Universities in Central Florida: Saint Leo At a Glance

As the oldest Catholic institution of higher education in Florida and one of the top universities in Central Florida, Saint Leo University has a century-long tradition of welcoming students of all faiths.

Our liberal arts campus—located 30 miles north of Tampa—educates just over 2,200 students. Total enrollment across our Central Florida campus, more than 40 regional locations, and online programs exceeds 16,000. Saint Leo offers over 50 undergraduate degrees, programs and endorsements as well as master's, doctoral and certificate programs in the School of Arts & Sciences, School of Business, and School of Education & Social Services.

Admission & Enrollment Deadlines

  • Saint Leo University evaluates applications on a rolling basis.
  • Fall "priority" application deadlines: January 15 (first-year candidates); July 1 (transfer candidates)
  • Fall financial aid priority application deadline: March 1
  • Spring "priority" application deadlines: November 1 (first-year candidates); November 1 (transfer candidates)
  • Deposit deadline for Fall enrollment (first-year candidates): May 1
  • Deposit deadline for Spring enrollment (first-year candidates): December 15

Average Student Profile (First-Time in College)

  • Average GPA of 3.49
  • Average SAT of 1021
  • Average ACT of 22

High School General Education Requirements

Applicants for regular freshman admission status must have a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 2.7, and must have successfully completed the following high school courses by the time they enroll at Saint Leo University:

  • English: 4 years
  • Mathematics: 3 years including Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry
  • Science: 2 years
  • History & Social Science: 2 years
  • Foreign Language: 2 years of the same language, with a C average
  • Electives: 2 years

Test-Optional Policy

Saint Leo University no longer requires undergraduate applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of the admission application. Prospective students who choose not to submit standardized test scores will receive full consideration, without penalty, for admission. Although submission of test scores is not required for admission, students who do not submit scores will be required to take math and English placement tests upon enrollment. For more information on applying under this policy, read the full Test-Optional Policy here.

Saint Leo - University Campus: By the Numbers

  • Year Founded: 1889
  • University Campus enrollment: 2,234
  • Average class size: 18
  • Percentage of fulltime professors holding the highest degree in their field: 83%
  • Student-teacher ratio: 16:1
  • Academic programs: 50+
  • U.S. states and territories represented: 44
  • Foreign countries represented: 56
  • Underrepresented populations in the student body: 38%
  • NCAA Division II Varsity teams: 19
  • Intramural sports: 15
  • Acres on campus: 215
  • Lakes on campus: 1 (Lake Jovita)
  • Clubs and organizations: 70+
  • Traditional students receiving financial aid: 92%
  • Alumni network: 74,000 graduates in all 50 states, DC, three U.S. territories and 72 countries
  • Graduates who would recommend Saint Leo to a friend: 97%

U.S. News & World Report Ranking

Saint Leo is proud to be once again be ranked as one of the top universities in the South, according U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges" list. Unique among universities in Central Florida, Saint Leo is in the first tier among regional universities in the South. This prestigious distinction is based on factors including retention and graduation rates, class size, student-faculty ratio, undergraduate academic reputation, faculty resources and selectivity.

Diversity

The publication Diverse Issues in Higher Education ranks Saint Leo among its Top 100 institutions graduating minority students with baccalaureate degrees. We're a small school, but we have an incredibly diverse student body composed of 38%  students from underrepresented populations, representing 44 U.S. states and territories, and 56 foreign countries. Learn more about our welcoming community.

Community Service

The university has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll each year since its inception in 2006. Saint Leo students, faculty and staff subscribe to a culture of service and volunteerism in the spirit of our core values.