Saint Leo University Named to Best for Vets List by Military Times

Saint Leo University Named to Best for Vets List by Military Times
Saint Leo University was selected as one of the Best for Vets: Colleges 2017 by Military Times.

Saint Leo University was selected as one of the Best for Vets: Colleges 2017 by Military Times. The eighth annual Best for Vets rankings factor in the results of Military Times’ comprehensive school-by-school survey of veteran and military student offerings and rates of academic achievement.

Saint Leo ranked eighth in the country in the Online & Nontraditional School category, which recognizes the university’s commitment to educating military personnel, veterans, and their families wherever they may be—even if they are deployed.

In addition to University Campus in Saint Leo, FL, students are educated at more than 40 teaching locations including many located on military bases. Saint Leo teaches at one of the largest naval bases in the world, Naval Station Norfolk, as well as at other bases in Virginia, Florida, California, Texas, South Carolina, and Mississippi.

Military Times’ annual Best for Vets: Colleges survey asks colleges and universities to document services, special rules, accommodations, and financial incentives offered to students with military ties, as well as to describe many aspects of veteran culture on a campus. These institutions were evaluated in several categories, with university culture and academic outcomes bearing the most weight, according to the publication’s editor.

More than 500 colleges took part in this year’s detailed survey. “We limit our list to encourage competition, and we genuinely hope this helps raise the bar for veterans on campus,” said Amanda Miller, editor of Best for Vets.

Military Times also factors in data from the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments, as well as three U.S. Department of Education sources: the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System Center, College Scorecard, and the Cohort Default Rate Database.

“Each year more than 5,000 veterans attend classes at Saint Leo, while nearly 4,500 active-duty military members are enrolled around the world,” said Dr. William J. Lennox Jr., Saint Leo University president. “That number represents a significant percentage of the Saint Leo student community. And this commitment to military men and women is an aspect of Saint Leo University of which I am particularly proud.”

For more information about Saint Leo University’s commitment to the U.S. military forces and veterans, contact Pamela Martis, director of Military Affairs and Services, at or (352) 588-8234.

 About Saint Leo University

Saint Leo University ( is a modern Catholic teaching university that is firmly grounded in the liberal arts tradition and the timeless Benedictine wisdom that seeks balanced growth of mind, body, and spirit. The Saint Leo University of today is a private, nonprofit institution that creates hospitable learning communities wherever our students want to be or need to be, whether that is a campus classroom, a web-based environment, an employer’s worksite, a military base, or an office park. We welcome people of all faiths and of no religious affiliation, and encourage learners of all generations. We are committed to providing educational opportunities to our nation’s armed forces, our veterans, and their families. We are regionally accredited to award degrees ranging from the associate to the doctorate, and we guide all our students to develop their capacities for critical thinking, moral reflection, and lifelong learning and leadership.

We provide highly respected online learning programs to students nationally and internationally. More than 82,000 alumni reside in all 50 states, in Washington, DC, in three U.S. territories, and in 76 countries.

Media Contact: Mary McCoy, University Writer & Media Relations,, (352) 588-7118 or cell (813) 610-8416

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