World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Saint Leo University

Article Id: WHEBN0000614675
Reproduction Date:

Title: Saint Leo University  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Mike Hanks, Sunshine State Conference, Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, Lynn University, Palm Beach Atlantic University
Collection: 1889 Establishments in Florida, Benedictine Colleges and Universities, Buildings and Structures in Pasco County, Florida, Council of Independent Colleges, Education in Pasco County, Florida, Educational Institutions Established in 1889, Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint Petersburg, Roman Catholic Universities and Colleges in Florida, Roman Catholic Universities and Colleges in the United States, Saint Leo College Preparatory School Alumni, Saint Leo University, Saint Leo University Alumni, Universities and Colleges Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Universities and Colleges in Florida
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo University
Saint Leo University
Motto You'll love the person you become here.
Established 1889, established or re-established as a college in 1959
Type Private, coeducational, liberal arts
Affiliation Catholic Church (Order of Saint Benedict)
Endowment $43,682,218
President LTG William Lennox US Army Retired.
Academic staff
Students 16,275[1]
Location Saint Leo, Florida, United States
Campus Rural
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,

  • Official website
  • Official athletics website

External links

  1. ^ a b
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b "Facts & Figures". Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  5. ^ [Lakeland] (Business Briefs) July 2013 Florida Trend
  6. ^ a b
  7. ^ "History of Saint Leo University". Retrieved 2014-07-14. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ "St. Leo University opens Channelside center". 21 July 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  10. ^ Degree Completion Online
  11. ^
  12. ^
  13. ^ "Saint Leo University". Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  14. ^
  15. ^ Military Friendly Colleges
  16. ^
  17. ^
  18. ^ "Saint Leo Recognized for Online Education Programs: Criminal Justice Degree Online, Business Studies". Saint Leo University. 
  19. ^ "Top Online Colleges". 
  20. ^ Saint Leo University Computer Science Degree
  21. ^ Saint Leo University International Hospitality and Tourism Management Degree
  22. ^
  23. ^ [2]
  24. ^ "SLurl". Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  25. ^ "Saint Leo University Baseball Players Who Made it to a Major League Baseball Team". Retrieved 17 August 2015. 


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. The station was fully licensed on October 19, 2015.


Player Name Dates Played Debut / Box
Frank "Red" Barrett 1929–1932 10-01-1939
Fred Cambria 1967–1969 08-26-1970
Frank DiPino 1975–1977 09-14-1981
Brian Dayett 1975–1978 09-11-1983
Bob Tewksbury 1980–1981 04-11-1986
Jim Corsi 1980–1982 06-28-1988

Saint Leo University has a long history of athletic achievement. The following is a list of Saint Leo University alumni who played Major League Baseball:[25]

Major League Baseball Alumni

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.

The Church of the Holy Cross at Saint Leo Abbey on Saint Leo University's main campus. Saint Leo is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church.

Notable Alumni & Attendees

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.


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.[24]

Virtual Campus

There are currently six 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.[23]

Greek Life

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.[22]

Campus Activities Board

Students are active on campus through a variety of associations, clubs and societies, including the Computer Science Association[20] and the International Tourism Club, an official organization of the Student Government Union.[21]

Student Life

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).


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. 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.


In 2011, Saint Leo University was named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the "Top Universities in the South."[12][13] In 2010 the University was listed in the magazine G.I. Jobs' as a "Military Friendly School."[14][15] Saint Leo was also a finalist in 2011 for the Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Award presented by the Association of Teacher Educators.[16] The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) named Saint Leo among its 2010 Community Service Honor Roll.[17] Saint Leo's online program has also gained some notable recognition;[18] Guide to Online Schools ranked Saint Leo #17th in their list of top online schools.[19]

Saint Leo Abbey Church seen from Saint Leo University
Saint Leo University's main campus in St. Leo, Florida.

Awards and Recognition

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.[6] The site is geared toward adult learners and military personnel.[10] In 2011, the University launched its new public-facing website for online learners,[11] who remain the largest segment of Saint Leo's student population.

Center for Online Learning

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. has been the president of the University since January 1997.

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.[9] Classes are offered at night and on evenings for continuing education students. There is also a student support center for students attending classes online.

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.[8] 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.

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.[2] In 1920, the College was temporarily phased out to become an English-style prep school.[7] 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.

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.[6] The University opened its doors on September 14, 1890 with an enrollment of 32 students.



  • History 1
    • Center for Online Learning 1.1
  • Awards and Recognition 2
    • Accreditation 2.1
    • Affiliations 2.2
  • Student Life 3
    • Campus Activities Board 3.1
    • Greek Life 3.2
    • Virtual Campus 3.3
    • Athletics 3.4
  • Notable Alumni & Attendees 4
    • Major League Baseball Alumni 4.1
    • WLSL-LP 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6

In 2013, Saint Leo announced plans for an education center at a Sykes Enterprises building in Lakeland, Florida.[5]

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.[4] 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.[4]


This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.