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.
This section contains information that applies only to University College students and supplements The University section. Center for Online Learning students and Division of Continuing Education students should consult below and then consult Undergraduate Policies and Procedures , The LINK Program , Division of Continuing Education and Student Services , and The Center for Online Learning .
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, Continuing Education and Student Services, Business Affairs, Human Resources, University Advancement (Alumni Relations, Development, University Communications), Graduate Studies, and Institutional Research and Assessment.
Across from Saint Francis Hall is Saint Edward Hall. The offices of Graduate Criminal Justice, Student Financial Services, Registrar's Office, Veterans Affairs, and the University's Trane Stop Student Center are located on the first floor. The rest of the building houses faculty offices and classrooms.
Residence halls are situated throughout the 186-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 four residence halls. Benoit Hall, a traditional women's hall, and Henderson Hall, a traditional men's hall, are located on the University Circle and house both first-year students and upperclassmen. Roderick Hall offers suite-style living for both men and women. Each suite has four single bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a living area. Alumni Hall, located next to Roderick Hall, houses both men and women. All rooms have a private bathroom and a private entrance. Students living in Alumni and Roderick Hall tend to be mostly juniors and seniors. In addition to these six residence halls, there are four apartment buildings near the lake. The apartments 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 rooms, and laundry room. East Campus is located four miles from main campus. Residents living in East Campus must be at least sophomore status and 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. Finally, two new residence halls are being constructed. These facilities will be state-of-the-art suite-style housing units for more than 300 third- and fourth-year students beginning in Fall 2012.
Julia Deal Lewis Hall of Science is a three-story building occupied by the Department of Mathematics and Sciences, laboratories, a science library, and the Heagerty Business Suite. 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.
Residence Life, Counseling Services, Career Planning, 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.
Marmion Center, located adjacent to the Marmion/Snyder residence hall complex, houses the Office of Admission.
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 Services, Student Involvement, Greek Life, Multi-cultural Affairs, and Student Government as well as other student organizations on the first floor. The second floor hosts University Ministry and Academic Student Support Services, which includes the Learning Resource Center and the Office of Disability Services. 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.
University College Academic Calendar 2012–2013
Fall 2012 Semester
||Feast of the Assumption/Holy Day of Obligation/Opening School Year Mass (8 a.m.)
||New Students—Arrival (a.m.)
||Matriculation Ceremony (3 p.m.)
||New Student Orientation
||Residence Halls Open for Returning Students
||Academic Affairs Student Advising and Registration (Fall 2012/Spring 2013)
||Classes Begin—Mandatory Attendance*
||Last Day to Add/Drop Courses
||Mass of the Holy Spirit/Convocation—11 a.m. Abbey Church (Classes follow a modified schedule.)
||Labor Day (No Classes/University Offices Closed)
||Registration for Spring 2013
||All Saints Day/Holy Day of Obligation/Mass 12:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Classes follow a modified schedule.)
||Focus the Nation (Classes follow a modified schedule.)
||Graduation Applications Due for Participation in May 2013 Commencement
||Feast of Saint Leo
||Veteran’s Day Observation/Community Service Day (No Classes)
||Last Day to Withdraw from Courses Without Failure
||Last Day of Regular Class Schedule
||Final Exam Schedule
||Last Day to Withdraw from University Without Failure
||Last Day to Remove Incompletes from Spring/Summer 2012
||Immaculate Conception/Holy Day of Obligation
||Residence Halls Close at 7 p.m.
Spring 2012 Semester
||New Students—Arrival and Orientation
||Academic Affairs Student Advising and Registration
||Classes Begin—Mandatory Attendance*
||Last Day to Add/Drop Courses
||Advance Registration for Summer and Fall 2013
||Good Friday (No Classes/University Offices Closed)
||Last Day to Withdraw from Courses Without Failure
||Academic Excellence Day (Classes follow a modified schedule.)
||Last Day of Regular Class Schedule
||Final Exam Schedule
||Final Exam Schedule
||Last Day to Remove Incompletes from Fall 2012
||Last Day to Withdraw from University without failure
||Residence Halls Close for Non-Graduates (11 a.m.)
||Residence Halls Close for Graduates
*Attendance at your first class meeting in each course is mandatory.
Note: The Academic Calendar is subject to change. The updated version is posted on the Saint Leo University website (www.saintleo.edu) under "Academics/Academic Events."
The University reserves the right to cancel a course for which there are insufficient enrollments. Students will be notified via e-mail or telephone, and any tuition and fees paid for a course that has been canceled will be refunded if the student does not register in a replacement course.
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 LINK (general education) courses, the Honors Program may be viewed as an alternative means of satisfying the LINK 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 LINK requirements as follows:
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 1150 or the ACT equivalent of 25. 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 3.75 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. A description of the Saint Leo University Honors Program may be found in Peterson's Guide to Honors Programs.
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.
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 France, Italy, Ecuador, Spain, Australia, Ireland, England, Scotland, and Greece, and through an unpaid internship in England.
For further information regarding study abroad opportunities, students should contact their academic advisor or the Associate Director of Campus Life for International Services in Student Services.
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 Assistant Director of Career Planning.
Learning Enhancement for Academic Progress (LEAP)
LEAP is designed to assist first-time freshman students who do not meet standard admission requirements for University College but who exhibit potential for academic success. A limited number of students are admitted to this structured area of study each year. The central component of LEAP is a four-week summer program immediately preceding the fall semester for which the student has applied. Students will work on success-building skills such as career counseling and leadership training. Students will learn reading and study skills, will acquire time-management strategies, and will become skilled in computer use.
Students will be closely monitored during the fall and spring semesters of their freshman year in order to provide the best support services for student success. LEAP students will abide by the following University rules and requirements:
- Meet weekly with their advisor and with the Director of LEAP as required.
- Abide by all University rules and regulations. A recommendation by the Office of Student Services that there is cause for dismissal from the University for disciplinary violations will be cause for immediate termination of enrollment.
- Achieve a 2.0 grade point average at the end of the fall semester. If a 2.0 is not achieved, a student may register for a second semester only with the approval of the Director and the faculty advisor.
- Make satisfactory academic progress at the end of the spring semester.
Students who meet all the required standards of progress will advance to the sophomore year without condition in any major for which they qualify. Students interested in majoring in elementary education must meet the guidelines established by the State of Florida (see the Elementary Education, B.A. description).
The University English Bridge Program Academic Requirements
Students who do not meet the minimum English language requirement for the University may be considered for admission to The Bridge Program, a one year intensive language program designed to help international students improve their English language skills and matriculate to the regular university curriculum. Students must pass all courses in the program with a C- in order to matriculate into their chosen majors. (For admission requirements, see The University English Bridge Program in the admissions section.)
Required Courses for Bridge Program
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 general education courses from an approved list. Students will meet with The Bridge Program Director for the selection of these courses.
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 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 reasoning and writing skills, especially for academic purposes. Increased emphasis is on English idiomatic usage. (three credits)
SLU 200: Learning Lab: This one-credit course is offered to emphasize positive change and enhance student academic skills, confidence, and potential for academic success. (one credit)
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 in the US. In addition, it provides tools and strategies for students to analyze their own culture and compare it with new ones. As students learn more about themselves and others, the risk of cultural conflict and culture shock are decreased. This course is open only to international students. (three credits)
ESL XXX: Conversation Skills Lab for Speakers of Other Languages (speaking/writing lab). Prerequisite: Admission into the Bridge Program. This course is designed to improve the speaking and writing skills of non-native speakers of English. Emphasis is on using resources for academic purposes and presenting results orally and/or in writing. (three credits)
ESL XXX: Listening and Speaking for Speakers of Other Languages. 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 note-taking and presentation skills. (three credits)
ESL XXX: Reading Skills for Speakers of Other Languages. Prerequisite: Admission into the Bridge Program. This course is designed to improve the reading and vocabulary skills of non-native speakers of English. Emphasis is on using appropriate reading strategies to aid in the comprehension of general academic texts. (three credits)
One Year Bridge Program Student Schedule
Semester 1 (15 credit hours)
ENG 114 – Composition and Grammar for Speakers of Other Languages (3)
ENG 100R – Reading for Speakers of Other Languages (3)
ENG 100L – Listening and Speaking for Speakers of Other Languages (3)
SLU 105 – Introduction to American Culture and University Life (3)
SLU 200 – Learning Lab (taken twice) (2)
SLU 100 – Introduction to University Experience (1)
Semester 2 (15 credit hours)
ENG 118 – Composition for Speakers of Other Languages (3)
ENG 100C – Conversation Skills Lab for Speakers of Other Languages (3)
SLU 200 Learning Lab (taken three times) (3)
*Approved General Education Course (3)
*Approved General Education Course (3)
*Bridge Program students may take two general education courses in Semester 2 of the program from the following list:
MAT 131—College Mathematics (or placement into appropriate level math)
COM 140—Basic Computer Skills
PED 102—Concepts of Wellness (2 credits)
FAS 101—Integrated Fine Arts
SSC 101—The Human Behavior Perspective
SCI 101—Integrated Physical Sciences
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: 352/588-8487
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 12–16 hours of 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 $257 per credit for 19 or more credits taken during any semester.
Distance Learning (DL) Internet-Based Courses
Saint Leo offers Internet-based courses through Distance Learning (DL). DL courses must be taken in conjunction with on-ground courses. These courses are designed primarily to meet the needs of adult learners. A Continuing Education student is permitted to take up to two DL courses in a given term. A Continuing Education student may take three DL 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 DL course. University College undergraduate students who have not yet completed 30 credits are not allowed to enroll in DL courses. University College undergraduate students who have completed 30–59 credits and wish to enroll in a DL course must have the written approval of their School Dean. University College undergraduate students may not enroll in more than one DL course per 15-week semester and no more than two DL courses during the 8-week summer term. To enroll in a DL course, students should first meet with their academic advisor.
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 (www.saintleo.edu) under "Academics."
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 to the Army ROTC graduate who best demonstrates leadership achievement in both advanced camp at Fort Bragg, N.C., and University Campus ROTC classes and labs at University College. The military sabre is donated by the Alumni Office and the Department of Military Science.
The office of the Associate Vice President for Student Services 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 Services and Student Services 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 Services. The Student Services 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.
Learning Resource Center
The Learning Resource Center, located on the second floor of the Student Activities Building, 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 LRC 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.
Mathematics students may use the center for assistance on math-related work and assignments.
In addition, the Center computers have several math programs that students may use for additional practice. In addition, the LRC also provides specific support for historically difficult classes through the Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program. 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.
The Learning Resource Center 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 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The Career Planning Department provides a variety of services designed to contribute to the development of students who are well prepared to enter the workplace or graduate school upon graduation. Internships and off-campus part-time jobs are also available through the department. Individual counseling sessions are available through Career Planning for students who need assistance with career-related issues. Interest and skills inventories may be administered to undecided students. Workshops are conducted regularly throughout the year on such topics as résumé preparation, interviewing and communications skills, decision making, and the graduate school application process. The Career Resource Center, open to all students Monday through Friday when the University is open, houses information on career planning, nonacademic internships and summer employment opportunities, current job vacancy listings, employer publications, and an extensive selection of graduate school catalogs. Computers are available for student use in conducting self-directed interest inventories and preparing résumés and job search correspondence.
Graduate school entrance and application materials are also available in the Career Resource Center, located in deChantal Hall, room 110.
All Saint Leo University students and alumni have access to the Career Planning Department through the University's web page and are encouraged to use the job search and résumé posting services. Workshop materials, schedules of career-related events, and listings of local and national job vacancies can be found on the department's web page.
Career Planning co-sponsors an annual Career Expo each spring, as well as hosts numerous employer and internship interviews that are available to all students and alumni.
Student Counseling Services is located in deChantal Hall, ext. 8199. The Center is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 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 Student Counseling Center website can be accessed from the Saint Leo website (www.saintleo.edu) by selecting "Campus Life," then "Student Services Division," 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 "Disability 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 College carry health insurance. To that end, all full-time, traditional students at University College 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.
Accident Insurance. Saint Leo University provides accident insurance for all full-time students attending University College. The basic accident policy provides coverage in the event of an injury up to $2,000. Benefits include hospital confinement, physicians' charges, emergency room, X-rays, and labs.
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 Services 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 residence 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 older than 28 are reviewed by the Director of Campus Life. 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, 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 SLU web page (www.saintleo.edu), under "Campus Life."
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 the Unlimited meal plan. Students living in the apartments 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.
The following programs and activities are provided to University College students:
The Student Chaplain 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, Samaritans, and others as well as planning for the Spring Break Service trips, Student Chaplains expend a good amount of 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 Student Chaplain receives a stipend.
The Samaritan Volunteer Program offers students of all faiths and traditions individual and ongoing opportunities to serve others who are poor, marginalized, or needy in any way—for example, Best Buddies, Foster Children, Catholic Charities, Farm Workers, Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers, and Big Sisters.
Spring Break Service Trips to Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico take Saint Leo students and faculty to the people of some of the poorest nations in the world, who happen to be as a matter of fact our neighbors and our brothers and sisters. These trips are life-changing as our Saint Leo pilgrims encounter street children abandoned by their parents, orphans, the elderly poor with no one to care for them, and people their own age who have little or no educational and employment opportunities. Returning students usually say they received more than they gave. More than a few are changed for life! The students do pay part of their way along with support from the University and from the Student Government Union (SGU). They work together in fund-raising to pay the rest of the costs.
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is a scripture- and community-based 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. Because reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation is usually a prerequisite for the Sacrament of Marriage in the Catholic Church, some do 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-look at their Catholic faith, and make an adult faith commitment. Students usually meet on Sunday evenings after Mass, and faculty and staff meet on Tuesdays at noon.
Voices of Christ, 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. Drama Ministry likewise offers students a chance to share and develop their drama skills in faith-based plays and skits.
E-Ministry invites students to join a team that uses their skills and enthusiasm for technology and media to enhance Sunday worship and other University Ministry events. E-Ministry is also expanding into working with our University Ministry website and other Internet ministry.
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 Mass and the Office are celebrated here, while the Sunday Student Liturgy continues to be offered in the Benedictine Abbey Church. Eucharistic Adoration takes place every Friday afternoon in the Abbey Church.
For more information and updates, consult our website: www.saintleo.edu/umin.
Center for Online Learning
The Center for Online Learning 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 by the Center for Online Learning.
Division of Continuing Education
Degree programs are offered to adult students through the Division of Continuing Education and Student Services at the following Regional Continuing Education Centers. The section after this one lists minors, majors, and specializations offered by the University. The final section lists the Regional Continuing Education Centers and outlines the academic programs offered at each one.
San Diego Education Office
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Education Office
Naval Base Coronado Education Office
Naval Station San Diego Education Office
Gainesville Education Center
Starke Education Office
Key West Education Center
Lake City Education Center
Madison Education Office
Trenton Education Office
Northeast Florida Education Center
Mayport Education Office
Orange Park Education Office
Palatka Education Office
Saint Augustine Education Office
Ocala Education Center
Lecanto Education Office
Leesburg Education Office
Tallahassee Education Center
Eglin Education Office
Tampa Education Center
MacDill Education Office
Saint Petersburg Education Office
SouthShore Education Office
Weekend and Evening Education Programs
Brooksville PHCC Education Office
New Port Richey PHCC Education Office
Spring Hill PHCC Education Office
Atlanta Education Center
Gwinnett Education Office
Marietta Education Office
Morrow Education Office
Savannah Education Center
Columbus Education Center
Shaw Education Center
Sumter Education Office
Joint Base Charleston–Naval Weapons Station Charleston Education Office
North Charleston Education Office
Naval Air Station Corpus Christi Education Center
Fort Lee Education Center
South Hampton Roads Education Center
Chesapeake Education Office
Naval Air Station Oceana Education Office
Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek–Fort Story Education Office
Naval Station Norfolk Education Office
Virginia Peninsula Center
Fort Eustis Office
Newport News Office
These Continuing 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 Continuing Education Centers also offer instruction in some workplace locations. See Directory for Correspondence for a directory of address, telephone, and e-mail information.
Saint Leo University
School of Arts and Sciences
Associate of Arts
English, Fine Arts and Humanities
Bachelor of Arts
Mathematics and Sciences
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science
Philosophy and Religion
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science
Donald R. Tapia School of Business
Accounting, Economics and Finance
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science
Communication and Marketing
Bachelor of Arts
Computer Science and Information Systems
Bachelor of Science
Management and Business Administration
Associate of Arts
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Applied Science
Sport Business and International Tourism
Bachelor of Arts
School of Education and Social Services
Associate of Arts
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Applied Science
Command Office Management School
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Social Work
Graduate Degree Programs
Master of Accounting
Master of Business Administration
Graduate Certificate in Accounting
Health Care Management Concentration
Graduate Certificate in Health Care Management
Human Resource Management Concentration
Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management
Information Security Management Concentration
Graduate Certificate in Information Security Management
Graduate Certificate in Marketing
Sport Business Concentration
Master of Science in Criminal Justice
Critical Incident Specialization
Forensic Science Specialization
Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Administration
Master of Education
Educational Leadership Concentration
Exceptional Student Education Concentration
Instructional Leadership Concentration
Master of Science in Instructional Design
Education Specialist (Ed.S.)
Higher Education Leadership
Master of Social Work
Advanced Clinical Practice Concentration
Master of Arts in Theology
Graduate Certificate in Theology
Undergraduate Certificate in Pastoral Studies (for diaconate students)
For more information on the University's graduate programs, see the Graduate Academic Catalog.
Center for Online Learning Degree Programs
For a list of Online Learning Degree Programs, please see The Center for Online Learning .
Continuing Education Centers and Their Degree Programs
For a list of Continuing Education Centers and their degree programs, please see the Division of Continuing Education and Student Services .