Saint Leo University

One of the Top-Ranked Universities in Florida

As the oldest Catholic institution of higher education in Florida and one of the top universities in Central Florida, Saint Leo University has a century-long tradition of welcoming students of all faiths.

Our liberal arts campus—located 30 miles north of Tampa—educates just over 2,200 students. Total enrollment across our Central Florida campus, nearly 20 regional locations, and online programs is nearly 16,000. Saint Leo offers over 50 undergraduate degrees, programs and endorsements as well as master's, doctoral and certificate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, Tapia College of Business, College of Education & Social Services, College of Health Professions, and School of Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Data Science.

Test-Optional Policy

Saint Leo University has developed a test-optional policy that does not require undergraduate applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of the admissions process should they decide to apply under the test-optional policy. Prospective students who choose not to submit standardized test scores for review will receive full consideration, without penalty, for admission under this policy. Competitive candidates desiring admission under the test-optional policy should demonstrate above average performance in the core academic areas: English, math, science, and social science. In order to make decisions of admission without test scores, the Office of Admissions focuses on individual grades in each core academic class. In this review, we are very interested in consistently strong academic performance throughout a student’s four-year high school record. In cases where initial high school performance is not strong, special attention is given to steady and substantial improvement throughout the sophomore, junior, and senior years.

Saint Leo - University Campus: By the Numbers

  • Year Founded: 1889
  • University Campus enrollment: 2,282
  • Average class size: 19
  • Student-teacher ratio: 14:1
  • Academic programs: 50+
  • U.S. states and territories represented: 44
  • Foreign countries represented: 101
  • Underrepresented populations in the student body: 41%
  • NCAA Division II Varsity teams: 20
  • Acres on campus: 259
  • Lakes on campus: 1 (Lake Jovita)
  • Clubs and organizations: 70+
  • Traditional students receiving financial aid: 97%
  • Alumni network: Nearly 80,000 graduates in all 50 states, D.C., five U.S. territories and 72 countries

U.S. News & World Report Ranking

Saint Leo is proud to have been consistently ranked as one of the top universities in the South, according U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges" list.


The publication Diverse Issues in Higher Education ranks Saint Leo among its Top 100 institutions graduating minority students with baccalaureate degrees. We are a small school, but we have an incredibly diverse student body composed of 41% students from underrepresented populations, representing 44 U.S. states and territories, and 66 foreign countries.

We are traditional, but we are cutting edge

Established in 1889 by the Order of Saint Benedict of Florida, the university seeks balanced growth in mind, body and spirit for all members of our community. Saint Leo has grown from a peaceful campus in the rolling hills of Central Florida to an institution of international consequence—ranked one of the best regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report Our Tampa-area campus remains committed as ever to student-centered liberal arts education, and is strengthened by the global reach of our regionally accredited online programs and Education Centers in seven states across the U.S., including on many military bases.

We are Catholic, but we are for everyone

Our determination to make higher education more accessible to all has made Saint Leo a world leader in redefining the 21st century university. Saint Leo now serves more than 13,000 students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, three U.S. territories, and 92 countries. Saint Leo is also one of the nation's leading providers of higher education to the U.S. military.

While we are proudly Catholic, we teach students not because they Catholic, but because we are Catholic and our faith compels us to imagine and contribute to a more socially just society.

33701 State Road 52  Saint Leo, FL 33574-6665
Call (800) 334-5532 • Campus Switchboard (352) 588-8200