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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!
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.
DO NOT attempt to learn anything at Saint Leo online! After a couple classes, I tried to move to another college, but the programs didn't match and I would have had to start all over. I am very disciplined and enjoy learning. But, the classes were so frustrating it took every bit of joy from learning and stressed me out. The teachers do not teach. They can barely pass appropriate information onto students. Rubrics didn't match the assignment instructions. Instructions were poorly written. Due dates and calendars weren't even updated to match. Just total confusion EVERY CLASS!!! Students would post questions in the "Class Questions" forum, but teachers failed to answer most of the time. It seemed that my "professors" were just managing the classes as a hobby and the job was very low on their priorities. I wish I had never enrolled in Saint Leo.
I chose Saint Leo because I read that you could complete your entire degree online. This is only true to a certain extent. You must also complete an internship to complete your program. The online program is great if you have self-discipline and if you don't cheat. It takes a lot of work, but I have to admit that I gained a whole lot of knowledge. Some classes had major organization issues (mainly conflict between what the course is telling you to do as opposed to what the teacher is telling you to do), but this was only an issue for a handful of courses. The biggest problem for me though is paying tuition for your internship. My internship was done with a company outside of the school. The class portion of the internship is pretty much just a journal that you keep while you work and a short paper at the end of the internship. I STRONGLY believe that this is not worth a tuition fee of $2,820. I am basically turning over my full time paycheck to Saint Leo and getting almost nothing in return. After all, the company I work for is giving me the knowledge, not the school. Unfortunately, this has soured my experience with Saint Leo overall. Besides that, overall I would recommend Saint Leo to people who are disciplined and need to do their school work out of their home. Although it is very expensive, the program is valuable if you put the work in. Bonus: if you are a member of the military, you get half off the tuition - something I would have benefited from greatly. I got a good education, but I spent most of my savings and salary to get it.
After reading some of the negative comments, I'm surprised. I loved my entire time at Saint Leo. Yes, they don't have breaks in between classes, but this allowed me to complete more classes annually. This is what attracted me to SLU. They have the best accreditation and are known for their MBA program. Of course if you fail a class you have to take it again. Of course you're required to write papers. Of course you are expected to produce outstanding results. I'm active duty military with a wife and four young kids. Nothing but great things about this school. MBA.HCM.PM
I have to say that I can't believe all these negative reviews. In my 1 year at Saint Leo, I have found everyone to be helpful, most instructors were great, one was a little too rough and acted as if he were teaching a Master's program, but hey--I'm there to learn. Yes, it is pricey, but other than that, I have no complaints. The "50 weeks straight with no break" is so that you can graduate faster. If you do he readings, extra research, and use proper formatting for your papers, you will be fine. My grades are actually better than ever.
I am currently attending Saint Leo for my BA in psychology. Here are the cons to the online programs: 1. Some of the instructors are great but others are HORRIBLE. I've had instructors who don't participate at all or teach the class anything. There is no recourse for a bad instructor. Advising administration does nothing. 2. You CANNOT change classes after the term has started. If you find you hate a course or instructor, you cannot drop the class and start another one, even if only one day has lapsed since the start of the term. Also, if you drop a class, it will likely really screw up your grants/scholarships so you're basically stuck. 3. Some advisors are great and others aren't. My first one was awesome but after she left, I was assigned to someone else. She completely ignored any questions I had. 4. VERY expensive, especially for the quality of the education! 5. A lot of the books used are made specifically for Saint Leo so they cannot be sold back. 6. Online students ARE NOT treated like members of the "Saint Leo Community". We're basically treated like the unwanted stepchildren of the school. For example, online students are not represented in the school yearbook. We have little representation within the school and requests frequently are ignored. 7. Class offerings is very limited. Of 8 psych classes I really wanted to take, only 2 were available online. This was very frustrating for me. 8. I cannot stress enough that some of the "teachers" are horrible!!! They are basically there to grade papers (to which they make grade deductions for no apparent reason) and do nothing else. I actually had a teacher (a doctor no less!) tell me to use Google or tutoring to answer my question rather than explain anything to me. 9. The financial aid office is horrible. If you call 6 times with the same question, you will get 6 different answers. All of them will be wrong. Do not take what they tell you as the gospel truth because they are basically clueless! I would not recommend this school to anyone who wants anything besides a piece of paper saying they graduated. If you actually care about your education, go somewhere else. I will not be attending Saint Leo for graduate school. I regret the tens of thousands I have spent with this school; however, since I am so far into my degree, it would be difficult to change schools at this point. (I will say, though, that I have very seriously considered transferring several times.) DO YOUR RESEARCH!! I absolutely regret my decision to attend Saint Leo.
The program was easy to use and the staff were very supportive. There were two professors that were very difficult and unreasonable but the rest were absolutely amazing. There was a change over in directors for my particular program, so there were times that it was difficult to know who to go to. The financial aid staff were very helpful. The worst part of the program was the online "Chalkboard" program that they wanted us to use.
I truly have mixed regarding Saint Leo University online. First, let me warn THE ONLINE CLASSES ONLY GET 1 BREAK PER YEAR! ONE BREAK (which is the winter holiday break from around December 20 to January 8). I really wish somebody would have told me this! Working, taking care of my toddler, and taking care of my disabled husband was already enough on its own. Thus, moving directly from one term to the next term--within 24 hours--was a nightmare! Also, the classes are VERY demanding, which was a pro and a con. I felt as if I gained a large amount of self-discipline within the 3 terms I attended the online school. However, I feel like they should lighten up the workload. Writing 4 essays, participating in 4 discussions, and reading 8 chapters was a lot (at least for someone with many outside responsibilities). Many of their classes did not transfer to other schools, also. For example, many of their religion and humanities classes did not count as a religion or humanities class at the university I plan on attending. Be sure to REALLY pay attention to what classes you take, especially if you plan on transferring. Out of 6 classes, I had ONE class transfer over. Saint Leo also needs to pay attention to the faculty they hire! During my first term, I had an Ecology teacher who would fail the whole class, just because he did not agree with what we said. We would have ample research and support, keen points, and lengthy explanations (which were all requirements of his rubric). The whole class got together on the web chat to confront the teacher, and all he said was, "refer to the rubric." We later dug into his personal bio, and discovered he was a REAL ESTATE AGENT FROM NEW YORK! How can a real estate agent (who loves building houses to sell) qualify as an ecology teacher (who is supposed to teach AGAINST demolishing nature for the benefit of man)? They said they did not recall hiring him, which was BOGUS! I would have enjoyed that class if the teacher would have been better! I really believe Saint Leo should have given us a refund for that class. However, out of all the negatives, I can say my advisors were EXCELLENT! They were with me every step of the way, and even sent me a get well card for my husband when he was in the hospital! These people are really down-to-earth, and are willing to help you with ANY SINGLE THING you ask! Overall, this online university was OKAY. If you plan on staying at Saint Leo, and don't plan on transferring--GO FOR IT! Just make sure you LOOK INTO YOUR TEACHER'S INFO BEFORE YOU PAY MONEY FOR A CLASS! Also, be prepared to work endlessly for 50 weeks straight!
I have to say that St. Leo University is a serious college. I took classes while I was still on active duty. Sometimes when I went to some of my advanced NCO courses, fellow soldiers would see that I was studying during breaks. More than one said that they stopped going to St Leo because it was "serious". In other words, it wasn't just for signing up, paying your fees and getting an easy grade; definitely not a "diploma mill". If you take your academics seriously, definitely attend. I am proud to say that I am SLU alumni! Note***Most of the military courses that I attended, if I wasn't "Honor Grad", I was in the top 3, so studying and taking tests are something I take seriously.