Lives of SignIfiCANce at Stetson.

Stetson University consistently ranks in the "Top 5 Best Colleges in the South" by U.S. News & World Report, which has also ranked Stetson University in the "Top 6 Best Value" in our category. Recently, Stetson has been named in the top 382 universities by Princeton Review, and our location of DeLand, FL has been chosen as the Best Main Street in America! 

Stetson  is also one of the only 6 schools in Florida to host a chapter of the prestigious academic honorary society Phi Beta Kappa.

CAN Changes Everything.

Stetson is in the market of helping you get your dream job. Imagine taking your passion and putting it into a job that you love every day. Our students get involved, network, and land jobs at places like Google, NBC Universal, Microsoft, Delta Airlines, Disney, EA Sports, and Facebook. Since 1883, Stetson University has been helping those who are daring enough to pursue not just success, but significance.  Let Stetson help ignite your fire in and out of the classroom. Maybe it's a summer in Mexico studying culture, research in the Blue Springs swimming with the manatees, or taking a virtual reality trip to learn economics in another country.  

With our student to faculty ratio 13:1 and over 60 areas of study, students are constantly being challenged to think critically and taught problem-solving skills. There are over 112 student life organizations on campus, 18 Division I teams to cheer for, club sports to participate in and undergraduate research that begins your first year. We believe that a holistic approach is the best approach. Employers know that Stetson students are well-rounded, have experience, and are ready to enter the work field after graduation. Stetson prepares you for a successful career path and builds your resume from the second you begin on campus.

I CAN Engage. Serve. Lead. Venture. Succeed.

How do you see the world? What would you change? An integral part of Stetson is community service and programs like the Bonner Scholars Program. Students work with non-profit partners in our community in many ways, solving challenges in our community such as poverty, homelessness, education, and healthcare through long-term service internships. Our students, campus wide, log over 100,000 volunteer hours each year!

Our Honors Program functions as a separate set of classes that you take alongside your peers. This program is unlike any other Honors Program. The curriculum extends well beyond the classroom, including special funding for research and travel opportunities, the ability to design your own major and courses, and enhanced advising. 

Students in Stetson University's pioneering Roland George Investments Program manage a real portfolio made up of $3.5 million in stocks and bonds. Roland George students develop their own investment goals, objectives and criteria for managing their portfolio. Our students have produced outstanding returns. Visit Stetson, to see what our students call the "shark tank."

Does international law or politics interest you? How does a semester in Washington sound? Through a partnership with American University,  selected juniors and seniors may study in-depth politics first-hand in the nation’s capital. In addition to academic research fields, the Washington Semester program partners with the School of Professional and Extended Studies in order to provide extensive internship opportunities in the Washington, D.C. area.

Research starts your first year at Stetson. You don't have to wait until your junior year to explore and start a project with a professor in your area.  Neurobiology of taste sensation, DNA repair mechanisms, surface structure of silicon crystals used in computers, and the impacts of a South American catfish that is invading local springs are only some of the research projects our students are currently working on. Just think, when you graduate at Stetson, you will have four years of research under your belt and the opportunity to have even co-authored a manuscript. Seniors do a research showcase every year and many end up getting their work published. 



Applying to Stetson

  • Coalition Application, Common Application, or Stetson Application
  • High School Transcript
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Writing Sample
  • Optional: ACT/SAT Test Scores - (will superscore)
  • $50 application fee or fee waiver
  • Apply here and learn more

Application Deadlines

Financial Aid, Merit, and Talent-based Aid

The Office of Student Financial Planning at Stetson University is committed to help make higher education affordable to our students.

Beaches. Natural Springs. Thriving College Downtown.

DeLand is home to our main campus. Recognized as one of the top small towns in America by Parade Magazine, CNN and the Orlando Sentinel, DeLand is the quintessential college town. Founded in 1876 and centrally located between Orlando and Daytona Beach, DeLand offers visitors and students the chance to explore museums, shopping and a variety of excellent eating options. The area provides easy access to numerous natural springs, state parks, world-class beaches and a variety of boating and outdoor activities enjoyed year-round in the fabulous Florida weather.


  • Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • AACSB International- Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • American Bar Association
  • American Chemical Society
  • Association of American Law Schools
  • Counsel for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational programs
  • Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation
  • National Association of Schools of Music

Visiting Stetson University

Daily Visits: Want a quick look at what Stetson has to offer? Join our information session and tour.
Open Houses: An overview look at Stetson where you will talk with current Hatters, engage with faculty, sit in on a sample class, and discover extracurricular activities.
Shadow Stetson Days: Be a Hatter for a day! Shadow classes in your intended major, have lunch with current students, and meet with a professor. You can even spend the night if you want!
Stetson Hi-Notes Visits: A shadow experience for prospective music students with an in-depth look at our School of Music. Sign up for a lesson with a professor in your music area of study!

Want to know more about being a Hatter?