|Motto||Pro Deo et Veritate|
|Motto in English||For God and Truth|
|Endowment||$143.9 million |
|Chairman||Harlan L. "Butch" Paul|
|President||Dr. Wendy B. Libby|
|Provost||Dr. Elizabeth "Beth" Paul|
|Location||DeLand, Florida, United States
|Campus||Suburban, 175 acres (668,000 m²)|
|Former names||DeLand Academy, DeLand University, John B. Stetson University|
|Colors||University: Green and White
|Sports||NCAA Division I; Atlantic Sun Conference and Pioneer Football League (2013)|
|Affiliations||Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools|
Stetson University is a private, nonprofit university with four colleges and schools located across the I-4 corridor in Central Florida, United States, with the primary undergraduate campus located in DeLand. In the 2014 U.S. News and World Report's guide to America's Best Colleges, Stetson ranks in the "Top 5 Best Colleges in the South", and the Stetson University College of Law ranks No. 1 nationally in trial advocacy.
Other recent recognitions include being ranked No. 6 nationally in Washington Monthly magazine’s "2013 College Guide” to master's universities, a ranking based on a combination of social mobility, research and service; and being named a military-friendly school.
- 1 History
- 2 Campus
- 3 Admissions
- 4 Academics
- 5 Student life
- 6 Athletics
- 7 Awards and Certifications
- 8 Presidents
- 9 Notable alumni
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 Additional reading
- 13 External links
|The first charter stated that the objective of the university should be "to promote the general interests of education, and to qualify its students to engage in the learned professions or other employments of society, and to discharge honorably and usefully the various duties of life."|
According to Gilbert Lycan, a Stetson history professor who wrote the university's official centennial history in 1983, Stetson University was founded in 1883 by Henry Addison DeLand, a New York philanthropist, as DeLand Academy. In 1887, the Florida Legislature enacted the Charter of DeLand University as an independent institution of higher learning.
DeLand University's name was changed in 1889 to honor hat manufacturer John B. Stetson, a benefactor of the university, who served with town founder, Henry A. DeLand, and others as a founding trustee of the university. Mr. Stetson also provided substantial assistance to the University after Mr. DeLand, on account of financial reverses, was no longer able to do so.
Stetson University was affiliated with the Florida Baptist Convention from its founding in 1885 until 1907, when the Convention was defeated in its effort to force Stetson to amend its charter. From 1907 to 1919, the Florida Baptist Convention operated Columbia College in Lake City, Florida, but it failed for lack of adequate financial support. In 1919, the relationship between Stetson University and the Florida Baptist Convention was reestablished and continued until 1993, when it was terminated.
The university's College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration, School of Music, and most graduate programs are housed at the DeLand campus, located just north of the downtown area of DeLand, Florida. More than 60 undergraduate majors and minors are offered.
Stetson's campus is just north of the downtown area of DeLand, roughly halfway between Orlando and Daytona Beach, Florida. The 175-acre (0.71 km2) campus is nationally designated by the National Register of Historic Places as the Stetson University Campus Historic District for Florida's oldest collection of education-related buildings. DeLand Hall, which houses the Office of the President and the offices of other administrators, was constructed in 1884 and is the oldest building in Florida in continuous use for higher education.
Elizabeth Hall, named after John B. Stetson's wife, houses a number of departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. The School of Music performs in Lee Chapel in the south of the building. The cupola atop Elizabeth Hall — modeled after the one on Independence Hall in Philadelphia — is used as the official symbol of the undergraduate campus.
In 2010, Stetson became a pet-friendly campus, and the university also invested $6.5 million to renew landscaping in the campus core, upgrade classrooms and add energy-saving lighting, all at the DeLand campus. Improvements included a new coffeehouse. In recent years, over $17 million in new construction took place at the DeLand campus. Sage Hall, home of the departments of natural sciences, received an $8.5 million renovation and expansion, while the Homer and Dolly Hand Art Center, the Rinker Environmental Learning Center, and Mary B. McMahan Hall — rehearsal space for the School of Music — were new constructions. Along with student exhibitions, the university's extensive collection of paintings by American modernist Oscar Bluemner are housed in the Hand Art Center.
There are also two satellite centers:
- The Stetson University Center at Celebration, which opened in 2004 and offers graduate-level and Boundless Learning programs.
- The Tampa Law Center, which opened in 2004, in downtown Tampa, Florida.
Stetson's campus has been used as a filming location for a number of films and television shows. These include the Adam Sandler film The Waterboy, Ghost Story, From Earth to the Moon, First of May, and Estás nominado: Cuando la realidad supera a la ficción.
Housing and Residential Life
The University has a three year residence requirement. There are many residence halls at Stetson University's DeLand campus. These include:
- Carson-Hollis Hall
- Chaudoin Hall
- Conrad Hall
- Emily Hall
- Gordis Hall
- Hatter Hall
- Nemec Hall
- Smith Hall
- University Hall
- Houses A-E (which include some Fraternities)
- Houses 1-7 (which include some Sororities)
- Stetson Cove Apartments
- University Village Apartments
Students may also reside at the University Village Apartments, Stetson Cove Apartments or University Hall, the former University Inn hotel. The fraternity houses were renovated in 2009. Portions of Nemec Hall, Stetson Cove & University Village Apartments are pet-friendly residences. Smith, Gordis and Carson-Hollis Halls are used primarily for first-year students. Chaudoin Hall is currently all-female housing. Opt-in gender neutral housing is an option for returning students.
Stetson University had an acceptance rate of 60% for the class of 2016. Applicants’ average SAT score was 1717 and academic GPA was 3.77.
There are more than 60 majors and minors leading to the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, or Bachelor of Business Administration degrees. Master's degrees are offered by the School of Business Administration in Accounting and Business Administration, and by the College of Arts and Sciences in Education, English and Counseling. The Juris Doctor and a Master of Laws in International Law and Business are offered by the Stetson College of Law, which guarantees admission to Stetson graduates who meet certain academic requirements.
The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Stetson has 195 full-time faculty teaching undergraduate courses, with 95% of those faculty holding Ph.D. or equivalent degrees. The student-faculty ratio is 12–1.
College of Arts and Sciences
Since its founding in 1883, Stetson's College of Arts and Sciences has prepared students for informed, compassionate, and accomplished lives. A core curriculum in liberal studies develops breadth of understanding and serious engagement with principles of ethical decision-making. Additionally, all students in the College of Arts and Sciences are required to complete a "Senior capstone project," also known as "Senior research" or a "Senior thesis," before a degree can be awarded.
School of Music
The School of Music combines a music conservatory education with being part of a university grounded in the liberal arts tradition. The enrollment is 200 undergraduate music majors. There are 47 artist-faculty members. Performance opportunities for students include the symphony orchestra, band, choirs, opera, musical theater, jazz, chamber music, and solo recitals. The curriculum includes degree options in performance, education, theory, and composition. Music students may combine music study with business, pre-law, and many other fields. The School of Music has been an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1938, and is included in Parade Magazine's national "College A-List" in the category highlighting Arts Programs
Music students can opt for the Bachelor of Music in Music Technology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Arts-Sound is also available. Through the collaboration of the music and business schools, students can earn an undergraduate music degree and a graduate business degree in five years.
School of Business Administration
The School of Business Administration features a range of traditional and non-traditional majors. Each major offers a customized field of study for a specific business discipline. Undergraduate majors include accounting, management, finance, international business, management information systems, marketing, family business, and general business. Masters programs include MBA, EMBA, and MAcc. All programs are accredited by AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The School of Business Administration is recognized by The Princeton Review as a Best Business School (Southeast).
College of Law
The College of Law, situated in campuses in Tampa Bay, Florida, offers Juris Doctor and Master of Laws degrees. U.S. News and World Report ranked the college #1 in trial advocacy and #5 (with four other law schools) for legal writing in its 2014 "Best Graduate Schools" issue.
A variety of special academic programs are available to students, such as the Roland George Investments Program, where business students manage a real portfolio of more than $2.8 million, the Honors Program, where students and faculty collaborate in an interdisciplinary community, the Nina B. Hollis Institute for Education Reform, which attempts to improve education from preschool through college, the Stetson Institute for Social Research, which provides services to outside agencies, and the Family Enterprise Center, offering a major in Family Business.
The Sullivan Creative Writing Program is an undergraduate initiative for students with a passion for the English language.
Stetson University also offers special programs for students up through 9th grade. Working in collaboration with the Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at the University of Iowa, Stetson University sponsors the HATS (High Achieving Talented Students) Program. HATS serves K-9th grade students who participate in gifted programs or have scored at or above the 95th percentile on any subject area on the FCAT, ITBS, CTBS, or other standardized test. HATS offers Saturday and summer enrichment programs, scholarships, and above-level testing.
Stetson University offers study abroad programs at a number of universities in Spain, France, Germany, Mexico, England, Scotland, Russia, Austria, and China, as well as an option for study in Washington, D.C.
In addition to the completion of a "Senior thesis" project compulsory for graduation, students have the opportunity to develop their own research projects and be involved in faculty research. Two distinct programs foster undergraduate research: the SURE (Stetson Undergraduate Research Experience) Grant competition, which provides summer stipends and faculty mentors for selected student research projects; and Stetson Showcase, a day-long event that encourages all undergraduates to share their research with the Stetson community.
Stetson has hosted a number of notable lecturers, some through the Stetson Institute for Christian Ethics. Notable lecturers include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former United States President Jimmy Carter Astronaut/Senator Bill Nelson, author Elie Wiesel, scientists E.O. Wilson and Jane Goodall, journalists Bill Moyers and William F. Buckley Jr., playwright Eve Ensler, former Florida Governor Charlie Crist and former Florida Governor/U.S. Sen. Bob Graham.
The university offers departments and program that specialize in services to lifelong learners and organizations outside the Stetson community.
- The Elderhostel – or Road Scholar - program allows individuals older than the traditional university age to attend classes on campus and in the region for a week, and offers specialized courses based on the university's curriculum.
- Each February, the departments of Continuing Education and Religious Studies co-host the Florida Winter Pastors’ School, which in 2010 celebrated its 25th anniversary.
- Each summer, week-long Destination Science camps are offered for youth ages 6–11, who attend sessions such as "Robots vs. Aliens" and "'G' Force Rockets and Moon Blasters."
- Stetson's Department of Boundless Learning offers Stetson Lifelong, a program that provides community residents an educational place for intellectual discussion and social interaction. Launched at the Celebration campus in 2012.
- Stetson HATS (High Achieving Talented Students) is a year-round academic enrichment program that provides educational opportunities for high-achieving Florida students.
Stetson has approximately 20 honorary academic and professional organizations and over 100 other student organizations on campus, including Phi Beta Kappa (first private university in Florida to be granted a chapter); the Floyd M. Riddick Model United States Senate program; The Reporter, Florida's oldest college newspaper; Model United Nations; a philosophy club; Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Professional Fraternity; Psi Chi, an international psychology honors fraternity; Alpha Kappa Psi business professional fraternity; Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership fraternity; Poetry at an Uncouth Hour (a poetry reading club); Hatter Harvest (organic community garden); Touchstone, the student literary magazine, and many others.
There are several religious organizations on campus as well, including the Cooperative Collegiate Ministry, the Lutheran Campus Ministries, the Catholic Campus Ministry, the Wesley House (Methodist Ministry), the Canterbury House (Episcopal), the Muslim American Student Organization, and Hillel, a Jewish student organization.
There are also a number of multicultural and social justice organizations on campus, including the Black Student Association, the Hispanic Organization for Latin American Awareness (HOLA), Organization for Students Actively Pursuing Equality (OSAPE), STAND (the student-run branch of the Genocide Intervention Network), and Kaleidoscope (the LGBT alliance on campus).
There is also an Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) unit that students can participate in on-campus through Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Successful completion of the ROTC program allows University students to be commissioned in the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant, and requires a post-graduation service commitment.
The Greek Community at Stetson is very vibrant with around thirty percent of the student body being a member of a fraternity or sorority.
There are five social sororities on campus: Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Delta Delta, Pi Beta Phi, and Zeta Tau Alpha, and six social fraternities: Delta Sigma Phi, Phi Sigma Kappa, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Nu, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and Alpha Tau Omega.
Established in 1908, the Stetson University Student Government Association is the representative and executive decision-making body for all undergraduate students in the Stetson community. Student governance at Stetson consists of two branches, an executive and a unicameral legislative branch. The executive branch consists of the President, the Vice President, the Secretary of Communication, the Secretary of Finance, and the Secretary of Student Involvement. The President and Vice President are elected annually in the spring. After installment, the President appoints the Secretaries of Communication, Finance, and Student Involvement.
Floyd M. Riddick Model United States Senate
Stetson University hosts the nation's first and oldest college-level Model United States Senate program (established in 1970) every year in March. Each year, students from colleges and universities around the nation gather at Stetson for the three-day event. The Model Senate reproduces the actual procedures and activities of the U.S. Senate in an effort to provide experience and education for the student participants. Each student is assigned as a Senator in one of five legislative committees and is responsible for researching a variety of bills, and crafting appropriate amendments. In addition, the Model Senate attracts national speakers and lecturers, including former and sitting U.S. Senators.
Stetson is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and both men’s and women’s teams compete on a Division I level in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The school's mascot is "John B.", a stylized version of John B. Stetson, the benefactor for whom the university is named. The basketball, baseball, men's and women's tennis, women’s golf, men's and women's soccer and softball teams have either earned conference championships or, gained national rankings or recognition. In 2011, football and women's lacrosse programs were added. Both play their first games in 2013: Women's Lacrosse's first game was in February. The first football game was played August 31, 2013, which they won.
One of the high profile sports at Stetson is baseball. Since 1970 the baseball program has earned seven Atlantic Sun Conference championships and 16 trips to the NCAA Regionals. In 2013, women's basketball made its third NCAA tournament appearance. The team won the A-Sun Conference Championship in 2005, 2011, and 2013. Stetson participated in football from 1901 until 1956 achieving an all-time record of 155–127–27 (.545). The football team earned its 100th victory in 1935. In 2010, university officials gathered information and evaluated the feasibility of starting a Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) non-scholarship program. On March 14, 2011, SU President Wendy B. Libby announced the return of Hatters Football. and the addition of women's lacrosse. Stetson will play in the Pioneer Football League, with the first game in August 2013. Stetson won its first football game, following its extended hiatus, against Warner University 31-10. In July, 2011, Stetson named Roger A. Hughes as head coach. The first game for the NCAA Division I program in women's lacrosse was played in February 2013.
The Club Sports program was launched at Stetson in 2010. The competition level of club sports falls between intramural sports and intercollegiate athletic. There are 15 club sports available to men and women at Stetson: Aikido, croquet, equestrianism, fishing, Hatter table tennis, Hatter tennis, Lady Hatter women's lacrosse, men's lacrosse, mixed martial arts (MMA), sand volleyball, shooting, surfing, Swimming, ultimate Frisbee, and most recently skydiving. Students may apply to form new clubs.
The Intramural Program offers students the opportunity to manage, officiate, direct and participate in physical activities. The following sports are available to both men and women: basketball, indoor volleyball, swimming, bowling, soccer, indoor soccer, kickball, ultimate Frisbee, dodge ball, sand volleyball, flag football, softball, golf, wiffleball.
- The J. Ollie Edmunds Center – basketball and volleyball, 4,000-seat multipurpose arena, athletic offices, weight room
- Athletic Training Center - a $6.7 million complex that opened in August 2012
- Patricia Wilson Softball Field, the 2009 Softball Field of the Year
- The Wilson Athletic Center – sport and exercise science department, fitness and activity rooms
- Mandy Stoll Tennis Center – next to the soccer field
- Melching Field at Conrad Park – baseball stadium (off campus)
- Victoria Hills Golf Club (off campus)
- Football practice fields (x2)
- Soccer practice field
- Soccer "game day" field
- Lacrosse field
- Hollis Center
- Spec Martin Stadium—6,000 seat off campus stadium which is the former and future home of Stetson Hatters football.
Awards and Certifications
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching awarded its Community Engagement classification to Stetson in 2008. For the past three consecutive years, Stetson has been named by the Corporation for National and Community Service to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll With Distinction for exemplary service initiatives. Stetson also works with the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Partnership Foundation on the CASE (Carter Academic Service Entrepreneur) program and other JRCPF initiatives, and partners with JRCPF and the W.K.Kellogg Foundation on a service-based scholarship program. In 2009, Stetson introduced a Certificate of Community Engagement program for undergraduates.
- Florida Campus Compact's Most Engaged Campus, 2012 
- Ranked 3rd in the South by U.S. News & World Report, 2012 
- Named a 2013 "Military-Friendly School" 
- Stetson University College of Law ranked 1st in U.S. for trial advocacy by U.S. News & World Report, 2012 
Stetson University has had nine presidents, as follows:
- John Forbes, 1885-1904
- Lincoln Hulley, 1904-1934
- William Sims Allen, 1934-1947
- J. Ollie Edmunds, 1948-1967
- Paul Geren, 1967-1969
- John E. Johns, 1969-1977
- Pope A. Duncan, 1977-1987
- H. Douglas Lee, 1987-2009
- Wendy B. Libby, 2009–present
- "NCSE PUblic Tables Endowment Market Values" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-02-06.
- Washington Monthly 2013 Master's Universities Rankings
- Lycan, Stetson University: The First 100 Years (1983), at pp. 123–139, 187–209
- Transformations: 125 Years at Stetson
- Stetson University news
- Stetson University news
- Stetson University Bulletin
- School of Music
- Parade Magazine, Aug. 22, 2010
- School of Business Administration
- SoBA graduate programs
- Stetson University Bulletin
- "U.S. News Stetson law ranking". Retrieved 14 October 2013.
- "Stetson University HATS Program".
- Stetson Undergraduate Research
- Institute for Christian Ethics
- 125 Famous Visitors, Transformations: 125 Years of Stetson
- PBK Gamma of Florida
- Floyd M. Riddick Model United States Senate
- Welcome, John B.!
- Stetson Athletics: Club Sports
- Sports Turf Managers Association
- "gohatters.com Athletics Facilities".
- "Cannon, Arthur Patrick (Pat), (1904 - 1966)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved September 4, 2012.
- "Mack Cleveland Jr., state legislator, ‘Southern gentleman,’ dies at 86". Sanford Herald, October 2010. Retrieved September 6, 2011.
Lycan, Gilbert L. (1983). Stetson University: The First 100 Years. DeLand, FL: Stetson University Press.
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