Saint Leo University Online Reviews
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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.
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.
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!
Incredibly unorganized. Students have no idea classes get canceled. Students have no idea what book to get and Saint Leo forces students to purchase new proprietary books by hiding the authors names in the book store. They have no original content, but instead put the Saint Leo name on a book, change the cover and force students to buy it from the SLU bookstore and pay over $100 each time. They use a Pearson app for the books and it is a busy distracting nightmare that is at times impossible to use without printing everything out. The forums are a joke. Go if you want a degree go elsewhere to learn.
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.
Saint Leo University has been a great institution. I was blessed to take my M.Th. classes with the best faculty in Theology. The professors are outstanding, they will assign lots of readings and will force you to develop your critical thinking skills. I couldn't be happier with it. I am now studying my MBA and the experience is similar. Yes, there are some professors tougher than others, but I have had lots of interaction with the professors and the classmates. Be mindful that if you decide to study with SLU you are not going to have an easy stroll through the park with the online classes and if you are a full-time employee you will have long nights and early morning on the weekends to keep up with the weekly pace. If you are looking for an easy-breezy, diploma mill look that will issue a diploma with little to no work, somewhere else. SLU is a true institution with a great faculty that will challenge you and make you grow intellectually.
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