Stetson University

2014 Quick Stats
421 N. Woodland Boulevard

DeLand, FL 32723

Phone: (386) 822-7000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
rolling admission

More Information


U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#5 Overall Score: 87 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

More About U.S. News Rankings


Stetson University is a private institution that was founded in 1883. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,516, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 155 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Stetson University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 5. Its tuition and fees are $38,330 (2013-14).

While vacationers relax in Orlando and Daytona Beach, Fla., students at Stetson University study hard at the DeLand campus directly between the two cities. Tradition is important at SU. The DeLand campus is on the National Register of Historic Places, and SU gave Florida its first law, music, and business schools. Stetson now offers many undergraduate degrees with small class sizes. Freshmen and sophomores must live in university housing, and all students may participate in many eclectic groups, from Greek life to the croquet club. The SU Hatters sports teams are part of the NCAA Division I Atlantic Sun Conference. Graduate students can receive a degree from the College of Arts and Sciences, The School of Business Administration, or The College of Law in St. Petersburg, Fla. Notable alumni include Charles Merrill, founder of financial management firm Merrill Lynch & Co., and Ted Cassidy, better known as Lurch the butler from The Addams Family, who used his height to play for the SU basketball team.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Founded in 1883, Stetson University is a private, selective, comprehensive university comprised of a rich array of liberal arts and professional academic programs that integrate learning with personal and social responsibility. The University is located in Central Florida with two campuses and two satellite centers across the state. Its main campus in Deland includes the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business Administration, and the School of Music. The Stetson University College of Law and Law Center are located in the Tampa Bay area, and the University's Celebration campus is located near Orlando. Graduate programs include Business, Teacher Education, Counselor Education, and English--and the College of Law offers the J.D. and Master of Law degrees as well as a joint J.D./MBA degree. In all these programs, Stetson is committed to academic excellence, liberal learning, and the integration of values in the teaching-learning process. Stetson, Florida's first Phi Beta Kappa institution at a private university has programs that extend well beyond the physical boundaries of its four campuses into the community locally, nationally, and globally. For five consecutive years, the university has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Role by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The university is affiliated with the Bonner Scholars program, which provides scholarships to approximately 60 undergraduate students who actively and consistently engage in community service. Using principles of green design for their construction, four of Stetson's buildings have received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification. Integral to Stetson's mission is the value of an inclusive community, a place where all paths can be explored. The Values Council, in conjunction with a variety of campus organizations has worked to foster social change by acknowledging and respecting differences that result from racial/ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, religious heritage, or other factors, and celebrating their points of intersection. Through Stetson Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) grants, students complete a summer research project in the field of their choice while receiving a stipend. All students in the College of Arts and Sciences are required to complete a research project prior to graduation. Students in the Roland George Investments Program assume full responsibility for active management of a portfolio valued at approximately $3 million. Stetson's Family Business Center offers the nation's first major devoted to family enterprises. Stetson offers an ever-expanding variety of international programs, including study abroad in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belize, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cayman Islands, China, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom (Scotland and England), Uruguay, and Vietnam.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1883
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $147,682,533


When applying to Stetson University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 15. The application fee at Stetson University is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 60.4 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 60.4%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 15

More About Applying

Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Stetson University is 12:1, and the school has 55.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Stetson University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Visual and Performing Arts; Social Sciences; Psychology; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 77.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 56%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 35%
Visual and Performing Arts 11%
Social Sciences 10%
Psychology 8%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 5%

More About Academic Life

Student Life

Stetson University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,516, with a gender distribution of 44 percent male students and 56 percent female students. At this school, 67 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 33 percent of students live off campus. Stetson University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,961
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

More About Student Life

Campus Info & Services

Stetson University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Stetson University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Stetson University, 75 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Stetson University.

Students who have cars on campus 75%
Health insurance offered Yes

More About Campus Info & Services

Paying for School

At Stetson University, 75.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $24,768.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $38,330 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,172 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
Financial aid statistics

More About Paying for School

* Overview details based on 2012 data

College Rankings

Best Regional Universities - Narrow your search with the U.S. News rankings of Regional Universities, schools that offer undergrad programs and some master’s.

More College Rankings & Lists

National Universities, Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Colleges, Best Values, more

U.S. News College Compass - My Fit

Find out how this school measures up based on your preferences.

Sign Up Now

Calculating this school's fit to see if it meets your personal preferences.

Save This School

Edit Your Preferences

Find out how this school measures up based on your preferences.

Save This School

Edit Your Preferences

College Search

Advanced Search

Students Also Applied To

Gainesville, FL

Now Hiring

Now Hiring Powered by After College



See more jobs »

Top College Resources

Looking at colleges? Find out what you need to know.

Studying in the United States
Finding the Right School
Paying for College
Applying to College

Follow U.S. News Education