Initiative A, Objective 4: Recruit the best students for Stetson University
Heading into the summer months, the Enrollment Management team indicated improvements in completed applications, transfer recruitment and deposits, honor student testing averages and Open House visitors over 2016, as well as support for FTIC students, desipite FAFSA changes this past academic year.
Stetson University graduated its largest class for the second year in a row. A record 879 students graduated from Stetson in DeLand in May 2017, including 687 undergraduate students and 192 graduate students. The total number of graduates sets a new record for Stetson, up from 830 graduates the prior year.
More than 80 awards were presented to Stetson University students and faculty at the 2017 Undergraduate Awards and Recognition Ceremony. Students were honored for academic excellence, leadership and service to the community, among other achievements, and faculty were recognized for distinguished teaching.
Four Stetson University graduating seniors in Eagle Battalion Army ROTC were commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army., with one receiving the Distinguished Military Graduate Certificate for finishing in the top 1 percent of cadets in the nation. The ROTC program at Stetson provides students the opportunity to acquire skills and knowledge necessary to serve as an officer in the Army.
Sarah Caudill, Ph.D., a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will receive the Honorary Council on Undergraduate Research Fellows Award. Caudill '06 worked on the team that made the "Discovery of the Century," discovering gravitational waves through the Caltech-MIT Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). "Looking back now, having the ability to participate in undergraduate research at Stetson University and Caltech was the most important factor in determining my future career," said Caudill. "It opened up a world of experiences and connections that made the transition into a full-time scientist possible for a small-town girl."
During the summer of 2016, computer science and math Professor Dan Plante, Ph.D., challenged students to find vulnerabilities in the Internet and two students -- Richard Roe and Sebastian Florez -- stumbled upon something that grabbed the attention of senior officials at Microsoft, Oracle and a national Internet-security consortium. In less than a week, the two wrote a computer code that could disable websites, email servers and more.
After setting a goal of 3,000 undergraduates by Fall 2016, Stetson University surpassed that goal a year ahead of time enrolling 3,084 undergraduates in Fall 2015. Boosting the number was an incoming class of 1,073 reflecting 77.9 percent growth in entering students since 2009. Of those entering students, new FTIC students have an average high school grade point average of 3.82 and 28 percent of them graduated in the top 10 percent at their high schools.