Saint Leo University named to Best for Vets list by Military Times

November 02, 2016

Saint Leo University was selected this week as one of the Best for Vets: Colleges 2017  by Military Times. The eighth annual Best for Vets  rankings factor in the results of Military Times’  comprehensive school-by-school survey of veteran and military student offerings and rates of academic achievement.

Saint Leo ranked eighth in the country in the Online & Nontraditional School category, which recognizes the university’s commitment to educating military personnel, veterans, and their families wherever they may be—even if they are deployed.

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In addition to University Campus in Saint Leo, FL, students are educated at more than 40 teaching locations including many located on military bases. Saint Leo teaches at one of the largest naval bases in the world, Naval Station Norfolk, as well as at other bases in Virginia, Florida, California, Texas, South Carolina, and Mississippi.

Military Times’  annual Best for Vets: Colleges  survey asks colleges and universities to document services, special rules, accommodations, and financial incentives offered to students with military ties, as well as to describe many aspects of veteran culture on a campus. These institutions were evaluated in several categories, with university culture and academic outcomes bearing the most weight, according to the publication’s editor.

More than 500 colleges took part in this year’s detailed survey. “We limit our list to encourage competition, and we genuinely hope this helps raise the bar for veterans on campus,” said Amanda Miller, editor of Best for Vets.

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Military Times also factors in data from the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments, as well as three U.S. Department of Education sources: the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System Center, College Scorecard, and the Cohort Default Rate Database.

“Each year more than 5,000 veterans attend classes at Saint Leo, while nearly 4,500 active-duty military members are enrolled around the world,” said Dr. William J. Lennox Jr., Saint Leo University president. “That number represents a significant percentage of the Saint Leo student community. And this commitment to military men and women is an aspect of Saint Leo University of which I am particularly proud.”

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 pamela.martis@saintleo.edu or (352) 588-8234.

Veterans Day, November 11

State Rep. Danny Burgess, R-Zephyrhills, will be the guest speaker for Saint Leo University’s annual Veterans Day ceremony at University Campus, 33701 State Road 52.

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m., Friday, November 11, on the loggia outside of the School of Business building. There will be light refreshments. If there is inclement weather, the celebration will be moved inside to the Student Community Center boardrooms.

For more information or special accommodations for the Veterans Day celebration, please contact Lora Lavery-Broda, associate registrar, at (352) 588-8482 or lora.lavery-broda@saintleo.edu.

In addition, from noon to 4 p.m., Saint Leo Community Engagement will host its annual Fall Community Service Day on the Student Activities Building Green. This year’s community service activity will be in support of Operation Gratitude, which sends care packages to active-duty troops, plus letters of appreciation to new recruits, active service members, veterans, first responders, and wounded warriors.

Saint Leo students will create paracord survival bracelets for active-duty members and first responders. Paracord is a nylon rope originally used for suspension lines on parachutes and comes in handy for emergency situations. It can stretch up to 7.5 feet and hold 550 pounds in weight.  In addition, student organizations will host various activities to help give back to our veterans and active troops.