First Term Checklist

Your first term at Saint Leo can be a bit of information overload. To help you focus on a few of the most important things first, please review this first term checklist.

Student Portal
Please check the student portal at which provides access to various links you will need, including your student email account, access to Learning Studio (formerly eCollege), the digital library, and much more.

Check Your Student Email Account via the Student Portal
Please access your Saint Leo email account frequently. This account will be your primary method of communication with Saint Leo faculty and staff, and all communication to and from financial aid, professors, etc. will go through this account. Your Student Advisor will send notification to personal accounts, but per university policy he or she will not reply to personal email accounts. Your email address is

Access Your Classes Four Days Early
You are able to access your classes on the Thursday before the official Monday start of each term. Log in early to download course information (including the syllabus), get comfortable with the technology, and introduce yourself to fellow classmates and professor. This early access gives you a head start on your first term.

Order Textbooks
Textbooks can be ordered via MBS Direct and will be shipped to your home address. If you wish to update your shipping address please click here to log in to your eLion account.

Check in with Tuition and Financial Aid
If you are using Financial Aid, it is extremely important that you complete and maintain all of your financial aid documents as a Saint Leo University student. Check eLion frequently to get updates on the status of your financial aid. Avoid holds on your record by making sure all required documents are submitted to Financial Aid. Please click here for more information about tuition and Financial Aid.

Take Necessary English and Math Assessments
Assessments are used to determine the best math and writing courses for you and are provided before you enroll in those courses. Please consult with your Student Advisor is if it’s necessary for you to take the assessments. If it’s determined that taking an assessment is necessary for you, please complete them as soon as your schedule permits. Please click here to access the assessments.

View the Starting Point Videos
These videos are designed to provide you with university expectations and relevant resources you'll need to know as an online student. Learn about academic integrity, textbooks, your online learning environment, and more. Please click here to view the Starting Point videos.

Contact Technical Support
Please contact the following resources if you experience technical issues:

  • Learning Studio (formerly eCollege) Support: 866-501-1636
  • Saint Leo Tech Support: 352-588-8888.
  • Student Portal Support: 800-334-5532 (option 6)

Reach Out to Veterans Affairs Services
If you are a veteran, Saint Leo has professionals on staff to assist you. Please contact Marlene Tillman (if your last name begins A-L) at 813-226-4908 or Hilary Bisaillon (if your last name begins M-Z) at 813-226-4860.

Review Military Tuition Assistance Information
If you are in the Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard and have questions relative to tuition assistance, please contact Gena Freese at Please copy your Student Advisor on all communication with Gena.

Army Students: Review Course Registration Information
If you are an Army student, please visit for course registration information.