Saint Leo University Online Reviews

  • 108 Reviews
  • St. Leo (FL)
  • Annual Tuition: $23,750
73% of 108 students said this degree improved their career prospects
63% of 108 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Pam
  • Reviewed: 6/12/2014
  • Degree: Education
"The online educational leadership program at St. Leo is terrible. I do not recommend it to anyone. The support from the majority of teachers is non-existent, and forget about writing or calling for help. They will ignore you, because they simply do not care. They only care about getting your money and because they know no other university will accept your credits, they will ignore you. Save yourself time and frustration and pick another school. I will not even put this degree on my wall because it was such a horrible experience. The state of Florida requires 160 hours for your practicum, yet St. Leo spreads it out over 3 semester and requires 450 hours. In short, you will do three times as much work, for twice the cost, and for no reason. The only things I have learned in this program are things I taught myself. If I was self-directed, I would learn nothing. Multiple assignments require you to take pre- and post-tests, and write about what what you learned. However,there are no activities between, and if like me, you receive a 100 on the pre-test, you will be writing 10 pages on learning absolutely nothing. A complete and utter waste of time. Worst.University.Ever."
Russell
  • Reviewed: 6/10/2014
  • Degree: Business
"The classroom format I liked, but sadly that is the only positive about this school. Staff are rude and unhelpful. The university makes you jump through hoops for the most trivial requests. For example, I am filling out AMCAS for medical school application. Because I took a few classes with Saint Leo, I need to enter that information into my application. I simply need an unofficial transcript in order to see the class names and grades. For all other schools I've attended, this has been easy to obtain. I can either log in and view online, or they promptly sent me a copy via e-mail. Saint Leo's primitive method of attaining this simple information has brought my progress to a screeching halt. I have to wait for it to come via snail mail, as this is the only method they use. Also, they do not print unofficial transcripts, the only way for me to view it is to have another official transcript (with fee of course) sent to my house. Every person I talked to about it was extremely rude. In addition, when I tried to drop a class I was having computer difficulties. I sent a request to their helpdesk (I was not in the country and unable to call) a week before the drop deadline. I did not get a response until the day after the deadline (of course). Any attempts to address the situation were met with the same incredibly rude, uncaring response I received with my transcript request. I can't believe an educational institution is run this way. The best decision I've made about my education was to stop attending this school once I realized what a sham it is. I hope to save you the trouble. Please keep searching for a quality school, this is not it."
S. Brown
  • Reviewed: 6/4/2014
  • Degree: Social Sciences
"My wife and I both graduated with a Bachelor's degree from St. Leo University in 2013. I majored in Sociology and my wife majored in Computer Information Systems. I am surprised of some of the negative comments. I admit the financial aid services can be a bit frustrating at times, but not at all unattainable. My online Sociology classes were very demanding (especially quantitative and qualitative social methods); much harder than any face to face class I took while pursuing my AA with UMUC. I participated in 2 major observation projects and the professors were at my disposal. I gained a significant understanding of several subjects to include deviant behavior, social problems, marriage & the family, inequality, and race and ethnicity; in addition to several history classes, and 3 classes in law studies. I really enjoyed my educational journey with St. Leo. My wife does as well. I gained a promotion, which centers on research, because of my degree. My wife has been pursued by several companies and organizations to include Amazon thanks to her degree in CIS; she accepted an IT position with the federal government. I am currently researching a Master’s degree, but one thing is for sure, I will be pursuing it with St. Leo."
Tiffany
  • Reviewed: 5/24/2014
  • Degree: Business
"I had many issues with the financial aid department. First, they did not use my loans to pay for an entire semester. I was told that I had to make arrangements to pay $1,700.00 back or I could not continue to go to their school until payment arrangements where setup. Second, they discovered that they made another mistake by giving me $900.00 to,much and had to pay it back. Again, all of my college education is suppose to be paid for with student loans. Thirdly, I have received a bill stating that I owe them $149.00. During my time with Saint Leo University their was many issues with the financial aid department. I paid all my debts back to them and was treated as though these mistakes were somehow my fault."
Ashley
  • Reviewed: 3/3/2014
  • Degree: Emergency Management
"Absolutely terrible. I am extremely disappointed. If you're looking for a school where you can "pay" for your degree, this is the school for you. I literally wrote "Are you even reading this?" on my final paper and got 100%. Unbelievable. I will not be continuing my studies here."
Daryl Levesque
  • Reviewed: 2/4/2014
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"I took this as a personal requirement it has helped me to better understand the importance of the criminal justice system"
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 1/22/2014
  • Degree: Computer Science
"Even online the instructors are helpful and there for you when needed. They offer times for class to meet in live chats as well as offering assistance through questions on discussion boards. Tutoring is also available through a live chat line. The only issue is with financial assistance and getting the VOCREB posted in order to get supplies for school. This is the third week of class and still hasn't posted so don't depend on that for essentials need from your financial aid refund, as they take it first then reimburse you after VOCREHAB posts."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 1/13/2014
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
"I have felt more than challenged. My program meets as a cohort with some online work as well. I took the FELE with about a year of studies left and passed it on the first attempt. There is a lot of work - reading and writing. Some will say that the work is unnecessary however it is part of getting the degree as well as required by the state. I feel that I am more than ready to take on my next position."
Tonya Johnson-Avery-Spratley
  • Reviewed: 11/4/2013
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
"Ok, Let me first say I started and stopped Saint Leo three times for personal reasons and there wasn't any issues with re-starting the MBA program. Oh, yeah I received my undergrad with Saint Leo as well. There was some issues with instructors--that were addressed, my last course the students were rude and the instructor addressed as well. I had some issues with the accounting--(math) courses that were required online and the instructor was again helpful. Overall I was very excited about completion--and graduation--which I was able to do twice. I am currently waiting on the online Phd program. Bring it on!!!!!!!!!!"
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 7/8/2013
  • Degree: Human Services
"I was able to finish my BA in psychology at Saint Leo in a year and a half by the ability to double up on classes and complete coursework anywhere. While this is a huge benefit to the school, getting my classes paid for has been a nightmare. I tried both types of federal loans, subsidized and unsubsidized, and they sent the check I needed to sign and return to another student located in a completely different state. I tried private student loans and am still trying to get that fixed, even though my account was cleared with a zero balance for graduation, 3 months ago! While the curriculum itself is okay, the financial aid department has completely spoiled my outlook of this school and their organization."
Jason H.
  • Reviewed: 6/20/2013
  • Degree: Human Resources
"I have been attending Saint Leo for over two years now. I have about 10 months to go and I will have my BA in Human Resource Management. Let me say first, that I have always been taken care of by the administration, staff, etc. I have always been able to rely on them for answers to my questions. If there was an issue, I would shoot an email and get a response/solution the next day, if not sooner. No problems with financial aid, or anything else logistically. As far as the education quality, I found myself challenged from time to time, and the course work was perfect. Although some were easier than others, the courses always demanded at least 20-25 hours a week for me to complete. When you consider the reading, assignments, papers, exams, discussions/replies, I feel that you get a convenient experience without sacrificing quality. I have EARNED my degree, and encourage all to do the same. The instructors were always helpful, and some graded harder than others. That's ok, however. I a proud to have been a part of this university, and look forward to being a part of its alumni. So if you are a parent, working full time and cannot afford to quit your job, Saint Leo will take care of you. They are NOT a diploma mill!"
Faith
  • Reviewed: 6/17/2013
  • Degree: Management
"Attended this University at a satellite military campus at Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem, Georgia. A cadaver could pass these classes. Although some instructors (albeit very few) were excellent, others did not challenge the students at all, although I am sure that many of these students feel they were really challenged and felt that they had earned their degrees. This proves that anyone can get a degree. I was so disgusted by it all, I did not attend graduation -- I was the class valedictorian! In a capstone class given by a (cough, wheeze) doctoral candidate, we all received A's on a final, which we never even took. Many or most of the students were government employees of one sort or another -- just gives credence to the term "mechanical claw" degree. Even the school's director at the time told me that the courses were dumbed down. Make better use of your money and go to another school"
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 4/30/2013
  • Degree: Accounting
"I am enrolled in St. Leo's Accounting program. I have found the staff supportive beyond the wildest dreams. The course work is challenging, but I am able to choose when and where I can study. The program is semester hours and not quarter hours, so compare apples to apples and not apples to oranges. Anytime you are in an institution that has 17,000 plus students there is bound to me a hiccup or two. At least it's not 50,000 or 60,000 like U of F or Florida State. I have had a hiccup getting a few things initiated and resolved, but I am in charge of my destiny and make sure that I follow-up just like anything else in life. If you need hand holding or the physical brick and mortars than perhaps no on-line school is for you. They have a good reputation and they are one of the 5 largest Catholic Universities in the World. My experience has been pleasant thus far. I know I will be challenged and I am up for it. Go for it! St. Leo is awesome"
Erica
  • Reviewed: 4/28/2013
  • Degree: Counseling
"My husband and I have both attended St. Leo. Not once have they gotten anything right when it comes to financial aid. Every term we have to get on the phone with them and try to figure out what is going on. Twice they have switched my adviser without warning so I had no idea who to contact for assistance. They promoted a staff member that completely dropped the ball on getting my paperwork submitted in time. I have had teachers that were not really there to help. It felt more like I had a baby sitter than a teacher.The school requires you to get your refund on a Higher One card. This card charges you outrageous fees just to use your money. The only way around that is to transfer you money to a checking or savings account, but in doing that you have to wait longer to get your money. Everything about this school has been a complete ripoff. I very much want to finish my degree and will be doing so elsewhere."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 4/6/2013
  • Degree: Legal Studies
"Instructors are rude, unhelpful, and show up after the course work has been submitted, but if you need them before vSunday you are out of luck! STAY AWAY from this SCHOOL- They are against the students!"
Kelly
  • Reviewed: 3/19/2013
  • Degree: Business
"As alumni week approaches I was doing a search on Saint Leo University and came across this site. I am floored at some of the negative comments. I attended Saint Leo University Online for five years and earned my B.A. and M.B.A. in that time. I can only say great things about the online degree programs offered here. This is not to say that all things were smooth sailing, there were some wrinkles that needed to be ironed out. However, every person that I encountered at Saint Leo was willing to help and was kind while doing so. Assuming that you will have zero issues with any business is unreasonable and far-fetched.Saint Leo University Online enabled me to earn my degree and a living for my kids. This program was amazing from start to finish. I highly recommend this school to anyone looking to earn a college degree from a reputable institution."
Charlie S.
  • Reviewed: 3/19/2013
  • Degree: Accounting
"Saint Leo University offers a wonderful online program. The flexibility of the online B.A. enables me to complete college without sacrificing my job or time with my family. Every department I have worked with has knowledgeable and friendly employees; they truly seem to portray the Core Values of Saint Leo.The online website and classroom portal are user friendly, easy to navigate and convenient. The sites are always available for me to logon when it suits my schedule. However, that is not to say this is an easy program. I work hard in each class but the payoff is wonderful – one step closer to graduation!I also enjoy the diverse group of people in each class. There are people from all over the world attending the online program. The different perspectives on business topics broaden the entire classes view on each subject. The professors are well-versed in their disciplines and share many real world experiences with the class. I enjoy knowing how the subject I am learning is applied in the workforce.All in all my experience with Saint Leo University online has been extremely positive. I would recommend this school to anyone who is willing to listen."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 2/26/2013
  • Degree: Management
"I took a Statistics class online at Saint Leo University, which was through the OCICU. It was the worst online class I ever took. It was extremely difficult and the book didn't explain things in enough detail. I emailed the instructor for help, but she rarely got back to me in time. I ended up having to get help from someone locally, who delt with numbers and statistics on a daily basis, and they couldn't even understand the book.Luckily, I did pass the class, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. It took up way too much of my time and was extremely stressful."
Joseph Freeman
  • Reviewed: 2/12/2013
  • Degree: Psychology
"I withdrew with a zero balance they charged me $116 threw on another 50 dollars in late fees then sent my file to the credit bureau without alerting me.This practice is unfair and when I contacted them they lied and told me about phone numbers I didnt have when we spoke.(i.e. they told me they talked to me on the phone I was calling them on in July the phone wasnt turned on until October lol)when I alerted to this they said talk to the collection agency, they have no desire to help former students."
bryan
  • Reviewed: 12/30/2012
  • Degree: Accounting
"No one really appreciates the degrees one earns here in my experience. They like to hear USF or UF.Furthermore when I started the Master's program it was a mess. Could never get hold of the instructor and the counselors were about useless.Finally after not being able to contact the instructor about recieving a password to log on to an online site St. Leo helped me drop the class but almost didn't want to refund my money. As much money as one pays to go here they should help the students find jobs in their field.I graduated with 3.8. Not one offer in the field of accounting. I feel this is a diploma mill college like Phoenix or these other scam schools."