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Stetson University


Stetson University was initially established in 1883 by philanthropist Henry Addison DeLand as DeLand Academy. The school was renamed in 1889 to honor the cowboy hat inventor John B. Stetson. Historically affiliated with the Florida Baptist Convention, Stetson University is a private, non-profit higher learning institution operating in the I-4 corridor. Along with its main 175-acre suburban campus in DeLand, there are other Central Florida locations in Gulfport, Tampa, and Celebration. Several campus buildings have earned LEED Gold Certification. Stetson enrolls approximately 4,300 students across its four academic colleges. Stetson University has claimed many “firsts,” including Florida’s first school of music and law school.

According to the U.S. News, Stetson is the fifth best college, 7th top value school, and fifth top university for veterans with the sixth best undergraduate teaching in the South. The Stetson College of Law is ranked #1 for trial advocacy in the United States. Forbes named Stetson the 282th best private college nationally with a financial grade of B. Stetson University was included in the Princeton Review’s “Best 380 Colleges.” In 2012, Stetson received Florida Campus Compact’s Most Engaged Campus Award. Military Times has given Stetson the “Military Friendly School” designation. Stetson University is also crowned America’s seventh best master’s-level institution for social mobility by Washington Monthly.

Stetson University Accreditation Details

Last reaffirmed in 2011, Stetson University has Level V accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). This regional accrediting agency is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The School of Business Administration is approved by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The College of Law meets the guidelines of the American Bar Association (ABA). The School of Music aligns with the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Teaching programs are accredited via the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and Florida Department of Education (FDOE).

Stetson University Application Requirements

The average acceptance rate at Stetson University is 61 percent, so new applicants must fulfill selective criteria. First-year students must be graduating from a licensed secondary school or homeschool with a state-approved diploma. Passing the GED with a minimum score of 150 is also acceptable. Curriculum prerequisites include four years of English, four years of math, three years of science, three years of history, and two years of foreign language. Specific grade requirements aren’t listed, but admitted students have an average GPA of 3.86. Freshmen also achieve a mean SAT score of 1723 and ACT score of 26.

Undergraduate transfers must have completed at least 12 credits in higher education at a regionally accredited college. Transfer credits are only eligible with a grade of C or better. The “Straight 2 Stetson” program is available for transfers with an associate (A.A. or A.S.) degree. Non-native English speakers on F-1 student visa must score at least 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL or 6.0 on the IELTS. Graduate applicants to Stetson University must possess a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Carrying an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred. GMAT or GRE scores are required for lower GPAs.

Before the priority deadlines on December 1st and March 15th, interested students can apply to Stetson University online by sending:

• Common or Stetson Application form
• $50 non-refundable application fee
• Official academic transcripts via SENDedu
• At least one letter of recommendation
• One to two-page essay writing sample
• Standardized testing score reports
• Proof of U.S. citizenship or student visa

Tuition and Financial Aid

Full-time undergraduates at Stetson are charged $21,445 per semester or $42,890 yearly for tuition. Students must pay a $350 student life fee each year. Room and board is estimated to cost $7,094 and $5,232 respectively per full-time year. Total cost of attendance for full-time undergrads is $27,783 per semester and $55,566 annually. Part-time undergraduates pay $1,292 per credit or $4,445 per course. Stetson University graduate students pay $886 per credit hour unless otherwise stated. For instance, the MBA costs $957 per credit. The College of Law charges $41,134 each full-time year.

At Stetson, 100 percent of beginning, full-time students obtain financial aid. Nearly $72 million in institutional aid is awarded. Scholarships ranging from $1,000 to full tuition are offered, including the Merit Scholarship, Transfer Scholarship, Bonner Scholarship, Music Scholarship, and Legacy Scholarship. In-state residents should apply for the ABLE Grant, First Generation Matching Grant, Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG), or Bright Futures Scholarship. Some financially needy students could earn the Federal Pell or FSEOG Grants. Federal Work-Study (FWS) is awarded for up to $2,500 yearly. The Yellow Ribbon Program provides tuition benefits for active duty and veteran military members. If needed, students can also borrow Federal Perkins, Federal Direct, and Grad PLUS loans.

Student Experience

Stetson University maintains a selective, close-knit learning community while giving students academic freedom of choice. Students can currently select from 54 bachelor’s, 17 master’s, and two doctoral programs. Three degrees are offered online: Master of Accounting, LL.M. in Advocacy, and LL.M in Elder Law. Some unique undergraduate majors include American Studies, Aquatic and Marine Biology, Digital Arts, Family Enterprise, Music Composition, and Russian Studies. There’s also a Discovery Program available to undeclared majors. There’s a low student-faculty ratio of 12:1 and two-thirds of classes have under 20 students for professor accessibility.

Committed to “Boundless Learning,” Stetson offers numerous learning opportunities beyond the classroom walls. The Bonner Program allows students to intern for eight to 10 hours weekly in a non-profit community organization. There’s the Stetson Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program offered by the Sage Hall Science Center. Business students can join the Roland George Investments Program for managing real million-dollar portfolios. The large study abroad program arranges trips to Argentina, England, Hong Kong, Tanzania, and beyond. The university mandates a three-year requirement for living in the 24 residence halls. Stetson Cove also has apartments for graduate students.

Campus life is rich with 20 academic honor societies and more than 100 student-run clubs. Depending on their interests, students could pledge Alpha Kappa Psi, dance with the Elite Stetson Steppers, or go eco-friendly with Stetson Environmental Club. Each year, the School of Music hosts the Christmas Candlelight Concert in Lee Chapel. Students pack into Spec Martin Stadium to cheer on the championship-winning Stetson Hatters in NCAA Division I. Stetson University also has intramural sports like bass fishing, scuba diving, and surfing at nearby Daytona Beach.