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!"
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.
Students come to Stetson University to become business and social leaders, artists, innovators, guides and catalysts. We dare students to realize your passions and dreams, to live to the best of your ability, and to never look back and wonder what could have been. Every day at Stetson, we dare our students to push beyond success and pursue a path of significance.
Founded 1883, Stetson draws 3,100 undergraduate students from 44 states & 52 countries to DeLand, Florida, a quintessential college town centrally located between Orlando and Daytona Beach.
At Stetson, the art of teaching stimulates critical thinking, imaginative inquiry, creative expression and lively intellectual debate. We encourage the development of informed convictions; independent judgment; technological literacy combined with aesthetic appreciation; and, lifelong commitments to learning characteristic of the enlightened citizen.
Florida's first Phi Beta Kappa institution, Stetson requires all students in the College of Arts and Sciences to complete a research project prior to graduation. The most popular majors include: Business, Psychology, Visual and Performing Arts, Social Sciences and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The School of Music, Florida’s first collegiate music school, offers 13 degree options to 200 undergraduate musicians. Students have the opportunity to study-abroad in 47 countries as well as to participate in 112 student organizations & clubs or 18 NCAA D-1 sports.