Saint Leo University Moves to New Ocala Location

Posted on: October 11, 2016

Hallmarks of the Ocala Education Center are access and convenience. Classes are available when students, mainly adult learners, need them, said Rena Thomas, center director.

While the average Saint Leo Ocala student is in his or her 30s, the center now is offering associate of arts degrees, which will appeal to those who recently have graduated high school or earned an equivalency diploma. “Students can now start with us without having their AA or any college credits,” Thomas said.

Some of the most popular programs offered by the Saint Leo University Ocala Education Center are human services, elementary and middle grades education, and criminal justice.

Saint Leo University is a private, nonprofit university founded by Benedictine monks and sisters. The university honors its Benedictine roots by incorporating its core values in every class. One of the core values is “community,” and the Ocala Education Center works closely with the Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership. The university offers CEP members and their employees a 10 percent discount.

The Ocala Education Center also works closely with many human services-related agencies and the Marion County Public Schools, and many students are hired for full-time positions following completion of their field placement.

Registration is taking place for the Spring 1 Semester, which begins January 9, 2017. For information, call (352) 671-3391.

About Saint Leo University
Saint Leo University ( 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 15,000 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 82,000 alumni reside in all 50 states, in Washington, DC, in three U.S. territories, and in 76 countries.

Media Contact: Mary McCoy, University Writer & Media Relations,, (352) 588-7118 or cell (813) 610-8416

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