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Stetson University is a private, co-educational, liberal arts university located in DeLandmarker, Floridamarker, USAmarker. Founded in 1883, it is the oldest private institution of higher education in the state of Florida.

In 2009, the U.S. News and World Report's Guide to America's Best Colleges, ranked Stetson third in the category of Southern masters-granting institutions.


There are more than 60 majors and minors leading to the Bachelor of Arts, Science, Music, Music Education or Business Administration degrees. Master's degrees are offered by the School of Business Administration in Accounting and Business Administration and the College of Arts & Sciences in Education, English and Counseling. The Juris Doctor and a Master of Laws in International Law and Business are offered by the College of Law, which guarantees admission to Stetson undergraduates who meet academic requirements.

Stetson University also offer study abroad programs in Spain, France, Germany, Mexico, England (Nottingham and Oxford), Russia, China, and both a semester and a summer Business Program in Innsbruck, Austria, as well as a program in Washington, D.C.

Continuing Education

The university has a department of continuing education which specializes in services to organizations outside of the Stetson community.

The Elderhostel program - held primarily at the end of the fall semester into the beginning of the spring semester, as well as during the summer - allows individuals older than the "traditional" university age to attend classes on campus and in the region for a week, with specialized courses taught throughout the university's curriculum.

The HATS (High Achieving Talented Students) Program serves fourth through ninth grade students through Saturday and summer programs, scholarships, and above-level testing.

In February, Continuing Education and the department of Religious Studies host the Florida Winter Pastors’ School.

Students demographics

Fall 2008 enrollment figures showed 2,264 undergraduates and 363 graduate students enrolled at Stetson (not including the College of Law), from 44 states and over 42 countries. 43% are male, 57% female. 72% of undergraduates live on campus (90% of first-year students).

In 2007, the incoming freshman class had an average 3.70 GPA, was in the middle 50% SAT range of 1030–1240, and middle 50% ACT range of 21–27.


Stetson University employs 195 full-time faculty members, 95% of whom hold Ph.D. or equivalent degrees. The student-faculty ratio is 11-1.


The first charter stated that the objective of the university should be "to promote the general interests of education, and to qualify its students to engage in the learned professions or other employments of society, and to discharge honorably and usefully the various duties of life."

The university's name was changed in 1889 to honor hat manufacturer John B. Stetson, a benefactor of the university, who served with town founder Henry A. DeLand and others as a founding trustee of the university.


The university's College of Arts & Sciences, School of Business Administration, School of Music and most graduate programs are housed at the historic campus, just north of the downtown area of, DeLand, Floridamarker. DeLand is located about between Orlandomarker and Daytona Beach, Floridamarker. The campus is a nationally designated on the National Register of Historic Places as the Stetson University Campus Historic Districtmarker. The university also includes the Stetson University College of Lawmarker, the first law school in Florida, which relocated in 1954 from DeLand to Gulfport, Floridamarker, a suburb of St. Petersburgmarker; and two satellite centers:

In 2003, the Lynn Business Center was certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as Florida's first green building.

Elizabeth Hall, named after John B. Stetson's wife, houses a number of departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. The School of Music performs in Lee Chapel in the south of the building. The cupola atop Elizabeth Hall — modeled after the one on Independence Hallmarker in Philadelphiamarker — is used as the official symbol of the undergraduate campus.

Recent additions

More that $17 million in new construction has taken place at Stetson University in recent years. The Science Center is an $8.5 million addition to Sage Hall, home of the science department. Also opening in spring 2009 were the Homer and Dolly Hand Art Center, which offers 5000 sq. ft. of exhibition space; Mary B. McMahan Hall, which provides more rehearsal space for music students; and Rinker Environmental Learning Center. Currently, there are also plans to renovate and expand the Stover Theatre, but construction has not begun.

Student housing

There are nine residence halls at Stetson University. These include:
  • Carson-Hollis Hall
  • Chaudoin Hall - all-female housing
  • Conrad Hall - all-female housing
  • Emily Hall
  • Gordis Hall
  • Nemec Hall
  • Residence Hall A
  • Smith Hall
  • Stetson Hall
Students may also reside at the University Village Apartments.

In addition to the residence halls, the Community Service Station, Foreign Language House, French House, and Greek Houses also provide student housing. Carson-Hollis Hall usually serves as housing for students who wish to abstain from any substance use, including alcohol and tobacco, although for the 2008-2009 year it serves as traditional first-year housing while other dorms are being renovated. A portion of Stetson Hall is used for first-year students who are involved in the University Honors Program.

In addition to Smith, Gordis, and Nemec halls being used for first-year students, Conrad, parts of Chaudoin Hall and portions of Stetson Hall are also home to first-years.

The Fraternity Houses just received a total renovation and reopened for the Spring 2009 semester.

Athletic facilities

  • The J.marker Ollie Edmunds Centermarker - basketball, 5,000-seat multi-purpose arena, athletic offices, weight room
  • Patricia Wilson Softball Field
  • The Wilson Athletic Center - sport and exercise science department, fitness and activity rooms
  • Mandy Stoll Tennis Center (off campus)
  • Melching Field at Conrad Parkmarker - baseball stadium (off campus)
  • Victoria Hills Golf Club (off campus)
  • Hollis Center

Student activities

Stetson has approximately 20 honorary academic and professional organizations and over 100 other student organizations on campus. Organizations on campus include the Floyd M. Riddick Model United States Senate program; The Reporter, Florida's oldest college newspaper; Model United Nations; a philosophy club; Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Professional Fraternity; Alpha Kappa Psi Business Professional Fraternity; Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership fraternity; Roots 'N Shoots (an environmental club); and many others.

There are several religious organizations on campus as well, including the Baptist Collegiate Ministry, the Lutheran Campus Ministries, the Catholic Collegiate Ministry, the Wesley House (Methodist Ministry), the Canterbury House (Episcopal), the Muslim American Student Organization, and the Jewish Student Organization.

There are also a number of multicultural and social justice organizations on campus, including the Black Student Association, the Hispanic Organization for Latin American Awareness (HOLA), Organization for Students Actively Pursuing Equality (OSAPE), STAND (the student-run branch of the Genocide Intervention Network), and Kaleidoscope (the LGBT alliance on campus).

There is also an Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) unit that students can participate in on-campus through Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Universitymarker. Successful completion of the ROTC program allows University students to be commissioned in the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant, and requires a service commitment.

There are five social sororities on campus: Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Delta Delta, Pi Beta Phi, and Zeta Tau Alpha, and six social fraternities: Pi Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Phi, Phi Sigma Kappa, Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Nu, and Sigma Phi Epsilon.

Stetson is also home to chapters from Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a music fraternity for men, and Sigma Alpha Iota, a music fraternity for women.

Student Government

The Stetson University Student Government Association was established in 1908 and recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. SGA is the representative and executive decision making body for all undergraduate students in the Stetson community.

Student governance at Stetson consists of two branches, an executive and a unicameral legislative branch. The executive branch consists of the Student Body President, the Student Body Vice President, the Secretary of Communication, the Secretary of Finance, and the Secretary of Student Involvement.

The Student Body President and Student Body Vice President are elected annually in the spring. After installment, the Student Body President appoints the Secretaries of Communication, Finance, and Student Involvement.

Floyd M. Riddick Model United States Senate

Stetson University hosts the nation's first and oldest college-level Model United States Senate program (established in 1970) every year in March. Each year, students from colleges and universities around the nation gather at Stetson University for this three-day event. The Model Senate reproduces the actual procedures and activities of the United States Senate in an effort to provide experience and education for the student participants. Each student is assigned a Senator in one of five legislative committees and is responsible for researching a variety of bills, and crafting appropriate amendments. In addition, the Model Senate attracts national speakers and lecturers, including former and sitting United States Senators.


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Intercollegiate athletics

Stetson is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and both men’s and women’s teams compete on a Division I level in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The school's mascot is the Stetson Hatter.

The basketball and baseball teams play national schedules and have achieved national rankings. Stetson played the first intercollegiate basketball games (both men’s and women’s), the first intercollegiate baseball game, and the first intercollegiate football game in Florida. Stetson’s men’s basketball team was the first in Florida to earn 1,000 victories.

One of Stetson's longtime rivals is the University of Central Floridamarker Golden Knightsmarker, owing in part to geographical proximity. Though the rivalry has come to a halt in many other sports, it has continued in baseball after UCF left the Atlantic Sun Conference for Conference USA.

Intramural Program

The Intramural Program offers students the opportunity to manage, officiate, direct and participate in physical activities. The following sports are available to both men and women: Basketball, Indoor Volleyball, Swimming, Bowling, Kickball, Table Tennis, Darts, Soccer, Indoor Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, Dodge Ball, Sand Volleyball, Water Polo (Inner tube), Flag Football, Softball.

Notable alumni

See also


  1. US News: Universities-Master's (South): Top Schools, 2009

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External links

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