Stetson University

About Stetson University

Stetson University is located in DeLand, Fla., with a second campus in Gulfport, Fla. and two satellite centers. Founded in 1883 by Henry A. DeLand as the DeLand Academy and later renamed Stetson University to honor its benefactor, John B. Stetson, the university has a storied history of leadership, values and significance. The university is home to many Florida firsts, including the first collegiate newspaper, the oldest schools of business administration and music, the first college of law and was the state's first private university to integrate.

But our story is about more than the buildings at our campuses and those who helped build them; it's really about our students.

The university is led by President Wendy B. Libby, supported by administrative offices which provide services and resources to students and faculty. Stetson University is home to 73 academic programs in four divisional areas and with undergraduate and graduate studies offered in many areas. The university is accredited by numerous accrediting agencies, including the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and curriculum is closely aligned with the marketplace to prepare students for life after Stetson. Undergraduate leadership, research, volunteer service and participatory activities flourish at all four of the university's locations.

At Stetson University, graduation isn't the end goal. It's just one stop along the way as students pursue something greater for themselves and the world around them.

At Stetson University, we dare students to be significant.

Key Facts

Founded: 1883

Campuses: 2 (DeLand, Fla. and Gulfport, Fla.)

Satellite locations: 2 (Tampa, Fla. and Celebration, Fla.)

Size of campus: 175 acres (DeLand)/21 acres (Gulfport)

Colors: Green and white

Mascot: John B.


Figures listed are for 2012-2013.

Undergraduate: 2,500
Graduate: 1,400
Total: 3,900

On-campus residents: 67%
Male/female ratio: 44%/56%
Ethnic diversity: 31%

In-state: 74%
Out-of-state: 21%
International: 5%

Stetson University students comes from 43 states, the District of Columbia and 47 other nations.


2012-2013 applications: 4,862
Acceptance rate: 60%
SAT average: 1717
Academic GPA: 3.77


Figures listed are for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Tuition and fees: $38,330
Room and board: $11,172


Academic programs: 73
Full-time faculty: 263 (93% with terminal degrees)
Student/faculty ratio: 12-to-1
Four-year graduation rate: 56%
Six-year graduation rate: 64%
Freshman retention rate: 79%

Academic Focus

Arts and Sciences: 1,821
Business: 1,818
Law: 1,062
Music: 192

Student Life

Greek Life: 28% (men)/24% (women)
18 scholastic and honorary societies
97 student organizations


15 intercollegiate men's and women's sports in NCAA Division I Atlantic Sun Conference
17 club sports for men and women

Facts and figures gathered from various university sources, the University and Accountability Network and the Princeton Review.

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