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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 emailed to [email protected] or mailed to:

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

Official Transcripts

For first year applicants, official transcripts from your secondary/high school are required. Transfer students are required to submit official 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. All transcripts should include an English translation. For transcripts to be considered official, they must be sent directly by the high school, university, or an evaluation service to Stetson. Transcripts sent by the student will be considered unofficial and can be used for the admissions decision-making process. If the student decides to enroll official transcripts will be required in the enrollment process. 

Transcript Evaluation

If the grading and evaluation system used by your education system differs from those used by the United States education system, a grade-point average (GPA) computation is required. This requirement can be fulfilled through a transcript evaluation using one of the services below, or you can generate a free GPA report using the Scholaro GPA calculator.

Transfer students are required to submit a course-by-course transcript evaluation using one of the services below. 

Course-by-course evaluation services:

SpanTran Application - Stetson University
2655 Le Jeune Rd. Suite 602
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Scholaro
29 E Madison St, Suite 1005
Chicago, IL 60602

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 [email protected]. 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 equivalent to 79 (TOEFL), 9 (TOEFL Essentials), 6.0 (IELTS), and 95 (Duolingo English Test).

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 TOEFL scores. 

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 application. An email is sent with your username and password within the week following submission.

Important Application Dates

Stetson offers three decision plans for first-year applicants: Early Decision, Early Action and Regular Decision.

  • Early Decision (November 1): If you are certain that Stetson is where you want to enroll, we encourage you to apply under our Early Decision plan. Decisions will be available by December 15, 2020; if admitted, you will be required to commit to Stetson and submit an Intent to Enroll by January 4, 2021, upon acceptance. Due to the binding nature of Early Decision, you are not permitted to apply to other binding Early Decision programs. However, you are permitted to apply to non-restrictive Early Action programs at other institutions. With the Early Decision plan, you agree to withdraw all applications at other colleges and enroll at Stetson if admitted.
  • Early Action I (November 1) and Early Action II (January 15): Our Early Action deadlines are best for students who would like to apply early and receive an admissions decision early, but are not certain about what college they would like to attend. Early Action I decisions will be released on January 15, 2021, and Early Action II decisions will be released on February 15, 2021. Applying as an Early Action applicant does not constitute a binding commitment to attend if admitted. If you would like to compare admissions offers and financial aid packages from multiple colleges when making your final decision, Early Action is a better choice than an Early Decision plan.
  • Regular Decision (March 1): Our Regular Decision deadline is the standard non-binding application plan. Applying as a Regular Decision applicant does not constitute a binding commitment to attend if admitted.

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.