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Stetson University, DeLand

(4.4/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web)
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  • tours done by students the tour was most informative and the building history was really interesting. 
  • Lovely campus, we look forward to returning for a concert this spring. Wonderful to see this amount of culture in the middle of Florida! 
  • I am a Stetson alum; twice over, as I was conferred both bachelors and masters degrees from Stetson University. As a non-traditional student, I feel very fortunate to be a graduate of Stetson. The cam...  more »
  • Awesome school- graduated from there in the late '80's. The professors were incredible. You weren't treated like a number. It's a great place to grow up. Visited the campus recently- it looks beautiful. It may cost more than a state school- but you get what you pay for! My advice- go visit the school and see if it is a good fit for you.
  • This is a beautiful university situated in idyllic corner of Deland, Florida. I recently went there to take a tour for my daughter as a prospective student. It is an older university with beautiful architecture. It has an air of intimacy, and a very welcoming atmosphere. My daughter loved it. I would have loved to have attended this institution.
  • All of the positive reviewers are telling you to ignore us "outliers" for some reason. I also "actually went to this school (and graduated)," and it was the worst experience of my life. DeLand is a horrible college town. There really is nothing to do. They feed us the same food you would get at a prison (I'm not kidding). The advisors and staff were very unhelpful. The staff in the student aid and student accounts department are THE WORST people imaginable. Don't make the same mistake that so many of us did. The biggest lesson I learned is that a college degree is worthless today. Stetson is an incredibly expensive school. You should not go $100+k into debt for your bachelor's degree. Go to the cheapest college you can for your undergraduate degree. Then, use the massive amount of money you saved and get a masters from a more well known public university.
  • Loved it. It's rare to have a full professor teaching a Freshman level course and that happens often at Stetson. By my Junior year, it's me and a small group of 12 people sitting around discussing history or literature with the professor. Great experience.
  • During my time at Stetson University, I was a highly effective and successful music student up to the point of struggling with a hereditary illness which extended my time at the university and complicated my coursework. At this time, the friendly faces faded and an institution touting tolerance no longer saw my value as a member of this community when I no longer worked effectively. This certainly does not speak of all faculty, staff, or students I had the pleasure of encountering during my time at Stetson, but, sadly, it does speak for the majority, especially in the School of Music. The School of Music is filled with negative attitudes, false friendliness, and self-centeredness. I heard professors use streams of profanity behind their students' backs when a performance did not meet their standards, students and faculty mercilessly gossiping about one another, and many lies told for self-gain between professors and students. As I realized this, I took a step back from the School of Music (I was a Music Education & Vocal Performance double major) and changed majors. This change of pace also accommodated the needs I had in light of the illness I was managing. My most delightful time at Stetson University was during classes I took which were outside of the music school altogether. Dr. Patrick Coggins, Dr. Christopher Colwell, Dr. David Stock, and Dr. Katya Kudryavtseva (to name a few) were passionate and dedicated educators which sweetened my experiences and made them more bearable. I look back on these courses with great fondness! The university's management of paperwork is also lacking. There is great need for improvement in these areas; truly bureaucracy hampers instead of helps at Stetson. My concern important paperwork would be mishandled or lost grew to the point where I would video-document when I had handed something in. To this day, with my diploma in hand, I am struggling to receive a transcript order from the university which was lost, although I have proof of purchase through my bank statement. This is one of many, many instances like it I and fellow students have experienced. Stetson is not for everyone. If I could have a "do over", I certainly would have attended another institution and would have chosen a different major. Parents and students considering Stetson, I would leave you with this admonishment: when you do well for Stetson, Stetson does well for you.