphasis is on mastery of active and critical use of informational resources in students’ academic work, critical reading, logical thinking, and academic writing. (two credits)
Courses for Bridge Students and All Degree-Pursuing Students
SLU 100: Introduction to the University Experience
This course provides a unique, collective, intellectual experience that helps to establish familiar and cooperative bonds among the student, the instructor, and the academic advisor. It provides a framework of effective academic and personal strategies to help the student succeed both in and out of the classroom. Students are engaged in reflective writing assignments, group and class discussions, individual and group presentations, and various Internet activities. The course is supplemented with convocations and guest speakers from many disciplines, including career development, majors, campus support services, personal finance, Saint Leo history, and our Benedictine-inspired values. The student also becomes an active member of a support group by examining problems and issues common to the freshman experience. (one credit)
SLU 200: Learning Lab
This course is offered to emphasize positive change and enhance student academic skills, confidence, and potential for academic success. (one credit)
Two selected General Education courses
* The Bridge Program students will be closely monitored and provided with proactive support when taking their first general education courses in order to assure their academic success.
** Students enrolled in the Bridge Program cannot earn credits through course challenge examination.
Course Sequence - Regular Track (two semesters - 30 credit hours)*
Semester 1 (15 credit hours)
ENG 114 - Composition and Grammar for Speakers of Other Languages (3 credits)
ENG 115 - College Reading I (3 credits)
ENG 120 - Listening, Lecture Note-Taking, and Speaking (3 credits)
SLU 105 - Introduction to American Culture and University Life (3 credits)
SLU 110 - Academic Learning Laboratory I (2 credits)
SLU 100 - Introduction to University Experience (1 credit)
Semester 2 (15 credit hours)
ENG 118 - Composition for Speakers of Other Languages (3 credits)
ENG 117 - College Reading II (3 credits)
SLU 112 - Academic Learning Laboratory II (2 credits)
SLU 200 - Learning Laboratory (1 credit)
Approved University Explorations course (3 credits)
Approved University Explorations course (3 credits)
Course Sequence - Fast Track (one semester - 15 credits hours)*
ENG 118 - Composition for Speakers of Other Languages (3 credits)
ENG117 - College Reading II (3 credits)
SLU 105 - Introduction to American Culture and University Life (3 credits)
SLU 112 - Academic Learning Laboratory II (2 credits)
SLU 100 - Learning Laboratory (1 credit)
Approved University Explorations course (3 credits)
* Possible modifications of the course sequence can be made based on individual learning needs of the student.
*Approved University Explorations Courses
MAT 003 - Basic Algebra (remedial MAT course)
MAT 128 - Intermediate Algebra (after placement test) - 3 credits
MAT 131 - College Mathematics (after placement test) - 3 credits
MAT 141 - Business Mathematics (after placement test) - 3 credits
COM 140 - Basic Computer Skills - 3 credits
HUM 110CL - Giants of the Arts
HUM 110HM - Revolution Now! Democracy in Troubled Times
HTY/SSC110HM - Native American History and Life: More than Tee Pees and Tomahawks
PSY 110HA - Psychological Well Being: How to be Sane in an Insane World
SOC 110HA - The McDonaldization of Society
Basic pre-professional courses leading to graduate study or to entrance into professional schools are offered in a number of fields, including law, medicine, dentistry, osteopathy, nursing, social work, and veterinary science. Pre-professional faculty advisors work closely with students to explore opportunities in professional schools and to select courses that will help students reach their goals.
Students should plan to use the liberal arts as the foundation for more specialized study at another institution and are advised to consult an advisor in their special field of interest for a suggested outline of required subjects as soon in their academic degree program as possible. Students should also consult the catalog of the institution where they intend to continue their studies. Requirements are fairly uniform within a given field but do vary somewhat among professional and graduate schools.
Pre-Health Professional Advising
Students interested in pursuing careers in medicine, dentistry, osteopathy (including the 4+4 medical school and 3+4 dental school partnerships with Nova Southeastern University, for which there are additional application and admission requirements), nursing, and veterinary science are encouraged to obtain the bachelor’s degree with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry; however, health profession graduate programs do not require the biology major. Students with an interest in optometry, pharmacy, or other pre-professional medical programs should consult with the pre-health professions advisor. All students interested in careers in the health professions should meet with the pre-health professions advisor during their first semester.
Pre-Law Professional Advising
Law schools do not require any particular undergraduate major. Instead, law schools look for students who can write well, think clearly, and solve complex problems. A strong liberal-arts-based program of study that develops critical-thinking skills is the best preparation for law school.
At Saint Leo, our pre-law advisor works with students to select a major; choose electives that will enrich their understanding of the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences; and prepare for law school selection.
Areas of study that develop analytical skills are particularly valuable, such as philosophy, logic, mathematics, communication, criminal justice, history, and political science. In addition, pre-law students are encouraged to enroll in POL 123 - Introduction to Law and the Legal System , POL 326 - United States Constitutional Law I , POL 327 - United States Constitutional Law II , and GBA 231 - Business Law I . All pre-law students are also encouraged to enroll in an internship experience to help them explore the many dimensions of the legal profession.
Students who are considering a career in law should meet with their academic advisor before the end of their junior year.
Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC)
Location/Phone: BEH 336 (USF), 813/974-4065
Office Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday
or at Saint Leo University: 352/588-8610
The Department of Military Science for Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) was established to select and prepare students to serve as officers in the Regular and Reserve components of the United States Army. The curriculum is designed to develop students’ leadership potential and improve students’ planning, organizational, and managerial skills.
Army ROTC training is divided into two phases: The first two years constitute the Basic Course, the last two the Advanced Course. The department offers both a four- and a two-year program, each leading to a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. The four-year program requires completion of the Basic Course, a five-week field training course, and the Advanced Course. Students with prior active military service or previous training at military schools may be exempt from some or all of the Basic Course. Students with questions concerning the various options should contact the professor of military science for more information. Enrollment is open to qualified students at all levels, including graduate students. Offerings are published each semester.
Army ROTC training provides scholarships, pay, uniforms, and textbooks. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis in all academic majors. The scholarship pays full tuition, books, lab and other mandatory fees, and certain other academic expenses. All Advanced Course and scholarship students receive a monthly subsistence payment that ranges from $250 for a freshman to $350 for a senior. This is in addition to the pay of approximately $700 while attending the five-week field training course at the Leader Development and Assessment Course at Fort Lewis, Washington.
Additional skills training at the Airborne School, Air Assault School, and the Northern Warfare School is available to both Basic and Advanced Course students during semester breaks. Additional skills training is also available during the academic year, to include first aid, rappelling, orienteering, etc.
Basic Course: The Basic Course consists of four semesters of classroom instruction of one hour each week and a leadership lab. Students incur no military commitment by participating in the Basic Course. In lieu of attending the basic course classroom instruction, a student may attend the four-week Leadership Training Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky, during the summer of the student’s sophomore year.
Advanced Course: The Advanced Course consists of four semesters of classroom instruction of three hours each week, leadership lab, physical fitness and field training exercises, and a five-week training phase at Leader Development and Assessment Course. This course is designed to prepare the student who desires to be a Professional Army Officer for duty in the Active Army, Reserve, or National Guard. Additional follow-on training is available to selected cadets at both U.S.-based and overseas active Army units.
Job Opportunities: The newly commissioned officer can be guaranteed Reserve or National Guard duty, or compete for an Active Duty commission. Prior to commissioning, the student may request to serve in a number of career fields, including aviation, engineering, medical, law, law enforcement, logistics, and personnel administration.
Requirements for an ROTC Commission: Students who desire to earn a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army must meet the following requirements: four semesters of the ROTC Advanced Course, successful completion of the Professional Military Education Courses (written communication skills, computer literacy, and military history), attendance at Leader Development and Assessment Course, maintaining and graduating with a minimum of a 2.0 GPA, successful completion of the Army Physical Readiness Test, compliance with the Army height and weight standards, and other requirements of the United States Army.
Air Force ROTC
The Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFROTC) curriculum includes instruction by active-duty Air Force officers over a three- to four-year period. A student who successfully completes the AFROTC program will receive an Air Force commission as a Second Lieutenant and, based on the needs of the Air Force, will be offered a position in the active duty Air Force at a starting salary of approximately $45,000 per year.
AFROTC is routinely offered as a three- or four-year program. The three- and four-year programs normally require a student to successfully complete all degree requirements for award of a bachelor’s degree, 14 or 16 course hours of AFROTC classes respectively, and a four-week field-training encampment between his or her sophomore and junior years.
AFROTC students take a 1.8-hour non-credit leadership laboratory in addition to the academic classes. Students wear the Air Force uniform during these periods and are taught the customs and courtesies of the Air Force. Leadership Laboratory is open to students who are members of AFROTC or are eligible to pursue a commission as determined by the professor of aerospace studies. There is also a mandatory weekly physical training program with specific weight and physical standards that must be upheld throughout the entire program.
AFROTC 4-, 3-, and 2-year scholarships may be available for eligible highly qualified applicants. Depending on student qualifications, these scholarships may pay for all tuition, fees, and books, and provide a $250-$500 per month tax-free stipend. Those interested in more information about scholarship criteria should contact the AFROTC Department.
Students interested in enrolling in the programs can begin registration procedures through the AFROTC office at the University of South Florida, Tampa campus, in CWY 407 one semester prior to registering for the appropriate “AFR” course through Saint Leo University’s registration process. Veterans and active-duty personnel are encouraged to inquire about special accelerated programs that may be available based upon the needs of the Air Force. The AFROTC phone number is (813) 974-3367.
Other Academic Issues
Course Load and Overload
The typical full-time course load is 5 courses or 15 credits, but full-time University College students may enroll in 12 to 18 credits during the fall and spring semesters.
Students who wish to enroll in 19 or more credits during any term must be in their junior year, have completed a minimum of 15 credits at Saint Leo, have a minimum 2.50 grade point average, and have the written approval of their academic advisor and academic Dean. A tuition fee is charged at the rate of $290 per credit for 19 or more credits taken during any semester.
Students enrolled in a 3+1 Accelerated Degree Program may enroll in up to 21 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters at the same full time tuition rate, beginning in their first semester of enrollment at Saint Leo. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 in order to remain in the accelerated degree program.
Online Learning (OL) Internet-Based Courses
Saint Leo offers Internet-based courses through the Online Learning (OL) Center. Online courses must be taken in conjunction with on-ground courses. These courses are designed primarily to meet the needs of adult learners. A Saint Leo World-Wide student is permitted to take up to two OL courses in a given term. A saint Leo World-Wide student may take three OL courses in a given term only by exception, with the permission of the Center Director, and if the student’s GPA is 3.0 or higher.
The education of full-time, University College undergraduate students is best accomplished through classroom experiences. At the same time, it is recognized that some University College students have specific needs that can be best met by enrolling in a OL course. University College undergraduate students who have not yet completed 30 credits are not allowed to enroll in OL courses. University College undergraduate students who have completed 30-59 credits and wish to enroll in a OL course must have the written approval of their School Dean. University College undergraduate students may not enroll in more than one OL course per 15-week semester and no more than two OL courses per 8-week summer term. To enroll in a OL course, students should first meet with their academic advisor.
Students enrolled in a 3+1 Accelerated Degree Program must enroll in a minimum of 12 on ground (University College) credits per semester. They are eligible to take up to 9 additional credit hours per semester via on ground, online, Adult Education Center, or some combination of these.
Students are eligible to begin supplemental non-traditional courses beginning in the first semester, although the preference is that they wait until the second semester of enrollment before doing so.
Students who elect to accelerate their curriculum with summer courses will charged the regular summer program rate and are not eligible to do so until the first summer session following their initial enrollment at Saint Leo.
For courses offered in the University College program, final examinations are scheduled at the end of each semester. Students will not be required to complete four or more final exams on the same day. Students with more than three exams scheduled for a single day will be allowed to reschedule at least one exam. University College students should not plan to leave campus until after the scheduled last day of classes for the fall and spring semesters. The Academic Calendar is located on the Saint Leo website at www.saintleo.edu/resources/academic-catalogs-schedules-calendars.aspx
The following awards are given to distinguished members of the graduating class from University College:
- The Clara McDonald Olson Scholastic Excellence Award to the graduating student earning the highest scholastic average. Students receiving this award must have received all of their University credits from Saint Leo University.
- The John I. Leonard General Excellence Award to the member of the graduating class who best embodies the qualities of character, scholarship, service, leadership, and general excellence for which Saint Leo University stands.
- The Abbot Marion Bowman Activities Award to the member of the graduating class whose participation and leadership in extracurricular activities has been of the highest order.
- The Thomas B. Southard Leadership Award Sabre is awarded to the Army ROTC graduate who best demonstrates leadership achievement in both advanced camp at Fort Knox, KY, and Saint Leo University ROTC classes and labs. The military sabre is donated by the Alumni Office.
The office of the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs is located in the Student Activities Building. Students with personal and campus concerns and questions should contact this office for assistance and information. The Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Student Affairs staff practice a student-centered education and student-first philosophy of service. The Student Code of Conduct, which is in place for the safety and well-being of our University campus community, is enforced by the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs. The Student Affairs staff is further involved in student life by sponsoring numerous programs and activities, planning and coordinating new student orientation, and providing leadership training and opportunities for student involvement in campus governance.
Center for Academic Vision & Excellence (the CAVE)
The Center for Academic Vision & Excellence (the CAVE), located on the first floor of Kirk Hall, is staffed by both professional and student tutors and provides academic support for any student who matriculates at Saint Leo University. The Center provides tutoring in most subject areas, and students are encouraged to make arrangements for tutoring early in the semester. The CAVE uses Tutortrac, an online tutor scheduling system, which allows students to make tutoring appointments from any computer with Internet access. Students may access Tutortrac using a link on the Learning Resource Center web page. Tutoring is voluntary, and the student may request ongoing appointments for the entire semester, request short-term or weekly appointments, or may visit the Center as a drop-in. Tutors are available first to those students who have made appointments, and drop-ins will be seen on a first-come-first-served basis.
The Center also supports student writing whether in the freshman writing classes or in any other course. Tutoring is designed to help students improve the quality of their writing regardless of class standing and rank. Students are encouraged to visit the Learning Resource Center at all stages of the writing process: prewriting, writing, rewriting, and editing.
In addition to writing support, the CAVE also provides tutoring in mathematics, accounting, economics, the sciences, business and hospitality, psychology, philosophy and most other SLE campus courses.
Collaborative Learning Programs - Supplemental Instruction (SI) and Peer Learning/Team Learning (PLTL)
Supplemental Instruction offers additional opportunities for students to ask questions and clarify concepts in workshops conducted by student SI coaches. In collaboration with professors, the SI coach attends all classes, takes notes, and schedules one or two workshops per week. In these workshops the SI coach will respond to student questions, provide suggestions for improving study skills specifically relevant to the course, provide practice test opportunities, and encourage group discussion and interaction on the class materials and concepts. PLTL workshops are also offered on a weekly basis and are conducted by students specially trained and working under the direction of the faculty of the course. The workshops are problem-based and students, with the help of the coach, actively solve problems constructed by the instructor that deepen the students’ understanding of the concepts. In both cases, students who participate in the weekly workshops have higher grades in their courses than students who do not participate.
The Center for Academic Vision & Excellence has a computer laboratory with sixteen PCs for student use. All computers have Internet capability, and printers are available for use with student laptops. The Center has a variety of software and video programs that students may use to increase skills in writing, grammar, and mathematics. The Center also has a multimedia projection area, where workshops on study skills, reading, and organizational skills can be scheduled. The Center is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. On Friday the Center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Sunday the Center is open from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The CAVE also provides an area for individual study and a lounge area for relaxation. We provide coffee, tea, popcorn, and other munchies for students in need between classes.
The Office of Career Planning Department assists students with all phases of career development from career guidance and job search training to resume advice, interview skills, and professional networking. Our department provides career counseling and job search resources to assist students and alumni with making informed career development decisions both face-to-face and aided by technology. One of our strongest technology platforms is LionsLINK. LionsLINK is the new career management interface provided by the University for all students, recent graduates, and alumni. Not only does LionsLINK bring employers with internships and employment opportunities within reach, but the program also supports our emerging Professional Mentor Network. This initiative is being supported by Career Planning and our Alumni Relations Department and it seeks to connect alumni to alumni and, importantly, alumni and other professionals to our current students. Please contact the Career Planning Office for more information about the Professional Mentor Network.
In addition to direct services we provide to students and alumni, the Career Planning staff maintains active participation in various regional and national professional associations. This activity enables us to better support the work of our faculty and academic advisors with labor market research insights, innovative educational programming, and best practices in transitioning successfully into the world of work.
For further information, please access the Career Planning Department website, http://www.saintleo.edu or call 352-588-8247.
Saint Leo University sponsors on-campus career fairs, held throughout the academic year. These networking events are open to all students and alumni.
Counseling Services is located in deChantal Hall, ext. 8199. The Center is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with evening hours available on an individual, as-needed basis.
Counseling Services offers confidential, short-term professional counseling to individuals as well as groups and couples. Counseling staff work closely with faculty and staff members in a consulting capacity to address mental health and developmental issues as they occur among members of the student body.
The Counseling Services website can be accessed from the Saint Leo website (www.saintleo.edu) by selecting “Campus Life,” then “Counseling Services.” Self-help resources are available to all University students on the Counseling Services website. Whereas the campus community affords a wide variety of resources to help students adjust to university life, the Counseling Center’s primary purpose is to provide psychological and developmental support as students pursue academic and personal goals, and to enhance the quality of their experience at Saint Leo University.
(See “Accessibility Services”.)
Health and Wellness Center
The Health and Wellness Center is located in deChantal Hall, room 125. The phone number is 352/588-8347. Health and Wellness Center services for routine medical matters and referrals are available to all students Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students with unusual health records or special needs are urged to maintain the services of their own physicians. In the event the Health and Wellness Center is closed, please go to the nearest Urgent Care and then follow up with us during working hours. For emergencies, contact Security at 8333.
Health Insurance. Saint Leo University mandates that all traditional, full-time, undergraduate students attending University Campus carry health insurance. To that end, all full-time, traditional students at University Campus are automatically enrolled in the student health insurance policy for a fee. The health insurance and fee can be waived if the student completes the online waiver process prior to the appropriate waiver deadline. Students wishing to waive must provide documentation of comparable insurance coverage through a United States-based insurance carrier. Travel medical policies will not be sufficient to waive coverage. Waivers take effect only when information is verified and student coverage is found to be comparable to University coverage. Regardless of coverage, students are encouraged to review the policy documents related to their health insurance coverage. The University is not responsible for any medical bills incurred by the student. Students using both the University insurance and private insurance should consult both companies prior to submitting a claim to ease processing. Additional information including waiver deadlines and premium information may be found at www.saintleo.edu/insurance.
Absences. When a student is treated in the Health and Wellness Center or referred to outside specialists, he or she is offered a Verification of Health and Wellness Center Visit slip. This is not intended as an excuse for missing class. Responsibility for class attendance and completion of assignments rests with the student. Students are encouraged to communicate directly with their instructors in matters of absences from class. Verification of Health and Wellness Center Visit slips will not be issued at any time other than during the Health and Wellness Center visit. The Health and Wellness Center may recommend nonparticipation in certain activities for health reasons without the release of privileged information. Extended absences due to health or emergency situations should be brought to the attention of the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, ext. 8992.
Health Screening and Immunization Requirement. Saint Leo University is vitally concerned with the promotion of good health for our students. To this end, the University requires all students to complete a Health History Report and a Student Immunization Form. The Health History Report and the Student Immunization Form are available online, at Trane Stop, and at the Health and Wellness Center. Both forms must be complete with appropriate signatures. Parents/guardians must sign on behalf of minor children.
Saint Leo University requires students attending the University to provide documentation that they have received the following vaccinations:
- Measles and rubella immunizations required for everyone born after December 31, 1956. Any combination of two doses of measles vaccine and one dose of rubella vaccine within the following parameters will satisfy this requirement.
- MMR. This combination vaccine is often given as a protection against measles, mumps, and rubella. Two doses are required for entry into Saint Leo University. One must have been received at 12 months of age or later and in 1971 or later. The second dose must have been received at least 28 days after the first dose.
- Measles (rubeola). Two doses are required for entry into Saint Leo University. One must have been received at 12 months of age or later and in 1968 or later. The second dose must have been received at least 28 days after the first dose.
- Immunity may also be verified by a copy of laboratory (serologic) test known as a titer (IgGrubeola titer). The date of the laboratory test should be noted in the box marked titer, and a copy of the lab report must be attached.
- Immunity may also be verified by a written, dated statement signed by a physician on his or her stationery that specifies the date seen and stating that the person has had an illness characterized by a generalized rash lasting three (3) or more days, a fever of 101° Fahrenheit or greater, a cough, and conjunctivitis, and in the physician’s opinion is diagnosed to have had the 10-day measles (rubeola).
- Rubella (German measles).
- One dose of rubella vaccine is required, given at age 12 months or later and in 1969 or later.
- Immunity may also be verified by a copy of laboratory (serologic) test known as a titer (IgG rubella titer). The date of the laboratory test should be noted in the box marked titer, and a copy of the lab report must be attached.
- Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis booster.
- International Students Only: tuberculosis skin test (PPD).
- Documentation of a PPD skin test for tuberculosis administered within six months prior to starting at Saint Leo University. If the PPD is positive, documentation of a negative chest X-ray (CXR) as part of the initial evaluation of the PPD. No further chest X-rays are required unless symptoms develop that could be attributed to TB.
- Hepatitis B and Meningitis Vaccination Requirements for Student Housing. Students must provide documentation in accordance with Florida Statute 1006.69 in regards to hepatitis B and meningitis vaccinations.
All first-year and transfer students in the University College are required to attend orientation programs. These programs are designed to acquaint students with University Campus, academic programs, Student Affairs offices and services, University policies, and the faculty, staff, administration, and other members of the student body. Participation in the orientation program sets students on a path toward academic and personal success at Saint Leo University.
The purpose of the Residence Life program is to work collaboratively with students, staff, and faculty in the creation of a caring living-learning environment. At Saint Leo University, resident students have the unique opportunity for personal growth within a supportive and safe environment. Residence hall living offers new personal freedoms and therefore new and challenging responsibilities. Through the creation of residence hall communities, University Campus students are encouraged to appreciate and respect the rights and privileges of others while simultaneously living within the established policies of the University. In addition to this greater sense of community and personal responsibility, the University encourages the individual choice of personal lifestyle and behavior, with the realization that all students will be treated as mature adults and held accountable for their respective actions.
Saint Leo University considers the residential experience to be an integral aspect of the University College student’s holistic education and personal development. Given this philosophy, all full-time University College students (12 or more credit hours) are required to live on University Campus. Exceptions are allowed for those students living at and commuting from family-owned property, married students, veterans, nontraditional students, or senior students who have earned over 90 credit hours. Saint Leo’s residence halls are designed for traditional-age students no older than 28 years of age. All requests for housing made by a student 28 years of age at the time of the request are reviewed by the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs or designee. The residence halls are staffed by live-in professional staff members who are specifically trained and dedicated to the service of students and the promotion of their growth as individuals. Assisting the professional staff are undergraduate Resident Assistants (RAs) and Resident Assistant Directors (RADs), who also provide a valuable resource to the University Campus community. Together, the Residence Life staff provides a wide variety of events, programs, and activities designed to suit the diverse needs and interests of our residents. The staff is accessible and available to assist and challenge residents as they work to create a strong community of contributors and leaders in each residence hall. A Residence Life professional staff person is on duty at the University Campus 24 hours a day while the University is in session.
More-detailed information concerning Residence Life and its services, policies, and programming can be found in the Code of Conduct, which is available electronically to students each academic year on the Saint Leo University web page (www.saintleo.edu/codeofconduct)
The Student Involvement Office is devoted to the holistic education of all students. The staff encourages student participation in campus events, organizations, and leadership opportunities. The Student Involvement Office includes Student Activities, Greek Life, International Services, New Student Orientation, Study Abroad, Leadership Development, Student Government Union, and Campus Activities Board (CAB). Every month, a student activities calendar is posted throughout campus and on the Web so that students can take advantage of a variety of programs. Co-curricular activities sponsored by Student Involvement are open to all University College students paying the activities fee. The goal is to provide a wide variety of opportunities for involvement and leadership in order to create a vibrant campus life for all students.
The University provides food service on University Campus during the fall and spring semesters, and resident students enrolled in University College are required to be on a meal plan as determined by their housing assignment. Students living in Apartments 1 - 4 may choose either a five-meal-per-week plan or a ten-meal-per-week plan. East Campus residents may choose either of the meal plan options or choose not to purchase a meal plan. All other students re required to have an unlimited meal plan.
The following programs and activities are provided to University College students:
The Ministry Mentor Program selects students with a proven track record of responsible involvement in the Christian community and who “desire to make a difference in the religious and human dimension of community life here at Saint Leo.” The program offers them leadership training and ongoing mentoring in the areas of faith formation, spirituality, listening skills, community building, and peer ministry.
Along with their ministry to commuters, athletes, and others Ministry Mentors expend their energies in the residence halls where they live. One of their key responsibilities is offering mediation and conflict resolution between their residents as well as spiritual and human support in other life concerns. To support their involvement on the University Ministry Team, each Ministry Mentor receives a stipend.
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is a process of learning more about the Catholic faith and practice. The group meets weekly when school is in session throughout most of the school year. Some come with the intent to be baptized and become a Catholic. Others come to complete their adult faith formation, culminating in their First Holy Communion and/or Confirmation. Reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation is usually a prerequisite for the Sacrament of Marriage in the Catholic Church, some participate in RCIA as part of the preparation for their marriage. The Ritual itself, on the first Sunday after Easter, remains a great event in the school year as fellow students, faculty, and friends come out to support and celebrate the faith journey and adult faith commitment of their friends. Past participants have often found that their college years provide the right time to do RCIA, re-examine at their Catholic faith, and make an adult faith commitment.
Our student choir and band, gives students the opportunity to share and develop their choral and instrumental skills at Sunday Eucharist, “Praise and Worship” evenings, and other University events. Imago Dei, our pro-life group, affirms and supports efforts to promote and protect life from birth to natural death. Students, faculty, and staff from all faiths gather for prayer and to plan educational events to celebrate the Catholic Church’s affirmation of life and its prohibition of abortion and capital punishment.
The Chapel, located in the new Student Center, provides a quiet place for prayer and personal reflection. Weekday Masses and the night prayer are celebrated here, while the Sunday Student Liturgy continues to be offered in the Benedictine Abbey Church.
For more information and updates, consult our website: www.saintleo.edu/umin.
For more information on the University’s graduate programs, see the Graduate Academic Catalog.
The section after this one lists minors, majors, and specializations offered by the University.
Division of Saint Leo WorldWide, Education Centers and Degree Programs
For a list of Worldwide Education Centers and their degree programs, please see the Saint Leo WorldWide .
Degree programs are offered to adult students through the Division of Saint Leo WorldWide at the following Regional Education Centers.
San Diego Education Center
Naval Base Coronado Education Office
Naval Base San Diego Education Office
Adult Education at University Campus
University Campus Education Office
Brooksville PHSC Education Office
New Port Richey PHSC Education Office
Porter PHSC Office
Spring Hill PHSC Education Center
Gainesville Education Center
Key West Education Center
Lake City Education Center
Trenton Education Office
Lakeland Education Center
Madison Education Center
Northeast Florida Education Center
Mayport Education Office
Orange Park Education Office
Palatka Education Office
Saint Augustine Education Office
Ocala Education Center
Tallahassee Education Center
Eglin Education Office
Tallahassee Education Office
Tampa Education Center
Channelside Education Office
MacDill AFB Education Office
Saint Petersburg Education Office
Gwinnett Education Center
Marietta Education Center
Morrow Education Center
Savannah Education Center
Columbus Education Center
North Charleston Education Center
Shaw Education Center
Shaw AFB Education Office
Sumter Education Office
Naval Air Station Corpus Christi Education Center
Fort Lee Education Center
South Hampton Roads Area
Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story Education Center
Chesapeake Education Center
Naval Air Station Oceana Education Office
Naval Station Norfolk Education Office
Virginia Peninsula Area
Fort Eustis Education Center
Langley Air Force Base Education Center
Newport News Education Center
These Education Centers offer the associate’s and bachelor’s degree through both live instruction and Internet-based learning opportunities at times and locations convenient to adults. In addition to classes at each site, these Centers also offer instruction in some workplace locations. See Directory for Correspondence for a directory of address, telephone, and e-mail information.
Online Learning Degree Programs
The Online Learning Center provides adults an opportunity to earn associate’s and bachelor’s degrees completely online. The section after this one lists minors, majors, and specializations offered by the University. The final section outlines the academic programs offered by the University, including those offered for Online Learning. For a list of Online Learning Degree Programs, please see Online Learning Center.