PAL (Program for the Advancement of Learning) is a one week
intensive program offered through the First Year Experience office,
beginning one week prior to the fall term. PAL continues through
the fall semester to provide ongoing support for student success.
It is designed to ease the transition from high school to college,
and to provide academic support and skills training for students
who need additional help in preparing for college success.
The experience will allow students to sharpen needed academic
skills, learn time management skills, and experience the demands of
college in a supportive environment. Students will also engage in
activities designed to enrich the learning process and promote the
development of relationships with peers, faculty and staff.
Upon completion of the one week pre-term experience, students
will be enrolled in 15 academic credits in the fall term. Student
progress will be carefully monitored and students must have a
minimum 2.0 GPA at the end of the fall term in order to continue at
Saint Leo University.
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PAL (Program for the Advancement of Learning) at Saint Leo
PAL (Program for the Advancement of Learning) commences the week
prior to the start of the fall term. For 2016, the program runs
from August 13-18. Students will continue to receive services
throughout the fall semester.
PAL (Program for the Advancement of Learning) students are
monitored for their first year by the Director of First Year
Experience and will be assigned an academic advisor.
Students will be required to see their advisor on a regular
basis, attend SLU 101— First year Experience, SLU 100S—Mastering
Study Skills, SLU 100L—Supported Individual Study Lab, and use the
services of the Learning Resource Center. Certified Peer
Educators/Mentors will also be available to PAL (Program for the
Advancement of Learning) students on a one-on-one basis to assist
students in succeeding, both academically and personally, at Saint
PAL (Program for the Advancement of Learning) students will
arrive a week early and go through a workshop series learning about
resources on campus, college survival, and study skills.
During the fall semester, PAL (Program for the Advancement of
Learning) students will engage in 15 semester credits, composed of
the following required course load:
1. Academic Writing (3 cr) (by placement)
ENG 002—Basic Writing or ENG 121—Academic
2. Math (3 cr) (by placement)
3. 1 designated University Explorations course (3 cr)
4. 1 designated University Explorations course (3 cr)
5. SLU 101— First Year Experience (1 cr)
6. SLU 100S—Mastering Study Skills (1 cr)
7. SLU 100L—Supported Individual Study Lab (1 cr)
PAL (Program for the Advancement of Learning) cost for 2015 is
$250. This fee covers the following additional costs for the early
Director of First Year Experience
First Year Experience Office
352-588-7222 · 352-588-8499