[ARCHIVED CATALOG] 2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
    Jul 14, 2024  
[ARCHIVED CATALOG] 2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Center for Online Learning

Saint Leo University's Online Learning (OL) Center was established in October 1998 to meet the needs of adult students and offer the best attributes of traditional classroom education along with today's cutting-edge computer technology. OL offers busy working adults the opportunity to earn an associate's or bachelor's degree entirely online at http://online.saintleo.edu. No conventional classroom attendance is required. OL provides students with the benefit of advancing their education without having to travel to a campus. Saint Leo's OL students receive the same associate's and bachelor's degrees as do their campus-based counterparts. The administrative staff, student services coordinators, enrollment counselors, and undergraduate student advisors can be reached at the Saint Leo University, Online Learning Center, 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 214, Tampa, FL 33602. Undergraduate Advising Toll-free: (877) 856-2144 and Graduate Advising Toll-free:(877) 882-3612. You may also e-mail your questions to the following addresses:

Application: http://saintleo.edu

Admission: WWAdmission@saintleo.edu

Help Desk (eLion: my.Saintleo.edu and Windows Live mail: helpdesk@saintleo.edu

Student ID: id.cards@saintleo.edu

Update contact information: http://my.saintleo.edu.
Log in. Click eLion. Click Students. Click Information Change Screen.

Online Learning Degree Programs

Reference website for most up-to-date offerings

Associate of Arts

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science


Academic Regulations and Definitions

Each online course uses a standard textbook and an online learning system. Participating online, students are expected to complete reading and homework assignments; submit assigned papers, projects, and essays; and take online quizzes and examinations. Conversations with classmates and professors use an asynchronous message board. All professors have office hours via chat sessions and are available by e-mail and telephone.

To register for undergraduate online classes, new students may call (877) 856-2144 and speak with any available student advisor. Returning students can register via eLion through the University's website as well as speak with a student advisor.

One course is considered part time, two or more courses full time. Students must apply for admission prior to taking classes. Financial aid is available only to those students who have been admitted and have matriculated.

All students are required to take the same comprehensive examinations for graduation as on-campus and Saint Leo University WorldWide students, and may choose to attend the on-campus commencement ceremonies.

In addition to courses that constitute the student's major, all students must take the University Explorations (General Education) curriculum. The goal of the University Explorations core curriculum is to provide undergraduate students with an understanding of the University's Benedictine-inspired values and Catholic traditions while focusing on the liberal arts and sciences and introducing undergraduate students to an understanding of the knowledge needed to succeed in college and in lifelong learning. Saint Leo University seeks to graduate students

  • who exhibit skills in learning, writing, reading, critical thinking, technology applications, numerical applications, and well-adjusted to life;
  • who exhibit skills in dealing with fundamental human questions regarding the nature of human reality, the ways in which human beings come to know the world, and issues of human morality;
  • who have learned to love learning, who understand the importance of the liberal arts as the basis for all learning, who find the curriculum relevant, and who are prepared to become lifelong learners; and
  • whose employers will indicate a positive satisfaction level with these graduates and their preparation level for suitable employment and/or graduate studies.


Extensive information resources and support are available to all students through the Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library. For online students, the library website, Ask-a-Librarian, and LibAnswers as well as the (800) phone number are designed to aid students' academic efforts and support access to the library's resources and services. Online students may call the reference desk at (800) 359-5945 for personalized research and writing support, search the FAQs and submit a help request using http://saintleo.libanswers.com, or email the library at reference.desk@saintleo.edu.

Computer Specifications

Saint Leo University highly recommends that all students have:

  • Pentium 4 or higher PC
  • Windows XP or Windows 7
  • Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher
  • Video display 800 x 600 or greater
  • 2 gigabyte of RAM or higher
  • wired or wireless Ethernet
  • Internet service provider (broadband recommended)
  • Sound card and speakers

Software Requirements

  • Microsoft Word 2010, Excel 2010, Access 2010, and PowerPoint 2010
  • Adobe PDF 9.0
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.0
  • Java
  • Alternate web browser in addition to Internet Explorer such as Firefox or Google Chrome

Please note that there may be software components accompanying textbook materials that are not Mac compatible. Students may experience problems using these tools as a result. Saint Leo University cannot be held responsible for students experiencing difficulty with software components that are not Mac compatible.

Online Technical Support can be reached at (866) 501-1636, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

University Assessment Exams

All new students will be placed in MAT 003  and ENG 110  unless the prerequisites for placement into higher courses are met. Prerequisites for placement into higher courses can be met through transfer credit or Assessment scores.  It is highly recommended that all new students take the English and Math Assessment exams. English assessment is required for students without transfer credit.

The Assessment exam process is critical in determining students' abilities and knowledge. Assessment exams are designed to gauge students' aptitude and skill level in the given subject areas. Saint Leo University wants students to succeed in their academic pursuit. By accurately placing students in the appropriate courses, Saint Leo University is assisting in the achievement of that goal. College work requires a certain proficiency in English and Math necessary for further study in higher-level courses.

Foundation Courses

Foundation courses are designed to provide students with the basic academic and personal skills needed to complete a college education. These courses provide a practical orientation to collegiate life, and they prepare students for the challenges and opportunities associated with completing a four-year college education. Additionally, these courses provide basic instruction in such areas as learning, writing, reading, critical thinking, computer science, and mathematics. Generally, these Foundation courses are completed during a student's first year of college.

ENG 110  - How to Write Well

This course satisfies an elective credit for the associate's or bachelor's degree. This course is designed to remedy the special problems of students whose English preparation reveals marked deficiencies in verbal skills. To ensure competence in oral communications, a speech component is included. Course fee may apply. Offered every term.


This course does not satisfy a University Explorations (general education) requirement in mathematics or elective credit for the associate's or bachelor's degree. This course is designed to help students build a foundation for algebra. Topics include algebraic expressions, order of operations, linear equations, inequalities, introduction to graphing, polynomials, exponents, and factoring. Offered every term.

Student Services and Student Advising


Online Learning students have access to the portal.saintleo.edu portal. With a single login, students will be able to access eLion, e-mail, and the Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library. The portal also offers access to the Learning Management System classroom portal.saintleo.edu features a personal calendar, contacts list, briefcase, and much more portal.saintleo.edu  is located at  https://portal.saintleo.edu


The University provides online registration services through the eLion system. Students will receive a login and password to the eLion system and are also provided an e-mail account that will be the formal mode of communication between the University and the student. Access to eLion is available through http://portal.saintleo.edu.

Student Advising

Saint Leo University Online Learning (OL) students can count on their personal student advisor to provide them with the guidance they need to achieve their educational goals. Online Learning has professional student advisors charged with the responsibility of advising students and reviewing programs and courses. All are available to assist and support by telephone: Undergraduate at (877) 856-2144 and Graduate at (877) 882-3612, by e-mail, or by Live chat.  See https://www.saintleo.edu/worldwide-student-advisors

Honor Societies

Alpha Kappa Delta

Alpha Kappa Delta is the International Sociology Honor Society.  The name, Alpha Kappa Delta, represents the first three letters of three Greek words: anthropon (mankind), katamanthanein (to investigate thoroughly or to conduct research) and diakonesein (for the purpose of service). Membership is open to all Saint Leo University students—regardless of location. Students who have an overall GPA of at least 3.3 and a Sociology GPA of at least 3.0 based on courses completed at Saint Leo University may be eligible for membership.

Delta Epsilon Sigma

Delta Epsilon Sigma is a national scholastic honor society for students, faculty, and alumni of colleges and universities with a Catholic tradition. It was founded in 1939 to recognize academic accomplishments, to foster scholarly activities, and to encourage a sense of intellectual community among its members. More than 100 colleges and universities have received charters to establish chapters of Delta Epsilon Sigma. Delta Nu is the local chapter of Delta Epsilon Sigma.

Omicron Sigma Sigma

The Order of the Sword and Shield was established in 2010 at the campuses of St. John's University in New York.  The Society has grown steadily since that time.  As outlined on their Website, the Society is the first and only academic and professional honor society dedicated exclusively to homeland security, intelligence, emergency management, and all protective security disciplines.  The mission of the Society is to promote critical thinking, high scholarship and professional development; to further enhance the ethical standards of the protective security professions; and to cultivate a high order of personal living. In addition to its academic purpose, the Society is strongly committed to helping communities prepare for safety and emergency conditions and sponsors many types of informational events throughout the year.   The Saint Leo University Chapter was started in May of 2019.  Membership criteria includes: completion of ½ of the total number of credits required for their overall program, including completion of ½ of all credits in the Homeland Security, Intelligence, Emergency Management, or Protective Studies A.S., B.S., Minor, Master's, Doctoral, or Certificate Program.  In addition, students must have achieved an overall 3.25 (undergraduate) or a 3.50 (graduate) cumulative GPA or higher (on a scale of 4.0) for all credits, including transfer credits, or be in the top 20% of their class standing.   http://www.securityhonorsociety.org/home.html

Sigma Beta Delta

Sigma Beta Delta, the international honor society in business, management, and administration, was founded in 1994. The Saint Leo chapter was established in 1994 as one of the founding chapters. Sigma Beta Delta was established to encourage and recognize scholarship and accomplishment among students of business, management, and administration and to encourage and promote aspirations toward personal and professional improvement and a life distinguished by honorable service to humankind. Sigma Beta Delta espouses three principles: wisdom, honor, and meaningful aspirations. Sigma Beta Delta members are challenged to pursue wisdom throughout their lives, to accept honor as a constant companion throughout their lives, and to aspire to goals that will chart them on the path of wisdom and honor throughout their lives. Sigma Beta Delta inducts eligible students and qualified faculty based on their sustained scholastic and personal achievement in business, management, and administration and a dedication to the principles of wisdom, honor, and meaningful aspirations.

Academic Resources

Online tutorial services are available 24/7/365 for all OL courses via a licensing agreement with Tutor.com. Online access information to Tutor.com is located in each OL classroom.