Lives of Significance
At Stetson University studentsdare mighty things. They ask what’s possible, then they let their imaginations, competitive spirits, and inquisitive natures propel them toward solutions that can remake the world. Stetson University takes pride in guiding students to lives of significance and is well known for academics that push students to become active learners and leaders.
Since 1883 Stetson has been educating students who are daring enough to go beyond success and pursue significance. No matter what field you choose, you’ll graduate ready to make an impact. You’ll find the campus in DeLand, Florida, to be the perfect university town, offering a lively downtown, unbeatable weather, and access to valuable internships.
Stetson University has been recognized in U.S.News & World Report as one of the top five regional universities in the South as well as a “best value in higher education.” It’s ranked the top college “with the Best Professors in Florida” by Niche and ranked in the top 100 nationwide. That may be why Stetson has students from 55 different nations and 48 states, including Hawaii, and nearly 10% of our students are first-time-in-college.
Colleges and schools
Stetson University is made up of the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business Administration, the College of Law, and the School of Music. The University’s undergraduate programs are concentrated in the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration, and School of Music, with more than 50 degree programs ranging from accounting to theatre arts.
The College of Arts and Sciences
With 19 academic departments and several interdisciplinary programs, the College of Arts and Sciences provides the liberal arts foundation necessary to the education of all Stetson University students. Its core curriculum follows the liberal arts philosophy by preparing students for compassionate, engaged, and significant lives.
The School of Business Administration
The School of Business Administration opened its doors in 1897 and has been a pioneer in business education in Florida. Today it is one of 182 business schools worldwide to be accredited in both accounting and business by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Graduates of the business school enter the workforce armed with the skills and knowledge necessary for successful, meaningful careers in the global marketplace.
The School of Music
The School of Music is rated one of the finest undergraduate-only music schools in the country, and as Florida’s first collegiate school of music, it has an enduring tradition of top-notch instruction. Its small size allows an intimate atmosphere, and the interaction between students and faculty nurtures talent, intellect, and values. The School of Music offers 12 different programs and has been educating musicians for the stage and classroom since 1936.
Stetson University signature programs
At Stetson University, when we dare our students to be significant, we support that with signature and pre-professional programs.
The Bonner Scholars Program has been a catalyst for student-led community transformation and social justice at Stetson University. Bonner students work with partners in our community, collectively providing more than 100,000 hours of community service through long-term internships.
Students who enter the University without a declared major take part in the Discovery Program. The Discovery Program at Stetson University allows you to explore options and interests before you select a major—and still graduate in four years.
The Honors Program offers an innovative curriculum of structured, mentored courses and experiences that are designed to enrich students’ learning and produce a community of promising and thoughtful scholars. These student scholars are prepared and competitive for national fellowships and grants, graduate and professional scholarships, and career opportunities. The program’s curriculum offers opportunities for research, travel, and other academic endeavors, plus the ability to design your own major and courses.
The Roland George Investments Program is open to select students who, for two semesters, step into the “real world” of portfolio management with real money, make mistakes, learn from those mistakes, and also enjoy their victories. Individual security selections are researched using fundamental tools and data services provided by Bloomberg, Financial Wire, Morningstar, and Baseline. Students work in a trading room that provides the atmosphere and energy they will experience after graduation.
Study abroad is designed to develop skills to lead a significant life: being a global citizen, expanding your understanding of social responsibility, engaging hands-on with the world, and challenging you with high-impact academic and cocurricular experiences outside of your comfort zone. Study abroad is available as exchange programs, faculty-led programs, and affiliate programs.
Stetson University offers pre-professional curriculum for students interested in pursing an education toward graduate programs in health professions, law, military science, engineering, and forestry/environmental studies.
• Pre-forestry/Environmental Studies
• ROTC—Military Science
The College of Arts and Sciences offers the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science in the following areas:
• American Studies
• Applied Physics
• Aquatic and Marine Biology
• Art History
• Communication and Media Studies
• Computer Information Systems
• Computer Science
• Digital Arts
• Environmental Studies and Geography
• Integrative Health Science
• International Studies
• Molecular Biology
• Political Science
• Public Management
• Religious Studies
• Russian Studies
• Social Science
• Theatre Arts
The School of Business offers Bachelor of Business Administration degrees in the following areas:
• Business Administration
• Business Systems and Analytics
• Family Enterprise
• International Business
• Sport Management
The School of Music offers the Bachelor of Music in the following areas and the Bachelor of Arts in Music as a joint program with the College of Arts & Sciences:
• Music Composition
• Music Education
• Music Liberal Arts
• Music Performance—Guitar
• Music Performance—Orchestral Instrument
• Music Performance—Organ/Piano
• Music Performance—Voice
• Music Technology
• Music Theory
• Music with Business
• Music with Outside Field
About Stetson University
Founded in 1883, Stetson University is the first private university in Central Florida providing a transformative education in the liberal arts tradition. Stetson stresses academic excellence and community-engaged learning, and consistently earns high marks in national rankings. Stetson encourages its students to go beyond success to significance in their lives, the lives of others, and their communities.
Athletics: Stetson University supports student involvement in athletic programs through NCAA Division I men’s and women’s teams in basketball, cross-country, golf, rowing, soccer, and tennis; men’s baseball and football; women’s lacrosse, beach volleyball, softball, and volleyball; and 15 club sports from Aikido to surfing.
Accreditation: Stetson University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, American Bar Association, American Chemical Society, Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, National Association of Schools of Music, Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation, and Association of American Law Schools.
Scholarships: Academically talented students are well rewarded at Stetson University. Nearly 90% of our incoming class receives an academic scholarship, based on a combination of high school GPA, standardized test scores, recommendation letters, and community service.
Admission: Take your first significant step toward a Stetson University education and apply today! We encourage you to apply early, providing all required materials, for maximum consideration in our rolling admission process.