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 their 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
Their Tampa-area campus remains committed as ever to student-centered liberal arts education, and is strengthened by the global reach of their regionally accredited online programs and Education Centers in seven states across the U.S., including on many military bases.
Their 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 they are proudly Catholic, they teach students not because they are Catholic, but because they are Catholic. And their faith compels them to imagine and contribute to a more socially just society.
Mission and Values
Saint Leo University is a Catholic, liberal arts-based university serving people of all faiths.
Rooted in the 1,500-year-old Benedictine tradition, the university seeks balanced growth in mind, body, and spirit for all members of its community. At University Campus, at education centers, and through the Center for Online Learning, Saint Leo University offers a practical, effective model for life and leadership in a challenging world; a model based on a steadfast moral consciousness that recognizes the dignity, value, and gifts of all people.
To accomplish its mission, the university community creates a student-centered environment in which the love of learning is of prime importance. Members of the community are expected to examine and express their own values, listen respectfully to and respond to the opinions of others, serve the community in which they live, welcome others into their lives, and care for all of God’s creations.
Saint Leo University is an educational enterprise. All of them, individually and collectively, work hard to ensure that their students develop the character, learn the skills, and assimilate the knowledge essential to become morally responsible leaders. The success of their University depends upon a conscientious commitment to their mission, vision, and goals.
Saint Leo University develops hospitable Christian learning communities everywhere they serve. They foster a spirit of belonging, unity, and interdependence based on mutual trust and respect to create socially responsible environments that challenge all of them to listen, to learn, to change, and to serve.
Animated in the spirit of Jesus Christ, they value all individuals’ unique talents, respect their dignity, and strive to foster their commitment to excellence in their work. Their community’s strength depends on the unity and diversity of their people, on the free exchange of ideas, and on learning, living, and working harmoniously.
Saint Leo University stresses the development of every person’s mind, spirit, and body for a balanced life. All members of the Saint Leo University community must demonstrate their commitment to personal development to help strengthen the character of their community.
The Creator blesses them with an abundance of resources. They foster a spirit of service to employ their resources for University and community development. They must be resourceful. They must optimize and apply all of the resources of their community to fulfill Saint Leo University’s mission and goals.
The commitment of Saint Leo University to excellence demands that its members live its mission and deliver on its promise. The faculty, staff, and students pledge to be honest, just, and consistent in word and deed.
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