Saint Leo University Online Reviews
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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.
Saint Leo online was a great option for me. I am a full-time teacher, full-time mom, and full-time student. Saint Leo online worked with me and provided an opportunity that I would not have been able to have unless classes were offered online. I was able to juggle it all and the professors were exceptional. My learning was of their utmost importance. I am grateful for the education and support that I received through Saint Leo.
Worst School ever. Granted the instructors on ground were great. As soon as you move to online instructors they turn to shit. I will never tell where I graduated from if I can help it. Horrible experience will not be attending for graduate studies after my last term.
Fantastic University with phenomenal faculty. I would recommend St. Leo to anyone who was seeking to return to school to complete a graduate degree. Everyone has been extremely helpful on this journey. I have been to the University of West Florida, Valencia Community College, and University of Central Florida and there has never been a more family oriented educational facility.
I am deeply shocked by most of the reviews on here. What school did these individuals go to? I am nearly done with my MBA with a focus in Information Security Management and I couldn't be happier with my entire experience. Some reviewers have stated that Saint Leo "makes" you retake classes (like Finance and Accounting) over and over again before you pass. Um, duh! If you don't pass, why would you be shocked at having to retake the course? Unfortunately, some of us have a knack for these type of classes and others don't. I have been taking a double course load in this program while working a full-time job and have not had to retake a single course. It's all about hard work and dedication--priorities, really. What you make a priority will become a reality! You will not be handed a degree at Saint Leo! It takes hard work and perseverance to get that coveted degree and I am happy to say I have nearly made it! With only 3 classes left to go, I can truly say I am satisfied with my experience and cannot wait to graduate. It seems most of the reviewers on here just don't have what it takes to be in grad school or an undergraduate program. Stop complaining and start doing what it takes to EARN your degree! I can guarantee those same complainers will be the individuals I end up in charge of in a few years and I will have no sympathy. You get out of it what you put into it. Period.
Saint Leo University was the biggest nightmare and scandal of them all. I have attended GCU and 2 other community colleges in the past and never have I had such a poor experience. The Financial Aid representatives were disgraceful. I was told many different stories by many different representatives. I was told one thing, and then forced to do another. They lost my paperwork, so I had to expedite all my paperwork again, at my expense. I paid nearly $100 in expedited shipping, to fix their mistake. Once I got all the paperwork taken care of and finished the class, I was hit with a very large outstanding balance that I was told would be covered by my FA. I would not recommend this University to my worst enemy. The staff is careless and does NOT have the student's best interest in mind. The counselors I dealt with acted as if I was just another number on a spreadsheet. I felt scammed and disrespected by nearly every St. Leo employee I dealt with. They all made it seem like I was misinformed yet not a one was willing or "able" to help me. I was finally able to get my situation taken care of, only to find my husband, a military member, in nearly the same situation as me. I am disappointed and utterly disgusted with Saint Leo.