Saint Leo University provided an opportunity that allowed me to complete my degree while still doing work in the US Navy. The ability to be flexible was the biggest priority when I was choosing a college to attend. The program of Business Management providing an initial insight in Management and learning the basic and some intermediate learning that can be applied into the workplace. When the program is selected, each student gets an advisor assigned to them that helps to answer any questions. Even... Read More if it is four years later, the advisor continues to contact you on your next semester of any courses you are interested in, questions on financial aid, records or general questions you may have. My advisor was very proactive and if there were any questions I had, I would receive a prompt answer to them. Financial aid office would always answer my questions in its entirety. I was never on hold any longer than 5 minutes in talking to a financial aid representative. There is an option to submit the question by email and I would typically get a response within 24-48 hours of submission. Professors in my courses were very knowledgeable in the subject areas they were teaching. Many provided hours that they can be reached or email addresses. Website interaction improved greatly the last few years. Just recently they upgraded the portal for social interaction between other students of the school and where courses are located. Accessibility is very important and understanding how to get to an area of the website and it is very easy to maneuver throughout the website.
I have taken a mixture of online and face to face courses from surrounding local community colleges. Many think that online coursework is easier, and that was true where I had attended previously, however, this is not the case at Saint Leo. Taking two classes every 8 weeks is a lot of work here, so be prepared to set aside a good amount of time each week for your class(es). I spend many hours studying and doing each assignment in between time off from working full time. The instructors are pretty... Read More good here, and they respond quickly and are very attentive to each students needs. The coursework can be fairly challenging at times, and I feel even though everything's done online, I am still learning and retaining a lot of information. I can't say the same about other academic institutions I've previously attended. Overall, I believe that this is a great school.
They try and instill these core values into its students, but the individuals I dealt with have obviously NEVER looked at these core values a day in their lives, shame, your hard work and dedication means nothing because you are just a student.
I actually found Saint Leo by researching online school accreditation for the completion of my associates degree. I saw the reviews and the program offerings and applied. The admissions office helped me through the process and the connected me to an advisor who was always helpful. I was skeptical at first, but knowing that Saint Leo is a pioneer in online education and they were accredited by the same regional commission as my other schools I felt relieved. To be honest, the courses aren't that hard,... Read More but they do challenge you and make you think. I was a straight A student in High school and the community college I attended had less rigorous classes than Saint Leo; yet it has had students who transferred into schools such as UGA and UNC and Duke. I rate Saint Leo at the top of my list. The tuition for online is the same as the public 4-year university I wanted to attend. The distance learning centers are cheaper, but I have little kids and I like the convenience of not having to find daycare for them at night.The eight week sections are helpful, but a lot of material is covered. I like how you have access to past courses to go back and review information.
I absolutely LOVED my experience with Saint Leo University. I took classes through the Lake City campus. There was only ONE teacher I had that I didn't like, and he was only there for ONE semester. All of my other instructors were phenomenal. The classes were challenging enough to teach you, fun enough to stick with you, and educational enough to feel like you actually did something, other than pay for a diploma. My degree with Saint Leo was the deciding factor in the job I recently obtained. I had... Read More set out for this job for some time after graduating. When the opening came, I had some stiff competition. It was my degree from Saint Leo that was confirmed to have made the deciding decision. I wouldn't have traded my professors, the staff, the materials, or my experience for anything else in the world. I recommend them to anyone I know who is pursuing a business degree.
I read through a number of reviews and observed that some students had problems while others appeared to have none. I won't say that I had none, but I was definitely not overly inconvenienced by any of them. I think people should also realize that some professors are going to be better than others at every university... That is one of the many reasons some schools are trying to move away from tenured positions (granted, there are other reasons as well). The bottom line, I was able to complete my... Read More degree program through a combination of local campus and online classes in a reasonable amount of time. Their program offered me what I felt was reasonable credit for some of my military qualifications and schools. I began using many of the general business skills almost immediately, often while I was still in a particular class. I did not have the luxury of attending a traditional campus and taking full-time classes - I did learn a great deal about time-management and personal motivation! I'm glad I picked Saint Leo, would recommend it to others, and feel it has prepared me to pursue a graduate program, which I will begin next fall at UVA's Darden.
The classroom format I liked, but sadly that is the only positive about this school. Staff are rude and unhelpful. The university makes you jump through hoops for the most trivial requests. For example, I am filling out AMCAS for medical school application. Because I took a few classes with Saint Leo, I need to enter that information into my application. I simply need an unofficial transcript in order to see the class names and grades. For all other schools I've attended, this has been easy to obtain.... Read More I can either log in and view online, or they promptly sent me a copy via e-mail. Saint Leo's primitive method of attaining this simple information has brought my progress to a screeching halt. I have to wait for it to come via snail mail, as this is the only method they use. Also, they do not print unofficial transcripts, the only way for me to view it is to have another official transcript (with fee of course) sent to my house. Every person I talked to about it was extremely rude. In addition, when I tried to drop a class I was having computer difficulties. I sent a request to their helpdesk (I was not in the country and unable to call) a week before the drop deadline. I did not get a response until the day after the deadline (of course). Any attempts to address the situation were met with the same incredibly rude, uncaring response I received with my transcript request. I can't believe an educational institution is run this way. The best decision I've made about my education was to stop attending this school once I realized what a sham it is. I hope to save you the trouble. Please keep searching for a quality school, this is not it.
I had many issues with the financial aid department. First, they did not use my loans to pay for an entire semester. I was told that I had to make arrangements to pay $1,700.00 back or I could not continue to go to their school until payment arrangements where setup. Second, they discovered that they made another mistake by giving me $900.00 to,much and had to pay it back. Again, all of my college education is suppose to be paid for with student loans. Thirdly, I have received a bill stating that... Read More I owe them $149.00. During my time with Saint Leo University their was many issues with the financial aid department. I paid all my debts back to them and was treated as though these mistakes were somehow my fault.
No support! Financial aid is a serious joke. Triple charges for a sub-par education. You will basically teach yourself! Do not try to get support from the center Director, (unless you are one of the few "preferred" students) no return calls and one liner returned emails stating "I will get back with you" which never happens. AVOID the Gainesville Florida campus at all cost-they do not have their programs, support staff, and instructors together!!! Basically, not worth the thousands of dollars you... Read More will pay for this school. You will not be supported as a student. Student clubs and organizations---other than the psych club are non functioning. Want to be taken for a ride, treated as if your worth is strictly for their financial gain,(at least they don't hide this fact, well after a year or so of attendance) bogus financial charges, unnecessary multiple same content classes, and an entire financial aid program without a SINGLE competent person on staff, then this is the school for you. Oh yeah, and you will still have to pay back the $40^ tuition cost for qualification for eh, say, maybe management at a fast food joint. Oh, and one more thing, the ONE thing you will absolutely learn for sure is their ideal of "core values" because it will be drilled into your head (CULT like) with EVERY ASSIGNMENT. Sad that most of them do not adhere to their own overstated value system which was probably written to attract unsuspecting and clueless potentials. But it looks pretty good in writing anyway. And, you know what they say about "looks". Never thought I would say this but it really is great to be a Florida Gator after experiencing all of the above!