Basic Admissions Requirements

In addition to the minimum high school GPA of 3.0, each student must submit at least three options from the lists below. Two of the three supplements must come from the academic options list. Further explanation of these options follows the lists.

Academic Recommendations

Applicants must submit at least two letters of recommendation from teachers who can attest to their academic abilities. Additional recommendations received will not factor into our decision-making process.

Academic Writing Ability

Applicants should submit a recent, graded writing sample with a high school teacher’s comments. This writing sample will preferably be at least 500 words and written within the last two years. Research papers, position papers and literary analysis are all acceptable examples of graded writing samples.

AP or Honors, IB courses

When assessing grade point average, consideration is given to the strength and frequency of Advanced Placement, Honors, and International Baccalaureate course work in a student’s curriculum.

Standardized Test Scores

Students who feel that their SAT or ACT scores are a good indicator of their abilities may submit their results and request that they be reviewed in their admission decision. Please note that Saint Leo is a test-optional school—if a student does not feel that their test scores accurately represent their academic abilities, they do not need to submit them.

Class Rank

Class rank, like GPA, indicates a student’s performance in the classroom. Although class rank is not the ultimate indicator of academic performance, it provides us with a more precise understanding of where each applicant falls on the academic spectrum.

Community Involvement

Community service and volunteer experience highlight students who have a genuine concern for people and their community. Such activities are aligned with Saint Leo University’s core values.

Extracurricular Activities

Saint Leo University desires to admit students who participate in quality involvement in their high school. Students must demonstrate the type of involvement they have in particular clubs, organizations, or sports teams, with leadership positions preferred over general membership.

Personal or Group Achievements

Outstanding achievements are just that—they stand out. Students may submit resumes, YouTube videos, DVDs, PowerPoint presentations or slideshows that demonstrate their backgrounds, athletic or artistic talents, interests or accomplishments. This achievement summary gives the student the opportunity to highlight special skills or talents, interesting experiences and personal accomplishments. When reviewing candidates for admission, Saint Leo University is looking for those experiences that might suggest high potential for leadership and involvement on campus.


Saint Leo is excited to partner with ZeeMee, a free service that helps students bring their applications to life. We are committed to reviewing every applicant as a unique individual. Students may create their profile at  and then simply provide their ZeeMee link to their Saint Leo admissions counselor via email.

Home-Schooled Students

In order to assess a home-schooled applicant’s likelihood of success at the University, the Office of Admission requires several forms of documentation in addition to the standard application materials.

  • Official high school transcript, along with a bibliography of all reading material throughout high school, including textbooks.
  • Two letters of recommendation, with at least one of these from an individual outside the applicant’s home.
  • Scores from the SAT/ACT, unless applying for admission under ourTest-Optional Policy.
  • Portfolio of sample work. The portfolio should contain representative writing samples as well as samples of work done for various courses.
  • Personal interview. Home-schooled applicants should interview in person or by telephone with an admission counselor.

Send all documents to:

Office of Admissions, MC2008
PO Box 6665
Saint Leo, FL 33574
Fax: (352) 588-8257

Program for the Advancement of Learning (PAL)

Each year, a small number of carefully selected students who do not meet regular admission requirements—but who exhibit potential for academic success—are admitted to our PAL Program. The program provides the academic support, structure and guidance to prepare students for a successful transition to the college experience. Contact the Office of Admissions for more information about PAL.

Recommended Prerequisites

Applicants for regular admission status are recommended to have successfully completed the following high school courses by the time they enroll at Saint Leo University:

  • English: 4 years
  • Mathematics: 3 years including Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry
  • Science: 2 years
  • History & Social Science: 3 years
  • Foreign Language: 2 years of the same language, with a C average
  • Electives: 2 years

Pre-College Credits

Saint Leo honors the following types of pre-college credit.

Advanced Placement Exams
Credit is awarded for a score of 3 or higher for select subject exams. The maximum limit on standardized examination transfer credit is 40.

Dual Enrollment Credits
Dual enrollment students who wish to have their completed coursework evaluated for credit at Saint Leo should submit a college transcript release authorization form to the institution(s) they attended. Download a College Transcript Release Authorization Form.

International Baccalaureate
Students earning IB diplomas may be considered for admission as sophomores. Saint Leo awards 30 semester hours of credit to students who have completed the IB diploma and have obtained a 5, 6, or 7 in their higher-level subjects. Students who do not complete the full diploma will receive six semester hours of credit for higher-level examination results of 5, 6, or 7 on a case-by-case basis.

Cambridge AICE Exam Credits
Saint Leo University accepts credits for passing scores of A, B, C, D or E on the British AS-Level or A-Level courses. No credit is offered for Ordinary Level courses.