Saint Leo University
|Motto||You'll love the person you become here.|
|Type||Private, coeducational, liberal arts|
|Established||1889, established or re-established as a college in 1959|
|Affiliation||Catholic Church (Order of Saint Benedict)|
|President||LTG William Lennox US Army Retired.|
|Location||Saint Leo, Florida, United States|
|Colors||Green and Gold|
|Nickname||Saint Leo Lions|
|Affiliations||Roman Catholic Church, Holy Name Monastery, Saint Leo Abbey|
Saint Leo University is a private, non-profit, Roman Catholic liberal arts university established in 1889/ 1959 and located in Saint Leo, Florida, 35 miles north of Tampa. The University is associated with the Holy Name Monastery, a Benedictine convent, and Saint Leo Abbey, a Benedictine monastery. The university and the abbey are both named in honor of Pope Leo the Great, who is recognized by Catholics as both a saint and as one of the most outstanding leaders in the history of the Church. The oldest Catholic college in Florida, and the sixth-largest in the United States, Saint Leo University was one of the first American universities to provide distance learning opportunities to students, beginning to educate military men and women in 1973 during the Vietnam era at the height of the anti-war movement. Saint Leo University now operates 17 continuing education centers in seven states, including California, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia, as well as dozens of military base centers, and the University's Center for Online Learning.
Worldwide, Saint Leo University had a total enrollment of 15,932 students in 2012, a majority of which were military-related students. 2,167 students were enrolled at the main Florida campus. Saint Leo University offers over 40 associate, baccalaureate, and master's degree, and certificate programs, and is inaugurating its first doctoral program in 2013. The University utilizes no teaching assistants, but employs 1,380 full-time and adjunct faculty members.
Saint Leo was founded as the first Catholic college in Florida, chartered on June 4, 1889 by a group of Benedictine monks from Saint Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. The University opened its doors on September 14, 1890 with an enrollment of 32 students.
Saint Leo ended racial segregation on their campus in 1889, before it was legal to do so in Florida, and totally integrated their campus in the Deep South. In 1920, the College was temporarily phased out to become an English-style prep school. Saint Leo opened again as a college in 1959, receiving assistance from the Benedictine sisters at Holy Name Monastery, its neighboring community. Operating first on the associate's level, the College moved quickly to a four-year program and conferred its first bachelor's degree on April 23, 1967, on 51 men and 13 women. The college was accredited by the Southern Educational Association on November 29, 1987.
In 1973, the College responded to requests from the armed services to offer degree programs on U.S. military bases. Today Saint Leo University is one of the largest providers of higher education to military-related personnel in the United States. Continuing in the tradition of distance learning, the Saint Leo University Center for Online Learning was established in 1999, as one of the first online schools in the country.
Growth continues rapidly at St. Leo, and on August 24, 1999, Saint Leo was upgraded from "college" to "university" status. Several new centers have been established nationwide in recent years. In July 2011, the University opened its Channelside Tampa Education Center, a facility which houses five classrooms. Classes are offered at night and on evenings for continuing education students. There is also a student support center for students attending classes online.
Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. has been the president of the University since January 1997.
Center for Online Learning
The Center for Online Learning, established in 1998, offers classes for non-traditional students to complete their associate's, bachelor's or master's programs online. The site is geared toward adult learners and military personnel. In 2011, the University launched its new public-facing website for online learners, who remain the largest segment of Saint Leo's student population.
Awards and Recognition
In 2011, Saint Leo University was named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the "Top Universities in the South." In 2010 the University was listed in the magazine G.I. Jobs' as a "Military Friendly School." Saint Leo was also a finalist in 2011 for the Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Award presented by the Association of Teacher Educators. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) named Saint Leo among its 2010 Community Service Honor Roll. Saint Leo's online program has also gained some notable recognition; Guide to Online Schools ranked Saint Leo #17th in their list of top online schools.
Saint Leo University is a regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in the United States and the State of Florida. The Saint Leo School of Business received initial accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education in September 1999. In 2014, accreditation was obtained from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
Saint Leo University's degree program in social work is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education (BSW level). Saint Leo University's undergraduate Sport Business program and MBA Sport Business Concentration are accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA). Saint Leo University has Teacher Education Programs approval by the Florida Department of Education.
The University's many affiliations include the American Council on Education (ACE), the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF), the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education, the National Collegiate Honor Society, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA), the National Association of Institutions for Military Education Services (NAIMES), Service Members Opportunity Colleges, National Catholic Education Association, and the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU).
Students are active on campus through a variety of associations, clubs and societies, including the Computer Science Association and the International Tourism Club, an official organization of the Student Government Union.
Campus Activities Board
The Saint Leo Campus Activities Board is headed by the elected Student Government Union Vice President of Activities. Among other duties, the Board plans a calendar of events focused on student entertainment and education. In the past events have included Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios, campus laser tag, and a "Spring Fling" weekend featuring artists such as Lonestar and Everclear.
There are currently seven fraternities and six sororities on campus. Greek life is an active part of campus life. Chapters must meet requirements of a certain amount of social activities, educational programs, and philanthropy/community service each year.
The Saint Leo University Second Life Virtual Campus is a place where all students, staff, faculty, parents, and friends can come together to explore, interact and collaborate in Second Life. The island is always in a constant state of development; all are invited to visit daily and look for recent changes.
Saint Leo teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division II. The Lions are a member of the Sunshine State Conference (SSC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and tennis; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis and volleyball.
Notable Alumni & Attendees
Saint Leo University has produced thousands of alumni over the years. Perhaps its most notable alumni are Anastasio Somoza Debayle, the former President of Nicaragua; his brother Luis (also a Nicaraguan President); Charles Henri Baker, a Haitian industrialist and presidential candidate; musicians Stephen Stills and Desi Arnaz; the former General Manager of the Toronto Blue Jays J. P. Ricciardi; the Academy Award-winning actor Lee Marvin; and Major League Baseball player Bob Tewksbury.
Major League Baseball Alumni
|Player Name||Dates Played||Debut / Box|
|Frank "Red" Barrett||1929–1932||10-01-1939|
In January 2014 Saint Leo University received a construction permit for a Low Power FM Station to operate on 92.7 mHz. The call sign is WLSL-LP. (We Love Saint Leo) The station's studio facilities are located on main campus with the transmitter and antenna facilities located at Pasco High School in Dade City. WLSL-LP will cover the communities of Saint Leo, Dade City, and San Antonio and can be heard in a car radio as far north as Ridge Manor and south of Zephyrhills. The station was fully licensed on October 19, 2015.
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