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  • 08/26/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    31 out of 31 people found this review useful. 1 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I'm not going to lie, small schools are not for everyone. Stetson is perfect for a student who wants a personable and beautiful Florida campus. It is perfect for a student who wants to learn, who wants to get to know his/her professor on a personal level, and who wants to put in the work and see positive results inside the classroom and out.

    Tips for prospective students

    As mentioned many times, Stetson University is a small school, population-wise, so it is important to get involved. Fortunately, there are more than plenty chances to do so, with over 100 active organizations. From campus ministries, to Greek life, to intramural sports, academic clubs, innumerous community service opportunities, there are so many things to get plugged into, and I highly recommend it. It will take some time to learn the right balance between student involvement and academics, but I do not think anyone should ever have to choose between one or the other. Get involved, and get to know the people around you; it’s a small campus, so you’ll see them a lot! In addition to that, I advise getting to know the community. I love food, and a great way to learn about DeLand is to visit the many mom-and-pop local restaurants (not all at once, of course). Small businesses tend to suffer in economic times such as these-- they can use student support, and we can benefit from their services, so utilize them! DeLand, although small, is a nice kind of small, with a cute main street right next to campus. Visit it, learn it, love it.

    Bang for the buck

    So yes, Stetson is small, classes are small, professors are awesome, campus life is great…but that all comes at a price (and a rather large one at that). Being private, Stetson does not receive state funds anywhere near the extent that public institutions do. Tuition is a bit higher than most Florida schools, but not quite as extreme as many northern schools, so at least there’s that. In addition, the leaders of this University truly seek students who desire to be here, so there is an incredible amount of financial aid provided. I worked hard in high school and was fortunate enough to have a large financial aid package, and I know many students who can say the same. But that doesn’t mean everything is overpriced. The Study Abroad options here are outstanding, with all of one’s financial aid carrying over. Essentially, I could study here in DeLand, FL, or study overseas in Scotland for the same price, in my case, close to free. Who can complain about that, especially when many institutions have additional fees for these great opportunities?

    Am enjoying being here

    Stetson is not “school” to me; it is my home. It was hard at first to get used to the fact that my friends from high school were no longer by my side, but by getting plugged in on campus and getting to know the local community, I quickly adjusted. One thing about pricey private schools with good reputations (such as Stetson) is that the students aren’t just here to get a piece of paper with their name on it at the end of four years. Students are here to excel, to prove themselves, and to learn. The relationships I have built with my peers, professors, and teammates have made my stay here more than enjoyable. I have a long-term boyfriend at the University of Florida who occasionally (and somewhat jokingly) asks me when I’m going to transfer to UF, and although I’d love to be closer to him, I wouldn’t even consider the idea of leaving Stetson.

    Am learning a lot

    With a revamped curriculum that was launched this fall, Stetson is offering a wider variety of classes than ever. This school is designed with the goal of every student graduating with a well-rounded education, and I wholeheartedly feel this at work in me. I came to Stetson with my major already decided, but even so, have taken classes ranging from Biblical Literature, to Nutrition, to Psychology. Stetson is good at being the small school it is, and with that comes the benefit of a friendly and effective learning environment. Every class is taught by an actual professor (not assistant) who is readily accessible--most have complete open-door policies. The courses can be difficult, but that simply means there is more information being provided. If I ever have a tough time with the material, all I have to do is utilize one of the innumerous resources that are present here and waiting to be put to use. In addition to academics, the Stetson campus is a learning environment in itself. I have learned more in the past few semesters about how to live, how to manage my time, who to surround myself with, and so much more. There are so many outlets on campus that provide information for students about eating well, living well, and learning well that are, in my opinion, not only irreplaceable, but also one of the characteristics of this institution that makes it so unique.

  • 08/23/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 out of 15 people found this review useful. 2 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Pre-law and music students. Not great for people just looking for a party school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join an on campus organization. If you do so, you will have plenty of friends and never be bored. Also, take advantage of the small class sizes. Classes can be challenging, but the professors are all very willing to help.

    Bang for the buck

    The major drawback for me is the cost of attendance. It is not cheap. Even after scholarships and grants, I still have to take out loans each semester to pay for school. This is not the case for all students though. Many do receive enough financial aid to attend Stetson for free.

    Am enjoying being here

    The biggest complaint that students have about Stetson, and DeLand in general, is that it is too quiet on the weekends. If you are really big into drinking and partying, Stetson may not be the school for you. However, I have always found that Stetson has plenty to offer for me. Every Friday night, the CSA puts on fun activities, there is always some place on campus to find free food, and it is easy to keep oneself busy with all the concerts, organizations, and sports teams on campus. As an added bonus, Stetson is about halfway between Orlando and Daytona Beach and it is not a long drive to either one.

    Am learning a lot

    Stetson has a teacher to student ratio of 11 to 1. That being the case, a remarkable amount of attention is given to each student, especially if they seek extra help themselves. Classes are challenging, but not impossible. There are also plenty of guest speakers that the school brings onto campus for lectures and presentations.

  • 06/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 3 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you are a cerebral person, who isn't big on the party scene you will love Stetson. Also if you appreciate individual attention from your professors, and are willing to do some serious work this is the place for you. Be warned, Stetson is not the kind of college where you can not show up for class and no one will notice. Classes are small enough that everyone will notice, and chances are that your professor will see you around campus later that day. Serious students only! Also, if you are kind of quirky, you will probably find a lot of like minded people here. Last year we had an on campus 'zombie outbreak' if that gives you an idea about the campus culture. Stetson is also great for people who want to make a difference in their communities. They really push service here, and there are many volunteer opportunities.

    Tips for prospective students

    The biggest tip is come visit the campus! There are campus tours practically all year round. When I was a prospective student, Stetson had several informational meetings near where I lived as well as at the university. These meetings always have alumni, staff, and students who will tell you everything you need to know to make your decision. The Stetson website is also pretty informative.

    Bang for the buck

    If there is anything bad to say about Stetson it would have to be the price. It is a lot more expensive than the big state schools like UF. In fact, it costs about as much as northern private universities. They do try to help their students with financial aid. I got a pretty generous financial aid package, but I still have had to take out loans to cover the costs. And with recent cuts to student aid at the state and federal level, Stetson's one flaw can really turn out to be a big one. I've had a couple friends who have had to drop out because they can't afford it anymore. Stetson is a really great school though, so you can make the argument that it is well worth the price.

    Am enjoying being here

    Stetson University has all the perks of being a small school. There are no huge crowds. Everyone will know your name, from your professors to the staff members. The people here are also really friendly. The quiet, suburb atmosphere might not be for you though if you want a huge party scene. Aside from frat parties, campus can be pretty quiet on weekends. However, student organizations do try to provide regular activities for the students such as free movie screenings, the annual paint party, comedians, and lots of other events. Stetson is also really close to Orlando and Daytona Beach. The campus is really beautiful with a lot of green space, and trees and flowers. Most of the dorms are okay. It really depends on which one you get. I live in Stetson's new pet dorms. Being able to bring my dog was a huge plus for me when picking a school. But the pet dorms are not the nicest ones. They are also pretty far from the heart of campus. But most of the other ones I have seen are nice, clean, and spacious. Right now the university is updating a lot of the buildings as well as doing some landscaping, so expect things to look even better in the future.

    Am learning a lot

    Stetson definitely delivers on academics. A few programs are especially rigorous, like the music program. I personally am a biology major, and all of the professors I've had so far have been excellent teachers. They have also been very helpful and approachable, not only in terms of classes, but academic and career goals in the field. I've learned a lot about graduate programs, and applying for jobs. The science building has pretty good facilities, and the labs are great. The foreign language department is also very good. I'm taking German, and I am amazed at how much I've learned in just a year of study. Speaking of foreign languages, Stetson really pushes study abroad programs for its students. There are semester long programs and summer programs to several countries.

  • 05/17/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 4 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who like a close-knit learning environment and an intimate relationship with fellow students and faculty.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and apply for any scholarships you can find, especially the Bonner Scholars program.

    Bang for the buck

    Quite an expensive school, but well worth it.

    Will enjoy being here

    Beautiful campus in sunny FL. Just minutes away from Orlando and the beaches. Friendly student body as well.

    Will learn a lot

    A great curriculum with an excellent teaching staff.

  • 07/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 5 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Stetson is great for those who prefer small town over big city, nature-lovers and students who want to be part of our small Stetson community. For those who want to party, we do have fraternity parties, but if your expecting something like 'Animal House' then try another college that is party crazy.

    Tips for prospective students

    When coming into Stetson take time to get yourself organized and never leave anything the last minute. Sure that test is a month away, but sooner or later your other professor will want an essay due in two weeks, then the other class wants a project due next week. Basically you will find yourself with no time to study if you leave everything last minute. So, for the sake of your sanity start everything early. Another important item that you WILL need is a planner. This will be your survival guide for the whole year, it keeps you organized and sane. Ultimately, do not forget to also have fun in college and socialize. One of the things that has kept me going was the support of my teachers, friends and my helpful study buddies.

    Bang for the buck

    At this point Stetson sounds like it has to problems or issues. Wait, what is that? Oh look that's the backhand of reality. This is how I felt the first time I saw the tuition. I'm from a low middle class Hispanic family so we are not exactly sipping from golden goblets that are encrusted with diamonds and living la vida loca. Thankfully, Stetson knows that it costs a lot and tries everything to help you afford it. The Financial Aid Office is filled with amazing people that are willing to help you get through this wall and quell any worries you have. Also if you think they made a mistake in your bill, do not feel nervous about calling them. They are there to help and will fix any mistakes that they have made. Overall, Stetson is worth the cost.

    Am enjoying being here

    Do not get me started on how much fun I'm having at Stetson because we may be here all day...or a few days. To the point, ever since I started to volunteer in high school I have grown to love volunteering to the point that it was not a chore, but a fun activity I was a part of. The community of Deland may be quiet in the party scene, but it has so many opportunities for the volunteering junkie. My experiences range from bathing dogs at New Horizons to occasionally lending a hand in our school's garden. The gardening was a big think for me since I have been known to have the black thumb of famine. Stetson is not only volunteering there are also a number of events going on. You just need to keep your ear to the ground, your eyes on the colorful posters that tell you when the event is and your mouth spreading the news to friends so they can have fun too. The organizations in charge of the fun are CSA and Nightcap; these two handle the fun on the weekends. On the weekdays you can count on the fraternities, sororities and clubs to have an event planned that is filled with fun. My favorite events this year was the snow fight (yes Nightcap made it snow for us.), the tie-dyeing, any event involving food and IMPACT (hosted by my lovely Bonners!). Even if you miss out on any event you can still have fun with friends. I can still remember the brutal game of Mario Kart that we all had and how we acted like 'Chickens Roaming the Prairie' during our game of Cranium at the coffee shop. Good times.

    Am learning a lot

    Stetson University has given me a chance to finally love learning. Unlike in high school, I was in large classes of usually thirty-one students and being in Stetson and having classes with only twenty or fifteen students is refreshing. The small numbers also give the professors an easier time to really get to know their students. The professors there actually pay attention to you and want to see you succeed and thanks to some amazing professors I have managed to survive my freshman year and develop effective study habits. The school itself has so many different classes and majors that I found myself studying for a Biology test one moment, in another trying to get some friends to help me in a Sociology experiment involving eating popcorn out of an empty tampon box or talking to people with my back to them and finally I end my day with an argument about how much I’m in love with Albrecht Dürer and have my friends poke fun at me since he is dead. Don’t judge me! Stetson is not all fun and games you will have to work, but believe me it is worth it. I have never learned so much about sociology, biology, art history, history, math or any other subject until I came to Stetson. I'm even more surprised that I actually started a conversation about how my favorite hypothesis test was Anova in my statistic class. This is one of the many side effects that you may experience when in college: you develop an interest to something you used to hate.

  • 05/11/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 6 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students looking to push themselves academically and make their own way at college. Leaders who want to have the resources and opportunities to flourish.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and make connections in admissions. Come to campus for a visit too!

    Bang for the buck

    It is a private school, and thus on the more expensive side, but Stetson offers many merit scholarships so that you are paying considerably less (I'm paying less than I would pay at my in-state University of Illinois). Financial aid can also help you find additional scholarships outside the university.

    Am enjoying being here

    Both Stetson and the DeLand community have much to offer. Stetson has over 100 clubs, including gardening, cycling, sports ... you name it Stetson has it (or you can start it really easily)! DeLand is surrounded by state parks (both containing beautiful freshwater springs), a state forest, and a wildlife refuge for the outdoor lover.

    Am learning a lot

    The Stetson professors are the best in the nation and take great pride in their focus on students.

  • 07/20/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 5 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 7 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Party people, unless you plan to transfer in as an upperclassman. I have heard that once students reach their junior year they buckle down and get to work. If you plan to join the honors program, your fellow students tend to have peculiar personalities.

    Bang for the buck

    /Very/ expensive! Definitely private school prices. I only give 2 stars because they did offer free printing and free laundry. For the price of the school, it is almost expected.

    Did enjoy being here

    The dorms were old and falling apart. Many of the rooms were stinky, and there is definitely a mold problem in Stetson Hall that needed to be addressed. For example, in the bathrooms there would often be rings of black mold around the drain for the bathtubs. The school itself has a lot of partying. If that is what you like in a school, I recommend it. I did not enjoy the parties. Often there would be smoking outside the designated areas (and the smoke would travel inside my room), and there would often be old cigarettes and beer bottles on the ground after a weekend. The staff only appeared to care about landscaping and cleaning up the campus right before weekends/weeks when the parents were expected to visit. Despite that Stetson makes everyone live on campus until their junior year, all the students that don't want to party leave to go home during the weekends. I was an out-of-state student, and as I didn't like to party, I was very bored on the weekends. If Stetson were to create incentives for students to stay at their dorms on weekends (and to turn the focus from being entirely on partying), I think that the school would improve immensely.

    Did learn a lot

    I was very disappointed in my learning experience at Stetson. The only class that I learned something new was from Dr. Sitler for Spanish. He was an amazing professor, and I recommend taking his courses to anyone interested in taking a Spanish course.

  • 08/04/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 8 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Stetson is a place for all students. If you need one-on-one help there's tutoring or the teachers have office hours to go to for help. You can sometimes even catch them between classes. The classes, themselves, are pretty small ranging 12 - 25 students. The largest classroom can hold 100 and that's the auditorium. It's only for meetings and events though. Not class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for housing and classes early!! They fill up quick!!

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is a little pricey but it's totally worth it!

    Am enjoying being here

    You make a lot of friends quick and there's always a ton to do! There are hundreds of clubs, greek organizations, and events to attend and join in on the fun!

    Am learning a lot

    There a ton of things to learn (including culture credit opportunities) and the teachers are there to help when you need it!

  • 08/18/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 9 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People who are academic/class oriented, and want a more one-on-one personal feel with both your professors and classmates. Those who want a rigorous education and a comfortable atmosphere that feels like home. Students who don't want to go to a big school in a big city and party all the time.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan on going to Stetson, just be prepared for rigorous academics mixed with a casual, small town atmosphere. Don't expect to party every night, but there's always something going on during the weekend. Just be prepared to put in the effort for your education, and have fun with the rest.

    Bang for the buck

    I'll cut to the chase, Stetson is expensive. But if you want a cheap school, your education and environment won't be the same as a Stetson student's. The great thing about Stetson is that its small size allows classes to be small - I never had a class over 40 students, for example, whereas my sister who went to the University of Central Florida had classes over 100 people that she couldn't even attend because the classroom was full. I was able to meet my professors virtually whenever I wanted, talk with them, even have meals with them. It's expensive, but if you want the private-school level academics mixed with a comfortable homey atmosphere where you can talk to advisors and professors every day, it's worth every cent.

    Did enjoy being here

    Stetson was home for me, I loved it. People sometimes refer to it as a suitcase campus, meaning people come during the week for classes and leave on the weekends, but I didn't find that to be true. Sure, it's a quieter, small school in a quiet, small town, but if you meet the right people there's ALWAYS something going on. Plus, with the addition of Football to Stetson and the recent renovation of the campus, I saw in my last year that the student body got a lot more active. I expect to see it get even better in the next few years.

    Did learn a lot

    Ask anyone, no matter what they think about Stetson, they cannot deny the academics. I learned a lot in my four years at Stetson, and I truly feel that they prepared me for the future, graduate school, careers and all.

  • 10/24/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 10 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for students not in to partying...and like a small campus where you'll be known....and not just a student not remembered....a vey well academic school....

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan ahead....and start scholaship searching early...Cappex is just one and many scholarship sites

    Bang for the buck

    It is expensive..but they do everything they can to give you a good financial aid package......cost for attendance and everything else...is a big draw back for me....

    Will enjoy being here

    the campus is beautiful....and i have just seen pictures...and video camera shots....you can go to their website and literally watch what goes on at Stetson in some of their locations...its awesome

    Will learn a lot

    with student to teacher 11:1 i say you can definitely learn a lot..and the professors are very open.

  • 10/25/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 11 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students trying to reach a goal, can't get any better than that! :)

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your best, that's all there is to it.

    Bang for the buck

    Its kind of expensive for someone that doesn't have any help other than the government, but it is a private college. The bonner program helps out fellow volunteers with 75% of tuition paid. So if you like helping out the community and can't afford tuition, I would suggest you apply to Bonner!!

    Will enjoy being here

    I visited this campus and fell in love with it when I stepped out the car. It has an amazing campus that anyone will love. The people are so nice and the faculty seem like they care.

    Will learn a lot

    The programs there are amazing and quite suitable for anyone trying to search a new major.

  • 05/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    P-Safe is safe! But very chill, so if you aren't making a lot of noise or endangering others and yourself they don't rag on you. They drive around with their cool golf carts and offer students rides, even if they are intoxicated. There are loads of emergency poles and I have never felt endangered, on-campus. Off campus is a different story. Some areas are... sketchy. Just be smart and don't travel alone at night. I've never felt really worried, but just a bit nervous so it's not that bad.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is totally different than most schools. Because we are so small there is very little clique-ish activity and being a non-Greek isn't a bad thing either. I'm not exactly your typical Greek either. I'm kinda lame and not at all a sorority girl, but I hold myself up to a high standard of academia. I'm not easy or rude and I don't have a lot of money. It's totally different than what you'd expect. I could tell you that all I want, but you just have to see for yourself.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs are super great and active! Best part is you can start any club you feel Stetson needs. This year I'm starting Hatter Historical Hikers and we are volunteering at parks, presenting for cultural credit at school, holding fundraising events, making recycled material into usable decorations, and going on trips to the Keys and St. Augustine. Plus, I'm involved with two awesome club sports, Stetson Sand Volleyball and Equestrian Club. Not only do these clubs do shows and play in tournaments, but they build a network of care for their members. There is always something going on.

    Great for these types of students

    If you want a personalized education, this is the school for you. If you want to be able to say It's a-me! Mario! when your teacher Dr. Mario Rodriguez walks into class the first day and have the Professor be totally cool with it, this is the school for you. If you don't mind having a creepy mascot, this is the school for you. If you want to ride bikes for a class about ecology, this is definitively the school for you!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tell people your birthday.... so they can through you in the fountain! And then y'all can get yelled at by P-safe! It's a grand ol' time. There are cool events all the time and there is always the ghost tours put on by the History Club, by the way, Stetson is totally haunted. Go into Elizabeth Hall with a recorder and some ghost knowledge from TV shows and you'll see. Go during a hurricane black out like my friends and I did our first semester, it'll help you to not sleep when you study for finals! And during finals they give out coffee and cookies in the library.

    Bang for the buck

    Stetson is dang expensive, but they help out a lot! I received scholarships for grades and vocal performance. Make sure you check out all your options because even though Stetson seems out of reach, it is not. You can defiantly find money through cool programs like Cappex and other scholarship engines.

    What to do for fun

    Frats? Check. Clubs? Check. Pubs? Check. But are those really fun? Nope, not in my opinion. I love the area around Stetson U, because there are amazing forests and beaches. And there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer through groups like Circle K, Hatter Historical Hikers, and the monthly Into the Streets event. Plus there are always some really cool events put on by Hatter Productions (a board of students.)

    Food and Dining

    For food allergy babies like I am, opt out of the meal plan. Do what ever it takes, because the cross-contamination is... frightful. If you aren't so sensitive the food isn't all that bad, but it isn't really healthy. There are SGA bills in the works to push the school toward greener food with more sustainability and healthier options.

    Dorm Life

    Okay, so I won't sugar-coat it. For the most part the dorms suck. There is mold and it can get nasty and there is not enough room for everyone, but Stetson is working to change it. They are building more dorms and redoing some of the old ones to be more eco-friendly and safer. Plus, they have special dorms like Wellness House (absolutely wonderful, lived there 1st semester,) pet dorms, and the really cool UVA apartments and Stetson COVE apartments.

    Academic Rigor

    Hard. Not just hard, but stressful. But, you learn more than you could ever imagine. The work is worth it and you always have people to help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your crazy streak out in your first semester or so, then hit the ground running. Once you find your major and where you belong you'll know and it'll be impossible to keep you away from your passions!

    In three sentences

    Stetson is small but does BIG things for the community. Stetson dares you to be significant; it's not just a stupid slogan. Stetson offers you the freedom and support that no other school can.

  • 02/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 13 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    very good.

    Greek Life

    I 'am not in any sorority but I have heard that they are good.

    Clubs and Activities

    A lot of fun activities.

    Great for these types of students

    A lot of fun activities in campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They do a lot of activities for the community.

    Bang for the buck

    good.

    What to do for fun

    Yo can go to the beach, parks, lakes, downtown or to the nearest mall. If you want you can go to the Orlando Disney parks.

    Food and Dining

    Good.

    Dorm Life

    I live off-campus

    Academic Rigor

    Great professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students are very focus on studying. Most of them are friendly.

    In three sentences

    It's a great University. The professors are great and helpful. I love this University. It's the best decision I have made.

  • 05/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 14 of 98

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The public safety at stetson are on top of everything. They are patrolling the school 24 hours a day to make sure everything is alright and everything is running smoothly. You can actually call them for a ride across school if you really want to and they have no problem with that. They will come to your dorm and rive you to wherever you want to go on campus. I have done that a few times and it is pretty nice. Overall they are very good.

    Greek Life

    Although Stetson is a smaller private school, the Greek life on this campus is intense. They get involved in many social and community events helping out with whatever they can. They are also the life of the party. If you want to go out and enjoy yourself and have a good time after a long week of hard work then the FRATS is were it is at. They are very friendly and will allow almost everyone into there house to party and socialize.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many extra curricular activities you can do while attending Stetson. Most people play in the club sports because it is the same as competing in a real game but it is club instead of NCAA. There are also lots of side clubs you can get involved in, you just have to contact the director of that club and you will be on your way to having a good time.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are a student that needs lots of help and tutoring, Stetson is the place for you. You can get all of the tutoring and help you want because it is all included into your tuition. There are many computer labs with supplies and printer that you may also use at no charge because it is all included into your tuition.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is the Fountain located in the center of campus and although people do throw change into it, it is also where you take your friends at midnight of their birthday and throw them in. We did this many times this year so it has now become a tradition to be thrown into the fountain on your birthday.

    Bang for the buck

    Stetson is a very expensive school to attend but they do their best to give you as much money as they can to help you out. Although it is very expensive, graduating from such a prestigious school will most likely land you a great job that will help pay for student loans you may have accumulated while attending school.

    What to do for fun

    I am a football player at Stetson so for me, football is my fun. If I don;t have football, we will most likely travel over to Daytona for the day and go to the beach and enjoy our day over there. They do have a pool on campus so you can go to that as well. The Edmund's center is also a very entertaining place to go and have fun. They have a full weight-room, ping pong, basketball courts, pool table, etc. It is the social spot.

    Food and Dining

    Stetson does an amazing job in food and dining. I am a morning person so I am going to say that the breakfast food is the best. You can get basically anything you can think of for breakfast and Friday mornings is biscuits and gravy day which is my favorite. Other than breakfast, lunch and dinner are also very good. They give you a very wide selection of things to chose from which is good so you don't get used to the same thing over and over again.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms was a great experience for me. I personally like living in the community bathrooms because you don't have to clean the bathrooms yourself. Living in the dorms aloud me to meet many new people and allowed all of us to hangout and study together while having lots of fun at the same time.

    Academic Rigor

    This is the Harvard of the South they say and after going through my freshmen year, I can conform that statement completely. There is no slacking off or getting an easy class. Every class you take is going to challenge you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to write many papers and study really hard. Depending upon what professors you receive, you could have a lot more work in one class. Overall, all of the professors are very nice and it is a great environment to be in.

    In three sentences

    This is a small private institution located in DeLand, Florida. It is a very well organized and fun school to attend. The academic standards are set very high and it is an all around great place to be.

  • 11/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Public safety, aka P-Safe, is great. They're a great group of people, very understanding, and quick to respond. There are also blue lights all over campus, which are little stations with buttons that you push to notify P-Safe, if there's ever a problem/emergency. There is the occasional theft or something silly, but there's usually nothing serious; for instance, recently, someone has been stealing bikes, so if you bring one, make sure you have a good lock.

    Greek Life

    I can't say too much about this because I'm not Greek, but I know some people who are, and they seem to like it a lot.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a club for almost everything, and if there isn't a club that fits your interest, you can start one.

    Great for these types of students

    Stetson is great for most kinds of students, honestly. We've got frats and sororities (and yes, they do party), community service opportunities galore, and lots of clubs. Unless the small town/small school setting really bothers you, it should be fine.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Do NOT tell anyone when your birthday is. It's a tradition to throw people into the fountain. Luckily, I have a summer birthday, but I know someone with a winter birthday who was not as lucky.

    Bang for the buck

    If you're really looking for a school to benefit you academically and to get involved, Stetson is worth it. I'm not exactly a social butterfly, but I love how willing the professors are to work with/help students. Most of them are very agreeable people and they'll even meet with you about things that aren't necessarily class related. Recently, I had a professor take time to meet in her office and help me decide what classes are best for my spring semester.

    What to do for fun

    People complain about having nothing to do, and DeLand is a small town, but if you get involved on campus, you will almost always have things to do/work on. The only time there's seemingly nothing happening is the weekend, and that's because most people leave campus. If you don't have a car, you probably will get bored, though.

    Food and Dining

    The food is usually a hit and miss. The Hat Rack is a dining area with a pizza place and a sandwich shop; probably the best options on campus. Then, there's the coffee shop which isn't bad. The Commons (cafeteria) is okay. There's nothing to really rave about, but you won't be hungry. There is a myriad of fast food places and restaurants off campus (walking distance) for the days you just don't feel like eating campus food. You can also have pizza and Chinese delivered.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life isn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. It's not exactly luxury living, but that's to be expected when you're sharing space with a bunch of teenagers/young adults. I'm a freshman this year, living in a freshman dorm. The bathrooms get a bit gross because some people seem not to realize that a person being paid to clean the bathrooms every week does not mean they have to make the job more difficult. Dorms aren't like what you see on TV entirely, but some of the things you'll see are what you would expect. I imagine it's not much different anywhere you go though.

    Academic Rigor

    Work at Stetson isn't really hard, but it can be challenging. Professors are cooperative for the most part, and they are willing to clarify any and everything or help however possible. How well you do/how difficult things are will probably have more to do with your work ethic and the time you put in and the questions you ask (or don't ask) than the actual content. There is a writing center in the library where you can sit down with someone and revise papers; there is tutoring available as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    1) FINANCIAL AID. Apply for every scholarship. The school is nice, but it is costly. 2) Find out what you can be involved in. The students that constantly complain about nothing to do are usually the ones who don't participate in anything. 3) Ask a lot of questions. Speak to a professor or two (or even more) in the department of the major you're interested in. 4) Make friends outside of the dorm. I can not stress that enough.

    In three sentences

    Stetson is wonderful academically. There are a lot of things to get involved with if you really try. Campus is beautiful.

  • 12/15/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There is something always going on during the school year.

    Food and Dining

    Tons of options to choice from.

    Dorm Life

    I do not know however I have heard they are small rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    I have heard it is tough

    Tips for prospective students

    This is not a big college there are parties but this is for a hard core student.

    In three sentences

    It is a very clean campus. Quiet atmosphere and great places to study. Great staff everyone seems very nice.

  • 11/23/2010

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Ones who want to prosper and go somewhere and do something with their lives

  • 10/29/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Stetson administration helps with financial aid and takes a majority of scholarships as well.

    Will enjoy being here

    They have a pet dorm which is great for students who have pets that they don't wish to leave behind.

    Will learn a lot

    Their student to teacher ratio is 11:1, which I think is great. I know I would love that extra help that Stetson students receive, and it would help in giving me a better learning experience.

  • 12/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for those who want to go to a small school.

    Tips for prospective students

    One tip I'd give to prospective students is to stay focused. College is fun, but you're there ultimately to earn a degree.

    Bang for the buck

    Stetson is extremely expensive. I came here on scholarship and I'm still having troubles for paying for school.

    Am enjoying being here

    Stetson is located in a small rural town, so there isn't much to do off campus unless you have a car and are able to drive out to Orlando or Daytona. On campus, however, Stetson has done a good job of keeping its students preoccupied. We have something called Hatter Productions on campus whose goal is provide activities for students like on campus movie nights or Stetson's Anual Winter Wonderland.

    Am learning a lot

    The academics at Stetson are unbelievably amazing. I've learned so much. The small class sizes are great, because you get to know your professors on a more personal basis. Also the professors are extremely helpful. Stetson also has on campus learning centers that are willing to help you with anything ranging from writing to media projects.

  • 12/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Serious academic students, students looking for a strong social environment, and students looking to grow culturally should seriously consider attending Stetson University.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring a comfortable pair of walking shoes, because you're going to want to see everything that Stetson, and DeLand have to offer.

    Bang for the buck

    Stetson has been rated as one of the best schools in the South for its cost. As a private college the cost is more than that of a state college, but the education and environment are well worth the cost, not to mention future opportunities.

    Am enjoying being here

    Going to Stetson is not just a step towards better education. While education is important, the DeLand community makes it very easy to assimilate. The town is a very enjoyable friendly place to live, with many weekend activities open for the students to enjoy.

    Am learning a lot

    Stetson is a wonderful place to develop oneself academically. It offers a great education in many fields, most notably business, law, and performing arts. The classes are challenging and interesting, something really important when looking into higher education.

  • 12/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Small school setting is for the type of student that wants to learn. It does put you in the spotlight at times but it helps with thinking on your feet and you actually do learn because there is no room for hiding behind others considering the classes are small classroom sizes not auditorium like.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the campus, everytime I walk to class I love being able to take everything in & it just feels like a home. It's easy to make friends and you definitely run into a lot of familiar faces.

  • 01/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    All types, but you have to be hard working!!

    Bang for the buck

    Yeah, Stetson is a lot of money (to an out of state student) but trust me, its worth it, I'm so happy I choose Stetson!

    What to do for fun

    In Deland there is usually always something to do, and if there isn't, a night in watching a movie with friends is always a good choice!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are an out of state student and stetson is out of you're price range, talk to the administrators, and tell them how much going to stetson means to you! they are very helpful and will work something out!!

    In three sentences

    I love stetson, I'm so happy I choose to go there! The Prof. rule, and the administrators are so helpful! GOO HATTERS!!

  • 01/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I often talk about campus safety on my tours and explain to perspective students and their concerned parents that in four years on campus, I have never once felt threatened or concerned for my safety. The campus is equipped with blue boxes, poles in which an emergency button, if pushed, alerts the campus police (another form of security) who will arrive momentarily to assist in any way. The campus police, or P.Safe as students refer to them are constant;y patrolling the campus at all hours of the day and are simply a phone call away for anything including lockouts and a simple courtesy ride from one building to another. The greatest form of a safety threat that I have experienced at the school was during my sophomore year in which a black bear cub was stuck in a tree on campus... true story!

    Clubs and Activities

    As a senior at Stetson, I am still amazed at the large selection of clubs and organizations to participate and get involved in. From Habitat for Humanity to groups recognizing and promoting equality for all races, sexes, and religions, there is something for everyone. In addition, the school also offers six nationally recognized fraternities and five nationally recognized sororities that students can join. Sports are also extremely popular on campus and thus, in addition to division athletics, the school also offers club sports, which are a step down from division sports but still let students travel and compete against other schools, and also intramural sports in which all students on campus can create teams and participate against anyone else on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Of the oldest traditions at Stetson is to be thrown into the fountain in the quad on your birthday. Although this has thankfully not happened to me, I have seen it many times and get a good laugh every time! And, to spice things up, it is not really allowed so you have to be somewhat sneaky to avoid being caught by the campus police!

    Bang for the buck

    Forget spending money looking for entertainment, Stetson has it covered! The university offers a wide and enjoyable variety of organizations that work solely to provide entertainment for the student body. From screening movies before they're released to DVD, to having well-known, T.V. famous comedians, these organizations provide fun for all at no cost!

    What to do for fun

    Although many students feel that the community of Deland Florida is rather small, I would counter this argument explaining that yes it may be somewhat small but still boasts an extremely large sense of friendliness and activity. I have always said that Deland is parade happy because they seem to be constantly having festivals, cook-offs, car shows, concerts, parades and much more. The downtown itself boasts an impressive array of restaurants, bars, and shops of all likes that I have found to be both more than enjoyable and welcoming. Outside of the downtown district, Deland itself is ideally located among many of Florida's natural springs allowing students to visit these beautiful water parks, swim with manatees, and experience camping. Deland is also a mere 20 minutes south of Daytona and the beaches on the east coast, as well as an hour's drive away from Orlando, a mecca of entertainment in all varieties.

    Food and Dining

    I have to admit that Stetson's dining options could be more impressive but given the small size of the campus, less than 3,000 students, the establishments that are there offer an decent array of options. When I give tours on campus and am asked about the food, I reply honestly and tell perspective students that, just like any other school or dining establishment, there are good days and bad days. I have favorite meals and those that I avoid, but all in all I do generally like the food offered at school. Students are also quite active in helping the campus administration in making changes and alterations to actual menus and meals.

    Dorm Life

    Stetson has a fairly steadfast policy in which they require students to live on campus for the first two-three years, and I personally am a big advocate of this. Living in a two person dorm at Stetson was the first time I have ever had to share a room, for any long extent of time, with anyone. So being somewhat forced into this situation was tough at first but I eventually came to see that learning to coexist with a complete stranger has been one of the hardest things yet most educational experiences of my college career. I am forever encouraging perspective students to live on campus, even if only for a semester, so that they may experience this unique college aspect themselves.

    Academic Rigor

    For myself, Stetson's academic rigor is fairly high. My senior year has been particularly difficult as the culmination of the past three years' education comes to a closing. I would definitely argue that between my senior and freshmen years there was an increase in the challenge and push to work harder and produce more educated and well-rounded work. I feel that Stetson really encourages independent learning and developing during your time at the school and I feel as though my time at the school as done just that and helped mature me in more ways than just in the classroom.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stetson is a small private school, meaning for many students coming from public high schools it is the same and in some cases actually smaller in student population. Many students, including myself, chose Stetson for this reason, so a tip for the wise would be to make quite sure you want to attend a small and therefore close-knit college before actually investing yourself financially. This can be done, easily for some, by visiting the campus. Many schools host open houses and preview days where perspective students can visit the campus, take tours, eat in the dining halls, stay in the dorms and even sit-in on actual classes. Stetson offers all the above and these steps can benefit one greatly in making decisions on where to attend.

    In three sentences

    If you are looking for a private university in Florida that offers a beautiful campus, great student body, incomparable student/professor interaction, worthwhile education and so much more, Stetson University is the place for you. This friendly community will make you feel at home instantly while simultaneously opening your eyes to invaluable experiences and lessons. Although somewhat pricey, attending Stetson has been one of the best decisions I have yet to make!

  • 02/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    stetson does not have a curfew, so students are free to come and go as they please. guests are allowed to visit and stay on campus with students, and many of the dorm halls are gender-neutral.

    What to do for fun

    aside from the various clubs and organizations, stetson's nightlife has downtown deland to offer. in downtown, there are restaurants, sports bars, theaters, shops, and more. often, there are different shows or events going on that stetson students usually take part in, like art shows, parades, or zombies vs. humans.

    Food and Dining

    there aren't any major outside food vendors, but there is an einstein's bagel shop, a newton's grill, and a cafe that serves starbucks coffee. the food served in the cafeteria, known as the commons, is quality food but some days are better than others. for the most part, i enjoy the food at stetson, but there is room for improvement.

    Dorm Life

    while some students enjoy dorm life more than others, there are things that are common for any living experience. there may be a community bathroom, and its cleanliness would depend on the people living there. another common problem is noise, since we are college students and want to have fun late at night. other than those issues, living in a dorm is great. you form friendships with new people and become acquainted with living on your own.

    Academic Rigor

    the work can be rigorous but it is definitely doable. time management is a necessity for any college student.

    Tips for prospective students

    as a prospective student, i would recommend a campus tour, shadowing some classes for a day, and meeting with the advisors and teachers. take classes that have interesting or engaging teachers.

    In three sentences

    stetson is a great school for someone that is serious about their education while still wanting to have fun and explore their independence. there are several clubs and organizations that one can become a part of, and each of them become like a second family for students. class sizes are smaller so student-teacher relationships are easier to form and one-on-one help is common.

  • 04/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    It is a great college community. Stetson makes it extremely easy to build relationships with your professors and have one on ones whenever needed. It is a small but great school.

  • 04/19/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    A very nice environment. Everything about the school was impressive. I loved the campus itself, and the faculty I spoke to seemed very involved.

  • 04/27/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus security is very efficient. They work hard everyday to make sure that every one on campus is safe at all times. They are on call twenty four seven.

    Greek Life

    If you love music like I do you would love being a member of Sigma Alpha Iota like me. Or a Phi Mu Alpha. The are also other national panhellenic council sororities and fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have language clubs where you cal study and learn many languages. They have horse jockey, feed the needy and homeless.

    Great for these types of students

    There are poetry clubs that are great for students who like to write and share literature created by their own thoughts or others.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Elizabeth hall is a one of the oldest buildings on the campus. It is where the have held graduation, recitals, and chaple with in the Lee Chapel for years.

    Bang for the buck

    Ok, yes Stetson can be very expensive, but I really think that you get more out of your experiance there no matter what.

    What to do for fun

    Stetson university sits in Deland which is about 20 miles from the beach. They have a very nice carnival at the beach. There are also very nice restaurants in the town on Deland. Many students enjoy their movie theatre which is about seven minutes from the school going south of Woodland blvd. The school always has so many cool weekly activities that many students choose to stay on campus to relax have fun and study.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great, it is serviced by Sodexo. Sodexo is also well known for feeding the Army, Navy, Marines, and many more programs across the globe. Stetson University has their own Starbucks cafe, Einsteins and a great diner which serves a vast amount of different home made foods.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very nice and comfy. I love have spacious the dorms are. Best of all, they have pet dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic standard is beyond high standards. Stetson sets its own unique challenging standards that are structured in a way that great minds achieve.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come ready and prepared to learn and study hard every day, including weekends. In the end it will all be worth it. You will learn something new everyday.

    In three sentences

    It is a very friendly and easy accessible college campus. The faculty seems very excited about contributing to the students' learning process. The student life style there is awesome.

  • 05/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join a club or organization! There is always something going on at the Stetson campus and in the City of Deland!

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk with the faculty and staff, as well as other students, and really get their impression of Stetson. Also, make sure that you are ready to really work for your degree. The classes are rigorous and you really have to commit yourself to your studies.

    In three sentences

    I would give Stetson University an 8 out of 10. The campus is beautiful, the faculty and staff are patient and very knowledgable and the students are amazing. There are so many opportunities established to help students really excel in their fields of interests.

  • 05/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Public safety is always there

    Greek Life

    Much different than what i heard about on tv and other school. These guys and gals do not fit the sterotype of greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Great variety of clubs and activiteis

    Great for these types of students

    All types

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Throwing kids into foutain on their bdays

    What to do for fun

    Meeting new people.

    Dorm Life

    They are not the best but they work fin

    Academic Rigor

    Science class can be hard at times

    Tips for prospective students

    Steson is a great school. Take time to meet new people.

    In three sentences

    Stetson is great university. To me it is like my second home. Since the first steps i have taken on this campus, i have felt this overwhelming sense of acceptance. People dont just they accept you for who you are.

  • 05/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Public Safety patrols the campus at all hours and you can usually spot them roaming just by looking around. They are also always reachable either by phone or by simply pressing the button on one of the many blue-lighted stations set up around campus. The officers themselves are also really friendly and are always glad to help out.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is big on campus at Stetson but it doesn't end with just the Fraternities and Sororities themselves. The Greeks usually include the rest of the school's population on their events as well as hosting some specifically for the other students. Also, all the different chapters are friendly and welcoming.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you look hard enough, you can pretty much find a club for everything including Dance, Aikido, Ultimate Frisbee, Anime, Sign Language, and many more. If there isn't one that suits you already made, its not hard to start one yourself.

    Great for these types of students

    Whether you're a bookworm or a sports fanatic, everyone pretty much fits in at Stetson. Though the school does have a large focus for music students with the Stetson School of Music. Many fine musicians have graduated from here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Different students are always coming up with new things to do on campus in our many fields and even in the Quad. Something that I have looked forward to in the past have been the events that are set up every year by Hatter Productions which include movie nights and a paint party.

    Bang for the buck

    With your degree, the classes you study and the clubs that you take part in are definitely worth the cost.

    What to do for fun

    With numerous clubs and organizations, there's never time for having nothing to do. Also, town is within walking distance and has opportunities for fun such as a comedy club, theatres, and shopping.

    Food and Dining

    Between the Hat Rack, Commons, and the Coffee Shop, there is actually plenty of places to find food. We also have the C-store for when you just want something to snack on or something to cook yourself as well as household needs. The campus is also within walking distance of a lot of restaurants in town.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms has really helped me get closer to my peers. Unfortunately there is the occasional resident that doesn't abide by the hall rules and it can tend to make studying difficult. That's usually when I just find a new spot to study in.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes here are smaller than at most colleges and universities and that really helps because it allows more chances to receive help from your professors. Also because the classes are smaller, the professors don't go light when it comes to class and homework. They like to set the bar high and be proud when you achieve it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't focus so much on how pretty the campus is, but rather what you can do with it. Stetson has plenty of space to spread out and really find who you are. Be sure to check out more than one club or academic field cause there really are a lot to choose from.

    In three sentences

    Stetson has a wonderful atmosphere that made me feel right at home since day one. I have had no issues with getting comfortable with the academic routines and have managed to study peacefully. Stetson also offers plenty of extracurricular things to do which is a bonus.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Academic Rigor

    I haven't yet taken classes because Im only a senior and has been admitted but I plan to major in business and when I attended the Hatter Day event they insured the prospective students of challenging but yet informative and hands on courses. They have recently become more hands on and innovative.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, talk to teachers about recommendations, have a lot of extra curricular activities and community service hours, and last take challenging and rigorous courses especially your senior year.

    In three sentences

    I would rate Stetson at a high eight because of their inviting and warm campus, their passion for giving back to the community and the small learning community.

  • 06/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You will see public safety officers riding around campus 24/7. You can call them to give you a ride across campus in case you don't feel safe.

    Greek Life

    30% of campus is Greek

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many opportunities to get involved with on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who want a smaller environment with challenging coursework.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The fountain in the middle of the school, and the gym (no longer used by students) was featured in the movie The Waterboy. It is tradition to get thrown in the fountain on your birthday. The quad is a great place to sit outside and do homework, or just chill with friends-you can put a hammock up!

    Bang for the buck

    Overall, a great school. You get an excellent education with an excellent college experience.

    What to do for fun

    Stetson is so close to Orlando and Daytona. You can go to Disney and Universal or to the beach. Blue Springs is also around the corner and you an swim or see the manatees. Hatter Productions puts on weekend events all the time such as trips and movie nights.

    Food and Dining

    There are many options on places to eat on campus that you can use your meal plan. And when you get sick of the food on campus, Dominoes and Papa Johns takes your meal points.

    Dorm Life

    Resident Halls are so much fun. You will make the best of friends in your halls. Resident Assistants are very helpful for all your questions and it's your home away from home.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are very challenging but fun if you get into the work. Professors are very nice and understanding. It's easy to get by if you do the work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved on campus early. Get involved in as much as you can and have fun, but balance clubs and school.

    In three sentences

    The atmosphere is great; it is quaint and quiet and fun. The people are nice and it is easy to get to know everyone. It is easy to get involved on campus and encouraged.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Public safety is always around. Our campus is pretty safe, and they respond fairly quickly when a situation arises, or they are needed for some reason or another.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very prevalent on campus. I believe there are about 12 different sororities and fraternities on campus. That's not my type of crowd, but a new student may never know until the rush.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is some kind of club that fits the interests of everyone on campus. If there isn't, you can start your own club.

    Great for these types of students

    Stetson is great for students who come from small towns, but not so much for those who come from big cities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The students are supposed to (heavy emphasis on supposed) wear green on friday....kind of like our spirit day.

    Bang for the buck

    Stetson is way too expensive. However, the teachers and staff make it worth the money you spend to attend the University.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on at Stetson, especially on the weekends. Also, the town of DeLand itself hosts many different events involving the whole community.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not all that it is hyped up to be on student visits. They make you seem like you are going to get a lot of great variety in food, but in reality it is pretty much the same thing from week-to-week.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms could be better, but overall they are pretty good. It is a big adjustment from living at home by yourself, to living with about 25 other people.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics can be very challenging at times, however it can also be kind of easy. Stetson is not a hard school to get into, but it is a hard school to stay in.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is a totally different environment from high school. It is a situation you should take lightly...trust me. Slacking off and getting too involved with various activities may not be the best idea.

    In three sentences

    Stetson is a very good school. The teachers are what make your experience worth while. It is a good place to learn and become yourself...a young, responsible adult!

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    its like living in a little village.

    Greek Life

    RULES THE CAMPUS... go greek or your time at stetson will probably be lame and boring.

    Clubs and Activities

    greek life pretty much will hook you into everything else

    Great for these types of students

    kids will money , parents who pay for things, people who have a car and are interesting in joining Greek life. Music students ( although the music program is really tough. a couple kids have committed suicide... no joke.)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UVA club house is the best place to study and do hw but you need access to get in. Just knock or wait for someone to let you in if you don't have access. mostly ppl just hang at their sorirety house and with their greek bro's and sisters outside of the commons or in the quad

    Bang for the buck

    the small class sizes and professor attention is worth the price but its still a lot of money. If your parents are willing to pay go for it. you may love it if you're looking for a small town feel. if you're taking out loans and paying on your own... you may want to weigh your options.

    What to do for fun

    Join greek life, its really the only way you're going to have any kind of fun at stetson. Even the athletes try to join greek if they can. Volunteer in an organization. Go to the beach, lay out by the pool or in the quad to talk to friends. Go to socials (greek life) go to bars, and what ever local dance places are open. work out at the gym. intramural sports

    Food and Dining

    the food SUCKS... gross be prepared to get a doctors note so you can be released from your meal plan especially if you have a special diet. there aren't many options for late night eating. Hopefully you have a car or some snacks in your room. & in the deland town the only place that stays open past like 9 is subway and tacobell.

    Dorm Life

    The best dorms on campus are the apartments and hall A. if you have to be in another dorm choose emily because there is a lot happening there. it was a pretty fun place to be. As a freshman I would choose to live in the freshman dorms even though they are really cramped because you only have one opportunity to get that freshman experience and being in the dorms with other freshman is how you will make friends. Once you're a senior you will look back and think about all the fun and exciting memories.

    Academic Rigor

    Stetson is pretty challenging unless you're in the business school. the first semester may seem easy breezy but don't be fooled into thinking that you can just slack off and still make good grades. The arts and sciences program is difficult enough so that you're learning and getting a good education but not too challenging that its not do able. Make sure you keep a good gpa... getting C's your first semester can be hard to fix.

    Tips for prospective students

    come for a campus visit but don't be sold on just how beautiful the campus is. Ask students what they really like and dislike about the school. Don't always listen to your tour guide, their job is to try and sell you to the school so make sure you get a chance to break away from the group and ask the students what they think. One thing you need to consider is campus life and activities. Since it is a small school there arent as many things going on as say UCF. Everyone at stetson is a paret of greek life. its like if you aren't you don't have a life. Deland is also not a great place to not have a car. Public transportation is virtually nonexisitent. The gym for regualr students kind of sucks. There are only like 5 treadmills and most of the time at least two of them are broken so make sure you come earlier if you want to work out. Downtown deland is really a short walk away from campus and thats were everyone hangs out on the party nights. So there is no risk of dui because you can just walk to the bars. Oh and after about 2 weeks you'll realize the commons food SUCKS... gross be prepared to get a doctors note so you can be released from your meal plan especially if you have a special diet.

    In three sentences

    Stetson is an amazing school if you are looking for a small familiar environment. Once you're there its like being welcomed into a family as everyone knows each other. However, be prepared to pay for the small classes and one on one attention.

  • 06/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Public Safety Police will kindly give you a ride around campus at night.

    Greek Life

    I'm not associated with Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many different kinds! From Tennis club, to Chess to Quiz Bowl to Pokemon club, there's something for everyone!

    Great for these types of students

    Hard-workers, gifted and illtelligent

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We throw people into the water fountain on their birthday! We have movie night on the lawns with free soda and candy!

    Bang for the buck

    I am doubtful that this might not be worth the 45,000 debt I will graduate with, but I am soaking up all the experience I can get and learning all I can. The teaching staff here is excellent! They make the difference in the school and they help every student with their needs, if any.

    What to do for fun

    Explore DeLand. It's a great little town and Brickhouse Grill is an amazing restaurant!

    Food and Dining

    They had some pretty decent food, I just wish there was options. We just have a dinning hall, a coffee shop, Einstein's' Bagels and Newtons' Grill. You get tired of the food really fast.

    Dorm Life

    Some people are loud, but that's typical of any dorm on any campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Very intensive, but it's a good challenge for people who like to be challenged.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to get your financial aid paperwork turned in on time. And explore your other college options too.

    In three sentences

    It's a great school with a really great teaching staff. It's a small scale school, which is nice. However, one extreme draw back is it's very very very expensive.

  • 07/01/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    the food was good visiting they have something everyone likes

    Dorm Life

    the dorm styles are nice they are set up very nice.

    Academic Rigor

    their classes are exactly what im looking for in my college search.

    In three sentences

    I love the campus you feel welcomed as soon as you step foot on it. the school keeps student involvement up they have some thing for everyone.

  • 07/05/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe.

    What to do for fun

    Daytona Beach and Universal Studios are less than an hour away, and there are always parties and such going on.

    Food and Dining

    Wide variety of food options available but the meal plan for freshman is a bit restricting.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms vary from building to building, but the suite style dorms are very nice. There are also many options for housing available to students.

    Academic Rigor

    They offer a wide range of classes and majors, and through placement tests they will place you in a class that fits you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you apply early and fill out your FAFSA early as well, because you will get money back for doing so.

    In three sentences

    The campus is very open but close knit at the same time. It is beautiful and green, and pretty new. The staff is amazing and they will help you with everything you need and get to know you on a personal level to help you even further.

  • 07/07/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    It is a very safe campus. There are blue phones on every corner that contacts campus security.

    Greek Life

    There are five sororities and six fraternities. The Fraternities include Alpha Tau Omega, Delta Sigma Phi, Phi Sigma Kappa, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and Sigma Nu. The Sororities include Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Delta Delta, Pi Beta Phi, and Zeta Tau Alpha.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 100 clubs and organizations.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for hardworking and fun students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On your birthday fellow student throw you in the fountain in the center of campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Stetson is quite expensive, but they give out a lot in scholarships and grants.

    What to do for fun

    Stetson is located in the city of Deland, Florida, which is home to Skydive Deland. There are a number of clubs and organizations, not to mention athletic teams.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good, with lots of options. Vegetarian and vegan meals are also available.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty nice and there are a number of options available. One hall even allows pets.

    Academic Rigor

    Stetson is pretty rigorous in the academic department. For example, if you take AP classes, you need a 4 (in some cases a 5) on the exam to get college credit.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and fill out the FAFSA early too, as there is a grant for freshman for filling out the FAFSA by the priority deadline. Get involved on campus to make friends early in the year.

    In three sentences

    Stetson's campus is incredibly beautiful. The faculty, staff, and students are very welcoming and friendly. The academics are outstanding.

  • 07/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Our public safety is dedicated to the safety of the students. Help kiosks are placed all around the campus in the event of an emergency. The officers respond to calls as quick as they possibly can.

    Greek Life

    I am an active Greek member on campus and it was one of the best decisions of my life. The people on campus are amazing and the bonds you will build will last a lifetime.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are numerous clubs and activities for every and all types of students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Greek life is a huge tradition on campus that a majority of the students are involved in. The library is a fun place to hang out in during finals...

    Bang for the buck

    It's a very expansive school with terrible food but you will get everything out of your education and college experience that you want.

    What to do for fun

    Inter-mural sports, greek life, clubs, groups and night-life are just a few of the many fun opportunities around campus.

    Food and Dining

    Food could be a lot better. Not the best food especially for the price you pay for it.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are great and very clean.

    Academic Rigor

    Very very challenging school and will definitely test your skill as a student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to this school, it is a great experience. Get involved with anything and everything you possibly can. Meet as many people as possible.

    In three sentences

    Stetson is a great school and it's staff is always more then willing to help in any way possible. The small enrollment setting is ideal for me because i still get the college experience but not overwhelmed by a large amount of students. Small enrollment also means more face to face time with professors.

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Public safety is timely in their arrival and regular in their patrols of campus. The officers are (for the most part) understanding and friendly when resolving an issue with another student(s). I haven't experienced any incidents of theft or felt unsafe, even when walking alone at the wee hours of the night/morning to my dorm.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is well-maintained and active in the community with various community service projects and projects on campus. The Greek community has a great reputation with the administrators and staff at Stetson, earning high academic marks and athletic awards. The Greeks are also very interfraternal/ panhellenic.

    Clubs and Activities

    The variety of clubs available to participate in is very diverse for a school with such a relatively small student population (~6,000). The clubs like equestrian, shooting, and skydiving all reflect the uniqueness of Deland. There are also traditional clubs like tennis, golf, and flag football.

    Great for these types of students

    Stetson University is a great fit for every student along the personality spectrums. There are sports and athletic opportunities for students interested in maintaining healthy lifestyles and fitness regimens. There are internships and opportunities to work with professors for academically fixated students. Media services and the library provide opportunities for students who love computers and film.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    People are thrown/ baptized in the fountain on their birthday. Relay for Life and Homeless for a Night are two exceptional events that occur during the year and engage students in non-profit work.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition price-tag can be extremely discouraging, but the financial aid office is easy to work with, and awards are generous enough to drastically reduce the costs of attendance.

    What to do for fun

    Stetson offers many clubs unique to the area; such as: skydiving and surfing. Deland is the skydiving capital of the world and Daytona and New Smyrna Beach are within 45 minutes from campus. There is also a strong support for Greek Life and community service at Stetson, keeping in mind many peoples' interests.

    Food and Dining

    The meals were as diverse as you would find in any college cafeteria. There are three on-campus alternatives to the cafeteria: the coffee shop, and the Einsteins/ Cafe. The selection can tire on you after a semester or two and vegans and vegetarians will find great difficulty when looking for meals more diverse than an average salad.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life I had my freshman year was great! My roommate and I were paired up based on major and schedule, so conflicts were minimized and our hall had strong cohesion. The bathrooms were kept clean. The individual dorms were at our own discretion.

    Academic Rigor

    The science, history, and psychology classes here are thoroughly taught and the professors are exceptionally approachable. The classes that are difficult are inherently arduous: chemistry, modern civilizations, organic chemistry, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    Consider how much time you will (realistically) have during the semester to limit the amount of excess stuff you arrive with on campus. This place is great if you enjoy small-towns and being known by (almost) everybody. There is virtually no anonymity at Stetson.

    In three sentences

    Vibrant student personalities greet you when you arrive on campus and stimulate growth in every aspect of life: spiritual, intellectual, and socially. The university is located in a rural town with a hodge-podge of small restaurants and shops within a mile of the campus. This campus is the premier location for holistic development and academic success; due, in part, to the relatively few distractions and disposition of the locals.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very small and intimate, so it's easy to know or recognize people. If you are walking alone, not much time goes by before you see a public safety officer or a campus call box. The campus is well lit and you can get to where you need to go quickly.

    Greek Life

    There are 11 Greek Organizations to choose from. Those who want to get involved usually find a chapter to get involved in. The organizations plan many events and do lots of work in the community. The organizations reach outside of Greek Life and plan socials with athletic teams or other groups on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    For being such a small school, Stetson has a lot to get involved in. Clubs are based on religion, Greek affiliation, sports, languages, origin, basically anything you can think of. If you can't find something that suits you, you can always start your own club! It's easy and other people love trying something new.

    Great for these types of students

    Stetson University is great for students who enjoy small classrooms, making friends, and building relationships. It speaks to those who want to get involved and make a difference. There are many opportunities to start something new at Stetson, so it's great for students who love change!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One fun tradition is getting thrown in the fountain on your birthday! Each club and school also has their own traditions.

    Bang for the buck

    Stetson in a very expensive school, but it also does a great job offering both merit and academic scholarships. If you can afford it, it's worth it.

    What to do for fun

    DeLand is a small city, so there is a lot of community things to get involved in. University of Central Florida, Embry Riddle and Bethune-Cookman University are close by, so it's easy to get involved on those campuses as well. The beach is always a fun option, Sugar Mill has the best breakfast, local bands are always at the Da Vinci, you can visit Cassadega to get your palm read or mingle with the gypsies, there are bars and clubs in walking distance, and DeLand is the skydiving capital of the world!

    Food and Dining

    The meal plan here is great. They feed you every meal, every day, and it's all you can eat! There are two meal plan options: number of meals and points. Freshman year is the only year you are required to have a meal plan, but I would highly recommend it. There is always a salad bar, a pasta bar, and a vegetarian option, and then a variety of other foods. There is only one cafeteria on campus, but there is also a smoothie place, Einstein Bagels, and a snack shop.

    Dorm Life

    Like most universities, Stetson has many types of housing to choose from. Freshman dorms, co-ed dorms, healthy-living dorms, frat houses, upperclassmen apartments, etc are all options, and the staff does an amazing job getting you where you want to live and matching you with a compatible roommate. As a younger student, you have more planned social activities within the dorm, while as an older student you have more freedom to plan your own.

    Academic Rigor

    Stetson is a challenging university, but also a manageable one. Professors expect you to be in class, contribute to discussions, and to complete homework, but they also prepare you for the tests and exams. You will have a combination of individual work and group work, projects, essays, and computer assignments, but professors work hard to make their class engaging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just like any university, visit the campus and see how you feel! Sit in on a class, attend a sporting event, and talk to the current students.

    In three sentences

    Stetson University is a great, small university with an impressive reputation. The campus is beautiful and being in DeLand helps you experience things you have never even thought of. The students, professors, and staff are very welcoming and you will never be a number in the classroom.

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are blue lights located around campus and public safety patrols.

    Greek Life

    There are 6 fraternities and 5 sororities on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of organizations and if we don't have it, anyone is welcome to start an organization.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who do not want to wind up in a lecture hall with hundreds of people and want to make close friends.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    People throw each other in the fountain for birthdays occasionally. Hully tower is supposedly haunted.

    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive but making the investment can be worth it if you make the right connections for your future.

    What to do for fun

    There are always events going on around campus between Greek events, hatter productions, and clubs. Daytona and Orlando are not far away for beach going and shopping.

    Food and Dining

    The food is what one would come to expect from a small private school. The commons always has something to eat as they have a salad bar and grill options along with international food, pizza, a main meal, and sandwiches. They also have alternate options such as the coffee shop, Einstein's bagels, and 2Mato. Honestly, the food leaves something to be desired and the regulate how many meals one can use each day on their meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    The buildings are old but some are charming. Chaudoin is the best for girls, end of story. The apartments are very nice but extremely expensive and far away from the main campus area. All freshman live community bath their first year which leaves something to be desired as the facilities are not that big.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not easy and certainly more challenging than a public university. Most students take 16 credits per semesters and classes are almost always 4 credits each.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and submit as much supplemental information as you can. SAT and ACT scores are optional but submitting them gives you the chance of receiving a better scholarship.

    In three sentences

    It's a small school with a wide range of academic programs and has a beautiful campus. The cost of attending is to be expected of a private university but they try to make it as affordable as possible. Overall, if you're looking for professors to know who you are and have small classes Stetson is a great option.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus safety is really impressive. There are phone stations set up all around campus in the event of an emergency, and immediately contact Public Safety for you. Public Safety also can always be seen patrolling the campus, and if you feel uncomfortable at any hour of the day or night they are on call to give you a ride!

    What to do for fun

    Stetson has a large variety of clubs and teams to choose from to keep you plenty occupied. But there are also lots of events held on campus. There is also a game house that is open all the time and during exam week is called the Stress Free Zone so that students can unwind and take some time to really relax.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Stetson is great! There are three choices for big meals: Einstein's Bagels, Newton's Grill, and the main dining hall. There's also a coffee shop on campus that sells sandwiches and pastries there. The main dining hall serves certain foods at certain hours, which makes breakfast hard for later risers like me. But over all, the food quality is good.

    Dorm Life

    My dorm was a bit small, but it was homely. And it was nice to have friendly neighbors. I lived in Nemec Hall, the Per Friendly Dorm, so I did not have a room mate. But there are plenty opportunities to have that experience if that's what you want! Chaudoin Hall's dorms are the most coveted for their comfort and size, as they are the biggest dorms on the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I wouldn't say its THE toughest school ever, but it does get progressively difficult as the semester goes on. That's probably the norm with all colleges though, but regardless try to set aside some time to study your materials little by little everyday so you don't end up cramming. As I said before: study groups!

    Tips for prospective students

    Its very easy to set up a routine at Stetson, I suggest having one that's easy to stick to day-by-day. And keep in mind that Financial Aid is in the same building as the Admission's Office! The main dining hall serves pizza everyday, so bear that in mind and try not to get swept by that, there's plenty of healthy food so take advantage of that instead! Also, I highly suggest setting up study groups early on for each of your classes.

    In three sentences

    I love that the campus is small and easy to remember, so you don't have to rely on others. The classes are also small, not really ever going over 22-25 students, which makes it easier to learn because the professor isn't as divided amongst tons of students. And all the professors always try to make time for the students if they need help.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The variety of different things not only offered in the cafe but just the entire campus would amaze those used to the same old same old high school lunch. Not only do they have a cafe but they have a deli styled coffee shop, a Starbucks, and a store that sells a bunch if things

    Dorm Life

    Although, I am a community student, I have spent endless nights in the dorm as a guest of my friends and I can say the environment is very friendly and easy-going.

    In three sentences

    Stetson is a great school for those looking for a small, well-rounded college. It has many programs that includes sports, intramural, sororities/fraternities, and many other beneficial groups. The close-knit community this school provides makes it more like family and that much more fun to be a part of.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    If you're going to go to this school make sure you look at the price tag first. Don't let the price tag scare you away, but be prepared to fill out scholarships and work really hard your final years in high school. They give you a pretty hefty Academic scholarship and also the Stetson grant, so by all means they help you with the cost.

    In three sentences

    The school's staff makes you feel so welcomed and ready for college. During the summer before you go to college they keep you updated with plenty of information through emails, letters, and even phone calls. This school readies you and makes sure you're prepared to have a successful four years.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Emergency call boxes are clearly placed in many locations around the school. Security scopes the area regularly in golf carts. Various perks are available for the wary such as transportation with security around the school at night if one wishes.

    Greek Life

    'Greeks' are involved and charitable towards the school and town.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is quite a few clubs available for students to join but the school could use some more. In order to start one you need a professor's sponsorship along with other requirements.

    Great for these types of students

    Active and involved students. Sociable and hospitable students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Stover theater said to be 'haunted'. Hatter Saturday where a huge gathering is taken place for incoming students with free lunch and other goodies. Beautiful array of palms and other trees that surround the Stetson fountain.

    Bang for the buck

    Stetson boast a high tuition but if you have good grades or other prospects it is not hard to earn scholarships and reduce the price considerably.

    What to do for fun

    Stetson has MANY club events, public events, lectures, and more going on throughout the year. It is also located right next to downtown Deland where there is an abundance of restaurants, clubs, and other establishments and events happening there as well. You will always find something to do!

    Food and Dining

    A huge variety of different quality foods at your disposal. Many options to maintain a healthy diet. Also with free soft drinks at anytime during cafeteria hours!

    Dorm Life

    Lower quality dorms for freshman are not as good as ones available to students with more credits. Some of the older peoples have mold problems that the school is attempting to handle.

    Academic Rigor

    Many of the classes are challenging and if you are not up for studying and completing work then you are bound to fail. Some classes such as business can lean towards the easier side.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live at home until you can qualify for the better quality dorms if you have that option. Make sure to engage in communication with your professor regularly. Be as active as you can with school events and clubs. It helps in the long run to make friends and such.

    In three sentences

    Stetson is a small, beautiful and stimulating private university. Filled to the brim with kind and affable students and faculty, you'll have little trouble fitting in. Many resources are available to further your education way past preconceived notions.

  • 08/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Stetson has a pretty safe atmosphere to begin with, I don't even remember anything happening to any students where they needed public safety. But, just in case, they are always there

    Greek Life

    Greek life is 35% of the student population. They play a large role in student life at Stetson

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities to become apart of for just about all personalities and enjoyment

    Great for these types of students

    If you are out going, active in the community, and enjoy more of a one on one setting with your teachers and faculty Stetson is the School for you.

    Bang for the buck

    Like any private university it is going to be more expensive. However, I havn't met anyone at that school that doesn't have some type of scholarship to help them.

    What to do for fun

    Deland is 20 mins from Daytona, and 40 mins from Orlando so it is pretty easy to get to the city. There are some popular bars and restaurants in historic district of deland just blocks from Stetson that is popular for most of the students to hang out even if the students don't drink. There are springs in Deland where people can go kayaking, swimming, fishing. It all depends on the person really.

    Food and Dining

    Their is not that much variety compared to larger (public) Universities. We have an Einsteins, the Hat rack which is an american food joint (Burgers, chicken wings, sandwiches), the coffee shop, and the commons

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty laid back. Stetson offers all girl all boy dorms, coed dorms, athletic dorms, honors dorms, Greek dorms, and apartments. They are pretty diverse in the options that are on the table

    Academic Rigor

    Stetson is known for being a challenging school, so the professors like to hold the students to that. For the most part I feel that the classes are hard but the professors will always help if someone doesn't understand.

    Tips for prospective students

    Being involved at Stetson is basically their number one objective. They encourage that every student be involved in at least 3 clubs or organizations. The professors are very knowledgeable and helpful, also if you ever need anything and one professor can not help there will always be another who can. Students and Faculty have very close relationships due to the size of the school which is very convenient.

    In three sentences

    Stetson University is defiantly not the best college ever to most students, and surely not myself. However, Stetson is a very diverse and accepting, small quaint university that I believe many students can easily adjust and feel comfortable. I feel it is safe to say that Stetson has potential to make many differences in their community outlook.

  • 08/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The campus tries to provide fun activities for students on the weekends when there are no classes, which include trips to the beach, amusement parks, movie nights, and much more.

    Tips for prospective students

    Leave procrastination at home, because it is the death of most students here. Bring a positive attitude. Don't be afraid to ask professors or upperclassmen for help with anything.

    In three sentences

    Stetson University is a great school for anyone on any intellectual level, because here your professors and fellow peers are always willing to help with class related or career related information. Stetson is challenging academically to the same intensity as a employer would in real-life situations, so when you graduate from Stetson not only will be a smarter person, but also a person prepared for the challenges life outside of school you will encounter.

  • 08/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Stetson is in a sleepy town and not much happens here. Even so the campus is watched over by the heroes of psafety. They patrol the grounds and watch out for everyone.

    Greek Life

    More then half the school is greek. They aren't the typical greeks, with huge parties and always getting into trouble, they are leaders and very involved on campus. All events on campus at least have had the involvement of one greek in its planning.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs on campus, and many events to show off all the clubs available to students. Its so easy to get involved with clubs, sport teams and organizations. All one has to do is look or ask.

    Great for these types of students

    Its a great school for students that need one on one learning. If you don't want to feel like you are just a number in a huge pile of other numbers this is the school for you. Anyone could find their fit in this school its not that hard to do.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On your birthday you will be tossed into the fountain that is in the middle of the palm court. There is a random cattle gate by the gym which is a throw back to Florida's cattlemen heritage. There are ghost towns on campus serval times a year due to the heavy paranormal activity in Elizabeth Hall.

    Bang for the buck

    Stetson grads have 100% rate for gaining jobs after college. The classes are small and you get the attention you need to do well in school. Also you will be challenged and given opportunities unlike any where else.

    What to do for fun

    There is tons of state parks in the area along with Orlando and Daytona. So you get the large city fun but you come home to the small town of Deland. You can go to the beach, disney world, or stay and walk down town.

    Food and Dining

    Its college food and great if you don't know how to cook. The dinning around campus is great and varied. Four places to eat on campus if you don't wish to go off and the food is pretty different at each place.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are old and housing can be hard to deal with. The upper class men dorms are much nicer and better for the maturer students. In the dorms through you meet most of your best friends for the rest of your college life.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major some more then others are very hard. Business majors aren't as hard as the sciences or art degrees unless you are in accounting or finance. The teachers will push you to do your best, they learn you and know when you aren't on your top form.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get off the meal plan and campus as soon as you can. It will save you a ton of money. Bring a pet to college, many of the dorms are pet friendly and they are a great stress reliever during finals.

    In three sentences

    Friendly, fast paced, involved small town University that is welcoming and evolving to meet the demands of college students. Open campus with students that are always willing to help and teachers as well. Hard classes in a setting that is unlike any other college.

  • 09/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Public Safety patrols 24-7 and are very friendly.

    Greek Life

    Huge here. Everyone has at least one friend who is involved in Greek life. Frat parties are the main thing on campus Thursday through Saturday nights.

    Clubs and Activities

    Stetson is huge on community service and does a lot to help not only the DeLand community, but communities across the country too. A variety of club sports are available for people who don't want to compete at the NCAA level.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are serious about having a career after college and who like to have fun on the way there.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Stetson Green. A large patch of green, green grass where people lay in the sun, play Frisbee, have lunch and anything else..

    Bang for the buck

    Stetson is definitely way too expensive, but it's a private school so it's expected. They do offer a ton of financial aid though and there are many work study positions that go towards your tuition and give you a pocket-full of money every month. The education they give is totally worth it; Stetson will hook you up in the career world.

    What to do for fun

    Wednesday nights are Stetson nights at the bowling alley so you get a discount. Night life and bar scene are pretty fun on Thursdays and weekends. Make friends with at least one frat boy and you will meet a lot of interesting, fun people.

    Food and Dining

    The first week of school, the food is actually pretty good. After that, we have pasta every day. Literally.

    Dorm Life

    Living on a campus is a great way to meet people (it's how I met my friends here) The quality of the dorms are mediocre, but just get room decorations to cover it all up.

    Academic Rigor

    If you stay on top of your school work, it's not that bad. Stetson is a liberal arts college so don't come here expecting not to have to write anything.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely save up for tuition! But when you get here, be sure to get involved on campus because it's really a lot of fun and you meet many new people and get opportunities that most wouldn't.

    In three sentences

    Stetson is a very friendly environment where the people truly care about your success. There's a wide variety of people here from Greek life to geek life to athletes and rednecks. The small class sizes are a great way to learn.

  • 09/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. There is always help near by if you need it.

    What to do for fun

    The things to do for fun are great. There is always something happening on campus. And there is the beach really close by!

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is good. It was an adjustment for me at first. But know I like it.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is...very different. It is clean and well kept. But it can be difficult if you are use to living with only one person.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically it is tough but Stetson will also give you the resources to get through it. You just need to start from the beginning with good study habits. But there is always help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to apply early. Remember to watch financial aid deadlines. And put in your dorm request early!

    In three sentences

    Stetson University is a great place to be at. This campus is clean and safe. The staff is very helpful.

  • 10/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    I'm currently in Student Government Association and Black Student Association!

    Bang for the buck

    I feel like tuition should be a little less expensive.

    What to do for fun

    Join CLUBS! Go to the Gym. Go out with friends downtown. Eat some frozen yogurt at BerryVille!

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is so nice. It really is an awesome experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be yourself and be daring. Stetson is a school that will take you in, give you a home, and treat you like family. Study hard because, although your professors may love you as a person, if your work isn't up to par, you will fail.

    In three sentences

    Stetson University is a small and intimate school. The relationships you build with your professors and also other students is by far one of the greatest things around. The food's not to bad either!

  • 10/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There are sororities and fraternities that host events. Also there are so many clubs it would be impossible to list them all, and if you don't find one you like, you can just start one on your own,

    Great for these types of students

    If you intend to be a lawyer or go into creative writing, look no further. The business program here is also amaxing, with many opportunities for internships and the like.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When it is your birthday, your friends are supposed to dunk you in the fountain at the center of campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Sometimes it seems that Stetson, being $50,000 a year, and still making you pay for everything on Campus, is too expensive and that is not fair. An example would be that a water bottle in the campus store is the same price as a 24 pack of Dasani at a Wal Mart.

    What to do for fun

    On campus you can go to the Hollis Center or go to a weekly movie held on Friday nights. The Hollis Center has a basketball court, foosball, tv, pool (billiards) and a pool. Off campus you can go to restaruants and the movies. There are many places that you can just hang out in.

    Tips for prospective students

    1.) Work Hard- you can't be lazy and expect to make it here 2.) Don't procrastinate 3.)Don't be shy-put yourself out there and join clubs and participate

    In three sentences

    Stetson is an university with extremely bipolar weather. There are too many bugs and a lot of homework to be done. You make many friends and get to know everyone on campus, they are always there when you need them.

  • 10/16/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty of clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    People who work better in smaller class sizes.

    Bang for the buck

    Worth it.

    What to do for fun

    It's in Deland! Go shopping!

    Food and Dining

    Good.

    Dorm Life

    Unknown

    Academic Rigor

    Known for being a top school. Called the Ivy league of the South.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply now!

    In three sentences

    They are very personal. Amazing scholarships offered herre. Ask a question on the phone, and they'll give you a response immediately: no waits!

  • 10/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There is Sky Dive Deland, which I believe is the skydiving capital of the world. Also, you can explore downtown Deland, which is beautiful! Stetson is only thirty minutes from Daytona Beach.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay, but you get a lot for a little!

    Dorm Life

    I am a commuter, so I don't know anything about dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are wonderful!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you do a LOT of research before you register here. There are some costs that they don't tell you about and you cannot rely on the people in Financial Aid to give you accurate numbers. If you really want something taken care of financially, go talk to the Bursar's Office.

    In three sentences

    Stetson is great when it comes to the courses. When it comes to completely informing you about things you need to do, they are not so forthcoming.

  • 12/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    It was excellent my first year but it is getting worse every year.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is considered the Harvard of the South and your GPA will suffer if you are not on top of your studies 100%. You will receive an excellent education from a great majority of the professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    I loved going to Stetson with the exception of the politics. The campus is beautiful but your tuition will be exorbitant. This school is considered the Harvard of the South and your GPA will suffer if you are not on top of your studies 100%. If you live on campus don't bring your car. Every year they recruit more and more students while doing away with parking in favor of more green space. Bring a bike, parking SUCKS.

    In three sentences

    Stetson is home to some of the best professors in the world, especially in Sage Hall! This school is not set up to be convenient or accommodating to non-traditional students with families, or day jobs. To much money is spent on administrators and landscaping when the money could be used to give professors much needed raises and improve facilities and services for students.

  • 12/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I couldn't feel any safer on that campus. The campus police, public safety is what we call them, they are the nicest guys and gals we could ask for. They do there job efficiently and proactively.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is amazing! Stetson upholds the greek values and standards to the highest potential.

    Bang for the buck

    It is very expensive but completely worth it. Stetson is the best education I could ask for.

    What to do for fun

    The student life organization always have something going on no where what time of day. Also each club provides a monthly event for all of stetson to attend. These events are fun and no one wants to miss them.

    Food and Dining

    The food comes in many varieties, they have something for everyone. Also they have healthy substances for vegans and vegetarians or people like me who just like to eat healthy.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are small but its just where you sleep. There is so much going on at campus you hardly spend time in your dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are hard but the professors are willing and want to work side by side with you until you understand the content of the class. The professors want to see you succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    When picking your future college make sure its the right pick for you. Do not settle for a college because of someone else. Go for the gold and don't stop for anything.

    In three sentences

    Stetson University is one of the best places on earth. The students Faculty, Staff, and Administration are all very kind and friendly. The atmosphere of stetson is welcoming and very calming.

  • 12/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Downtown is really nice! Lots of shops and antique places. There's Berryville, a frozen yogurt place that is great!

    Food and Dining

    I'm very picky with food. Sometimes, the cafeteria misses the mark on food.

    Dorm Life

    Sometimes, it's hard being away from home. But, depending on your roommates/suite-mates, it can be home away from home!

    Academic Rigor

    The course work can be overwhelming at times.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look up any scholarships you can! And fill out your financial aid on time! Don't be afraid to ask questions, either.

    In three sentences

    Stetson University includes eye-opening experiences and wonderful academics. It's tough at first with studying at a private university. But, Stetson provides many resources to help you towards your degree.

  • 12/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Most people may dislike their campus safety, but I love Stetsons Public Safety. P-Safe as they are called can be accessed from many glowing terminals on campus, and you can call them at anytime for a ride back to your dorm, or to say cut off a lock, or let you into your building.

    Greek Life

    The Greeks on campus are pretty docile, they party now and then, but they commit themselves to brotherhood, and community engagement.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a wide variety of clubs to join, my favorite being pep band. Creating a club is as easy as simply finding an adviser, and some interested members.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like quiet peaceful learning environments. Lots of activist groups and causes. If you enjoy a beautiful atmosphere this is the place for you. Skateboarding and Long-boarding is pretty fun, due to all the hills in the area.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Stetson fountain is the center-piece on campus, if it is your birthday, you get dunked. But I am large, so not me =P

    Bang for the buck

    I feel like even though the cost is outrageous, I received what I payed for in quality education.

    What to do for fun

    To be honest, this semester I have mostly gamed in my room, but I also enjoy attending the concerts, going to the gym(frequently) and I long-board around campus everyday. Everything is in range for everyone.

    Food and Dining

    I myself am always happy with what I eat. A few of my friends complain however. I love the cafe, and the Einstein bagel shop, and the Newton grill next to it where they cook fresh ordered meals. The commons has a consistent meal option, with amazing smoothie supplements as meals.

    Dorm Life

    I love my dorm room, it feels more like home that my house, the only problem for me, is some other people in the hall. I was placed in the hall furthest away, and that's where some of the rowdy football players. I never get into any conflicts and they mostly keep to themselves, and usually aren't home until very late. I have heard they come home drunk, but I've only seen this once. On this occasion an RA had to come from downstairs, because they threatened ours, but it was resolved.

    Academic Rigor

    Music professors are considered more intensive from what I have heard, and that is what I experienced with my all music schedule. The teachers care what you do, and will pull you aside and talk to you if they feel you need help. Every teacher is there to teach you, not to get paid. My clarinet teacher talks to me every lesson about my other classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships early, and make sure to jump on the work-study opportunity. There is too much to do on campus to be bored. It is a small campus, there are frat parties, but they aren't wild and crazy like at big colleges. If you are serious about your career, this is the place for you, if you just want the college experience and want to party, look for a state school. This school is great for making friends, community engagement, and developing yourself and letting your personality free. People don't judge here, if you want to practice Tai-Chi on the green, no one will judge. But this is a small school, and that is not for everyone.

    In three sentences

    The Campus is Beautiful, and quiet year-round. Food is usually good-decent. Many events, with free gym/pool, always something to do.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food in the cafeteria at Stetson is pretty good when compared to other schools' cafeterias. They have a great variety and well prepared meals.

    Academic Rigor

    Stetson is very academically challenging, but this is enjoyable as this provides constant room for personal improvement in academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research as much as you can about financial aid eligibility as the tuition is very expensive.

    In three sentences

    Stetson has very dedicated and experienced professors who really have the students' best interest at heart. Stetson has a beautiful campus while makes the learning environment really enjoyable. Stetson's curriculum is a bit challenging but they provide many resources to assist students in succeeding.

  • 12/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Greek Life is huge on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    A lot of organizations on campus for everyone if you're into that.

    What to do for fun

    Frat Parties, bars, chilling in someones room. It can get boring sometimes, so definitely bring your Xbox or Playstation for the days when there's nothing to do.

    Food and Dining

    Horrible food. Luckily there are some REALLY good restaurants nearby, that aren't that pricey if you do not eat their everyday.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on your hall it can be really fun, and sometimes it can suck. The facilities suck, not gonna lie, and the rooms are small and there's mold in some corners and in air ducts and stuff, but trust me, you'll never be in your room.

    Academic Rigor

    It is challenging, I am not going to lie. If you got straight A's in high school, it is possible to pull straight A's your first year but you have to put in the same amount of effort that you did in high school. Like I said before though, the professors are great people and willing to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to talk to your professor. They are all looking to make you a better, all-around person and want to help you succeed. Also, be OUTGOING, if you're friendly and not afraid to talk, it makes school a much better place and it makes your experience a lot better. Also, join a fraternity.

    In three sentences

    Stetson is a great, underrated school. Everyone is friendly, especially the first few days, and we all have a lot of fun here. The work can be tough, but it is manageable, especially because almost every professor is understanding and is willing to work with you to help you get the best grade you can get.

  • 12/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One tradition is to throw students in the fountain on their birthday.

    What to do for fun

    Not a lot to do in Deland but the campus is close to Daytona and Orlando.

    Dorm Life

    I am a freashman. The freashman dorms are okay but the upperclassman dorms are much better.

  • 01/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Ask for as much money as possible. Study far in advance. Always be on time and ask questions.

    In three sentences

    It is extremely well-staffed. The campus is beautiful. The departments are widely varied.

  • 01/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Stetson always gives a 100% effort when it comes to campus safety, they always have on campus support 24/7 and back up efforts from the local police.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a huge part of the Stetson community that not only supports students but provides an opportunity for community service.

    Clubs and Activities

    With many clubs on campus from the Skydiving club, shooting club, to greek life, Stetson has activities for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Stetson is great for all sorts of students seeking a small town college with friendly people it has proved to be a great match for locals, internationals, and other college students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Music school is one of the best local traditions, it groups not only students together, but the entire DeLand community as well.

    Bang for the buck

    Although Stetson's courses are fantastic, unless you receive scholarship funds, it is not always the best price for the education received.

    What to do for fun

    Stetson is close to beaches, the campus life team makes many events, and great amusement parks are only an hour away!

    Food and Dining

    Stetson's healthy meals and variety of foods along with local businesses provides for healthy options and a wide variety.

    Dorm Life

    With many dorm options to choose from, Stetson allows all students to feel at home.

    Academic Rigor

    Stetson's curriculum is created to provide for an impeccable learning community which requires a great deal of effort, but produces a great reward.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stetson provides for small class sizes with outstanding professors and encourages students to take advantage of the small faculty to student ratio

    In three sentences

    Stetson University aims to achieve the southern ivy league status. Stetson emphasizes the liberal arts and aims to emphasize equality. Stetson is a great match for all students!

  • 01/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    College can be expensive and Stetson University is no different. However, there are many opportunities to make the most of your money. There are many different clubs and organizations for students to be a part of as well as a variety of classes for students to choose from. Stetson University makes sure students are receiving as many benefits as possible.

    What to do for fun

    Hatter Productions constantly sponsor events that allow students to explore what Stetson has to offer. From movie nights to trips to Halloween Horror Night at Universal Orlando, there are always different ways to have fun at Stetson. If you find yourself interested in a certain sport but do not have the time to invest in athletics, Stetson offers Club Sports. Students are still able to enjoy the sports they're interested in and compete in tournaments without having to worry too much about everyday practices and extra commitments.

    Food and Dining

    Besides the cafeteria located in the Carlton Union Building, Stetson also has a coffee shop that serves Starbucks and the Hatter rack that sells Einstein's Bagels and Newton's Sandwiches and Grill. There is not much variety in the choices they offer, but for the ones they do, the food is great.

    Dorm Life

    As a commuter student, it is difficult sometimes to stay involved with on-campus activities. Most of the time, clubs hold meetings and events that are later in the day. If you do not live in one of the dorms, you will find yourself leaving campus late. There are not many options to choose from if you decide to live off campus. Stetson has a strict policy for students who decide they do not want to dorm. You must either be living with an immediate relative, living with your spouse, or you must be over 21 years of age according to their off- campus housing policies.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic aspect of Stetson University can get very challenging. Do not fall behind in class and if you see yourself struggling, always ask for help. Stetson University ensures that students are receiving the education they deserve.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always come to class prepared and ready to learn. What you get from Stetson is what you put into it. Don't be afraid to meet new people and never be afraid to ask for help. The faculty and staff at Stetson are always more than eager to help any students in any way possible.

    In three sentences

    Even though the classes are challenging, the professors go above and beyond to help students achieve their goals. Stetson University offers many opportunities to be involved in various sports and clubs and the students are always welcoming. Different organizations hold different events that connect students with one another.

  • 02/10/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Join any clubs and sports teams.

    Dorm Life

    Good, not crazy nor boring.

    Academic Rigor

    Great level of academics, small campus allows you to get on a personal level with professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and visit the school!

    In three sentences

    Nice small campus. Very pretty scenery and atmosphere. Not for students looking for big city life.

  • 02/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus security is there to make sure the environment is safe and a good school to attend

    Greek Life

    many options here....pledging a fraternity as we speak

    Clubs and Activities

    for a smaller private school, when it comes to clubs and activities i would put it up there with the bigger schools..many many options

    Great for these types of students

    excellent students who like the small college atmosphere

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    just learning about these check back later...lol

    Bang for the buck

    the school is costly but well worth it, if you like the rigors of tough academics and the small school atmosphere Stetson is for you

    What to do for fun

    i am a student athlete who is pledging a fraternity and learning to do whatever is happening at the time to enjoy life

    Food and Dining

    cafeteria has excellent food with plenty of options

    Dorm Life

    ..dorms are OK....but could be worse..refurbishing an old hotel for more dorm rooms..should be nice

    Academic Rigor

    5 star ....small class room sizes, tough classes but great for the resume.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your homework, make sure you can thrive in a small school atmosphere that is very tough academically.

    In three sentences

    Stetson is an excellent academic school. Dr Libbey is trying to get the schools enrollment up 3000 student and making the experience enjoyable for a small private school. The athletic and academic facilities for a small school are very good, making me the student athlete appreciate it all

  • 03/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Top-notch! I always see them riding around patrolling the area.

    Greek Life

    Not in a fraternity.

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm currently not in a club but they do have movie night and food festivals year round.

    Great for these types of students

    Smart, striving scholars who love to have fun but can balance that fun with school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I haven't attended there long enough to know the traditions on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    I think it is a great investment. A little overpriced but I do think it is worth it in the long-run.

    What to do for fun

    I usually play the play station with friends or go downtown. The school also provides certain activities that are fun at times.

    Food and Dining

    The food is five star. I love eating in the commons and the hatrack.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is great. I've had two roommates and they were great, no problems at all. There is one problem that I see with dorms. It is a very small problem. They only give you a key to one door that connects to your hall. It's one door that your can not get into. That is usually the door I need to get into.

    Academic Rigor

    I love the academics because they do challenge you but are doable. I give it five stars because the professors will help you if they see that there is a problem with your grade. Since the class size is so small, they know you by your name and are willing to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    This school is not a walk in the park though, it does take studying and understanding the material. The classes challenge your mind and gives your an idea of what your job will consist of.

    In three sentences

    Stetson is a well-rounded academic school. It is great for people who enjoy small classes and don not like to get lost in a big university. There is much to do and good people there also.

  • 03/24/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They have emergency things throughout the school and the security guards will take you anywhere if you call them too. Remember also that not everywhere is safe, we can take all the precautions but sometimes life happens. I think Stetson does a good job in having every precaution taken.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a tradition in where when it is a student's birthday, their friends throw him/her into the school fountain.

    Bang for the buck

    Stetson is expensive but they give scholarships out and you don't have to pay for printing. Also almost everything is walking distance plus meal plan is required, so you won't have to save money during the year to buy food.. I think that compared to public schools where you have to pay for printing and the campuses are somewhat big, Stetson has a pretty reasonable price for students who really want to go there.

    What to do for fun

    Stetson has a lot of activities going on throughout the year. There is something for everyone. When I went to visit, there were like 10 activities that were going to be done that same night.

    Food and Dining

    I give it four stars because I have not tasted the food but there were three options of food places within the school and the town surrounding them has many more options to choose from.

    In three sentences

    It is a small school but it has everything that a student needs within the school. The Stetson faculty is really nice and want to help out everyone if they can. Also the school has many activities going on.

  • 03/29/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    I haven't ate the food yet since I'm not going here yet but I visited Stetson and the food looked really good for college food

    Dorm Life

    Visited Stetson and the dorms were very small

    Academic Rigor

    According to people who go here the teachers are very helpful and push you to be your best.

    In three sentences

    I visited recently and found that the staff is super friendly. They treated me like family and were helpful towards answering my questions. Also the campus is kept very nicely.

  • 04/16/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i think its safe because there are emergency phone all over the campus

    Clubs and Activities

    You can create you own club, so clubs and activities are great

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I have no knowledge on this

    What to do for fun

    I am not sure, however they are 30 minutes away from Orlando and Daytona beach.

    Food and Dining

    They offer a simple and rich meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    They allow pets so its sounds nice.

    Academic Rigor

    I am not sure about their academic rigor, but I heard it can be intense.

    Tips for prospective students

    I am in the process of transferring so i am not sure yet.

    In three sentences

    Stetson University is a extremely welcoming college with a pleasant environment. They offer a very generous admissions scholarship and they are well accredited.

  • 05/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Nothing ever happens on campus in this aspect. Most people call Public Safety to get a ride when its raining or something.

    Greek Life

    Our sororities and fraternities are strangely intertwined with the rest of campus. Most of my friends are in sororities, and different ones at that, and there's no kind of rivalry or bad feelings between any of the Greeks and non-greeks.

    Clubs and Activities

    I haven't been involved in a ton of the clubs, but they're always putting on various events, so there's always things for everyone to do.

    Great for these types of students

    It's great for people who love to learn and want to get a great college life experience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You will be thrown in the fountain on your birthday, just a warning.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a bit expensive, but they give pretty good scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    There seem to be events every day. Literally my friends and I would walk out of our dorm and see all kinds of tents on the green and ask, what's this all about? at least once a week. It's amazing the things campus puts on for such a small school. There's always downtown DeLand, too, which isn't that exciting unless you have an open mind or love antiques and record stores and that type of thing.

    Food and Dining

    It's not the best, but we have good coffee. When outside people visit, the food is better. Also, we are completely redoing our food services for the Fall of 2013 so who knows what it will be like

    Dorm Life

    Amazing, I met my best friends and the coolest people in my dorm. I have built lasting relationships with so many over the experience, just be ready for a weird time, it's unlike anything you could imagine.

    Academic Rigor

    You definitely can't slack off, the academics is not a cake-walk. However, it is very manageable and your professors are always there to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure the small campus life is right for you. If it is, it will be the best decision you've ever made.

    In three sentences

    Stetson University is a great private school with a cozy community feel. It doesn't always have the amenities of a huge school, but the relationships that you build with professors, staff, and classmates is totally worth it. Plus we're Division 1 and just got a football team and a women's lacrosse team, which I play on, so the community is really excited.

  • 05/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt to be unsafe on campus. our campus is equipped with the blue light safety system as well as Public Safety guards paroling the campus 24/7.

    Greek Life

    i am a brother of Alpha Tau Omega, i never thought that i was going to go greek but stetson changed my outlook on it. I could not see me now not a brother because i love each and every one as if they were my actual brothers.

    Clubs and Activities

    Stetson is one of the most involved campuses for its size. I am personally involved in several clubs. Kaleidoscope, student ambassadors, and many more.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    on your birthday you get thrown into the fountain in palm court.

    Bang for the buck

    you are defiantly paying for your education here.

    What to do for fun

    Stetson has a ton of things for us to do on campus, Hatter Productions puts different events such as hatter palooza and magic shows for us to attend. Deland also has a great downtown and Daytona beach is only 25 minutes away.

    Food and Dining

    I had friends come and visit that attend larger state colleges and they said that what we have for our dining options is more like a home cooked meal. where as theirs is more of fast food options.

    Dorm Life

    Loved living in my dorm Carson/Hollis Hall, i could not of asked for a better group of guys to share the floor with. Loved how everyone was so different but we all still got allong.

    Academic Rigor

    The quality of education that I obtained over the several months was even better than expected. the professors really care about your grades and want to see you succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to ask for help and use the resources such as the Academic Success Center and the Counseling center to your advantage.

    In three sentences

    Amazing school, just finished my 1st year attending the school. Could not of asked for a better year and more caring professors and staff.

  • 05/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Pretty safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a big part of this school.

    What to do for fun

    This is where they're lacking. If you don't like partying then you're probably going to be very bored. The only places that stay open late are bars.

    Food and Dining

    I'm not too picky. I like it, but wish the food wasn't so fatty.

    Dorm Life

    They're pretty nice. It really depends on which building you live in. I live in Chaudoin and like it.

    Academic Rigor

    Maybe it's just me personally and the fact that I've only complete one year, but it isn't too rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure that you can handle the cost.

    In three sentences

    Stetson's pros include involved professors and faculty. However, the cost of attendance is overly priced. This school is not for everybody.

  • 06/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Intramural sports is big as well as various events put on by greek life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and diligently to do well at Stetson. However, also let loose a bit too so you don't stress yourself out.

    In three sentences

    Stetson is a fantastic school. It has a great business school as well as arts and science school. It is a small knit community, however it is on the rise to larger numbers.

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an eye on deadlines keep up with grades Be sure to do sports and other things outside of school

    In three sentences

    Stetson is an amazing school, I loved the campus and all the students and faculty are very welcoming. The campus is beautiful and in a perfect locations. As well the academics are rigorous and student success is a priority, Stetson should be a top choice for everyone.

  • 06/25/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I visited Stetson campus and was thoroughly impressed by the look of the campus and the friendly attitude of everyone there. I have joined many online chats with them and everyone I've talked to has been so helpful. Definitely planning on applying in the fall!

  • 07/02/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Numerous club and activities to chose from. For example Stetson throws its own paint party every year! It is a great thing to do with a group of friends or as a freshman to meet new people. If they don't have a club you want, don't worry, get the people and Stetson will help you to bring the club to Stetson.

    What to do for fun

    You can play intramural sports for fun. It is great especially if you have a good group of teammates and enjoy all the major sports. Flag football is the biggest out of all of the intramural sports and you get to meet great people that you will stay friends with for life. You also get to play alongside some of the professors who join the teams.

    Food and Dining

    You get tired of the food quickly. It is great as an incoming freshman but it seems the food stays the same over the next three years. The dinning facility is great lots of space to hang out with friends and grab a bite.

    Dorm Life

    If you have a good roommate dorm life is great. If not you can also find new friends and it is still a fun new chapter in your life. I know that once I met my core friends I roommate either close to them or with them in the following years. As you advance through the school the rooms get bigger and you start to have more adult themed dwellings.

    Academic Rigor

    It is all about the courses you decide to take. Professors expect you to do your work, mainly reading, and be prepared to participate in the course lecture. As with any institution you have good and bad classes but you will always and forever learn in any course you take. It is not a school for busy work. You earn your degree and you come out at the end with extensive knowledge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Double major. Know what majors you are interested in, and that are compatible (for Senior Research Purposes); and get started early. It will pay off in the long run.

    In three sentences

    Great institution to attend. Small campus feels like a community. Prides itself on diversity. Also has numerous nice students who are willing to help with anything you ever needs; as well as professors. No big lecture halls so teachers know you by name. Class sizes are usually anywhere from 8-15 students. Unless it is a very popular class in which you MIGHT have 20 students.

  • 07/09/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I did feel very safe.

    Greek Life

    No black greek whatsoever.

    Clubs and Activities

    Hardly any

    Great for these types of students

    White and rich snobbish. Sheltered

    Bang for the buck

    Very expensive but good school,

    What to do for fun

    Party with crazy white people thursday through sunday at boring frats and bars

    Food and Dining

    No choices whatsoever. Cafeteria. One grill open till 11 and a café.

    Dorm Life

    Mold in vents. I was stuck in a 2 person room with 3 people.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging, but we're in college to learn not get a free pass right?

    Tips for prospective students

    Study Alot.

    In three sentences

    The education is great. It is not diverse. The social scene and surrounding city sucks.

  • 07/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    It's Central Florida, there are tons of things to do.

    Food and Dining

    I do not use the facilities.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus and cannot really give an accurate rating.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make certain ALL financial aid information is accurate.

    In three sentences

    An outstanding university. The faculty are very welcoming and helpful. Student success is very important to the faculty.

  • 08/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Public safety patrols the campus on golf carts constantly. I especially like the service they provide, which is giving rides to those who call ahead when you are crossing campus late at night. What I think is lacking in safety is more cameras. There have been incidents in parking lots that I am sure could have been avoided or resolved if only there where cameras around.

    Greek Life

    They definitely like to party hard. I have heard varying things about different fraternities and sororities, but nothing to atypical to what you would expect.

    Clubs and Activities

    As I mentioned before, there is a great amount of variety when it comes to available clubs. Unfortunately, many clubs have been falling apart recently because of poor administration. However, those that are still running tend to be excellent.

    Great for these types of students

    This is a great school for people who thrive on personal interaction. The best aspect of Stetson is the community. There are not many students so you can make lots of friends. You will work closely with your professors and your fellow classmates. If you are not comfortable with socializing and building relationships, you will probably have a harder time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Since Stetson is an old school it is said to be haunted, mostly pertaining to Elizabeth Hall. Emily Hall ( a dorm) used to be a mental asylum, or at least rumor has it. A very neat tradition is that you can bring a hammock and hang it in the quad. A strange tradition that the fraternities have is throwing people into the fountain located in the main quad on their birthdays (although public safety has been cracking down on these party goers).

    Bang for the buck

    I think Stetson is overpriced, but it also has it's unique advantages. The fact the the classes are small and that you can be in close contact with your teachers is exceptionally great for me. This was the main reason why I chose this more expensive school over a cheaper public school. As far as academics go, I once again think it depends on what major you are attending Stetson for.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs that you can join for fun that range from academic, to athletic to the adventurous. Stetson is actually fairly good when it comes to organizing special events. I have never been disappointed. The good thing is that if you are willing to look, you will always find something to do for fun.

    Food and Dining

    This is one of the highlights of Stetson. There is a whole lot of variety with what you can eat. Also the operational hours are fairly convenient. The earliest opening at 7 am and the latest closing at 2 am on the weekdays. I am quite satisfied with their selections of food, although they could have more vegan and vegetarian options. The dining halls are spacious and comfortable. The workers are always friendly and happy to help you.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life boils down to how lucky you are. This is not even pertaining to a prospective roommate, but rather how and where the dorms are set up. There are dorms really close to the center of campus where all the academic and recreational buildings are, but there are also dorms that can be a 20 minute walk away. Also the facilities can be rather inconsistent. You could get brand new renovated bathrooms, like Carson- Hollis Hall or Emily Hall, or you could get the old cracked and architecturally terribly designed bathrooms, such as Chaudoin Hall.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor changes drastically depending on your major. For example, Music majors are required to take around 10 courses, but they still total the required 16 credit hours. Contrastingly, a German major can have only 4 courses for the same amount of credit hours. I will try to give a brief summary of most departments: Music- insanely treacherous work load, but truly worth it! Business- easy classes, but heavy workload. Also very worth the effort. Languages- difficult classes that require the dedication to complete the work, but it's not impossible. History- very small department with very difficult teachers due to the unbelievable lengths of their writing assignments(e.g 20-40 page research papers). Psychology- amazing and fun teachers, you enjoy class because you enjoy learning, therefore the work is also fun. Science- incredibly difficult majors. Theirs tests are near impossible to pass so they are heavily curved. This major requires lab work which is very time consuming. Art- easy classes, with a normal amounts of work. There are no tests only projects.

    Tips for prospective students

    Think long and hard about why you are attending Stetson. It is not the type of school you should choose on a whim, considering that tuition is almost 53,000 dollars and scholarships are being spread thin. Don't be fooled by the appearance of the campus. It is a joke amongst students that Stetson administration cares more about the grass than us (sadly, sometimes it does seem that way). Try to get into the first- year experience program. Essentially this means you get the nicest dorm of campus that is for freshman only. Do not attend Stetson for anything art or computer science related! These departments are almost non-existent and very poorly organized (although the digital arts program just got revamped so this may improve in the future). I would recommend investing your money at another school if you are interested in these fields.

    In three sentences

    I feel that Stetson University has many extremes, good and bad, so that your experiences here can be a roller coaster emotions. The community aspect is excellent, the academic programs are mediocre at best, but sadly the administration is poorly managed. Truly, Stetson is a type of school where only certain majors should attend, those being Business or Music related, because all other academic departments are grossly neglected.

  • 08/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    One thing that I appreciate is that everywhere that you stand on campus, you can see at least one (often more) emergency phone. Also, at anytime, you can call Campus Security and ask for a ride if you don't feel comfortable (for example, walking alone in the dark).

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a great way to make friends, learn to be a leader, and give back to the community.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many!

    Great for these types of students

    If you want small, friendly, personal, and high-quality, and you are able to withstand pressure, go out of your comfort zone, and become a leader, then this is for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Being at Downtown Deland is great because it is in walking distance to food, music, and shopping. Plus, the historic factor is nice to learn about.

    What to do for fun

    The Stetson community is filled with events and opportunities for fun. The are so many sports, volunteer opportunities, and support groups to get involved, not to mention Greek life.

    Food and Dining

    The Commons is an all-you-can-eat place, which can bee good or bad. If you want to grab something quick, the Coffee Shop or Einstein's Bagels is the better place to go. However, the food is quite good in the Commons and has a fair variety each day.

    Dorm Life

    I'm a commuter, so I cannot attest to the dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    The work is invigorating, but the teachers are always willing to help. And of course there is the Academic Success Center, the Writing Center, Academic advisors, and counselors. The emphasis is on learning and growing as a whole, not just passing the tests.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for a small, personal community of people that will remember you and develop friendships with you, then Stetson is the place for you. Just remember, word spreads quickly in small places, so if you are trying to get lost in a crowd, this is not the place to do it: Stetson knows how to party, but they also know how to keep things in line.

    In three sentences

    Stetson University is all about community. Everything that is done is done with a team spirit, and the student and faculty alike promote helping people out. Even the workers around campus are friendly and helpful.

  • 09/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe, P-Safe as it is called is everywhere. We know who to call and how to get a hold of them.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life at Stetson thrives. It has a large percentage of students that are a part of Greek life. Excellent grades are encouraged through Greek life, Philanthropy and involvment too. I highly recommend it.

    Clubs and Activities

    The university offers most activies and clubs. This year football has come back after 58 years so that has been exciting to be a part of. They have a great workout facility, and many many activities to be a part of.

    Great for these types of students

    Stetson is a small university. I came from a very small community. I think I may have been overwhelmed at a large university. This has been a perfect fit for me because it is just like home.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Stetson is probably one of the most beautiful campuses I have seen, my favorite part of the campus is our fountain. One tradition at Stetson is to throw people into the fountain on their birthday.

    Bang for the buck

    The university offers a low student teacher ratio. I am definately getting a quality education. The majority of professors have Doctorates and since attending there I have also chosen that the Doctorate is what I am after as well. They have set a good example for me. They are also involved in many research programs that they are able to involve students, allowing a mentoring situation as well. I am looking forward to being able to participate in this program.

    What to do for fun

    This is a university that encourages activities and involvement. They push students to get to know others and to participate. Everyone at the university encourages all types of involvement in order to have well rounded students.

    Food and Dining

    The program the the school has for meal plans and dining has been wonderful. Many of the locals also eat at the university and they have choices in where they eat, but that shows the food is good. I never felt like a starving student.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was a great experience. I would not have wanted it any other way. I gained freinds immediately and learned many valuable experiences while living in the dorm. This year I am experiencing life in a sorority house.

    Academic Rigor

    This university definately challenges me. They place a focus on writing and me bettering myself in of course my education but also in making me a better all around person.

    Tips for prospective students

    My advice to future college students is to get involved early in college it has made a difference for me. I have friends that can offer advice on classes, professors and how they teach, which they recommend. I have someone to encourage my involvement in activities and to volunteer helping others with. Basically I recommend to study hard and play hard.

    In three sentences

    The Professors that help us learn are wonderful and work hard to ensure we are benefiting from their classes. I believe the University overall has the students future and education as a top priority. It has been an amazing experience to this point and have and will continue to recommend Stetson University.

  • 09/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Huge greek life. Fraternities are always throwing parties.

    Great for these types of students

    Sorority or those who like small towns and smaller classes.

    Bang for the buck

    Very expensive! Do not believe their is enough bang for the buck.

    What to do for fun

    Not a whole lot to do in DeLand because it is such a small town. Their are bars and places to eat in the town but not a whole lot else.

    Food and Dining

    Food is great. However, dining choices are limited. In addition, the meal block plan that is currently in place is disastrous.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are ok. The people are nice. However, their is a lot of drama.

    Academic Rigor

    Very easy coursework due to small class size.

    Tips for prospective students

    Good for the first two years of college. Helps acclimate into college lifestyle. However, going here I felt a little micromanaged by the staff. This seemed to hinder my independence.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus. Friendly students. Array of different concentrations are extensive.

  • 12/18/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Skydiving! Or going to the beach! Or hanging in hammocks in the palm trees!

    Food and Dining

    Chocolate shop down the street that sells chocolate covered bacon. 10/10

    Dorm Life

    The dorms look REALLY small, but not a big deal.

    Academic Rigor

    Great school, great academics!

    Tips for prospective students

    Best choice :)

    In three sentences

    The campus is small, so it isn't overwhelming. I love it, because of the rural town and the beautiful location. Deland is also the skydiving capital of the world!

  • 12/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I love public safety. they are always around campus, keeping their eyes on the look out for everyone's safety :-)

    Greek Life

    AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Throwing your friends in the fountain when it's their birthday :-)

    Bang for the buck

    It's all worth it in the end, because with a degree from Stetson you will be set for life.

    What to do for fun

    Attend cultural credit events all of the time. Attend the gym- yoga, spin class, dance class. Deciding between Daytona beach or NSB! (only 20 minutes away from campus) Attend chorus events Join Greek Life. Join Student Government (SGA) Join intramural sport; soccer, volleyball, softball, basketball, floor hockey, ect.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is such an astounding experience, and I absolutely love it!!! I will never regret my dorm life at SU.

    Academic Rigor

    It's hard work but it's all worth it. Work hard, play harder!

    Tips for prospective students

    A degree from Stetson University will get you further than you think. Even though it's a small town with a handful amount of students, there is so much to do and we all love each other. Imagine yourself walking from the Lynn Business Center after your class on a Wednesday afternoon down the street to DeLand's downtown area filled with amazing stores and restaurants!!

    In three sentences

    SU is a phenomenal University, and I recommend this University to everyone. DeLand Florida is such a historical and inspiring place and it is evident when you walk across my campus.

  • 01/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to the frats, attend culture credit events, hang out on the green, watch movies in the common rooms, there's plenty to do.

    Food and Dining

    Theres plenty of places to go and eat on campus. 2mato pizza shop einsteins bagles and sandwitches the coffee shop and the commons with all you can eat buffet style food

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms are pretty nice. Chaudoin is the biggest but it's also all girls and the comunity bathrooms aren't all that.

    Academic Rigor

    classes are challenging but the professors and more than willing to help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Scholorships is key. Stetson is expensive. It's also academically chalenging so stay ontop of your school work, especially your FSEM.

    In three sentences

    Stetson is a small, academically focused, beautiful university. The buisness program and music program are the two best programs at this university. Greek life is really big.

  • 01/08/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Im not too sure but there is a college town near by. Lots of bars and stuff

    Food and Dining

    I do not have a meal plan

    Dorm Life

    Im not in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Im not too sure, haven't started yet

    Tips for prospective students

    Just be yourself.

    In three sentences

    I haven't entered yet but it seems cool. It is a renown school so I be its good. I think I will enjoy it.

  • 01/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Personally I hang out with my friends and we travel to Sanford or Daytona to relax on the days we have free time together. We also get together and play video games, go to concerts and party. The frats are nothing special unless you like getting wasted or have friends in the fraternities.

    Food and Dining

    The food is consistently mediocre but on some day the chefs prepare exquisite meals that actually satisfy.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are decent with the exception of the pet dorm, Nemec, which houses people that do not like to properly take care of their dogs

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging and require a lot of time outside of class to study in order to do well. Slacking off is the quickest way to get kicked out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to community college first before coming to Stetson because the school is expensive and if you don't have the scholarships or loan money to cover it, staying at this school can prove to be irritating.

    In three sentences

    The teachers are great and most are approachable. Finding friends is not too much of a challenge. The school also has very beautiful campus and rather relaxed immediate perimeter.

  • 02/25/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    From going on the tour, I gather than campus safety is important. They take care of their students.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a wide variety of clubs. I'm interested in Student Government and Journalism, specifically, but there's tons of options!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hatter Saturday seems like it will be a lot of fun - a great opportunity to meet new people and get involved early!

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive but worth the experience!

    What to do for fun

    There's plenty of things to do for fun at Stetson! You can take a trip to the beach, to Orlando (and other close cities), or just chill out and walk around town!

    Food and Dining

    Also a lot of options! The cafeteria offers a wide variety of foods.

    Dorm Life

    There are plenty of options for dorm life at Stetson. The facilities and people are both great.

    Academic Rigor

    I haven't attended yet, but am planning on partaking in the Shadow Hatter program. You can visit campus and follow a student so you can get a feel for what it would actually be like to attend the college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Network as much as possible! There's great opportunities to meet people with similar interests and you can form great friendships. 80% of success is showing up!

    In three sentences

    Stetson seems very interested in the wellbeing of their students. They honestly care for their students and want to see them go places. It's a diverse school that will help students flourish in every facet of life - academic, social, etc.

  • 03/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Public safety is patrolling the campus 24/7. If it is late at night you can call P-safe from a lighted blue phone, scattered randomly throughout campus, for a safe ride back to your dorm.

    Greek Life

    The students who choose to be a part of Greek life are actively volunteering and conducting events for charities. The students who choose to become affiliated have a rigorous schedule. The partying depicted in movies is overly exaggerated. Students do amazing work for wonderful causes. Frats may conduct car washes to raise money for a mission trip to Africa, or sororities will hand paint shirts and hang them in the center of campus to raise awareness about domestic violence.

    Clubs and Activities

    Any type of club or activity imaginable is possible here. There are required cultural credits you must earn before you are able to graduate. These events are incredibly frequent and most often optional to attend. The culture events are anything or any topic you could think of.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are motivated and passionate about becoming successful and well-rounded individuals. Students who are looking to just get a degree quickly and easily, I do not recommend Stetson.

    Bang for the buck

    Stetson is incredibly expensive, but they offer amazing scholarships. For students, like me, who are also employed full-time, professors are remarkably understanding! The campus is is so well kept its hard not to appreciate it. Plus, it really is a great curriculum, with many perks, such as a large gym, ping pong tables, and a pool.

    What to do for fun

    Go outside! There is always* something happening. Whether students are relaxing in hammocks by the fountain in the center of campus, or playing volleyball in the sand court, or attending cultural credit events, students are always interacting.

    Food and Dining

    Meal plans are required for new students. Meal plans are unlimited, 19, 15, or 10 a week, and monitered by your Hatter Card. The commons is a huge cafeteria with many different options; gluten free, salad bar, mexican, pizza, etc. The hours are pretty typical, 7am-7:30pm. There is also an Einstein's Bagel and Hat Rack, where your meal swipe or Hatter bucks are accepted. The Starbuck's stays open until 2:30am and provides a large and comfortable study area that feels like a living room.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are all pretty similar. There are typical dorms, as well as on and off campus apartments for upperclassmen. The resident assistants are always available and friendly! The residents in the dorm have become my family. The RAs do an amazing job at getting everyone together whether by having xbox nights in the common living area, or barbeques outside on the gorgeous sunny weekend days. The dorms are not as small as I thought and my roommate has become my best-friend.

    Academic Rigor

    Hands down this is the most rigorous academics I have encountered, but it is definitely worth it. Nothing great comes easily, so if you are considering Stetson, know you will earn your degree by the amount of effort you put in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not let the confusion of admission and requirements stress you out! Help from current students and administration is only a text or phone call away. The process is so smooth if you just ask for help!

    In three sentences

    Professors at Stetson are hands down the most amicable and intelligent teachers to date. The campus is always vibrant and clean. Easily, the best college I could have selected.

  • 04/20/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Stetson has a safe campus! if you have a problem at any moment or any location within the campus, you can press a blue button and the security will go to see what's going on and they will help you and if you're outside the campus, you can call them! but they will always help you.

    Clubs and Activities

    Stetson has a ton of activities! It's up to you in what kind of activity you would like to get involved! And the best part is that if you don't like any club or activity! you can create your own club!!

    Great for these types of students

    Someone who wants to be significant in the world! and for someone who likes to be in a small town, in a small university with a close community.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At least in my country! we don't have the opportunity to shadow classes or to have a overnight visit! but Stetson does! which it was so amazing for me because it helped me to know more about the campus and about the student life.

    Bang for the buck

    I am definitely sure that the money will be worth it at Stetson! I think it might be kind of expensive but it's an investment for getting a great education and for being a significant person because Stetson does not only want our success, they also want we go above and beyond of our comfort zones and they wants us to make a positive impact in the world.

    What to do for fun

    There are many activities to do for fun! Such as go to swimming, go to the beach, play basketball, football, soccer, volunteering activities, there are tons of activities in which you can get involved at Stetson!

    Food and Dining

    The food is incredible, you can select any food you want at the dining hall! I loved it, they have a variety of food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are comfortable, they have nice bathrooms and they have enough space for the stuffs we need to have!

    Academic Rigor

    I was shadowing classes! and I could see that Professors are demanding a lot to students which is great! because if they are strict, that makes us to do our best effort to success.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to apply early so you can get into the semester you want to! Do your best in High school and you might qualify for the scholarships that Stetson offers.

    In three sentences

    An Awesome University to be significant

  • 05/04/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    With so many clubs, sports, and shops a student will never find themselves without something to do. Along with the friends a student will make there is always going to fun happening somewhere.

    Food and Dining

    Stetson has one main cafeteria with two smaller eateries located right next to the main building. With so many options at each place a student will never find themselves in a predicament where they don't have something to eat. Stetson also has a little grab n go where students can buy with their hatter bucks a little meal to take to their dorms and eat.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at Stetson, there is a place for everybody. With the numerous dorms and greek life houses a student will find a place where they belong and a place where they are happy. Since, the dorms are located all around campus the students will never find themselves without something to do.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor at Stetson University seems to be just about right. You aren't going to fail out of every class, but you can't pass by with an easy A either. With numerous tutors available, Stetson allows the students to get free help with their more challenging academic classes. A student also only takes four classes a semester, so the student doesn't go on brain overload. The academic rigor is just right for a student wanting to work hard, but not so hard that they will crash and burn.

    Tips for prospective students

    If one is looking for a college that supports all your hopes and aspirations this is the place to go. If one is looking for a smaller college campus where the teachers are actually there to help you this is the place to go. If one is looking for a college where you are going to make long lasting memories this is the place to go.

    In three sentences

    Stetson University, a place a where a student can dare to be significant and achieve the goals they set out to complete. The small campus size is perfect for students looking to have deep connections with their teachers and classmates. This University looks at your goals and not only tells you that you can go achieve it and more, but it give you the opportunities.

  • 06/12/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There is an endless amount of activities offered that give you plenty to do on your off time.

    Food and Dining

    You always have a great meal here that gives you that little piece of home away from home.

    Dorm Life

    The best experience ever, you meet people here that are friends forever.

    Academic Rigor

    As long as you put your all into it then you will be fine. You are academically challenged here but it helps you grow and you learn a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be shy, everyone here is very outgoing and will do what they have to to help you get to where you need to.

    In three sentences

    Stetson is one of a kind. It captures every amazing experience of the college life through simplicity. A completely beautiful school to go to.

  • 06/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you are looking for a school with a small population, that is located in small town than you should really consider Stetson. Also if you are a motivated individual, who dares to be significant then you should defiantly look into joining our Stetson family.

    Bang for the buck

    Staying involved and active on campus, you'll barely have time to breath. It is so easy to get caught up in everything. But, in the end it's all worth it. You make some great friends and learn a lot about yourself while being at Stetson. There is something amazing about being a part of something greater than yourself and Stetson is that something amazing. It is worth all the student loans and acquired debt.

    What to do for fun

    You can always find something to do during the week. There are different events and seminars to attend that provoke intellectual conversation or laughter. Weekends on campus can be just as busy on campus. There are a number of bars that students go to on the weekend to blow off some steam and we aren't that far from Daytona or Orlando if you feel the need to hit the town outside of DeLand.

    Food and Dining

    It has it's good days and bad days. The best part is that it is buffet style. The worse is that the rules for meal swipes can be kind of confusing. The company that is used to provide food services works really hard to accommodate the student body by always asking for feedback. The staff is really nice too and most of them try to address you by your first name.

    Dorm Life

    A lot of the dorms are older buildings that are original to the school so that comes with a few drawbacks. Overall dorm life isn't that bad. It helps you stay involved on campus and no matter where you stay you are bound to make some memories with those living in your hall. There is one all girls hall, excluding the sorority houses. The rest of the dorms are co-ed, sometimes separated by floor or room.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can become challenging and it is easy to get behind on readings. But, you can always find help from classmates, tutors, and your professor. If you stay on top of your assignments in a timely fashion then it is not hard to keep up in your classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    When coming to college for the first time, being on your own can defiantly be overwhelming. Finding a group of friends and not being afraid to meet knew people helps take the edge off of being on your own. Also, make sure to ask for help if you need it. Don't be intimidated by the professors they are there to help you with anything you are having trouble with.

    In three sentences

    Stetson University is a place that dares you to be more than yourself. You have the freedom to find yourself and expand your world from the comfort of a beautiful campus. While the academics can be challenging you can always find something to do to get rid of the stress.

  • 06/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is barely anything in de land. It seems like they saved everything for Orlando. In de land there is cook's caf�©, mom and pop stores, a dollar theater, nature parks, PNC bank, and 5\3 bank. De land is a perfect place to study because there is very little distractions. If you have a car you can go to the neighboring towns cities but if you don't have a car you have very little options.

    Food and Dining

    There is a coffee place, Italian place, a convenience store, and the commons (the main eating area).

    Dorm Life

    Even though you fill out a questionnaire about your ideal roommate, you may get matched with a person who you do not get along with. Also if you don't chose a private room, then you will get a roommate in the same room as you so if you don't lock up your stuff, they might use it when you are not there.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors provide challenging work that may require you to read the textbook and do the homework. But to have a higher grade, supplemental reading from the internet may be needed to have a better understanding of the topic. Also since if the teacher talked about a topic (even if it was short and unclear) and its in the syllabus, they have a right to put in on the test. It is your responsibility to know the subject.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always attend your classes because the teacher will not repeat what they taught the previous class and each lecture is very helpful for the test. Always do your homework because you can fall behind if you don't practice the material, the homework helps you retain the information. Focus on your education rather than partying and staying out late drinking. You will come across students who don't care if they fail the class and they can influence your decision, nut if you stay motivated and surround yourself with the right people, you will succeed.

    In three sentences

    Dare to be significant are not empty words to Stetson. They provide many opportunities for students and even the alumni to make a impact on their community. This small private school always each student to stand out and make their own unique contribution that will make them grow as a person.

  • 06/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    So good it's annoying

    Greek Life

    Must do

    Clubs and Activities

    SGA MMA Yoga Gym Swimming

    Great for these types of students

    Go getters Smart Teachers pets athletes social people

    Bang for the buck

    you get what you put out. The excruciating costs should motivate you to do the best you can.

    What to do for fun

    It is crucial that you join a club, or sport and take what you do very seriously. so a list: SGA Crew team Greek organization

    Food and Dining

    Food is sub par. Many find themselves complaining as long as you like salad and bagels you should be fine. It is definitely wise to stock up on snacks when Mom's in town.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is good because you are so close to campus, but its nothing like the movies. Everyone is semi friendly but you have to be lucky to end up with a good hall of people.

    Academic Rigor

    Very rigorous. Very difficult to do well without allocating the maximum number of hours possible to study. Going to office hours is the biggest savior. Sometimes it takes three class periods and three office hours before it all clicks but office hours are crucial to academic success.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is very expensive, and tuition rates go up every year. Be ready to be a team player and serious about what you do. If not, then you will find yourself lonely and sad.

    In three sentences

    Great School, but you have to be willing to work for what you want. Nothing will get handed to you on a silver platter, or lunch tray for that matter.

  • 10/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for students that enjoy personal interaction and want to be more than just a number.

    What to do for fun

    There are always fun events going on around campus during the day and at night. One of my favorite events I've attended so far was a Spoken word poetry/Comedian/Magician event put on by Hatter Productions.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of options to choose from on and off campus. My favorite on campus location is the coffee shop because of the sushi and sandwiches and quiet atmosphere. Off campus my favorite place to eat with friends is Bostons. The location is small and cozy and the food is amazing.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus so I don't have any experience with dorm life. From friends I've heard that it is pleasant and accommodating.

    Academic Rigor

    Stetson challenges me more than I've ever been challenged. The workload is not too much, but I am definitely pushed to do my best. The process has helped me find ways of being more efficient and organized.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you are a well rounded individual ready for a personal learning experience. Do not be afraid to ask questions about applying or getting help.

    In three sentences

    I love the atmosphere related to a smaller school. The classes are small and so there is plenty of one on one interaction with my teachers and fellow students. Here they know my name and care about my well being.