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Application Instructions

International Applicants

Stetson University accepts both the Stetson University Application and the Common Application. You must complete the application for admission and submit the required supporting materials to be considered for admission to Stetson University.

If you have questions or need help at any time, we are available via online chat or phone Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST.

Please read the following instructions carefully before beginning your application for admission:

Apply for Undergraduate Admission

Stetson University accepts the following applications for admission:

Application Fee

A $50.00 non-refundable fee must accompany your application for admission. Checks should be made payable to Stetson University. The fee may be paid online.

If you cannot pay the fee, you may submit the College Board Request for Waiver of College Application Fee or the NACAC Request for Waiver of Application Fee. Your high school counselor must use the ATP guidelines distributed by the College Board for the fee waiver.

Required Supporting Materials

All required supporting materials must be received before an application decision can be rendered. Please see below for details.

Apply for Graduate Admission

Stetson University's graduate programs offer stimulating intellectual communities built on close interaction with faculty, relevant content through a culture of inquiry and innovation and academic engagement with peers. Stetson University offers graduate programs in business administration, accounting, counseling, education and law. Visit our Graduate Programs website for more information on how to apply.

Required Supporting Materials

The following required supporting materials must be received by the Office of Admission before an admission decision can be rendered. All supporting materials should be mailed to:

Office of Admission
Stetson University
421 N. Woodland Blvd.
Unit 8378
DeLand, FL 32723

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts from your secondary/high school are required. Transfer students are required to submit transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended as well as a listing of courses in progress that includes course names, course numbers and numbers of credit hours.

If the grading and evaluation system used by your education system differ from those used by the United States education system, you must provide official translation and a course-by-course evaluation of at least three years of high school and grade-point average computation. Please use one of the following evaluation services for your course-by-course evaluation:

World Educational Services
22 Prince St.
PMB 101
New York, NY 10012

Josef Silny & Associates
7101 SW 102 Ave.
Miami, FL 33173

Ucredo
P.O. Box 3044
Windermere, FL 34786

Letters of Recommendation

First-year applicants are required to submit at least one letter of recommendation.

Letters of recommendation should be written and signed by the person making the recommendation and can be emailed to the Office of Admissions at admissions@stetson.edu. Letters of recommendations can also be submitted online through the Counselor/Teacher Recommendation form.

Writing Sample

All applicants are required to submit a writing sample. The writing sample can use one of the essay topics below or may be a graded paper or essay.

Essay Topics

  • Discuss an issue of state, national or global concern to you.
  • If you could live your life fighting for one cause, what would it be and why?
  • Describe a time you did not meet expectations and what impact the experience had on you.
  • What gives meaning to your life?
  • If you wrote a letter to yourself to be opened in 20 years, what would it say?

Proof of English Proficiency

All international applicants for admission who do not come from an English-speaking country or who have not attended an English-speaking school for at least three years must provide proof of English proficiency. Proof of English proficiency may be supplied by any one of the following methods:

Test scores must be sent directly to Stetson University from the testing agency in order to be considered official. Minimum acceptable scores are 79 (TOEFL) and 6.0 (IELTS).

Freshman applicants that come from an English-speaking country or that have attended an English-speaking school for at least three years are encouraged, but not required, to provide ACT or SAT examination scores. Stetson University testing codes are 0756 (ACT) and 5630 (SAT).

Your Status Page

Your Status Page is created when you submit an application to Stetson University. Your status page includes your checklist to complete your applicaiton. An email is sent with your username and password within the week following submission.

Important Application Dates

Stetson University operates on a rolling admission, so it is best to apply as early as possible. The university offers priority application dates for the fall term on November 1, January 15 and March 1. To preserve the faculty-student ratio, classes are limited. The university reserves the right to close the class earlier than dates specified if enrollment goals are met before those dates.

Getting Your I-20

Initial I-20

All students who will need an F-1 student visa in order to attend Stetson University will need to first be fully admitted, then provide the following documentation:

  • Completed Certification of Finances
  • Proof of Funding (most commonly a bank statement)
  • Photocopy of Passport Information Page

Students will need to show that they can provide the funding for one year of study at Stetson University, which includes the Undergraduate Tuition & Fees for one year as well as approximately $2,000 for books and other expenses. This amount includes any and all scholarships that the student is awarded by Stetson University or other entities.

Students who are not fully admitted or who cannot prove that they have sufficient funding for one full year at Stetson University will not receive an I-20 for their F-1 student visa application.

Transferring An I-20

Any students who are already in the United States studying under an F-1 student visa will need to provide the above information. In addition, we will need the following:

  • Photocopy of Current I-20
  • Photocopy of Current F-1 Student Visa

Once all of the forms have been received, the student will receive a Transfer Clearance Form so that he or she can arrange for their current institution to release their SEVIS record to Stetson University.

Other Visa Types

Any students who are in the United States under a different visa will need to inform Stetson University Admissions. We will need a photocopy of your visa for our records.

Students who are currently living in the United States and are not under a non-immigrant visa, are permanent resident aliens, or who are part of the DREAM Act are not considered international applicants.