Saint Leo University Online Reviews

  • 110 Reviews
  • St. Leo (FL)
  • Annual Tuition: $23,750
73% of 110 students said this degree improved their career prospects
63% of 110 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Saakshi Sinha
  • Reviewed: 3/7/2022
  • Degree: Digital Marketing
"I like the flexibility of the program and the fact that I get a US degree which does not mention it is online is really good. Credit transfer option is also available so that is an added advantage - if I wish to go to the US for further studies I have that option. The curriculum is up to date, which is especially important considering I am pursuing Digital Marketing. The best part is, I have already been employed in an agency as a digital marketing executive and I can implement everything I learn at work. The downside is being an completely online course - to stay motivated is difficult. The fee is on the higher side when compared with Indian Universities but the value of the degree and the curriculum itself is worth the extra amount."
D Horton
  • Reviewed: 1/20/2022
  • Degree: MBA
"Their online MBA is a scam. I've had so far only 2 teachers who were SOMEWHAT knowledgeable about the topic they were teaching. The rest of "professors" are fake - you can't find them anywhere on Linkedin, and if you do, their profiles have nothing in the "education" field in LinkedIn, or,at best, their "PhDs" are from an online university with a 100% acceptance rate. More often than not you get "professors" who have no idea about the topics they are teaching. In addition, if you are lucky enough to find a few of these "professors" on LinkedIn, the only experience they have is at Saint Leo University or at their "company" which does not exist when you look it up. When you ask a logical question - they get thrown off, as, again, they HAVE NO IDEA about the topic they are teaching. Anyone who finished a 4-year degree at a legitimate university with at least B+rating, please do not go to Saint Leo for their online MBA. They provide no education and have no real professors. They should be reported to the State Education Board."
Online MSW
  • Reviewed: 12/30/2020
  • Degree: MSW
"First, let me say, the faculty on staff for the online MSW program are excellent. They are responsive and will offer help, if needed. The adjunct faculty are hit or miss. Some are horrible and some are good. The biggest problem with this program is their internships. They don't have the relationships they promised to have. I think if you are near Tampa, maybe, but outside of Tampa, it was horrible. I have spoken with others in the program and they agree with this. Honestly, I cannot recommend this program because of the internships. This is a crucial part to one's education, and it falls short. There are so many other online programs that offer a MSW that have better relationships in the community to obtain internships. If you do decide to enroll, just understand that aspect. The teaching was good, but you are basically on your own."
Biandrea Swire
  • Reviewed: 12/28/2020
  • Degree: Psychology
"I only took one class a Saint Leo, it was very expensive. I was told I could just make payments on my student account which I did and then was told the account was credited due to covid 19 to later check my credit and see that my account was sent to collections.All during covid 19 Saint Leo is a horrible school any only cares about their pockets. If you are looking for a school to care about you and help you make payments on an account Saint Leo is not it!"
Cherilyn Victoria Dileo
  • Reviewed: 11/24/2020
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"READ BEFORE YOU DECIDE. I received my bachelor's degree from St Leo on line in 2005. It was paid in full. I received my very impressive degree in the mail. Two years later I decided to go back for my masters. I reapply and of course get in (3.9 GPA for my bach). I started getting charged for fees that I had no idea what they were for. The state I work for was paying the bill for my masters. When I could not figure out why I was getting charged extra fees the state thought this school was a scam and stopped paying for it. Now I never completed my Masters and have a balance on this account and have no idea why. It has gone to collections and has effected my credit very negatively. 2019.... I have moved from my state to a new one and am needing a copy of my transcripts for my new job. After three days of being put on hold and sent to to many different departments to count, I found out that they had but a hold on my Bach degree due to the fees from my masters program. I explained that they taught me to well. They could not hold my Bach degree for a separate contract that occurred two years later. The orginal contract has been completed. The assistant director, Eusevio Montavo agreed and sent the transcripts. The three day delay almost cost me the job!!!!!!! They apologized and said there would be a note in my account so this would not happen again. 1 1/2 years later... 2020.... I am getting a promotion in my new state, but due to the offices now being closed due to the covid-19 issue, I must reapply for the promotion. Yes this means getting more transcripts. I am now on day two of going through the same thing again. I have missed 1/2 day of work, which looks great when you are trying to get a promotion. I have been on hold a total of 10 hours and transfered to four different departments. Eusevio Monatave never put in any notes into the computer like he said he would. My receipt for the transcripts had to be in by 9:00 AM today which is why I started calling yesterday. I did not need the actual transcipts, just that they were ordered and on the way. It is now 9:30AM and the post has been closed. I have now lost the promotion and and still on hold as I am typing this. Please keep in mind when choosing a university. It is not just how they treat you while you are attending. It is how they treat you after they have your money. DO NOT CHOOSE THIS SCHOOL."
MSW NO!!!!
  • Reviewed: 11/1/2020
  • Degree: Social Work
"I urge you to reconsider if you are looking for an online MSW and you do not have a BSW. I found the text to be insufficient, faculty to be unresponsive,  they have ZERO relationships for internships so you will likely have to settle for a volunteer job and have faculty "supervise" you.  The graduate academic work is nonsense and pointless , supports are minimal and confusing to obtain. I would encourage you to look elsewhere."
Teresa Moore
  • Reviewed: 9/2/2020
  • Degree: MSW - Clinical
"I cannot begin to express how much I enjoyed the MSW program, how much I learned, and how prepared I felt to begin working in the field. The program is intense, the professors have high standards, and there is a lot expected from students, And I wouldn't want it any other way! I earned my BA in education and went back for a MSW in my forties. Every department i encountered from student services to financial aide were professional and exceptionally helpful! I love St Leo University and highly recommend them!!"
  • Reviewed: 5/28/2020
  • Degree: MBA
"A horrible experience from the start. No one you talk to knows what is happening or why. From the Dean of the program to the financial services people- none of them can fully explain even their own portion of the program. Classes are beyond simple, professors are 50/50 either awesome or obviously just there to pay a bill and don't care what you get from them. Course cost changes on a regular basis so you never know what your paying or why the cost changes, so really dont bother with this program if you are at all on a budget because its impossible to know what the total cost will be with as often as they change fees."
Don't choose this school
  • Reviewed: 1/27/2020
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"I would not recommend this school to anyone who cares about their grades and GPA. I worked my butt off to get Deans List mainly every term. If you google any others schools Honors section you will find REASONABLE GPAs for Honor Status. This is how Saint Leo gives out it's Honors: Summa cum laude: 3.95 and above Magna cum laude: 3.85 and above Cum laude: 3.65 and above Here is what most other schools give out: a) Those students who maintain an adjusted GPA between 3.25 and 3.49 will receive recognition as CUM LAUDE, b) Those students who maintain an adjusted GPA between 3.50 and 3.74 will receive recognition as MAGNA CUM LAUDE, and c) Those students who maintain an adjusted between 3.75 and 4.00 will receive recognition as SUMMA CUM LAUDE. Saint Leo's answer to this big difference is that they hold their students to a higher standard. That is a load of crap! The are overpriced and seem to purposely want to keep you down. I just received my Bachelor's Degree and I considered it a slap in the face that all my hard work got me listed as Cum Laude when it would have been Summa in any other school. It may not seem like a big deal to some but it is when you work hard to achieve goals and do your best and they rip it away from you. I am currently in the Master's Program but I will be transferring schools after this term. I no longer even want to walk at the graduation in June. I worked hard for the day I could cross the stage in front of my family with high honors and they have ruined it for me. The staff doesn't even care about the concern or is not even willing to put in to have the Honors requirements reviewed. Choose a different school!!"
S. Jones
  • Reviewed: 1/17/2020
  • Degree: Theology
"Saint Leo University does not care about their students. I would not recommend this school. I attended a much better rated research state university that was more concerned with students than this Catholic University. The advisors are only interest in enrollment."
Mary Connell
  • Reviewed: 7/3/2019
  • Degree: Education
"I cannot recommend their online Master’s program for working adults. Admin was disorganized and I received multiple calls from different advisors. The courses were elementary and there was too much “busywork” for experienced professionals that have already been teaching for years. Waste of time and money. Had to buy overpriced books written by instructors that weren’t eligible for resale. Look elsewhere."
Not for the faint of heart
  • Reviewed: 6/6/2019
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"I'm shocked by most of the bad reviews to be honest. I had nothing short of a great experience with SLU Master Program. I will say that one must be prepared to write a lot of research papers, and devote a solid 2-3 hours per day to research for almost every one of the 12 classes in this field of study. It wasn't particularly difficult work, although it was quite labor intensive and staying motivated was difficult at times. Seemed like I would never make it to the end. My advise is to be prepared to work hard, and don't set unrealistic expectations. I worked full time while earning this degree so at the most I could take two classes at the same time, and that was giving up all the free time I had no kidding, its that research intense. Although, I'm glad I stuck to it, and all that research knowledge can now be used as my career advances. Final note....all the interaction I had with advisors was also spot on!"
  • Reviewed: 5/5/2018
  • Degree: Theology
"The program is not Catholic at all. Therefore the school is not Catholic. If you are a real Catholic, or want to know the real faith, do not even consider going here. A good catholic education would first teach you the real faith, not start by attacking it. Read Saint Thomas, not propaganda from obvious antiCatholic bigots. You cannot learn anything in this school. It is another school that tries to profit from the vets and cheap tuition. There will be a lot of busy work so you might as well get a job and read the Bible and st Thomas and the church fathers on your own. Check out sensus fidelium on YouTube where there are good priests. Go to the Latin mass. Learn the faith on your own. As Catholics we cannot blindly support anything with the catholic label anymore. We have to discern what is real from what is hostile. This school is hostile."
  • Reviewed: 4/27/2018
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"Saint Leo University is not for anyone who has a full time job with children. This school is very demanding and you must put in time and effort to pass your courses. I am a full time mom/wife/student and I work a full time job. This was the most stressful situation for me. There are no breaks unless you decide to take a(n) 8 week break, which will keep you from graduation on time. You will be stressed, mentally and physically. Mothers and/or Fathers. Please choose another University that take in consideration that you have a life other than school and does not demand all of your time. Although I did graduate with a 3.8, this was one of the toughest jobs in my life, to handle all of these duties. I was interested in continuing with my masters but after what these professors put me through, I could care less about a masters degree now. It is not a bad school, it is just the professors are very demanding and it takes a lot of hard work. And the don't even want to know what they were like and as another reviewer said, you have no idea where these test questions come from. Thank God, I am a good writer, because the test that they give, I am not sure where they locate them from. If you ask would I do this all over again, then the answer is NO. I would have stayed with UoP and graduated earlier, have mental breaks, and the assignments were not as tedious and challenging. Basically, the curriculum was the same, you just had benefits with UoP."
  • Reviewed: 4/9/2018
  • Degree: Sociology
"Saint Leo was amazing to say the least. I'm astonished at how many negative reviews that this school has because it was the best school I attended by far. I decided to transfer to this school after first getting my associates from a local community college, as well as a another 4yr University. This school was the best decision I could have made for myself, my only regret is not starting here. All my teachers were great and they all went above and beyond to help me succeed. As a veteran, I never had any issues with the school and my GI bill, or registering for classes and financial aid was always available for me if I needed. I loved the small class room size where we could have class discussions and ask questions about the topics being taught. This is a really great school and like with any degree program you get out of it what you put in it. I highly recommend this school especially if you are looking for a non traditional way to get your degree, one that is flexible for those who do not have the ability to attend a traditional institution but want a quality education."
  • Reviewed: 1/19/2018
  • Degree: Theology
"Don't away. What a complete third rate institution. The student advisors are nearly worthless. Even the orientation process is terrible. My first professor assigned 8 books and barely presented an outline...and the lectures were unstructured and terrible, dry...he scribbled a few key points with a sharpie on an overhead projector that I have not seen since the 1980s that only worked half the time...what a joke. At least we got to hear about how the "good" professors were leaving because Saint Leo has not even given a cost of living adjustment in 3 years. It is no wonder...they are probably losing enrollment because they are so poorly administrated. I have seen world class professors before and they are not at Saint Leo. Even the GI Bill support was terrible. As I said...don't away."
  • Reviewed: 11/9/2017
  • Degree: Technology Management
"This is a great school, and a great program. I found the teachers, and advisors to be very helpful, and willing. I am former military, and went to school on base. The school took my credits from other programs into theirs and also considered my military experience. I have seen complaints on, lack of organization, from others here. I have not found that to be the case. They do not hold your hand the entire way (which they shouldn't). They guide you to obtaining the information for yourself. That is a life skill that some may not have learned. Overall, it was a great experience that enabled me to better myself. And I would suggest this school to anyone looking to improve themselves."
  • Reviewed: 11/7/2017
  • Degree: Social Work
"I attended SLU for my BA in psychology and really enjoyed the program. Because of this, I enrolled there for my MSW program. I have to say, I am completely dissatisfied with this program and I truly regret my decision to go to SLU for my MSW, especially since I was accepted at other schools. I have found the program to be completely disorganized. For example, we were advised we had to have a specific book for a class but that it would not be available through their vendor. Everyone rushed to get it from another vendor and then they decided not to use the book after all. The assignments in the syllabi are based on previously used books and make no logical sense given the books we are currently using. Tests are also based on previously used books so it is nearly impossible to get decent grades on tests because the information simply isn't there. Don't believe the hype they'll give you regarding their level of support for the students. Contrary to what SLU claims before you enroll, there is VERY LITTLE support. Don't even try going to the director of the MSW program with problems because you likely won't be satisfied with the results. I know I'm not. There is very little support from the advisors and absolutely no support from the field placement liaison. In fact, my field placement liaison won't even respond to my questions. The instructors also do a poor job of responding to questions and many of them have no idea what they're doing or even what the assignments are. Honestly, I feel like I'm drowning in this program (although I've always been a straight A student) and there is no one to talk to about it. In case you're wondering, no, you cannot change classes. The advisor makes your schedule and that's what you're stuck with. You can't even change instructors for the same class if you have a problem with the instructor. Overall, I would give SLU one star for the MSW program and four stars for the BA program."
  • Reviewed: 8/25/2017
  • Degree: Computer Science
"I don't understand the negative reviews. I'll give a deeper insight on SLU. The school isn't a place to fool around while obtaining your degree. Like many colleges, it is possible to barely try and pass. SLU holds a very high standard and has a strong alumni to back it up. Most alumni further their education in SLU intense graduate program or an ivy league school. Yes we have alumni who are grad graduates in ivy league. Our professors aren't retired employees... They are current professionals in the field working for large name companies and even the government. If you couldn't handle SLU, it's because you didn't try. If you found it unorganized, it js because you couldn't handle the intense work load. I have taken my program in all areas of SLU. Online is demanding but well paced. SLU provides students with the software needed for free. SLU provides all the resources to learn the material free. Same for adult education. With adult education, all the areas SLU owns on a campus or office, you have full access to the resources of that college. On campus, there a lot more. Even a laptop provided to you by the school. All students have access to each area of SLU. The school is pricey but it isn't expensive compared to other private school. SLU seeks out ways to lower tuition. Just this year the credits for online learning was cut back $150. Transferring into SLU? Scholarship. Attending SLU? We have scholarships. This school is tough and has a strong foundation and back. Do your research. Campus itself is an hour away from Tampa. But the property itself is vast and beautiful. Top technology all over campus. Your money pays. Our alumni are employed by top employers. I myself have gotten internships with government agencies and with companies such as HP and Google. If you're enrolling, welcome to the hidden gem of Florida when it comes to education."
  • Reviewed: 8/13/2017
  • Degree: Cybersecurity
"Currently enrolled and the process was quite easy (honestly didn't think it would be that easy) tuition is a little expensive, but the program and support I've received thus far has been exceptional. I haven't run into any issue with any part of the education or enrollment process and I'm really enjoying my classes so far. I would recommend St. Leo if you are looking for a solid online program, but make sure you're happy with the cost of tuition before you take the leap and enroll."