Incoming Freshmen

We're excited you've decided to take the first steps toward your future by applying to Saint Leo University.


Applicants for regular admission status are recommended to 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: 3 years
  • Foreign Language: 2 years of the same language, with a C average
  • Electives: 2 years

Admission Process

Admission to Saint Leo University is a simple, straightforward process. Applicants should submit the following materials to the Office of Admission. Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis.

  1. Application
    Apply online, or download, complete and return the Application Form. The Common Application is also accepted and may be completed online.
  2. Official High School Transcript
    Your most recent, official transcript must be sent to us directly by your school in a sealed envelope. Download Transcript Release Authorization Form.
  3. Letter of Recommendation
    The recommendation must be sent to the Office of Admission directly from your high school guidance counselor or teacher. Download Letter of Recommendation Form.
  4. Essay/Graded Writing Sample
    Saint Leo University requires students to submit an essay or graded writing sample as part of our evaluation for admission. For guidelines on this requirement including how to submit your essay or writing sample, go to
  5. Standardized Test Scores/Test-Optional Policy
    Request that your standardized test scores be sent directly to Saint Leo from the testing company (SAT code: 5638; ACT code: 0755). However, Saint Leo University no longer requires undergraduate applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of the admission application. If you choose not to submit scores, you will receive full consideration—without penalty—for admission, and must meet additional requirements, as explained in the full Test-Optional Policy.
  6. Financial Aid & Payment Options
    Determine how you plan to pay for your Saint Leo experience. If using Financial Aid, complete the FAFSA online. It is in your best interest to complete the financial aid process as early as possible after January 1.

Application, recommendation and transcripts can be sent to:

Office of Admissions, MC2008
PO Box 6665
Saint Leo, FL 33574
Fax: (352) 588-8257

Next Steps

Students are strongly encouraged to visit the campus. Interviews are not required, but a visit enables the candidate to talk with an admission counselor, tour the campus, visit classes, and meet faculty and students. Schedule your visit today.

Advanced Placement Exams

Credit is awarded for a score of 3 or higher for select subject exams. The maximum limit on standardized examination transfer credit is 40. High school students who have earned AP credit are not considered transfer students.

International Baccalaureate

Students earning IB diplomas may be considered for admission as sophomores. Saint Leo awards 30 semester hours of credit to students who have completed the IB diploma and have obtained a 5, 6, or 7 in their higher-level subjects. Students who do not complete the full diploma will receive six semester hours of credit for higher-level examination results of 5, 6, or 7 on a case-by-case basis. High school students with IB diplomas or IB credit are not considered transfer students.

Home-Schooled Students

In order to assess a home-schooled applicant's likelihood of success at the University, the Office of Admission requires several forms of documentation in addition to the standard application materials.

  • Official high school transcript, along with a bibliography of all reading material throughout high school, including textbooks.
  • Two letters of recommendation, with at least one of these from an individual outside the applicant's home.
  • Scores from the SAT/ACT, unless applying for admission under our Test-Optional Policy.
  • Portfolio of sample work. The portfolio should contain representative writing samples as well as samples of work done for various courses.
  • Personal interview. Home-schooled applicants should interview in person or by telephone with an admission counselor.

Learning Enhancement for Academic Progress (LEAP)

Each year, a small number of carefully selected students who do not meet regular admission requirements—but who exhibit potential for academic success—are admitted to our LEAP Program. The program provides the academic support, structure and guidance to prepare students for success. Contact the Office of Admission for more information about LEAP.