Stetson University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (8)
Stetson is charming, beautiful, and friendly - at first. Beneath it's nice exterior is a cold, money-grubbing campus with a lackluster faculty/student body personality and even worse academics. I transferred to this small private school from a community college hoping to be challenged, but so far I have learned nothing except that I've wasted my money and my time. The advisors are glorified professors who are not properly trained - the registrar, instead, is whom you should speak to about planning your classes. While there have been a few good professors, a majority of the ones in the English department focus on self-taught practices that are not mentioned in course descriptions. I did not plan on paying $56k a year to teach myself, thank you very much. Alongside that, the faculty members (department Dean, professors, dining services), aside from the Admissions Office and Registrar, are ridiculously unprofessional and unhelpful. Dining services do NOT cater to specific dietary needs, despite their claims. Buildings are beautiful on the outside, but are badly mantained within. For those who have even the mildest of allergies or fear of bugs(in dorms), beware. There are some fun things to do on campus, though they are mostly led by the school and students prefer to attend the Greek Life events instead (who still follow extremely outdated and sexist traditions). Weekends are when Stetson turns into a ghost town. The one thing I will commend Stetson on is it's safety. Never before have I felt so safe when walking to and from the library after midnight, as a woman, than I have on this campus. Public Safety is close to the heart of campus and there are many blue-light calling stations if you ever need help. Plus, security often patrols in golf carts to ensure the utmost safety of those at Stetson. From my experience as an English major, it's not worth the cost. I'd have transferred out by now if the credits would actually transfer appropriately from a private school to a public one. Unfortunately, I am stuck here.
Stetson University challenged me to be significant during my undergraduate years and post graduate years. I have taken this challenge into my profession as an elementary education teacher. During my undergraduate years I was always surrounded and supported by professors who truly cared for my success. I wouldn't be the strong, confident leader that I am today if I didn't attend Stetson University and for that, I am forever grateful.
Stetson prepared me for the practice of law, but I do wish they had driven home the importance of internships and participation in the journals and other publications more. I realize now how helpful that would have been, but I had no idea back then.
College is the best years of your life. Try not to get enveloped in the course load and all the annoying things you have to do; enjoy every minute and do the things that you want and love to do. Take the courses you need to but take one course a semester that you like or just for fun to see what its like, it will give you a break from your harder classes and will feed your intellectual mind. Join clubs, go out some weekends, do your homework in a public place, get to know your professors, utilize the free services around campus, and just have a good time.
Very small classes, options to specialize study, plenty of on campus activities.
Stetson University seemed like an amazing school at first; beautiful campus, nice teachers, lots of organizations but I learned differently within my first few months of attending. Stetson is a private school and most reading materials are overpriced due to the fact that are written by Stetson professors. This also means that hardly any credits would transfer over if you were to leave the school. The prices of tuition goes up by around 5% every year, leaving many people poor as well. It is as if Stetson is not even a college, it is a business. Students pay for everything, even the things they neither want nor need such as the Hatter Life Fee which goes into a group called Hatter Productions that is supposed to entertain the Students. Most of this money is spent on events that at most 100 students attend even though it is a school with 4,000 students. There are other things that are expensive as well, such as meal plans. One meal plan went from $1,010 last year to almost $1,700 this year even though the food is still the same and the meal plan works in the same way. Another thing that would deter me from Stetson is the racism that occurs on campus. A lot of non-Caucasian students deal with it on a daily basis even from teachers yet because of the fact that Stetson does not have an anti-bullying policy nothing ever happens to the perpetrators of these acts. Once my friend had raw eggs thrown at him while walking back to his dorm after a class. Stetson says it is working on being more diverse yet it recently cut the budget for the diversity program by nearly 80%, giving most of that money to the Homecoming committee even though most upperclassmen never attend the events held within that week. There are some good things about Stetson though, such as that a lot of the professors work with you and are willing to help you. Some professors even see themselves as being on equal footing with the students and allow their students to call them by their first name. Stetson is also a place where connections can be made, due to the diversity program at Stetson called the Multicultural Student Council, everyone is welcome and helped within the walls of that building. Stetson has some good qualities but if I had known about its shortcomings I probably never would have attended.