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First-Year Applicant Instructions

Stetson University accepts 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.

Applications are still being accepted for Fall 2022 while space remains available. Decisions are available within two weeks of your completed application. Please submit your application and supporting materials as soon as possible. If you wish to be considered for federal, state and institutional need-based financial aid, you must submit both the FAFSA (Stetson's FAFSA Code: 001531) and CSS Profile (Stetson's CSS Profile Code: 5630).

The deadline to apply for Spring 2023 is November 1, 2022.

Application Type Application Deadline
Early Decision November 1, 2022
Early Action I November 1, 2022
Early Action II January 15, 2023
Regular Decision February 15, 2023

Students auditioning for the School of Music have a separate application type and deadline. If you are interested in applying and completing an audition for the School of Music, please visit our School of Music Admissions Page for more information.

Early Decision:

  • Benefits of applying Early Decision
  • If admitted, students will be required to commit to Stetson and submit an Intent to Enroll by January 8, 2023 upon acceptance
  • Students are not permitted to apply to other binding Early Decision programs
  • Students agree to withdraw all applications at other colleges and enroll at Stetson if admitted

Early Action:

  • Best for students who would like to receive their decision early and compare admissions offers and financial aid packages from multiple colleges
  • Does not constitute a binding commitment to attend if admitted

Regular Decision:

  • Standard non-binding application plan

Official Transcripts

For the purpose of admissions, we accept self-reported information. Official transcripts from your secondary/high school are required for enrollment.

Official transcripts can also be ordered through Parchment, eScrip or SCOIR and delivered electronically to Stetson University. The Office of Admissions mailing address and fax number are located at the bottom of this page.

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 Admission at [email protected]. Letters of recommendation 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?

Standardized Testing Scores

Stetson University values academic achievement, commitment to personal values, leadership, talent, character and initiative above standardized testing. Therefore, submitting standardized test results for admission consideration is optional. Score-optional consideration is an alternative for applicants who feel that their test scores don't adequately reflect their level of academic achievement and/or accurately predict their potential. However, if you feel that your test scores are a good reflection of your ability, we are happy to use them for admission consideration along with your other supporting materials.

Stetson University's testing codes are 0756 (ACT) and 5630 (SAT).

Since accuracy is critical, you should have a copy of your high school transcript available to use as a reference. Course requirements are listed below in our Admissions Standards.

Upon receiving an initial admission decision, send an official copy of high school transcripts and complete all other missing requirements. Additionally, final official transcripts are due prior to the first day of class.

To be considered for admission, applicants must satisfactorily complete a college preparatory program in high school. Because high school programs and grading systems vary widely, the secondary school program cannot be rigidly prescribed; however, the Admissions Committee is most interested in the student with solid academic achievement in five or more college preparatory courses each of the four years of high school.

Minimum preparation must include

  1. Four years of English;
  2. At least three years of math, including Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II;
  3. Three years of natural science;
  4. Two years of social science; and
  5. Two consecutive years of a foreign language (American Sign Language is recognized as a foreign language).

Suitable college preparatory electives will complete the applicant's program. A grade point average of greater than 3.0 is typical for students accepted to Stetson.

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