Saint Leo University Online Reviews

  • 91 Reviews
  • St. Leo (FL)
  • Annual Tuition: $23,020
71% of 91 students said this degree improved their career prospects
64% of 91 students said they would recommend this school to others
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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!!"
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!"
Henry
  • 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."
Bailey
  • 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 assignments...you 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."
JD
  • 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."
TJ
  • 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."
Kayla
  • Reviewed: 5/30/2017
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"Do NOT attend this school! It is highly unorganized, the instructors are rude and refuse to help in any way. I mad straight one hundreds the entire semester except for one assignment I forgot to submit I made a 0 on and failed the entire class. The resources this school provides are next to none. There are no lectures or instructor insights on the topics if the assignments. They basically give you a topic and an assignment and tell you to google it. Not to mention the tuition prices are insane especially for the quality of the course. The University of Florida charges $129.85/credit hour. St Leo charges $360/credit hour for their slop of a school. They are also very deceptive about textbooks. They remove the original cover and hide the name if the other and call it a (custom) book so they can force you to pay $400 for their custom book rather than rent the one by the true author for $30 (Those are true numbers. If you research enough you can sometimes find the true author and use their book instead. It is the exact same as St. Leo's "custom book".) I spent one semester here and it was THE worst mistake if my academic career, and possibly my life. Do not attend this school! Give up on school, become a hobo, jump off a bridge, but do not attend St. Leo University or you will likely do all these things and die with the agonizing pain of knowing you gave this sorry excuse for a University $6000/semester. Wish I could give them -5 stars!"
Lila
  • Reviewed: 5/15/2017
  • Degree: Sociology
"I attended Saint Leo online for my Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and had a wonderful experience! It's unfortunate that some people on this forum did not have the same experience as me. Other than one, all of my instructors were great. No issues with my advisor or the financial aid department. I loved the 8-week classes. I wish there were more breaks in between (only one winter break), but it was definitely doable. I was able to work full-time and go to school full-time. You definitely have to be able to manage your time and course load efficiently or you won't do well. I would highly recommend this school to anyone!"
J Saint-Leger
  • Reviewed: 3/30/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
"I was pleased with the ability to complete my bachelor's degree. The workload was heavy, the information taught was vast and the Professors ensured that you understood the material and the objective of the classes. Financial services was a horror. Two many cooks in the kitchen. I needed to submit documents numerous times before successful completion was accomplished. I even had to start two semesters without the accompanying book stipends. There was no urgency regarding the matter until I finally wrote to the Provost. Other than financial services, It was time well spent. The teachers are amazing and you will definitely know your subject matter at the end of the courses."
Carrie
  • Reviewed: 3/29/2017
  • Degree: Business Administration
"I think Saint Leo is a good option for anyone needing to do schoolwork on their own time. Yes, some classes were very challenging with a ton of work, but it was manageable. I have only had one terrible professor; the rest were reasonable and fair. The school is reducing their rates starting with the summer term so it's becoming more affordable. Overall, I think Saint Leo is a solid choice for any degree program."
curt
  • Reviewed: 3/9/2017
  • Degree: Theology
"I'm a 55 y.o. M.D. and retired military who has studied at 17 colleges and universities. I have NEVER experienced elsewhere the egregious behavior of St Leo faculty and staff. The faculty are incredibly lazy and don't update their syllabi each term. Obscure and proprietary required materials they claim are in their library are not there. ( I had never failed a class before St Leo but because I did not have any way to get their required texts I could not complete some of the essays.) This is unconscionable. Faculty assign group chat events at specific times but they never log on. This was infuriating. Horrible system. Lazy and ignorant faculty. No recourse to change instructors or classes. I guarantee you'll receive some low grades because of this and they will be on your record. Be very wary of this. Under no circumstances would I recommend a place like St Leo. Glad I had already had other degrees and careers before taking any classes there. Some reviewers praise the school's advisors, but a great advisor can't help you at St Leo. This page is a good example. It won't let me post my review unless I include a graduation date!"
Nat
  • Reviewed: 12/5/2016
  • Degree: Accounting
"I love Saint Leo University. I'm disappointed that not everyone on this forum had a good experience with the school. I personally had nothing but an amazing experience. I was part of the online accounting bachelor program. The professors are all knowledgeable and helpful. It is challenging, which is great. Even though it's a business program, they make you write papers and essays in some of the classes, which is good, because multiple choice questions don't always assess your knowledge of the material. No, there are no breaks in between classes, except for the winter break. But then again, you're going at an accelerated pace, doing classes every 8 weeks. Therefore, there's no space for breaks. It's all on your commitment level. I'm so happy to have found this school and enrolled in it. I learned so much, I grew tremendously in the program, and I really have nothing negative to say. My advisors, Erika, and now Renelda, were both encouraging, positive advisors. They know their stuff, these advisors, and they make you feel like it's doable, which it is. It's hard but it's doable. It's true that it's perhaps more expensive than a public school. But the quality of the education makes up for it. I graduated this year, and I work in a Fortune 100 company now. Saint Leo was a great choice for me!"
A. Coldwell
  • Reviewed: 9/26/2016
  • Degree: Information Technology
"From first enrollment to check-ups during semesters to graduation application, the advisor staff at St Leo was very helpful and involved. With their help I was always aware of enrollment requirements, upcoming term dates, and anything else. The online learning environment was easy to use, and though physically disconnected from the instructors my questions were quickly answered. I like St Leo so much that I am continuing my online education with them; I am enrolled in a Master's Certificate program and plan to pursue a M.S. thereafter."