About Stetson University

Founded in 1883, Stetson University. is a Private college. Located in Florida, which is a city setting in Florida, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 3,089 full time undergraduate students, and 1,268 full time graduate students.

The Stetson University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 13:1. There are 268 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Stetson University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate65%
Application Deadline1-Nov
Application Fee50
SAT Range
ACT Range

Admissions at are considered Selective, with ,65% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 7 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

89% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 19% were in the top quarter, and 51% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Stetson University.

“We”re apathetic”
“We know about current events and vote”
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
“We save it for the classroom”
“Sometimes, but not often”
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
“All the time, including weekends”
“I”m always terrified”
“I only go out in groups”
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
“I feel extremely safe”
“We don”t play sports”
“We play recreationally”
“We bought the gear”
“We live for the big game”
“It”s not really our thing”
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
“There are a variety of opportunities”
“We”re a very artistic group”
“Haven”t met them”
“Available in class”
“They keep regular office hours”
“They”re always available”
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
“We”re not into drinking at all”
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
“We only party on weekends”
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
“Never, we”re here to learn”
“There might be people who do”
“People are known to partake on weekends”
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Stetson University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    170 Students rated on-campus housing 3.3 stars. 10 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    132 Students rated off-campus housing 3.2 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    183 Students rated campus food 2.7 stars. 7 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    186 Students rated campus facilities 4 stars. 30 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    186 Students rated class size 4.7 stars. 74 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    185 Students rated school activities 4 stars. 35 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    185 Students rated local services 4.2 stars. 49 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    186 Students rated academics 4 stars. 38 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Stetson University?

63 Students rated Stetson University

Emily - 08/11/2022

The University is beautiful, but it better be for how expensive it is. I wish I would have taken the price into more consideration instead of how cool I would be being a Hatter. The class sizes are very small compared to large Universities which is my favorite aspect of Stetson. Some of the professors are really accessible and there for you, while others are disorganized and you have to almost fight them just for an email back. The best advice I could give you is to check "Rate my Professor.com" before registering for classes. Overall, the classes are rigorous so be prepared to study. The people are nice and it is very easy to make friends there. It is a good school if you get a good scholarship, but if you do not have a good scholarship then go somewhere else. It will not be worth the debt.

Karla - 05/24/2021

Stetson University is a great place to be, setting around the school as wonderful. Everybody gets along and knows how to work together. I visit the campus once and I just feel in love with the people and at the vibes it’s campus gave off. Walking around the school and seeing everything was amazing also.

Najah - 12/04/2020

As a commuting student, I believe Stetson University is a wonderful place to learn and live. The campus is a very friendly environment and allows people in with open arms. It's a small private college in downtown DeLand, Florida with shops nearby within walking distance!


Stetson is such an awesome place to learn and grow! I've met so many great people while challenging myself to step outside of my comfort zone and try new things. There is a nice balance between social life and academics. The classes are rigorous and rewarding. They are taught by great faculty who are always willing to help. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else!

Stetson University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Stetson University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Stetson University is 65%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    After experiencing two years in college I would have given myself the advice to get started early. I was in the International Baccalaureate program at my high school, but it would have been useful to lend more of my time to internships or Dual Enrollment classes at the local state college. By the time I had graduated high school I knew how to write a good essay and analyze a piece of text like it was no big deal, however, I witnessed several Dual Enrollment students walk across the stage at graduation with an associate degree. I want to attend graduate school to become a research biologist and if I had spent my high school years to get ahead I could be a college graduate with a bachelor's degree already pursuing a higher degree. I would have given myself the advice to not wile away my high school years, but put them toward bettering myself and achieving my long term goals.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates are pretty intelligent for the most part, as there are always a few questionable characters, but I enjoy the majority of them and like the variating insight they all provide.

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  4. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Stetson University is diverse and very friendly.

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  5. What's unique about your campus?

    Stetson University has been known as a prestigious school for a long time, and it deserses that title. The teachers really are amazing, and it's almost insane how much they know about thier subjects. They honestly do care about their students and even put in their unpaid time to help them out. It's such a friendly place to learn so much. I love it here.

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  6. What kind of person should attend this school?

    The type of person that should attend this school is rich and smart. Many of the students in the school have the latest and greatest of everything, ipads, iphones, pretty much anything that is Apple related. They also take about money and items like it doesn't mean anything to them. I am not rich, nor talk about money like it's not a big deal. I have found a few people like me on campus, but there are very few.

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  7. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    Stetson is Florida's first private university, with very rigorous curriculum and a variety of academics to choose from. The campus is conveniently small with beautiful architecture and landscaping. The teachers are very skilled in their area of expertise, and are willing to help and push students to achieve their best. Almost all of the students are so unique, very smart, have fun personalities, and are passionate for success.

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  8. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Someone who isn't willing to spend most of their free time working on school. Someone with little money who doesn't have the GPA to get scholarships.

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  9. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    It is located in a small town. There is not that much night life that goes on, as well as not a lot of off campus activities to do on the weekends. There is also a small Jewish population.

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  10. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    It just had an intimate, at home feel to it.

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  11. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating aspect of Stetson University is the high tuition cost due to it being a private institution. I don't feel that there should be a price put on the quality of education. A student should be able to afford to attend their choice of University, soley based on their academic interest and their credentials as well as their contribution to their schools community. The student in the institution becomes a product of quality education for a much higher price rather than for their qualifications which they provide to the school.

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  12. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Stetson is known for its business school and pre law . Its one of the top schools in that area around Florida.

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  13. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I had known just how wonderful the people here are. I would never have thought twice about coming here, seriously.

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  14. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    Most students come from relatively wealthy families so there is a stereotype of "rich kids."

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  15. What are the academics like at your school?

    Professors not only know your name but will ask why you weren't in class. True story my Teacher told a student "Oh you decided to join us today" after he had missed two classes that week Name and told him the notes are posted on blackboard. We have a test Monday better get studying and if you need any help send me an email. As i saw him do for any student i thought may be falling behind. MIS was my favorite class the professor was straight forward made the class fun and tied in his personal stories to his teachings. My least favorite class was basic marketing i thought the teacher talked to much about sports and not enough about marketing. Students study 10/ a week maybe more. Class participation is a must very rare you don't at least once in class whether in a group or class project. The students at stetson i have found are very intellectual in the way they talk and carry themselves. A conversation could last for hours. I am a business administration major. Yes i actually worked out with one of my professors being in the gym at the same time. I find the school geared more toward getting a job as i have experience in the real world business aspect being a leasing professional for an apartment complex top seller. I noticed allot of the business aspect talked about in class are exactly the same as when i worked for Concord management A very highly regarded Company.

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  16. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    I do enjoy attending Stetson University.The best thing about this school, hands down is the faculty! If I could change one thing about Stetson it would be the amount of administrators the school has. There are way too many in my opinion, and their salaries take away from the salaries of faculty. This will in my opinion hinder Stetsons' ability to hire and retain quality professors. The size of the school is ideal for me. I love the ability to get to know the professor and other students in my classes. I spend most of my time in Sage Hall (the science building), but the rest of the campus is beautiful and there are many areas to sit and relax or study.

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  17. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    There are several activities and groups on campus. The most popular one, in my opinion anyway, is the Greek life. I came to Stetson not caring to be involved in it but I decided might as well rush. I did and it was the best experience. There are other groups such as soccer, volleyball, baseball, etc. When I lived in the dorms everyone left there doors wide open and would intermingle. It was a lot of fun. People party every weekend. Usually Thursdays and Saturdays are the big party nights. There are also many opportunities to do events with the sororites and fraternities to help with their philanthropies like 2am baking and selling pizza or several other things.

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  18. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    Hmm ... probably that Stetson students are rich or snobby, like most private schools.

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  19. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    Nah, not really. I mean some you will run into some kids who have been pretty pampered but my friends are all really down to earth.

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  20. What's the Greek scene like?

    One of the best I have seen at a University. I came here thinking I would never join Greek, but I guess I was wrong. :)

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  21. What do students complain about most?

    P-Safety, Parking and Mondo Grass

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

100% of students attending Stetson University receive some sort of financial aid. 36% were awarded federal grants. While 61% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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$0 - $30K
$30 - $48K
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$110K & UP

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