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, 1403 N. Howard Ave., Tampa, FL 33607. Undergraduate Student Advising Toll-free: (877) 856-2144 and Graduate Student Advising Toll-free:(877) 882-3612. You may also e-mail your questions to the following addresses:
Student Advising (Undergraduate, Online) Email: COLadvisor1@saintleo.edu
Student Advising (Graduate, Online) Email: GraduateAdvising@saintleo.edu
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Online Learning Degree Programs
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Associate of Arts
Bachelor of Arts
- Accounting, B.A.
- Business Administration, B.A. (Offered only through Worldwide)
with specializations in:
- Project Management
- Criminal Justice, B.A. with specializations in:
- Homeland Security
- Emergency Management, B.A. (Offered only through WorldWide)
- Educational Studies, B.A. with specializations in:
- Early Childhood Development
- Elementary Education, B.A.
- Human Resource Management, B.A. (Offered only through WorldWide)
- Human Services, B.A. (Online and On Ground) (Offered only through WorldWide Centers and Online)
- Contemporary Studies, B.A.
- Psychology, B.A with specializations in:
- Religion, B.A.
- Sociology, B.A. with specializations in:
- Applied and Clinical Sociology
- Diversity and Inequality
- Communication, B.A.
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 email@example.com.
Saint Leo University is committed to ensuring that all students have access to technology to support their educational pursuits. While the University maintains several computer laboratory facilities with full academic software, hardware and printing capabilities, we recognize students utilize personal devices. Below are the minimum configurations for a device to meet compliance requirements for use on the university network. If your laptop does not meet compliant requirements or you need a laptop, the Department of Information Technology does offer a rental program to students that qualify, to learn more, please visit the Laptop Rental Program page (https://www.saintleo.edu/laptop-provisioning-rentals-program).
Recommended Minimum Laptop Configuration for Personal Computers or Laptops
- Dual Core or higher processor
- 8 GB of RAM or higher
- 256 GB of hard drive disc space or higher
- WiFi Enabled
- Ethernet network port
- Windows 1 or higher or Mac OSX version 10.8.5 Mountain Lion
- Office 365 (students are eligible to have a free Office 365 Account) this includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive with 1TB of cloud storage and Access*.
*Access is only available to be installed on Window based computers.
- Adobe PDF 9,0
- Alternate web browser in addition to Internet Explorer such as Firefox
Latest version of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari **Chromebooks and Netbooks are not compatible with online classes**
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.
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. Assessments must be completed prior to starting or before student completes 12 credit hours.
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 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.
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 Student Advising at (877) 856-2144 and Graduate Student Advising at (877) 882-3612, by e-mail and appointments.
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.
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.