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.


International Transfer Students

International transfer students must meet these additional admission requirements:

  • Letter of Recommendation from Dean of Students: Must be completed by applicant’s Dean of Students or equivalent at current institution. Download Transfer Recommendation Form.
  • Course-by-Course Evaluation of All International University Coursework: All international university transcripts must be evaluated by an evaluation agency that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). These member services can be found here:  Course-by-course evaluations are required. Please contact these members directly to determine what official documents will be required for the evaluation.

Send all documents to:

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

Transferring Credits?

Learn more about Saint Leo University’s transfer credit policies.