SAINT LEO, FL — Saint Leo University will welcome close to 680 freshmen and more than 140 transfer students at its annual Move-In Day on Thursday, August 18.
Classes begin on Tuesday, August 23, and University Campus will boast an enrollment of 2,400 for Fall Semester. The university’s more than 40 education centers and offices—located in seven states—and its online programs bring Saint Leo’s total enrollment to almost 16,000 students.
“These students come from diverse ethnic, religious, and geographical backgrounds,” Reggie Hill, assistant vice president of enrollment, said of the new students enrolling at University Campus. “Our incoming class is made up of students from over 35 states and 43 countries.”
The most popular academic program among the population is the Bachelor of Science degree in biology with an emphasis on biomedical and health services, with 113 incoming students declaring that major. Business, criminal justice, psychology, sport business, elementary education, marketing, accounting, and computer science are also among the most frequently selected majors with the new class. An impressive 75 new students were admitted to the Honors Program, which nourishes inquisitive learners with challenging seminar courses and research opportunities. All but one of the 75 are incoming freshmen, and the other new Saint Leo student is a transfer.
Undergraduates and graduate students will be offered a number of new learning opportunities this year.
The university is offering a new Bachelor of Science in cybersecurity, and courses will be offered at University Campus and online. Saint Leo already offers a Master of Science in cybersecurity, and a Bachelor of Science in computer science, in both classroom settings and online.
The new four-year degree program in cybersecurity will afford students the valuable foundation of Saint Leo’s liberal arts program along with a technically rigorous, hands-on curriculum in cybersecurity. The program requires six courses specific to cybersecurity, plus two undergraduate courses from Saint Leo’s Criminal Justice Department.
The cybersecurity degree will fulfill the undergraduate requirements set by the National Security Agency (NSA) for its certification standards. With this education, graduates will be prepared for careers developing security products or programming security applications, as well as working as cybersecurity analysts, penetration testers, vulnerability analysts, or cyber-legal analysts.
In addition, Saint Leo University was certified as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education at the baccalaureate level. The recognition is jointly sponsored by the NSA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and has been awarded to Saint Leo through the year 2021.
Saint Leo is offering two new online MBA programs—the Master of Business Administration program with a specialization in supply chain global integration management and the Master of Business Administration program with a concentration in risk management. The courses were developed and will be taught by faculty from Saint Leo’s Donald R. Tapia School of Business.
As globalization and trade have increased, companies increasingly seek employees and managers to track suppliers, goods, transportation routes, and storage and distribution needs.
The new MBA with a concentration in risk management, in addition to the core MBA classes, adds five graduate courses covering risk management, insurance, specialized finance, accounting, and law and ethics. Graduates will be ready for the industry’s Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters professional examination. The CPCU® designation is highly respected in the field.
This summer, Saint Leo launched a new, low-residency graduate program in creative writing, which confers the Master of Arts degree, and is meant to be completed in two years. Students complete 36 hours of graduate study in fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. In an option unique to the Saint Leo program, those who are interested in writing about war experiences will select one of those genres, but instead of taking generalized writing courses within their specialty, they will enroll in courses in fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry that reflect wartime or post-war experiences.
Students complete four semesters of course work, attend three summer residencies, and produce a thesis, a book-length project of their own work.
Some Advice for Students
As the Class of 2020 heads to Saint Leo, Jennifer Garcia, the director of First Year Experience and an instructor, offered some important guidance.
“The biggest piece of advice I can give new students is ask questions,” Garcia said. “Get out of your rooms and attend orientation and campus events; get to know your classmates, both in and outside of the classroom. That is what makes your experience worthwhile.”
About Saint Leo University
Saint Leo University (www.saintleo.edu) 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 remain the faithful stewards of the beautiful lakeside University Campus in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, where our founding monks created the first Catholic college in the state in 1889. Serving nearly 16,000 students, we have expanded to downtown Tampa, to other sites in Florida and beyond, and maintain a physical presence in seven states. We provide highly respected online learning programs to students nationally and internationally. More than 80,000 alumni reside in all 50 states, in Washington, DC, in five U.S. territories, and in 72 countries.
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