Recognition and Reputation

U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review's Top 388 Colleges and Money's Best 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 what matters most to them: distinctive academic programs, challenging learning experiences, career development, close faculty to student mentoring that leads to professional preparation and a sense of place and community.

Stetson University ranks No. 4 in Best Regional Universities

Stetson University ranks No. 4 on U.S. News & World Report's 2023 list of Best Regional Universities (South).

Stetson emphasizes active learning with a low undergraduate student-teacher ratio of 12:1. Sixty-two percent of classes have fewer than 20 students and only one percent of classes have 50 or more students. Fifty-six percent of first-year students finished in the top quarter of their high school graduating class. 

US News & World Report also ranks Stetson University at No. 12, a  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 and a JD in Law at its College of Law in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area.

The recent rankings released by U.S. News & World Report also includes Stetson on its list of Best Value schools and Social Mobility. 

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The Princeton Review Names Stetson University One of The Best 388 Colleges

For eight straight years Stetson University has been recognized as one of the leading undergraduate institutions in the country by Princeton Review. This honor is given to only about 15% of four-year colleges in the United States, and appears in the 2023 edition of The Best 388 Colleges.

“Creating challenging and meaningful opportunities for students both inside and outside the classroom is the key to Stetson’s growth and success,” said Stetson University President Christopher F. Roellke, PhD. “What sets Stetson apart is its focus on helping students grow intellectually, and honing their problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, while continuing to honor our liberal arts tradition.

Published annually since the 90's, “The Best 388 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.

U.S. News & World Report ranks Stetson University College of Law No 3 in Trial Advocacy

Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida, is ranked No. 3 in Trial Advocacy by U.S. News and World Report. Effective advocacy is one of a successful lawyer's most important skills, and Stetson's commitment to teaching advocacy is unmatched.

Stetson Law Ranks No 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. 

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 2020. This is part of the magazine's review of 2,400 public and private colleges.

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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.