Saint Leo Honored in U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Programs Rankings for 2017

January 11, 2017

Saint Leo University was named as providing two of the best online programs in United States, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Programs edition, which was released January 10.

Specifically, Saint Leo University was ranked high in the Best Online Programs for bachelor’s degrees (tied for 59th) and was named to the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans list (tied for 37th).

This is the sixth year U.S. News & World Report  has collected data from online/distance education programs. The periodical assessed 1,328 online degree programs.

The university began offering online programs in 1998 through its Center for Online Learning. Online education now is part of Saint Leo WorldWide, the division that includes the COL and the university’s more than 40 teaching locations in seven states.

“Saint Leo University is very proud to have its online bachelor’s and veterans programs recognized in the U.S. News & World Report’s  Best Online Programs rankings again this year,” said Dr. Melanie Storms, vice president of Saint Leo WorldWide.  “With the recent creation of our new WorldWide division, online and distance education are a renewed area of focus for Saint Leo.  We remain committed to providing quality, values-based education that offers maximum flexibility, meeting our students at their point of need.”

U.S. News assessed schools based on four general categories: student engagement; faculty credentials and training; student services and technology; and peer reputation.Full rankings can be found at

This recognition follows Saint Leo being named in September 2016 as one of the best regional universities and best values in higher education in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges. Saint Leo ranked 62nd among Regional Universities-South. In addition, the university was named as one of the Best Value Regional Universities-South.

The veterans ranking is just one of many military awards Saint Leo recently has received. In December, the university was named a Top10 Gold-level Military Friendly® School Award recipient in the category of large, private institutions for 2017. Also in December, for the fourth consecutive year, Saint Leo University earned recognition from Military Advanced Education & Transition  (MAE&T) as a leader in the nation for providing education to those who are serving or who have served in the armed forces.