Saint Leo University Online Reviews
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Saint Leo is a great school if you are wanting to do your degree program online. My registration was fast and easy and I was able to get started very quickly. Online isn't for everyone but if you work full-time, or maybe you are a stay at home parent, this would work for you. I was attending part time due to having a full time job but I was able to leave my job in order to attend full time. I prefer the online way so I can work at my own pace. So far I have had a great experience!
Overall I think Saint Leo is a good school. While the 8 week classes are a little shorter than I would like (I miss 16 week semesters), it does allow for me to go part-time while still progressing in my degree completion. Majority of faculty are very good as long as you make them aware of your situation i.e., trouble in class (ACC201) and when I was having family issues (health). Most professors worked with me if I gave them notice early on letting them know my personal situation. Most classes are time consuming and challenging...I miss 100 level intro classes!!! In hindsight, I feel like I learn more and am challenged on a consistent basis compared to other schools I've attended. Most advisors appear to be very knowledgeable and give me great service. My advisor Rob is great and always help me with my questions in a timely manner! One day he was out and I spoke to another advisor Oscar who was also really knowledgeable. He treated me as if I was one of his students. Saint Leo does offer free tutoring which was somewhat helpful and is nice that it exists. While I wish tuition was less, I believe it's a good value compared to other schools (many of which are higher!) Overall I've had a good experience. While I miss the in-class experience. the online platform provides me with the flexibility I need. Saint Leo University is definitely a challenging school and I would recommend it to those students who know what they want to major in and have the time for classes. Onward to the completion of my bachelors!
I actually found Saint Leo by researching online school accreditation for the completion of my associates degree. I saw the reviews and the program offerings and applied. The admissions office helped me through the process and the connected me to an advisor who was always helpful. I was skeptical at first, but knowing that Saint Leo is a pioneer in online education and they were accredited by the same regional commission as my other schools I felt relieved. To be honest, the courses aren't that hard, but they do challenge you and make you think. I was a straight A student in High school and the community college I attended had less rigorous classes than Saint Leo; yet it has had students who transferred into schools such as UGA and UNC and Duke. I rate Saint Leo at the top of my list. The tuition for online is the same as the public 4-year university I wanted to attend. The distance learning centers are cheaper, but I have little kids and I like the convenience of not having to find daycare for them at night.The eight week sections are helpful, but a lot of material is covered. I like how you have access to past courses to go back and review information.
Saint Leo University is amazing! I am currently enrolled and have nothing but positive things to say. The staff is very helpful and the classes are challenging as well as informative. My advisor is always checking up on me and the school is constantly sending e-mails about everything that is going on at the campus. I lived in Tampa most of my life and did not begin to attend Saint Leo until after I moved away for military service. I had no idea that they were #1 in 2014 by The best colleges.com for their Healthcare Management program. I am very pleased to soon hold a degree from this school! Go Lions!
I went to college when I was younger for a couple years. I started bouncing around between a few universities merely to make my parents satisfied, but not really participating in my program. Ready to come back and finish my degree, I chose to attend Saint Leo. It's been an amazing experience. I was enrolled with the center for online learning - and despite any perceptions that online school is "easier"....it's not. It's just as challenging as attending a live campus. The professors do a good job allowing the cyber classroom to feel much like a real one. They are always reaching out to help students are seem to always be within reach whenever I needed anything. My favorite part about my classes here at Saint Leo is how inspired I seem to get with each new class I take - especially courses not required for my major program. Saint Leo has given me a well rounded education and has opened my mind up to a lot of new areas and topics. My top two elective courses at Saint Leo, if I could recommend a couple, would be Native American Studies and the course on Evolution (Your Inner Fish). Saint Leo is different from other schools I've attended. Other schools seem unorganized and impersonal. I've never had an issue with Saint Leo administration or advising...though at other schools these departments have be nightmares. I think I've registered for two classes by myself here at Saint Leo, while most every semester my adviser checks in with me via phone to sign me up for my classes. My adviser really feels more like a guardian angel of sorts - I've never had that at any other school.
First off, I am extremely surprised at the complaints in the reviews section. I attended Ashford University for a short period and found it mediocre at best. When I transferred to Saint Leo I was quite challenged in all of my coursework. I am noticing that a lot of the complaints are coming from the general business / management degree seekers and again, a lot of the complaints center around the ease of coursework. My answer is, if you chose a more challenging field the complaints would be entirely different. I feel the instructors in CIS dept. are extremely involved and respond to any concerns or questions you may have. I am using my GI Bill so all of my financial issues are automatic. Overall this is a good school and it has definitely improved me as a person and a professional. Again, I feel that if you chose a more challenging degree program the difficulty of coursework would change drastically.
I read through a number of reviews and observed that some students had problems while others appeared to have none. I won't say that I had none, but I was definitely not overly inconvenienced by any of them. I think people should also realize that some professors are going to be better than others at every university... That is one of the many reasons some schools are trying to move away from tenured positions (granted, there are other reasons as well). The bottom line, I was able to complete my degree program through a combination of local campus and online classes in a reasonable amount of time. Their program offered me what I felt was reasonable credit for some of my military qualifications and schools. I began using many of the general business skills almost immediately, often while I was still in a particular class. I did not have the luxury of attending a traditional campus and taking full-time classes - I did learn a great deal about time-management and personal motivation! I'm glad I picked Saint Leo, would recommend it to others, and feel it has prepared me to pursue a graduate program, which I will begin next fall at UVA's Darden.
Having returned to college 12 years after graduating high school, I was not sure what to expect from Saint Leo. Overall, I would give my experience five stars. From the advisors, to the teachers, to my fellow students, I really feel like I received an excellent education. I would recommend Saint Leo to anyone looking to complete their degree and look forward to going back to finish my Master's soon.
I love St. Leo because my adviser calls me all the time to see if I need help or just to let me know I was doing a great job. If I got a low score or missed turning in something she called. I was running out of funds for books and she offered to find me cheap books. The teachers were right on and helpful. I went to Rasmussen before and they never called me for anything ever! They are friendly and actually care about me and not my money.
I have been surprised at the negative comments about Saint Leo. The core values and excellent instructors made this school more than just a degree. For me, the experience as an adult learner was invaluable. The classes were engaging. I never had an issue when/if I needed helped. However the instructors are not there to hold your hand. The expectation is you learn material and keep up with the syllabus. If not it is really sink or swim. My education has made doors open for graduate school. If Saint Leo offered a Master degree in my field I'd go there again, over any school. Go Lions!