In 1883, Stetson University emerged from the DeLand Academy as a university on Central Florida's frontier. As Florida grew, so did Stetson - standing strong in character and steadfast in its purpose to educate a growing American student population. Then, as now, students come to Stetson to become business and social leaders, artists, innovators, guides, and catalysts. Today, the university prepares students for existing and new challenges with broad knowledge and the unflagging fortitude necessary to serve future generations with compassion, significance, and respect. Students come to Stetson to gather the courage to declare, "I will build a better world!"
Stetson by the Numbers
Mission and Core Values
Our mission at Stetson University is to provide an excellent education in a creative community where learning and values meet, and to foster in students the qualities of mind and heart that will prepare them to reach their full potential as informed citizens of local communities and the world.
At Stetson, the art of teaching is practiced through programs solidly grounded in a tradition of liberal learning that stimulates critical thinking, imaginative inquiry, creative expression, and lively intellectual debate. The art of learning is enhanced through small, interactive classes; close student-faculty alliances; and collaborative approaches that provide the foundation for rewarding careers and advanced study in selective graduate and professional programs. We embrace diverse methodologies to foster effective communication; information and technological literacy; and aesthetic appreciation. We encourage the development of informed convictions; independent judgment; and lifelong commitments to learning that are characteristic features of the enlightened citizen. In bringing together learning and values, the university encourages all of its members to demonstrate personal integrity; to develop an appreciation for the spiritual dimension of life; to embrace leadership in an increasingly complex, interdependent, and technological world; and to commit to active forms of social responsibility.
Stetson is dedicated to the development of the whole person: A person committed to engaging and building life-long connections with the larger world through personal growth, intellectual development, and global citizenship. To that end, the university fosters policies, practices, and modes of inquiry to support and explore these values areas.
Colleges & Schools
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College of Arts & Sciences
College of Law
College of Arts & Sciences achievements:
Best Value Schools
Best Master's Universities
College of Law achievements:
In Trial Advocacy
(US News; 17 times)
In Legal Writing
Top 20 law school for Hispanic Students
(Hispanic Outlook for Higher Education)
5 world titles & 68 national championships in advocacy competition
School of Business Administration achievements:
Top 50 Best Online Graduate Business Programs
(The Princeton Review)
7th Best Master's Universities
Recognized as one of the best business schools
(The Princeton Review)
The Stetson University School of Business Administration is one of only 497 business schools worldwide that hold AACSB accreditation in Business and Accounting - and is 1 of only 35 private colleges and universities that holds the accreditation in both fields.
School of Music achievements:
Florida's first collegiate music school
13 degree options in 3 degree areas
200 undergraduate musicians and 47 faculty
Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
Stetson University again has earned national recognition for its rigorous academics; commitment to social mobility and service; and military friendliness by ranking among the top universities in recent national surveys. U.S. News, Washington Monthly, MilitaryFriendly.com and others name Stetson a top school.
Stetson 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.
The university is an independent, private university managed by a 37-member Board of Trustees. As a collective body, the trustees hold the authority and responsibility to ensure the fulfillment of the institution's mission. They are also ultimately responsible for the fiscal health of the university.
Each college or school has a board of advisors made up of professionals in areas relevant to the school or college. The Board of Trustees selects and appoints the president, and the president in turn hires administrative staff to govern the day-to-day operations of the institution.
Simply put, Stetson's strategic plan is the formalized road map that describes how the organization executes a strategy to reach its goals. The plan spells out where we are going and how we are going to get there. The Stetson plan is organized like a map, with organization-wide focus.
The Strategic Map is a management tool that focuses the energy, resources, and time of everyone toward attainment of the stated goals. Stetson University's Board of Trustees approved the 2014-2019 Strategic Map in May 2014.