Saint Leo University Named One of America’s Top Military-Friendly Colleges

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G.I. Jobs magazine’s annual list honors schools that embrace and support service members and veterans

Saint Leo’s academic programs are designed to accommodate the military’s unique educational needs.

G.I. Jobs magazine has included Saint Leo University—one of the nation's 10 leading providers of higher education to the U.S. military—in its 2012 list of military-friendly colleges. The list represents the 15 percent of U.S. colleges that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.

A publication of Pittsburgh-based Victory Media, G.I. Jobs compiles the annual list through exhaustive research and polling of more than 7,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list are developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB). G.I. Jobs created the guide to help military personnel narrow down their education options following passage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which guarantees tuition assistance to veterans.

G.I. Jobs' military-friendly colleges list praises Saint Leo for offering financial benefits, flexible programs and counseling support to military students and veterans. Standout benefits include:

    · Scholarships and tuition discounts for military students, veterans, and dependents
    · Yellow Ribbon program tuition reimbursement
    · Flexible evening programs, weekend programs and classroom-based programs on military bases
    · Full-time veteran counselors on staff to help with career placement
    · Virtual and on-campus clubs for veterans and their spouses

"Saint Leo is committed to supporting the men and women who serve our country," says Kathryn McFarland, Vice President of Enrollment and Online Programs at Saint Leo University. "Military students often face extraordinary demands, with the threat of deployment or transfer at any given moment. Saint Leo’s academic programs are designed to accommodate the military’s unique educational needs."

Saint Leo University has a rich history as a military-friendly college, serving members of the armed forces, veterans, and their families for nearly four decades. Ranked among the nation's most military-friendly institutions by Military Advanced Education magazine, Saint Leo maintains partnerships that support affordable degree programs to fit the mobile lifestyle of military personnel worldwide. Our students' educational opportunities are unbounded by location—they enjoy access to the same courses whether living on an Atlanta military base, or are stationed abroad. Partnerships include:

    · GoArmyEd
    · eArmyU
    · Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership (NCPDLP)
    · Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE)
    · The Air Force Academic Institution (AI) Portal
    · Air University Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative Program
    · The Marine Corps Lifelong Learning Program’s Academic Explorer (AeX)

Currently, 4,113 military or veteran students are enrolled at Saint Leo University's traditional liberal arts Florida campus, online, and at educational centers on military bases in seven states.

About Saint Leo University
Saint Leo ranks as one of the top universities in the South, according to U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” list. Saint Leo’s traditional liberal arts campus, located 30 miles north of Tampa, educates more than 1,900 students. Total enrollment across its campus, regional education centers, and online programs exceeds 15,000. Among the oldest Catholic universities in Florida, Saint Leo is one of the nation's 10 leading providers of higher education to the U.S. military, and is a nationally recognized leader in online education.

To learn more about Saint Leo University's ranking as one of America's most military-friendly colleges, visit http://online.saintleo.edu/military-friendly-colleges.aspx.

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