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International Profile

Ranked as one of the top universities in Florida, Saint Leo University offers students a liberal arts education in a student-centered environment in which the love of learning is of prime importance.

Founded in 1889, Saint Leo University is a Catholic liberal arts school serving students of all faiths as well as those with no religious affiliation. Recognized as one of the nation’s leading Catholic teaching universities and a school of international consequence, Saint Leo seeks balanced growth in mind, body, and spirit for all members of our community. Our Tampa-area campus is strengthened by the global reach of our regionally accredited online programs and Education Centers located in seven states across the United States, including many military bases.

University College
Our liberal arts campus in Saint Leo, Florida—30 minutes north of Tampa—is home to our vibrant University College, serving the educational needs of more than 2,300 traditional-age undergraduate students. At Saint Leo University, outstanding teaching and active learning go hand in hand. Caring and capable faculty provide our students with knowledge, guidance, academic support, and a broad range of learning opportunities––both in and outside the classroom. Small classes allow faculty to give each student personal attention. The average class size is just 19 students. Saint Leo University prides itself on the quality of our student-faculty relationships. And our students tell us they love the University’s active teaching-learning model because it enables them to collaborate on assignments, discuss readings, and participate in research projects outside the classroom. Not many universities can boast, as we can, that their undergraduate students are encouraged to present their work at national, academic, and professional conferences. Many of our alumni tell us that their bonds with faculty have remained strong over the years. They say the mentoring, coaching, and other outside-the-classroom interactions with faculty helped them achieve much more than they ever thought possible. They report that they learned not just how to succeed in the classroom but also in life. As students they were encouraged to be well rounded: to learn, to think for themselves, to be active participants, and to give back to their communities. Today Saint Leo University continues to encourage service learning. In a recent student survey, 95% of our graduates report that they would recommend Saint Leo University to a friend.

Core values
Saint Leo University is a place where values are more than just words on a wall. Respect, integrity, personal development, responsible stewardship, community, and excellence are part of the daily fabric of life on our campus and throughout the University system. Our values derive from our Benedictine traditions and our commitment to help every student love the person they become here. These values are what make Saint Leo students and graduates special.

At Saint Leo University, students choose from more than 50 majors, programs, and endorsements to build the academic path to best suit them. We offer associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs, along with pre-professional and accelerated-learning programs through the School of Arts & Sciences, the Donald R. Tapia School of Business, and the School of Education & Social Services.

A vibrant campus life
With its lakeside campus and warm, sunny climate all year round, Saint Leo University provides the perfect backdrop for a variety of campus activities. The welcoming and diverse community allows you to connect with friends, get involved on campus, explore your interests, and even discover new ones. With more than 70 clubs, organizations, and programs, from service and leadership to multicultural and Greek life, Saint Leo has an outlet for your passions.

More than 340 student-athletes participate in NCAA Division II athletics at University Campus. Saint Leo is a member of the Sunshine State Conference and competes in a total of 19 men’s and women’s sports: baseball (M), basketball (M/W), cross-country (M/W), golf (M/W), lacrosse (M/W), soccer (M/W), softball (W), swimming (M/W), tennis (M/W), track (M/W), and volleyball (W).

International applicants for admission should complete an application and provide official transcripts (evaluated by an evaluation agency, if applicable), letter(s) of recommendation, an essay or graded writing sample, test scores (if applicable), and proof of English-language proficiency. For more information on the admission process for international students, visit




Saint Leo University’s beautiful lakeside campus is located in Saint Leo, Florida, just 30 minutes north of eclectic Tampa, 45 minutes from sun-kissed Clearwater, and 90 minutes from exciting Orlando.


TYPE OF SCHOOL: Private, four year

SIZE OF CAMPUS: 259 acres

NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 2,370 undergraduates (University College)

NUMBER OF FACULTY: 139 full time, 87 adjunct; student-faculty ratio of 14:1

COLLEGES, PROGRAMS, AND DEGREES: School of Arts & Sciences; Donald R. Tapia School of Business; School of Education & Social Services; more than 50 majors, programs, and endorsements

GEOGRAPHIC DIVERSITY: Students from 44 states and US territories and 66 countries

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES: Multicultural and International Services Office (MISO); Bridge Program; International Student Orientation; international student organizations

Tuition and Fees (per year) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $   21,440
Room and Board (per year, meals included) . . . . . . . . . . $    10,210
Books (per year, estimated) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $      1,000
Personal Expenses and Travel (estimated) . . . . . . . . . . . $    2,500
Health Insurance (per year, estimated) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $    1,200
Total Estimated Cost of Attendance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $  36,350

FINANCIAL AID: International students are eligible for merit-based scholarships and other aid based on individual circumstances. Merit scholarships range from $3,000–$11,000 annually. Eligibility for merit is based on GPA and standardized test scores (if applicable). Highly qualified students may also be eligible for honors and leadership scholarships.

TEST SCORE REQUIREMENTS: SAT or ACT scores are recommended but not required. International students must have either TOEFL: 550 paper-based or 78 Internet-based; IELTS: minimum 6.0; minimum 450 on Verbal component of SAT; or grades of B or higher in English composition courses where English is the institutional language of instruction. Students who do not meet these requirements may still be eligible for admission through the Bridge Program. See for more information.

APPLICATION DEADLINES AND FEES: Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis. Priority application deadlines for international students are June 1 for fall enrollment and October 1  for spring enrollment.