For Memorial Day 2017, Saint Leo University remembers the fallen heroes who have made the greatest sacrifice for the freedoms we all enjoy as Americans. On this day, it’s also worth reflecting on the rich history of Saint Leo’s affiliation with the United States military.
Members of the Saint Leo University community understand the unique perspectives of military students because many also have served.
Recognized as one of America’s largest and most committed providers of higher education to the U.S. military, Saint Leo has been serving the education needs of servicemembers, veterans and their families on military bases and worldwide through online education since 1973.
Regardless of where in the world she is stationed, U.S. Navy sailor Taryn Fredericks continues her online degree program with Saint Leo University.
The balmy island of Guam – where Petty Officer Second Class (E-5) Taryn Fredericks is currently stationed aboard submarine tender USS Emory S. Land – is a long way from her snowy hometown of Syracuse, New York.
So are most of the other locations around the globe where Taryn has been deployed: Oregon, Hawaii, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Diego Garcia, the Philippines and Japan.
Federal data indicates that military students participate in online education at higher rates than their nonmilitary peers.
A report released recently by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics provides insight into the college enrollment patterns of the nation’s 1.1 million military and veteran students.
Atlanta police officer and U.S. Navy veteran uses military education benefits to pursue an online computer information systems degree and prepare for the next step in his career.
“Jump in with both feet, and charge full speed ahead.”
That’s what Branden Hart suggests to veterans (and really, anyone) thinking about pursuing an online degree while working full time.
And it’s more than just sage advice. It’s how Branden, himself, lives each day.
Saint Leo e-book answers questions servicemembers and veterans have about choosing the right online degree program and getting started using valuable education benefits.
Saint Leo alumnus Donald Baker has served in two branches of the U.S. armed forces.
Immediately after graduating from high school, he enlisted in the Navy and served proudly for eight years. Three years after being honorably discharged, he joined the Army Reserves and then was accepted into the Active Guard Reserve (AGR) program.
Completing the Navy’s prestigious Nuclear Power School prepared Jonathan Ashton to serve his country. Earning a college degree from Saint Leo enabled him to prove something vital to himself.
By the time Jonathan Ashton received his first orders as a Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class aboard the attack submarine USS Scranton, he had completed what many consider the most academically challenging training program in the U.S. military and the most advanced nuclear physics training in the world – the Navy’s prestigious Nuclear Power School.
Providing online degree programs that fit the mobile lifestyle of military personnel for more than 40 years qualifies Saint Leo to participate in the Department of Defense’s first virtual college fair.
Think college fair and what comes to mind?
Understanding faculty and advisors who reach out from thousands of miles away have kept Katelyn Flanagan connected to Saint Leo.
Katelyn Flanagan met her future husband, Scott, during her senior year of high school when she was taking a college-level class at the local community college in Lancaster, Penn.
Four years later they married, and with Scott in the Air Force, Katelyn began her journey as a military spouse.
Ranked among Best Online Programs for Veterans, Saint Leo places in top 10 nationally for highest percentage of military veterans and active-duty servicemembers.
When it comes to online bachelor’s programs with the highest percentage of enrolled military veterans and active-duty servicemembers, Saint Leo University places number nine in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report ranking.