Frequently Asked Questions
For each section below, we have provided answers to the most common questions we are asked in Admissions.
Commit to Stetson
How do I commit to Stetson?
Once you have been accepted to Stetson University, it's time to "accept your acceptance" by submitting your Intent to Enroll form. You can complete this form online or through your MyStetson page with your Stetson username and password. Once you have submitted your Intent to Enroll, your $500 nonrefundable deposit will be due.
What does an academic advisor do?
Your academic advisor not only helps you to decide which classes to take each semester, but he/she will also become a part of your support system at Stetson University. If you are undecided on your major they can help you with that too. Some also help with internship opportunities and write letters of recommendations for their students for graduate school and job placement.
How often will I see my advisor?
You can set up an appointment to meet with your advisor as often as necessary. You will be required to meet with them at least once every semester to schedule and register for classes.
What type of academic assistance is available?
Stetson University offers a large variety of academic resources to its students, the most prominent of which is the Academic Success Center. Other academic resources can be found on the academics website's academic resources page or through the Office of Campus Life and Student Success.
What must I do to receive credit through AICE, AP or IB?
Credit for AICE, AP and IB classes are based on your exam results. Have your exam results sent to the Office of Admissions. To see if a particular class and exam grade will transfer as credit, please see the Office of the Registrar's AICE/AP/IB Credits page.
How will AICE, AP or IB credit affect my schedule?
AICE, AP or IB credit allows students a wider range of course choices and may reduce the length of time necessary to complete your undergraduate degree.
When/where should I buy books?
Should I order my books through the Internet?
The university's bookstore prices its books competitively, is extremely convenient and will allow students to return books bought in error for the first few days of class. You may research books through the Internet but the majority of students find the university's bookstore to be the best option.
How much should I budget for books?
You should budget approximately $1,000 a year for books.
Do I need to bring a computer with me in August?
You do not need to bring a computer with you, as there are enough computer labs on campus to fulfill students' needs.
If you would like to bring a computer you will have high-speed wired and wireless access in your residence hall. Information Technology maintains a page detailing locations on campus that have wireless access.
Is a laptop computer recommended?
It is your preference as to whether you want a laptop or desktop computer.
How do I enable Internet access?
All personal computers connected to the campus network and located in the residence halls must meet certain minimum standards to ensure the integrity of the network. These standards are as follows:
- Antivirus software
- Up-to-date antivirus definitions
- All currently available critical updates for Microsoft Windows must be installed
Computers connected to the network not meeting these standards will be allowed restricted access to the Internet until they meet the standards.
Stetson University uses Cisco Clean Access (®) to ensure all personal computers meet these minimum standards.
How available and helpful are the campus computers?
Computer labs are located throughout campus and are open for various hours to meet student needs. A student-run help desk is also available in the basement of the Lynn Business Center to help with any computer-related questions or support issues.
When do I have to let Stetson University know if I am attending?
Accepted students who plan to attend Stetson are required to make an enrollment deposit to indicate an intention to enroll. The fee is $500 for all incoming students. The enrollment deposit for regular decision candidates is due on or before May 1. Candidates who are accepted after May 1 and plan to attend Stetson University are expected to pay the enrollment deposit within five days of acceptance. The Enrollment Deposit is not refundable. Applicants are encouraged to pay the deposit as early as possible after acceptance because housing preferences are honored based upon the receipt date of this deposit.
First, second and third year students are required to live on campus unless they plan to live with their immediate families in the local area, or meet other criteria of the exemption policy. The full exemption policy can be found on the Department of Residential Living and Learning's website. The exemption criteria can also be found on the are listed on the Intent to Enroll form, which the student completes after being admitted to the university.
When is First Year Orientation?
New students are welcomed to Stetson University a few days before the start of the fall semester to participate in a comprehensive orientation program called "Friends on Campus Uniting Students" (or "FOCUS" for short).
This year FOCUS will take place August 17-21, 2019. FOCUS Orientation is a great way for new students to be introduced to the university and to each other. Each student will be assigned a FOCUS advisor, an upper-class student, to help facilitate questions and to give students the opportunity to learn more about Stetson University's academic programs, faculty and student life. FOCUS will also allow students to discover organizations and entertainment options, which will help them to learn more about life at Stetson University outside of the classroom. FOCUS Orientation is required for all new students. It is not required for parents, although there will be a session for the parents on August 18.
Is there an opportunity for language placement testing during the summer?
The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is prepared to evaluate proficiency through the 101 and 102 levels for French, German, Russian and Spanish. For other languages, the means for demonstrating proficiency must be arranged by the student and approved by the department. A student who, upon first entering Stetson University, receives eight or more semester hours of transfer credit in any one modern language other than English will be regarded as having demonstrated proficiency through the 102 level. One who receives four or more hours will be regarded as having demonstrated proficiency through the 101 level.
All students who have had two or more years of a modern language in high school and wish to study that language at Stetson University must take a placement exam. Placement exams are offered during FOCUS Orientation. If they have taken four years of that language in high school, they will be placed in a 102 level or above, depending on the results of the placement test. Students with fewer than four years of high school modern language will be placed into an appropriate level of that language based on individual case evaluations of their placement scores and years of previous exposure.
When do classes begin?
Classes will begin on Thursday, August 22, 2019 after FOCUS Orientation. FOCUS will begin on Saturday, August 17, 2019.
When is fall break?
Fall Break is scheduled for September 20 - October 1, 2019.
When does fall semester end? When can I leave for the holiday break?
Classes end Friday, December 6, 2019 for the fall semester. Final exams will take place from December 10-13. You may leave for the holiday break when you have completed your last scheduled exam and have signed out with your residential advisor.
When will we receive room and roommate assignments?
After you have completed your Intent to Enroll form, Residential Living and Learning will start to assign residence halls and roommates over the summer through the start of classes in August. Once assignments have been completed, students will receive instructions on how to retrieve their housing information online using Housing Central.
How does a dual enrollment class transfer?
Dual Enrollment classes taken at a regionally accredited community college or four year university will transfer for credit for those courses in which the student has earned a grade of C (not C-) or better and which are equivalent to courses offered at Stetson University. The student must submit the transcripts from that college or university for evaluation.
Evaluation of credit will be done on an individual basis, and a copy of that evaluation will be mailed to the candidate after admission to the university has been granted. Credits transferred are included in the total hours the student has earned, but the grades are not transferred and do not affect the student's grade point average at Stetson University. However, all courses taken at all institutions are used in computing graduating academic honors. A course completed elsewhere at the first year or sophomore year (100 or 200) level that is taught at Stetson University at the upper-division level may not be used to satisfy a junior- or senior-level (300 or 400) requirement even if the title of the course is the same or seems similar. A student may not receive credit for both courses.
How do I apply for financial aid?
Please refer to the website of the Office of Student Financial Planning for information on applying for financial aid.
What forms do I need for financial aid?
Most of our financial aid forms are provided for you online. However, please don't complete and submit financial aid forms unless prompted to do so during the process of applying for financial aid.
What percentage of Stetson University students receive financial aid?
Going to college is a big financial commitment, but it is well worth the investment. Ninety three percent of our student body receives some form of financial aid! We recommend that you apply! To learn more about applying for need-based financial aid, refer to the Office of Student Financial Planning.
What scholarships are available?
Scholarships are listed on the Office of Student Financial Planning's scholarships page.
What is the cost of attendance?
The breakdown of tuition and fees can be found on the Office of the Bursar's website.
What should I do if I have questions about my financial aid package?
Please contact the Office of Student Financial Planning with any questions you may have at:
- Phone: 386-822-7120 or 800-688-7120
- Email: [email protected]
- Office of Student Financial Planning
421 N. Woodland Blvd., Unit 8379
DeLand, Florida 32723
- Fax: 386-822-7126
How do I pay my tuition bill?
The bill must be paid in full before registration unless other arrangements have been made with the Office of the Bursar. The university accepts cash, personal checks or MasterCard.
The Office of Student Financial Planning maintains information about payment plans.
For more information, contact the Office of Student Financial Planning at 386-822-7120, 800-688-7120 or [email protected].
First Year Curriculum
What is the First Year Curriculum? What courses are required?
Your first year curriculum may vary depending on your major interests. For general education requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business Administration, the School of Music, or the University Honors Program, please refer to the Advising Matters website.
Where is Stetson University located?
Stetson University has three locations: the main campus, located in DeLand, Fla., the College of Law, located in Gulfport, Fla., and a satellite center in Tampa, Fla.
The main campus is located just 35 miles from Orlando and 25 miles from Daytona Beach. Stetson University isn't far from sightseeing, recreational activities and entertainment. Oh, and the average temperature in the winter is a cool 61 degrees Fahrenheit (summer can get pretty hot).
How many students attend Stetson University?
About 3,150 undergraduate and 1,191 graduate students attend Stetson University, taking into account all four of the university's locations. Total enrollment is approximately 4,341.
Does Stetson University offer study abroad opportunities?
Absolutely! The WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning office offers exchange, faculty-led and affiliate programs. See International Learning's study abroad page for more details.
What are the admission requirements for international applicants?
Please review the application instructions for international applicants for the specific materials that are required of international applicants in order for an application to be considered complete.
Living on Campus
Do I have to live on campus?
Stetson University is proud both of its residential campus and its tradition of a vibrant campus community. Therefore, the university has a three-year residency requirement.
Exceptions to this requirement may be granted to those students who, by August 1, have:
- Earned 90 or more credit hours,
- Are 22 years of age or older,
- Are married or in a same-sex domestic partnership, and/or
- Reside locally (within 30 miles of the university) with immediate family. Immediate family is defined as the student's parent(s), grandparent(s), legal guardian(s) or sibling(s) not also enrolled at the university.
- The student must submit a Request to Live Off-Campus form if he/she wishes to live off campus. Cancellation fees apply after May 15. The Request to Live Off-Campus form for the 2019-2020 academic year is available online and can be found in Housing Central.
- Students with documented medical, academic or financial requests may also submit a Request to Live Off-Campus form.
- Students who are not approved to live off-campus after submitting a Request to Live Off-Campus form and who fail to adhere to the residency requirement will be assessed a housing charge equal to the average two-semester rate for university housing for the applicable year of enrollment.
What percentage of students lives on campus?
Over 80 percent of our students live on campus. We pride ourselves on being a residential campus with a vibrant campus community. Living on campus is an easy way to manage your time. Everything you need is in one place, so you don't waste time commuting. Classes, meals, computer labs, the recreation center and even health services are easily accessible. Students who live on campus enjoy more flexibility in scheduling than students who live off campus.
The university desires to provide housing of the highest possible quality at the lowest possible rate. Residence halls are staffed with student resident assistants who are chosen and trained by the staff of the dean of students. The residential life staff is committed to working with students in developing a sense of community conducive to academic and personal growth through programming, advising and acquainting students with the total college experience.
Can I room with a friend?
New students may request a specific student as a roommate, but both students must request each other and have submitted their housing paperwork by the time Residential Living and Learning makes room assignments.
How are roommates and residence halls assigned?
Assignments are made according to the date the Intent to Enroll form and housing deposit was received by the university and are based upon the choices you indicate on your housing application form. Assignments are also impacted by the number of male and female spaces available in each residence hall. New students may request another student as a roommate, but both students must request each other and have submitted their housing paperwork by the time room assignments are made. Housing Assignments will be completed in July and August. Once the assignments have been completed, students will receive instructions on how to retrieve their housing information online using Housing Central.
May I bring a car my first year?
Yes, you may have a car as a first year student. You will need to register your car with Public Safety to receive the proper parking decal during FOCUS Orientation.
What types of residence halls are offered?
One of the most important aspects of attending college is determining your living arrangements. Surveys show that college students who live on campus get better grades, are more involved in activities, and are more satisfied with their college experience than students who do not live on campus. Stetson University offers several different types of residence halls for your choosing. All halls include air conditioning, laundry facilities, lounge and study areas, basic cable TV access and Internet access. Depending on your preference, Stetson University offers all gender or co-ed residence halls (co-ed being separated by section or hallway). There are also suite-bath (two rooms share a bathroom), communal bath (hallway shares a large bathroom) and specialty residence halls.
How do I audition for a music scholarship? When are the auditions?
In addition to completing the university's general admission process, applicants to the School of Music must audition for acceptance to the School of Music. At the audition, you should be prepared to perform two pieces in contrasting styles from your current repertoire, as well as demonstrate knowledge of scales, technical exercises and sight-reading. Applicants must be accepted by both the university and by the School of Music.
To set up an audition for a music scholarship you will need to contact the School of Music at [email protected] or at 386-822-8950.
How do I contact the School of Music?
Are most professors approachable?
Absolutely! Our professors are here not only because they love to teach, but because they want the opportunity to teach smaller classes, which allows them not only to interact one-on-one with their students, but to form meaningful and, in some cases, long-lasting relationships with their students. All professors post office hours during which students can make individual appointments. Many professors will also give out their personal contact information in addition to their office contact information so that students can reach them outside of normal hours if necessary.
Can I contact a professor about my major?
Sure! Just visit the academic programs page and then choose your particular major. There will be a list of faculty on that page.
When should I declare a major?
Many students come to Stetson University with little or no idea of what they want to major in. They are called Discovery students, and the Discovery Program is designed to assist them as they search for a major. You do not need to wait until you are absolutely sure about your choice before you declare a major. You can change your mind at any time, so declare as soon as you have a strong leading candidate. Once you declare a major you will be assigned to an advisor in that department, which will give you access to the detailed knowledge concerning the major's requirements and on tailoring the major to your career and life goals. Most students declare a major by the end of their sophomore year. Delaying a choice much beyond the sophomore year may result in a delay in when you can graduate.
May I have more than one major?
Many majors do allow a second major, but an advisor should be consulted in both areas as early as possible. Double majors require particularly close attention to ensure that they are meeting all requirements in both of their areas of emphasis. Such students should be encouraged to meet with both of their advisors regularly, and advisors will consult with their counterparts in other departments whenever questions arise.
Do I have to have a major and a minor?
Minors are not required, but may be selected to complement or enhance your major. A major must be selected, but students may take time to explore options prior to selecting a minor. Students should discuss minor options with their academic advisors.
How easy will it be for me to change my major?
It is easy to declare or change your major. The academic deans coordinate this process. See the dean of the appropriate college or school for more information.
Can I graduate early?
Yes. If you have completed all degree requirements and met all financial obligations, you may graduate early.
What majors do I have to choose from?
Stetson University has over 105 areas of study to choose from. The list of majors, and specific information about each, can be found on the academic programs page.
What are the most popular programs?
Some popular programs include, but are not limited to: political science, biology, psychology, elementary education, English, music, management, marketing and business administration.
What types of organizations are there to join?
Stetson University is home to over 100 student organizations. The university also houses numerous honor societies.
College of Arts and Sciences
- American Medical Student Association
- Chi Sigma Iota (Counseling)
- Deutsch Club (German)
- Phi Alpha Theta (History)
- Society of Physics
- Stetson Russian Club
- Student Affiliates of the American
- Chemical Society
- Theta Alpha Phi (Theatre)
School of Business Administration
- Alpha Kappa Psi
- American Marketing Association
- Association for Computing Machines
- Student Accounting Association
School of Music
- American Choral Directors Association
- Collegiate Music Educators Convention
- Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
- Sigma Alpha Iota
- Society of Composers, Inc.
- College of Education
- Florida Future Educators of America
- Kappa Delta Phi
Campus Life Organizations
- Alcohol Advisory Board
- Council for Student Activities (CSA)
- Family Weekend
- Orientation (FOCUS)
- Interfraternity Council (IFC)
- Multicultural Student Council (MSC)
- Panhellenic Council (PH)
- Student Advisory Council
- Student Government Association (SGA)
- The Reporter (Newspaper)
- Touchstone Literary Mag./Poetry at an Uncouth Hour
- Beta Beta Beta (Biology)
- Gamma Sigma Epsilon (Chemistry)
- Gamma Theta Upsilon (Geography)
- Lambda Pi Eta
- Mortar Board
- Omicron Delta Epsilon
- Omicron Delta Kappa (Leadership)
- Order of Omega
- Phi Alpha Delta (Pre-Law)
- Phi Alpha Theta
- Phi Beta Kappa (General)
- Phi Theta Kappa Alumni
- Pi Kappa Delta
- Pi Kappa Lambda (Music)
- Psi Chi (Psychology)
- Rho Lambda
- Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish)
- Sigma Pi Sigma (Physics)
- Sigma Tau Delta (English)
- Baptist Collegiate Ministry
- Canterbury House
- Catholic Campus Ministry
- Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes
- Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
- Muslim Student Organization
- Student Religious Life Council
- Wesley House
- Young Life
- Best Buddies
- Circle K International
- Epsilon Sigma Alpha
- Habitat for Humanity
- Into the Streets
- Roots and Shoots>
Special Interest Organizations
- Asian Student Association
- Black Student Association
- Caribbean Club
- Chess Club
- Club Bridge
- College Bowl Team
- College Republicans
- Common Ground
- Film Club
- H.O.L.A. (Latin American)
- Indian Student Association
- International Student Association
- Model Senate
- Stetson Gerontological Society
- Stetson Gospel Choir
- Stetson Young Democrats
- Stetson Mentoring for Achievement Campaign
- Student Alumni Association
- Student Ambassadors
- Student Athletic Advisory Board
- The Q.E.D. Club
- World Drum Club
- SPORTS CLUBS
- Judo Club
- Martial Arts Club
- Sailing Club
- Stetson Rugby Club
- Swim Club
Do you offer intramurals?
Yes, intramurals at Stetson University are very popular! Stetson University has one of the most comprehensive intramural programs of any school its size in the country. Over two-thirds of the student body participates in a wide variety of men's, women's and co-ed intramural activities. Sports include flag football, basketball, soccer, indoor volleyball, sand volleyball, softball, dodgeball, racquetball, indoor soccer, ping-pong, swimming, tennis, bowling and ultimate Frisbee. Various teams are established from residence halls, fraternities, sororities and other campus organizations. Intramural sports also sponsor special events including a variety of games and tournaments.
More information about campus vibrancy
Do you have fraternities and sororities?
Yes. Greek organizations have traditionally assumed an active role in contributing to the cultural, educational and social life of the campus. At Stetson University, students have the opportunity to affiliate with six national sororities and eight national fraternities. At Stetson University, sororities and fraternities are involved in educational programs, community service, and leadership development, in addition to providing a strong bond of friendship among those invited to affiliate with the organizations. Greek-letter organizations are an exciting part of University life. Fraternities and sororities hold formal membership recruitment drives in the fall (October) for all students:
We have the following Greek organizations on our campus:
- Alpha Phi Alpha
- Phi Sigma Kappa
- Pi Kappa Phi
- Delta Sigma Phi
- Sigma Nu
- Sigma Phi Epsilon
- Pi Kappa Alpha
- Alpha Chi Omega
- Pi Beta Phi
- Delta Delta Delta
- Zeta Tau Alpha
- Alpha Xi Delta
- Alpha Kappa Alpha
What types of activities are there to do in and around town?
Hatter Productions is the organization responsible for providing entertainment events and programs for the Stetson student body. Hatter Productions programming includes on-campus concerts, comedians, coffeehouse shows, novelty acts, lecturers, off campus trips to local attractions and shows, and campus-wide events like Spring Fling.
Past events include:
- Comedians: Norm MacDonald, Tommy Davidson, Jon Stewart, Adam Sandler, Harland Williams and Jimmy Fallon.
- Musical Performers: Seven Mary Three, Jars of Clay, Collective Soul, Blues Traveler, Mark Chestnut, Shaggy, Sister Hazel, Big Sky, Juvenile and Jason Mraz.
- Off Campus Trips: House of Blues, Pleasure Island, City Walk, Islands of Adventure, Mardi Gras at Universal Studios, Halloween Horror Nights, and Orlando Magic games.
- Novelty Acts: Hypnotist Tom DeLuca, "Dive-In" Movie, Mentalist Craig Kargas, and SAK Comedy Lab.
The City of DeLand also provides activities for students including a charming historic downtown area perfect for a college setting. Downtown offers shopping, entertainment and a wide variety of restaurants- everything from an Irish pub, to Italian eateries to Cuban cuisine. DeLand also provides nearby parks for camping, picnicking, swimming, scuba diving and canoeing. Get a peek at the native manatees or go boating on a sunny afternoon. When you are in need of a beach we are just a short drive to the excitement of spring break and race week in Daytona Beach, or to the calmer sands of New Smyrna Beach. If that still doesn't suit your fancy we are within 40 miles of Orlando, offering great shopping, restaurants, night life and, of course, theme parks!
How close are you to Daytona Beach and Orlando?
Stetson University is located near several major roadways and airports. Just 35 miles from Orlando and 25 miles from the 'World's Most Famous Beach' - Daytona Beach, Stetson isn't far from sightseeing, recreational activities and entertainment.
What Division and Conference does Stetson University Athletics participate in?
Stetson University offers Division 1 athletics within the Atlantic Sun Conference.
What is Stetson's mascot?
Stetson University's mascot is John B, and our teams are called the Stetson University Hatters.
What's a Hatter, you ask? The unlikely combination of a famous hat manufacturer and a university produced a novel nickname for Stetson University. The athletic teams are called "Hatters," reflecting the university's association with John B. Stetson, maker of the well-known Stetson hats. It all began in 1883 when Henry DeLand founded DeLand Academy. Three years later, after a disastrous freeze affecting the citrus industry left DeLand in financial distress, Stetson, who had a winter home in DeLand, became interested in the school. At DeLand's request, Stetson was made chairman of the Board of Trustees in 1889 and the university was renamed in his honor. Stetson University fielded the first football team in the State of Florida in 1901. The name "Hatter" was used then and is still in use today.
Do student-athletes receive any special scheduling considerations?
Student-athletes do not receive special scheduling considerations but do work closely with their advisors to make adjustments to their schedules when needed.
May a student-athlete schedule a reduced course load at certain times?
Yes, some student-athletes will take a reduced schedule during their particular season to allow themselves time to adjust to college athletics. This, of course, means that students might need to take 16 or 18 credit hours in subsequent semesters to make up for the lighter load, but at that point they will be comfortable with college expectations and will be enrolled primarily in courses in their chosen major.
How do I try-out for a team?
To try out for an athletic team at Stetson you must contact the coach for that particular sport.
How do I contact a coach about playing on their team?
You may mail a resume of your sports accomplishments to:
Department of Athletics
C/o Stetson University
421 N. Woodland Blvd., Unit 8359
DeLand, Florida 32723
You may also find individual coaches by visiting Stetson University's athletics website.
Do you recommend taking summer school courses?
Yes, summer school can be very beneficial to students. Although it is not required, it is a good way for students to pick up needed classes or to broaden their curriculum. Students should discuss summer school options with their academic advisors.
Are all classes offered during the summer?
No, not all classes are offered in the summer. Students should speak to their academic advisor about summer school opportunities.
How will my credits transfer?
Credit will be allowed for those courses in which the student has earned a grade of C (not C-) or better and which are equivalent to courses offered at Stetson University. Evaluation of credit will be done on an individual basis, and a copy of that evaluation will be mailed to the candidate after admission to the university has been granted. Credits transferred are included in the total hours the student has earned, but the grades are not transferred and do not affect the student's grade point average at Stetson. However, all courses taken at all institutions are used in computing graduating academic honors. A course completed elsewhere at the first year or sophomore year (100 or 200) level that is taught at Stetson University at the upper-division level may not be used to satisfy a junior or senior-level (300 or 400) requirement even if the title of the course is the same or seems similar. A student may not receive credit for both courses.
If I have my associate's degree, will all 60 credits transfer?
Stetson University welcomes applications from qualified candidates from all regionally accredited community colleges. Formal articulation agreements exist between Stetson University and the State of Florida's community colleges. Students with an earned associate of arts degree from a community college in the State of Florida will receive 60 hours of credit from Stetson. Applicants from other community colleges are also welcome.