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Veterans Day Tribute: “What I Learned During My Time In Uniform”

Posted by Saint Leo University on Nov 10, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Military

Finding Success Outside His Comfort Zone

Posted by Saint Leo University on Sep 29, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Military

“Enlistment To Enrollment: Earning Your College Degree Online” E-book Available

Posted by Saint Leo University on Sep 22, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Military

Navy Nuke, Submariner And Saint Leo Grad

Posted by Saint Leo University on May 2, 2016 8:18:14 AM

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.

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Topics: Academic Success, Military

Saint Leo Participates In DoD’s First Online Education Fair

Posted by Saint Leo University on Dec 7, 2015 8:00:00 AM

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?

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Topics: Military

Military Spouse Earns Degree Online While Stationed Far From Home

Posted by Saint Leo University on Jul 30, 2015 8:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Military

Saint Leo Online Programs Included In U.S. News Rankings For Veterans

Posted by Saint Leo University on Jul 13, 2015 8:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Military

Veterans in Higher Education

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jul 17, 2014 8:20:00 AM

When it comes to providing effective support services to help veterans achieve academic success, is “military friendly” enough?

By Tedd “Gunny” Weiser, Office of Veteran Student Services

Last month, I had the pleasure to be part of the team that hosted the second national Military and Veteran Social Work Conference, which took place here at Saint Leo’s University Campus. 

Being a 20-year veteran myself, it was an extreme pleasure to see so many devout professionals dedicated to helping veterans succeed in higher education. The program of more than 50 speakers and presenters that attracted attendees from around the nation and from several countries was inspiring.

While there was so much to learn from these social work experts, two simple points that came up time and again in presentations and informal discussions really hit home for me. Maybe that’s because they represent casual assumptions that I, myself, have been guilty of when working with our veteran students here at Saint Leo – at least until now.

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Topics: Military

Vet Credits Online Degree Program With Saving His Life

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Apr 8, 2014 8:23:00 AM

John Sinclair is grateful to Saint Leo University faculty and advisors for providing strength, encouragement and warmth during a difficult time.

Teachers will tell you it isn’t unusual for a student to leave a lasting impression. But what about a student they’ve never met?

A student like John Sinclair.

Dr. Tammy Zacchilli, associate professor of psychology at Saint Leo University, first encountered Sinclair in 2011, when he enrolled as an online student in her social psychology course.

“He was a great student and worked very hard in the class,” she recalls. “His discussions each week were insightful. He found ways to get his work completed and rarely asked for extra time.”

Not exactly the evaluation you’d expect to describe a student living out of his car, struggling each day to pay for food, gas and the cell phone that allowed him to connect to his classes online.

But then again, John Sinclair isn’t your average student.

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Topics: Academic Success, Military

Saint Leo Ranked Among Best Colleges For Veterans

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Nov 14, 2013 8:08:00 AM

Saint Leo University is included in U.S. News & World Report's first "Best Colleges for Veterans" Ranking.

U.S. News & World Report has launched its first rankings of the “Best Colleges for Veterans,” and Saint Leo placed 11 in the South region among the 234 schools included in the new list.

To qualify for the new rankings, schools first had to be ranked in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges. U.S. News & World Report ranked Saint Leo 55 among the top universities in the southern regional category in the 2014 Best Colleges edition.

In addition, schools included on the new ranking had to participate in federal initiatives that help veterans and active servicemembers apply, pay for, and complete their degrees. Saint Leo University:

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Topics: Saint Leo News, Military

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