Saint Leo Earns No. 3 Spot in Nation, Named Top 10 Gold-Level Award Recipient by Military Friendly

December 16, 2016

Saint Leo University has been named a Top10 Gold-level Military Friendly® School Award recipient in the category of large, private institutions for 2017. Victory Media, originator of the family of Military Friendly® employment, entrepreneurship, and education resources for veterans and their families, published its special awards for 2017 Military Friendly® Schools and Employers at

Saint Leo was ranked No. 3 in the nation in its category and one of the “best of the best,” according to Victory Media.

More than 5,000 veterans attend classes at Saint Leo University at University Campus in Florida, at its more than 40 education centers and offices in seven states, and online. Nearly, 4,500 active-duty military members are enrolled around the world, said Dr. William J. Lennox Jr., retired U.S. Army lieutenant general and Saint Leo University president.

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New this year, Military Friendly® Awards showcase the most powerful and effective programs of more than 1,200 post-secondary schools that were designated as “Military Friendly®” in November. Of those designated, 541 schools have been recognized for excellence in different categories, highlighting not only “Are you Military Friendly®?” but “How Military Friendly® are you?”

“It is so important to help those who have served our country transition into civilian life,” said Pamela Martis, retired U.S. Army colonel and director of Saint Leo’s Office of Military Affairs and Services. “We can advocate for military students, military family members, and student-veterans throughout the university— at all of the centers and teaching locations, as well as our Center for Online Learning.  The support from the staff and faculty to support the military and student-veteran is phenomenal.”

The Military Friendly® award recipients set the standard for excellence, said Daniel Nichols, chief product officer of Victory Media and head of Military Friendly® development. “They offer exceptional examples of what it means not just to build a program that meets federal requirements, but one that serves the military and veteran community from classrooms to careers,” Nichols said.

Schools must have successfully completed a 2017 Military Friendly® survey and been designated as a 2017 Military Friendly® School to be considered for the awards program. The names of awardees will be printed in the December issue of Guide to Military Friendly® Schools. To see a complete list of this year’s award winners, or to learn more about Military Friendly® ratings and how to participate, visit

For more information about Saint Leo University’s commitment to the U.S. military forces and veterans, contact Pamela Martis, director of Military Affairs and Services, at or (352) 588-8234.