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Strategic Planning Process

Strategic Planning creates a framework for future activities and actions by the university and its colleges and schools. The goal is to move forward in ways that can realize the vision and full potential of the university and its students.

To achieve that, context is important, so the plan or map, is built around the strengths that make up the heart of Stetson University and focuses on those things Stetson does really, really well.

In the end, the map and process are about choices. For Stetson, this means concentrating on learning and education that makes a difference and supporting high impact student-to-student and faculty-to-student social and academic engagement.

This is what Stetson University is. It's what the Stetson is known for and what we can all strive to do even better.

The information and links below depicts the depth and breadth of what the Strategic Map captures.

Stetson by the Numbers

  • Alumni: 39,229
  • Founded: 1883
  • Colors: Green and White
  • Mascot: John B.

Enrollment Numbers

  • Total Enrollment: 4,330
  • Undergraduate Enrollment: 3,084
  • Graduate Enrollment: 1,246

Student Body

  • 44 States
  • 3 Territories
  • 52 Countries


  • DeLand (undergraduate, graduate)
  • Gulfport (law)
  • Tampa (law)

Graduate Programs

18 in Business, Law, Education, Counseling and Master of Fine Arts

NCAA Division 1 Sports

  • Men: 8
  • Women: 10

Club Sports

We have 19 club sports.

Mission and Values

Our mission at Stetson University is to provide an excellent education in a creative community where learning and values meet and to foster in students the qualities of mind and heart that will prepare them to reach their full potential as informed citizens of local communities and the world.

At Stetson, the art of teaching is practiced through programs solidly grounded in a tradition of liberal learning that stimulates critical thinking, imaginative inquiry, creative expression, and lively intellectual debate. The art of learning is enhanced through small, interactive classes; close student-faculty alliances; and collaborative approaches that provide the foundation for rewarding careers and advanced study in selective graduate and professional programs. We embrace diverse methodologies to foster effective communication; information and technological literacy; and aesthetic appreciation. We encourage the development of informed convictions; independent judgment; and lifelong commitments to learning that are characteristic features of the enlightened citizen. In bringing together learning and values, the university encourages all of its members to demonstrate personal integrity; to develop an appreciation for the spiritual dimension of life; to embrace leadership in an increasingly complex, interdependent, and technological world; and to commit to active forms of social responsibility.

Stetson is dedicated to the development of the whole person: A person committed to engaging and building life-long connections with the larger world through personal growth, intellectual development, and global citizenship. To that end, the university fosters policies, practices, and modes of inquiry to support and explore these values areas.


Stetson's Leadership