Spring 2018

Lion’s Roar


best-colleges-RU-Best-Value_2018In the 2018 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges list, Saint Leo was ranked 61st among Regional Universities–South. In addition, the university was named as one of the Best Value Regional Universities–South.



In the 2018 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Programs edition, Saint Leo was ranked high in the Best Online Programs for bachelor’s degrees (tied for 88th) and was named to the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans list (51st).


For the fifth consecutive year, Saint Leo University earned recognition as a Top School in the 2018 Military Advanced Education & Transition (MAE&T) Guide to Colleges & Universities. The honor recognizes Saint Leo as a leader in the nation for providing education to those who are serving or who have served in the armed forces.



Saint Leo University was selected as one of the Military Times Best: Colleges 2018. Formerly known as Best for Vets, this rankings survey is the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement.


Faculty Spotlight

Aefsky,-Fern_2017_verticalLast Fall, Dr. Fern Aefsky, head of the Education Department in the School of Education and Social Services, was recognized by U.S. Representative Gus Bilirakis of Florida for her extensive volunteer work with a program that helps teens stay in public high schools. She was among about 60 people who received a special certificate of recognition and a “Coin of Excellence – Outstanding Service” with the seal of the U.S. Congress. Bilirakis represents the 12th Congressional District, which includes Florida’s Pasco County, where University Campus is located.


Gianna-Russo_1_20172 In Fall 2017, Gianna Russo, assistant professor of English and creative writing, won the Best of the Bay – Best Local Poet from Creative Loafing: Tampa Bay.

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