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Recognition and Reputation


U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review's Top 385 Colleges and Money's Best Colleges, Forbes' America's Top Colleges are some of the national publications that track and rank aspects of Stetson University. The methodologies and focus of the rankings differ, and much more information about the specifics of each is available on their websites.

Most surveys of students and parents indicate many, if not most, are aware of a college's rankings but still make their decisions on the intangibles that matter: standout academic programs, challenging learning experiences, career development, intimate faculty to student mentoring that leads to professional preparation and a sense of place and community. 

US News and World Report, Best Regional

Stetson University ranks No. 5 in Best Regional Universities

Stetson University ranks No. 5 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 list of Best Regional Universities (South). 

“What sets Stetson apart is its focus on helping students grow intellectually and honing their problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, while continuing to respect our liberal arts tradition," said Stetson University President Wendy B. Libby, Ph.D.,"I am always pleased with recognition of our innovation and the hard work of our students, faculty and staff.”

Stetson emphasizes active learning with a low undergraduate student-teacher ratio of 13:1. Sixty-two percent of classes have fewer than 20 students and only one percent of classes have 50 or more students. Fifty-four percent of first-year students finished in the top quarter of their high school graduating class.


US News and World Report, Best for Vets

U.S. News & World Report ranks Stetson University a "Best Undergraduate Teaching"

US News & World Report's 2020 Ranking lists Stetson University on the list of "Best Undergraduate Teaching" institution. 

Schools in the Regional Universities category are defined by U.S. News & World Report as offering a full range of undergraduate programs and some master’s programs but few doctoral programs. Stetson offers master’s degrees in business, education, counseling and creative writing.


USN&WR Best Value

U.S. News & World Report includes Stetson for "Best Value"

The recent rankings released by U.S. News & World Report includes Stetson on its lists of (rank) "Best Value" schools. 

“We pride ourselves on providing a superb education at a very good price," said Stetson President Wendy B. Libby, PhD. "I’m not surprised that we have made the Best Value list again. It’s also exciting to be on the inaugural ‘Top Performers’ list for an issue as important to our society as social mobility. It’s another feather in our cap.”

The Princeton Review Best 385 Colleges 2020

The Princeton Review Names Stetson University One of The Best 385 Colleges

Stetson University has been recognized as one of the leading undergraduate institutions in the nation by The Princeton Review for the fifth straight year. This honor, given to only about 15% of America’s four-year colleges, appears in the 2020 edition of “The Best 385 Colleges.”

Published annually since the 90's, “The Best 385 Colleges” contains detailed profiles of each college which includes excerpts from student surveys and rating scores in eight categories including Academics, Admissions Selectivity and Financial Aid, among others.

In its profile on Stetson University, The Princeton Review praises Stetson for its academics and campus life. The Princeton Review’s school profiles and ranking lists in “The Best 385 Colleges” are posted at

US News and World Report Law Best Trial Advocacy

U.S. News & World Report ranks Stetson University College of Law #1 in Trial Advocacy

Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida, is again ranked the number one law school for Trial Advocacy by U.S. News and World Report and this is the twentieth time it has held that position in the past 24 years. Effective advocacy is one of a successful lawyer's most important skills, and Stetson's commitment to teaching advocacy is unmatched.

US News and World Report Law Best Legal Writing

Stetson Law Ranks #3 in Nation for Legal Writing

Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport is No. 3 for Legal Writing in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Stetson Law has consistently been named among the top six legal writing programs since the inception of the Legal Writing rankings and is supported by the Institute for the Advancement of Legal Communication. Stetson’s Institute for the Advancement of Legal Communication is a home for the study of the legal communication issues that face lawyers, judges, other professionals and the public. It supports an active community of legal communication and writing scholars.

Stetson University's College of Law has also been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for its Part-Time (PT) program

Money Best

Stetson University Named Among "Best Colleges for Your Money"

According to Time's MONEY magazine, Stetson University ranks as one of the best colleges for your money. This is part of the magazine's review of 2,400 public and private colleges.

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Country Living

A Beautiful Campus

Stetson University has been recognized for its outstanding leadership in reducing energy and water consumption, and for LEED certified buildings, while growing its total undergraduate student body, and it has always taken a great deal of pride in its preservation of the historic DeLand and Gulfport campuses.

Recently, Country Living, included Stetson in its list of the "25 of the Most Beautiful College Campuses in the South."

Read more at Country Living.

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Stetson ranks No. 4 in College Magazine's Top 10 Pet-Friendly Colleges 2018

Stetson University has been recognized as one of the top 10 pet-friendly universities by College Magazine.