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Stetson University

Stetson University: Florida’s first private university, Stetson University was founded in 1883 by New York philanthropist Henry A. DeLand as DeLand Academy. In 1887, the Florida Legislature enacted the charter of DeLand University as an independent institution of higher learning. The University’s name was changed in 1889 to honor John B. Stetson, the nationally-known hat manufacturer who gave generously of his time and means to advance the quality and reputation of the institution, and who served, with Mr. DeLand and others, as a founding trustee of the University. The first charter stated the object of the University should be “to promote the general interests of education, and to qualify its students to engage in the learned professions or other employments of society, and to discharge honorably and usefully the various duties of life. Stetson’s first president, Dr. John F. Forbes, clearly described the commitment to teaching that has been a hallmark of the University throughout its history:

“Buildings, libraries and apparatus are good and give added power, but the vital contact of students with a vigorous and stimulating mind and heart--this is the sine qua non of a successful education . . . The most important thing is to find men and women of large heart and mind, apt to teach and full of enthusiasm and stimulating power . . . to develop in the student the habit of independent judgment -- of investigating statements and principles for oneself, and thus for oneself discover their truth or falsity.”

Today, Stetson University is a non-sectarian, comprehensive, private university composed of individually strong undergraduate programs in various colleges and schools, and a selected group of academically distinctive graduate, professional, and continuing education programs. We seek academically talented individuals with leadership potential and records of personal growth and community service. We promote and support scholarly and creative activity among students, faculty, and staff as a means to enhance learning, teaching, and professional development, and as a contribution to the broader base of knowledge.

Stetson University (DeLand)

Stetson University has a division I program and participates in the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association). SU has a variety of sports: Soccer, Baseball, Tennis, Golf, Softball, Track, Cross Country, Volleyball, and Basketball and competes in TAAC (Trans America Atlantic Conference) with ten other schools.

2000-2001 Stetson University Athletics Ticket Prices Call (904) 738-HATS for more information 



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