Saint Leo University Online Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (82)
I was told by Saint Leo staff that the school was secular and that the MBA Online degree was for working professionals who wanted their MBA in a year. I soon realized that it was indeed a Catholic university (I'm not Catholic) and that the programs were so crammed and so demanding that it took me 30 hours per week just to do one class...there was no way that I could do the 2 classes per term needed to be finished within 1 year's time.
The administration of SLU is unsupportive. They couldn't care less whether there is a problem or not.
Instructional staff is varied. There are a few good professors but the majority are poor quality. It can take 2 days or more to get a response from them. In a school where classes are only 8 weeks long...2+ days to get a response feels like a long time.
The library's online resources are also highly limited. It can take as long to find a source as it does to write a paper using that source.
Technically speaking, besides the library's online resources, the technology used to deliver the online classes is often antiquated. Links often do not work. Programs routinely fail to load. There have been times during a test when the whole site went down without technical support.
The only enjoyable aspect of the classes is the students. The program often has some of the best and brightest students in the world, with dramatically different backgrounds.
Professor interactions are usually not as nice. I have found that professors are hampered by the "cookie cutter" design of the classes. They have little control over the content or assignments. Essentially, a monkey could teach these classes, as the power of the professors is usually highly limited, with the course preset by professors who are now retired from SLU.
Overall, if I could do it again, I would have gone to another university. I can definitely say that I will not support them as an alumna.
I looked at a lot of programs before I chose Saint Leo. I am very glad that I made the choice I did. The classes are very good and the professors are truly interested in the online students. I read the review from the person that said, "They just take their 16 week course and cram it into 8". It is true and it is an accelerated program. If you are looking for a program that will just send you through the paces and expect nothing, this is not the school for you. If you really want to learn while you earn your degree, it is great! I am very happy with my choice.
I started Saint Leo in 2007 on the tail end with their work with University Alliance. I recently completed my Associates in Liberal Arts and I am on the home stretch to complete my Bachelors in Business Administration with a Specialization in Management. I am on the Student Board of Advisors and I am also the student representative on the Saint Leo Alumni Association Board of Directors.
I decided on Saint Leo because I wanted to go to a school that was an actual traditional brick and mortar school with a main campus 'somewhere'. I further wanted a school that I felt was not just a degree factory and finally one that I could connected to. Saint Leo filled these for me as well as having a program that I wanted to complete.
Overall, my experience has been great. As with most organizations, there have been some issues but I weigh how those issues are addressed heavier than the actual issues themselves and Saint Leo has done very well to take care of any issues. The issues themselves were minor and once I addressed them, the school quickly moved to correct the issue. The biggest issue was not getting a response after a few days of both phone and email to my advisor (I looked up the supervisor of the advisors and sent an email- I was contacted immediately and the advisor explained that she was working on the question. She still should have contacted me to let me know she was working on it but that is a minor issue).
I have found that the instructors are knowledgeable and helpful. Most are engaged and are motivated to help you succeed. The classes are a good balance of being challenging as well as compact (as they courses are 8 weeks instead of the normal 16 weeks of 'traditional' school) along with understanding that most everyone enrolled has full time employment or otherwise engaged in other life activities. I have seen a gradual increase in the courses offering more in terms of lectures and other audio-visual aspects of the 'classroom'.
The school is a Roman Catholic not for profit organization that is open to all faiths (or no faith) and although there are some religion classes that are required, I found the one religion class I had to take very informative as I am not Catholic. I was impressed with how the approach was really accepting by both the course and the instructor.
As part of my duties as the student representative to the Alumni Association Board of Directors, I have visited the actual campus. It is small but beautiful and it really reinforced how the people that work there are not merely 'salespeople' with various titles but rather interested in higher education. The campus is beautiful and I look forward to being able to walk in the graduation ceremony.
This school offers much and you do not have to worry about the sales pitches. I have had many a helpful phone call from various people in helping make the experience run well for me and have given helpful reminders about certain things. The education is solid and I believe will help me further in my goals. I do recommend this school's online program.
I signed up for the on-line MBA degree in February 2008. The accelerated 8-week classes are for people that are willing to commit 15 to 20 hours a week (per class) for homework. They definitely require that you know your material to pass. If you have the discipline and drive, you can get your MBA in two years (or less).
Because I must travel for my job, the on-line program suited my lifestyle best. They do not leave anything out of the accelerated classes and I feel I have obtained the knowledge I paid for. I have one class left and I will be done in October 2009. I recommend Saint Leo’s on-line program to anyone that is serious about learning and obtaining his or her degree.
I have been at St. Leo since 2005. I have received my AA and my BA in criminal Justice. I am now in their MS in criminal justice program. I have both feelings for this school. The issues that I have had is with their financial aid department not being able to give me straight answers and I always get the run around. Another issue I have had is the lack of care and knowledge from my student advisers, it seemed as if they were constantly switching them on me and not relaying records to the new one,and I constantly was having to send multiple emails to get answers. I have not had issues with my records when it comes to grades or any issues dealing with professors. I have had great experience with all professors. The site is difficult to navigate at first but once you get the hang of it, it comes natural. They are easy to get a hold of when I need to phone them, and I can easily access my transcripts and other personal information through their website. All in all I think they are an honest school and I would recommend them. I wish though they did have more online degree programs to choose from
I have been attending this university since 2004. I would NOT recommend this school to anyone. The online courses are simply the 16 week campus courses crammed into 8 weeks online work.
For the past year, since they did away with their university alliance contract, there have been no lectures in any of the 6 courses I've completed during that time. It's simply a read an enormous amount of text in the books, and take the test kind of coursework. For the bad quality, they even raised their tuition. How that's justified is beyond me.
The accounting is so bad I have had to prove twice that I didn't owe them money that they claimed I did. Stay far away from Saint Leo College of Online Learning. You'll be glad you did.
The classes themselves were ok for the most part. What I had a problem with was bisk education. They would not complete my enrollment, then enroll me in a class anyways so I was constantly behind on the coursework. They also seemed to want to change books every term so u were almost forced to buy new books and couldn't sell your old ones to someone else.
For the learning tools we had the online lectures, textbooks, and in most classes study guides along with links to various websites that would improve our knowledge and understanding of what we were learning. I loved my professors and classmates. I haven't completed all of the college I want to yet, but no I don't think this would really prepare me for the real world.
My online experience was WONDERFUL !!!!!!! I took a couple of education classes, the required "Catholic Tradition" and even a math class !!! I could work at my own pace (I usually was a week ahead - that gave me some extra time in case I ran into a snag...). I thoroughly enjoyed interacting with students from all over the world.
Because of St. Leo's affiliation with the military, many of the online students were in Virginia and some were even overseas. How exciting and how interesting their perspectives were.
The only complaint I ever had was the interaction with the professor. They were not accessible except through email and they often did not respond within what I would say is a reasonable amount of time (like 2 days.....) Many times it would be 4 or 5 days before a question was answered - sometimes it meant that an assignment was late because you had a question about the assignment !!!
Overall, it was a great experience - the flexibility of online classes are so important when I was trying to juggle caring for an aging mother, a part time job and other classes on campus.
I have been working and taking online courses in business management at Saint Leo University. Now in my third semester and until now the journey has been real smooth. I have had no bad experience yet with this university. The course work is surely not one of the easiest. Been really tough managing between work and college. But the effort is worth it.
The professors are real friendly and supportive. Of course there are a few odd ones like everywhere, a little problem dealing with representatives during admission. But overall the staff have been excellent. The grades given are based on homework, exams and regular participation in activities.
The best part is I'm learning a lot, that too at my own free time. It surely has induced a lot of discipline in me. With the amount I'm learning here, I'm definitely on the right track.
I really liked St. Leo, I felt it was really on top of the latest technology for online education. I had good experiences with the professors. However, when I took a job that didn't have a very good ed benefit package...I get 1500/year...I found it to be too expensive. I couldn't possibly take a student loan for the amount St. Leo would have cost me. So I was forced to select an alternative. But my reason were strictly financial. I still recommend St. Leo to others.