Saint Leo University Online Reviews
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I have been going to St. Leo for since 2008 and am now a year away from my BA. The school isn't that difficult. I find the work and reading to actually be quite easy. If you are a fast reader who can compute large amounts of information you'll do fine.
The teacher are usually very helpful (in my experience) and will meet with you to help you if you need it. I have an A/B average and will continue on until I graduate and go on to my masters. I hihly recommend this school to anyone who's looking for an easy way to get their degree.
Saint Leo University is not for those who want to sail through classes with no effort. Each class, expect to devote a minimum of 10 to 20 hours of your life a week!
Be prepared as an online student to spend your weekends in front of a book or a computer! The GREAT thing about learning with Saint Leo is it truly is a do-it-whenever school. You can study ANY hour of the day. While they occassionally have hours you can not access the site, (usually at hours most people are asleep anyway) the platforms are always accessible. The books are broken down in easy to understand sections, but the language may take some (it did me) a dictionary and thesaurus to understand.
It's college, it's hard, but it's SO WORTH the money and sacrifice! I would recommend SLU online to any adult, parent, military, or even young person who wants to work and go to school!
I've not visited the campus yet but look forward to graduation!The other students online are very friendly, and the school has a "family" sense about it.
Check out the greek life too! It's open to even those online! Make the most of your future and attend this highly respected school. From 1889 to now, it's doing more than just educating, it's creating some of the best people to go into the world and make it a better place!
"Graduation begins today!"
When I decided to go back and finish my degree, I started looking at what was available back in 2007. For me, what was important was to have flexibility (thus, I looked at online programs), a traditional school that had the online program (for a couple of reasons 1) I felt there would be more alumni connections 2) There is still a stigma about online schools and 3) I wanted a not for profit school which online schools are not) and a program that I felt would be interesting and help my career wise. I finalized my decision on Saint Leo with the Business Administration with a Management Specialization. I first finished my AA in Liberal Arts and I am on track to graduate with my BA in 6 months.
I have to say that the experience at Saint Leo has been great. My time here has delivered more than any online only school could ever hope to do. I have served on the Student Board of Advisors and as the Student Representative to the Saint Leo Alumni Association which included several trips down to Florida for meetings.
The course work can be demanding at times but I have found that the vast majority of instructors are mindful that the students in their classes are usually employed full time or are serving in our military. With only one or two exceptions, they have all been friendly, helpful, professional and responsive. The staff has likewise been great. The few problems that I have had have been rectified in a pleasing and timely manner.
Some of the things that I have liked about my decision is that there is an active alumni association, the ability to make honor roll, graduate with honors and to be eligible for the honor society.
Although I am not Catholic, I do like the that the school has religious foundation and how they approach being Catholic but serving all and no faiths. The Catholic Tradition class that is a requirement was very non-threatening and approached with great respect and understanding. At no point have I seen or heard anything that would make a non-Catholic uncomfortable or unhappy.
For non-military, it is a bit more expensive than online only schools but I feel that the trade off on that is more respect for the degree.
When I transferred in, it was obvious that they took great care and effort in taking my various units at junior college and Moody Bible Institute and tried to fit as many as possible into my program. I had been prepared to 'fight' for some credits but when I got the report back, I was completely satisfied.
My only complaint is that there have been a couple of times that I felt that I should have had information communicated to me but had to ask to get the information. For instance, I had to email and ask about upcoming schedule of classes about a few classes left in my program. It was only then that I was told that those classes were no longer being offered and given options for other classes to take instead.
The only negative that I can think of is that Saint Leo does not have national recognition. For me, that is not too worrisome as I look forward to getting a Masters degree from a nationally known school.
I do and have recommended this school for working individuals looking to finish their associates or bachelors degrees.
I attended classes both on campus and online, and I had a great experience. I earned two degrees there, one in Liberal Arts (A.A) and the other in Business(B.A). After reading previous comments I have to say that this is a Catholic university and it is plainly on the website under the history of the school. Moving on....I am former Army, that is how I discovered the school. It really caters to people that are on the move or deployed. So the online and distance learning classes are top notch. Do not get me wrong, they are hard because they compact a great deal of information into a shorter period. So you do a great deal of reading. But it is all worth it in the end. The online classes are designed for professionals and people with good work ethic. They do not have time for hand holding so if you need constant direction you are better off taking classes on-site (at a base or on campus if you are in Florida). The faculty at my base (Langley) were great and really helped you out whenever they could. It was a great experience for me. Better than what I had at other schools (I transferred).
This is an excellent Catholic University. I have earned my BACJ here and am now in the MS Degree Program. Online courses are very challenging and intense. The Professors are very helpful and the coursework is intense and difficult. I love this University and you will too, but, be ready to buckle down. It's tough, but rewarding!
I have attended Saint Leo since 2004, and have received my Associate in Liberal Arts, BA Business Management, and BA in Human Resources. I am currently enrolled in the MBA program, and will complete this program June of this year. I can truly say that I have had a pleasant experience with Saint Leo. I took the majority of my undergraduate classes in a classroom setting which was sort of complicated since I am a single parent. By this, I mean attending classes on the different Military bases. One semester I experienced 3 classes on 3 different Military bases but I was determined to do whatever it took for me to graduate. I was able to receive my first degree within 28 months, and was an honor graduate.
Also, I have extremely good grades in the MBA program. It took motivation, dedication and determination to be successful. Now I am looking for a university to enroll in a PHD program. Thanks Saint Leo for motivating me and giving me the encouragement that I needed to further my education.
I was told by Saint Leo staff that the school was secular and that the MBA Online degree was for working professionals who wanted their MBA in a year. I soon realized that it was indeed a Catholic university (I'm not Catholic) and that the programs were so crammed and so demanding that it took me 30 hours per week just to do one class...there was no way that I could do the 2 classes per term needed to be finished within 1 year's time.
The administration of SLU is unsupportive. They couldn't care less whether there is a problem or not.
Instructional staff is varied. There are a few good professors but the majority are poor quality. It can take 2 days or more to get a response from them. In a school where classes are only 8 weeks long...2+ days to get a response feels like a long time.
The library's online resources are also highly limited. It can take as long to find a source as it does to write a paper using that source.
Technically speaking, besides the library's online resources, the technology used to deliver the online classes is often antiquated. Links often do not work. Programs routinely fail to load. There have been times during a test when the whole site went down without technical support.
The only enjoyable aspect of the classes is the students. The program often has some of the best and brightest students in the world, with dramatically different backgrounds.
Professor interactions are usually not as nice. I have found that professors are hampered by the "cookie cutter" design of the classes. They have little control over the content or assignments. Essentially, a monkey could teach these classes, as the power of the professors is usually highly limited, with the course preset by professors who are now retired from SLU.
Overall, if I could do it again, I would have gone to another university. I can definitely say that I will not support them as an alumna.
I looked at a lot of programs before I chose Saint Leo. I am very glad that I made the choice I did. The classes are very good and the professors are truly interested in the online students. I read the review from the person that said, "They just take their 16 week course and cram it into 8". It is true and it is an accelerated program. If you are looking for a program that will just send you through the paces and expect nothing, this is not the school for you. If you really want to learn while you earn your degree, it is great! I am very happy with my choice.
I started Saint Leo in 2007 on the tail end with their work with University Alliance. I recently completed my Associates in Liberal Arts and I am on the home stretch to complete my Bachelors in Business Administration with a Specialization in Management. I am on the Student Board of Advisors and I am also the student representative on the Saint Leo Alumni Association Board of Directors.
I decided on Saint Leo because I wanted to go to a school that was an actual traditional brick and mortar school with a main campus 'somewhere'. I further wanted a school that I felt was not just a degree factory and finally one that I could connected to. Saint Leo filled these for me as well as having a program that I wanted to complete.
Overall, my experience has been great. As with most organizations, there have been some issues but I weigh how those issues are addressed heavier than the actual issues themselves and Saint Leo has done very well to take care of any issues. The issues themselves were minor and once I addressed them, the school quickly moved to correct the issue. The biggest issue was not getting a response after a few days of both phone and email to my advisor (I looked up the supervisor of the advisors and sent an email- I was contacted immediately and the advisor explained that she was working on the question. She still should have contacted me to let me know she was working on it but that is a minor issue).
I have found that the instructors are knowledgeable and helpful. Most are engaged and are motivated to help you succeed. The classes are a good balance of being challenging as well as compact (as they courses are 8 weeks instead of the normal 16 weeks of 'traditional' school) along with understanding that most everyone enrolled has full time employment or otherwise engaged in other life activities. I have seen a gradual increase in the courses offering more in terms of lectures and other audio-visual aspects of the 'classroom'.
The school is a Roman Catholic not for profit organization that is open to all faiths (or no faith) and although there are some religion classes that are required, I found the one religion class I had to take very informative as I am not Catholic. I was impressed with how the approach was really accepting by both the course and the instructor.
As part of my duties as the student representative to the Alumni Association Board of Directors, I have visited the actual campus. It is small but beautiful and it really reinforced how the people that work there are not merely 'salespeople' with various titles but rather interested in higher education. The campus is beautiful and I look forward to being able to walk in the graduation ceremony.
This school offers much and you do not have to worry about the sales pitches. I have had many a helpful phone call from various people in helping make the experience run well for me and have given helpful reminders about certain things. The education is solid and I believe will help me further in my goals. I do recommend this school's online program.
I signed up for the on-line MBA degree in February 2008. The accelerated 8-week classes are for people that are willing to commit 15 to 20 hours a week (per class) for homework. They definitely require that you know your material to pass. If you have the discipline and drive, you can get your MBA in two years (or less).
Because I must travel for my job, the on-line program suited my lifestyle best. They do not leave anything out of the accelerated classes and I feel I have obtained the knowledge I paid for. I have one class left and I will be done in October 2009. I recommend Saint Leo’s on-line program to anyone that is serious about learning and obtaining his or her degree.