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Stetson University

Stetson University was founded as DeLand Academy in 1883 by New York businessman Henry A. DeLand, and in 1889 was renamed for John B. Stetson, the nationally known hat manufacturer and philanthropist who gave generously to the school. The university has been independent since it was founded, but had a historical relationship with the Baptist denomination. That relationship was dissolved in 1993.

Florida's first private university, Stetson University today has two campuses and two satellite centers along the Interstate 4 corridor. The historic main campus in DeLand houses the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Business Administration and School of Music. The university also includ...
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Stetson University was founded as DeLand Academy in 1883 by New York businessman Henry A. DeLand, and in 1889 was renamed for John B. Stetson, the nationally known hat manufacturer and philanthropist who gave generously to the school. The university has been independent since it was founded, but had a historical relationship with the Baptist denomination. That relationship was dissolved in 1993.

Florida's first private university, Stetson University today has two campuses and two satellite centers along the Interstate 4 corridor. The historic main campus in DeLand houses the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Business Administration and School of Music. The university also includes the main College of Law campus in Gulfport/St. Petersburg, the Tampa Law Center in downtown Tampa and the Stetson University Center at Celebration in the Orlando area.

Stetson University serves a diverse student population of 3,700 in nationally recognized undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. The university's four colleges and schools offer more than 60 majors and minors in 13 degree programs. There are 256 full-time faculty members, 95 percent of whom hold Ph.D. or equivalent degrees, and there is an 11 to 1 student-teacher ratio. Stetson is consistently ranked among the best universities in the South in U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges" edition.
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  • Do college rankings offer insight?: Front Burner

    Do college rankings offer insight?: Front Burner
    This year, for the first time, college football powers will square off in a four-team playoff to decide who's top dog. No Ivy League schools will be crashing that party. Then, it's in the annual college rankings issued by arbiters like U.S. News & World...
  • Charles Rose III: Lack of proper training is the real problem facing police with military hardware

    Recent news coverage has raised the possibility that our police are too "militarized." I disagree. While there are valid concerns with how our police have used their assets, at the end of the day, "it is a poor workman who blames his tools." If we look...
  • UF top Florida school in annual U.S. News rankings (again)

    UF top Florida school in annual U.S. News rankings (again)
    The University of Florida is once again the state's top-ranked public university, according to the annual rankings by U.S. News & World Report. The Gainesville school earned a Top 50 spot on the "national universities" list and even a higher place on...
  • Blame problem on training, not tools: Front Burner

    Blame problem on training, not tools: Front Burner
    Recent news coverage in the United States has raised the possibility that our police are too "militarized." I disagree. While there are valid concerns with how our police have used their assets, at the end of the day, "it is a poor workman who blames...
  • ACLU complains about Volusia, two other school districts' single-gender classes

    ACLU complains about Volusia, two other school districts' single-gender classes
    The Volusia County school district and two other Florida school systems violate federal anti-discrimination laws by running single-gender classrooms, the ACLU charged in complaints announced today. The American Civil Liberties union filed complaints...
  • Season Preview 2014: Museums and Learning in Orlando

    Season Preview 2014: Museums and Learning in Orlando
    Listings are subject to change. Please call the venue in advance. Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens: The museum is at 633 Osceola Ave., Winter Park. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors,...
  • Years after 9-11, war's kids can't bury parents' loss

    Years after 9-11, war's kids can't bury parents' loss
    Before Brandi Anderson begins her senior year at Warner Christian Academy in South Daytona this morning, she'll stuff pencils, paper, and other supplies into a blue and pink-flowered rucksack. Not that her backpack is the only baggage she carries. A...
  • Stetson Hatters eager to build on lessons learned during first year relaunching football program

    Stetson Hatters eager to build on lessons learned during first year relaunching football program
    DELAND — This year marks the second season of football in 58 years since Stetson University disbanded the program. The Hatters won two games last year, the first season since 1956. The average attendance for home games at Spec Martin Stadium was...
  • Florida Opera Theatre's Opera in the Park begins

     Florida Opera Theatre's Opera in the Park begins
    Florida Opera Theatre's Opera in the Park begins this Sunday, Aug. 24, with a performance by lyric baritone Sean Christopher Stork. The Opera in the Park series gives audiences a chance to hear trained vocalists sing a variety of music, accompanied by...
  • History of Jazz gets a review at the Modernism Museum Mount Dora

    History of Jazz gets a review at the Modernism Museum Mount Dora
    The history of Jazz takes center stage on Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Modernism Museum Mount Dora, when composer and pianist Justin Ward Weber will be performing. Weber's performance will be done on the museum’s Wendell Castle “Caligari”...
  • Freebie Friday: Free stuff to do this week

    Freebie Friday: Free stuff to do this week
    Welcome to Freebie Friday, where everything is free.   Freebie Spotlight Fair/Festival   Community Unity Festival: Backpack giveaway, exercise programs,  games, entertainment and a DJ, live music by LA Robinson and  Streetlife. 9 a.m. Saturday,...
  • 08/14: Progressions

    Derek Morgan was appointed customer service manager and Larissa Semilio, Liberato Freda and Polly Heard were appointed sales associates at Meritage Homes, Orlando. Hala El-Aarag, associate professor of computer science at Stetson University, was...