St. Leo University

2014 Quick Stats
PO Box 6665

Saint Leo, FL 33574-6665

Phone: (352) 588-8200
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Aug. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#55 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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St. Leo University is a private institution that was founded in 1889. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,167, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 259 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. St. Leo University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 55. Its tuition and fees are $19,610 (2013-14).

St. Leo University is a private Catholic school located in west central Florida, about 30 minutes north of Tampa. Undergraduates at St. Leo can earn degrees in more than 40 fields, and graduate students may pursue master’s in business administration, education, teaching, criminal justice, and theology. St. Leo University also offers classes in the evenings and on the weekends for students who work during regular class hours. Outside the classroom, St. Leo students can get involved in more than 50 clubs, about 10 fraternities and sororities, and varsity athletics. The appropriately-named St. Leo Lions sports teams compete in the NCAA Division II Sunshine State Conference in more than 15 sports.

St. Leo students can also participate in many campus events, including concerts, professional sports games, and comedy shows, as well as the annual Fall Family Festival. Notable alumni include Desi Arnaz, a musician who also starred as Ricky in the television show I Love Lucy, and Stephen Stills, the only artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice in one night for his work with the bands Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Saint Leo University was founded in 1889 and is now recognized as one of the nation's leading Catholic teaching universities and a school of international consequence. Our beautiful campus in Saint Leo, Florida--35 minutes north of Tampa--is home to our vibrant University College, serving the education needs of just under 2,200 traditional-age undergraduate students. The university also offers a variety of dynamic graduate programs; a weekend and evening program for working adults; both undergraduate and graduate degree programs through 18 education centers in six states and through our Center for Online Learning, which houses the university's cutting-edge online degree programs. Caring and capable faculty provide our students with knowledge, guidance, academic support, and a broad range of learning opportunities--both in and outside the classroom. Small classes allow faculty to give each student personal attention. A recent nation-wide survey on student engagement confirms that Saint Leo University students rate their interaction with faculty significantly higher than do students at other similar universities. And our students tell us they love the university's active teaching-learning model because it enables them to collaborate on assignments, discuss readings, and participate in research projects outside the classroom. Not many universities can boast, as we can, that their undergraduate students are encouraged to present their work at national, academic and professional conferences. Many of our alumni tell us that their bonds with faculty have remained strong over the years. They say the mentoring, coaching, and other outside-the-classroom interactions with faculty helped them achieve much more than they ever thought possible. They report that they learned not just how to succeed in the classroom, but also in life. As students they were encouraged to be well-rounded: to learn, to think for themselves, to be active participants, and to give back to their communities. In a recent student survey, 97 percent of Saint Leo graduates reported that they would recommend the university to friends. Saint Leo University is a place where values are more than just words on a wall. Respect, integrity, personal development, responsible stewardship, community, and excellence are part of the daily fabric of life on our main campus and throughout the university system. Our values derive from our Benedictine traditions and from our commitment to make our students love the person they will become. These values are what make Saint Leo students and its graduates special.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1889
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $35,094,702


When applying to St. Leo University, it's important to note the application deadline is August 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 10. The application fee at St. Leo University is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 84.8 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 84.8%
Application deadline August 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 10

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at St. Leo University is 15:1, and the school has 52.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at St. Leo University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; Psychology; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 69.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 15:1
4-year graduation rate 33%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 32%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 16%
Psychology 11%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 7%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 7%

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Student Life

St. Leo University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,167, with a gender distribution of 50 percent male students and 50 percent female students. At this school, 62 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 38 percent of students live off campus. St. Leo University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 5,383
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

St. Leo University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance. St. Leo University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at St. Leo University, 70 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at St. Leo University.

Students who have cars on campus 70%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At St. Leo University, 70.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $12,769.

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Tuition and fees $19,610 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,680 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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