Stetson University Reviews

  • 14 Reviews
  • Deland (FL)
  • Annual Tuition: $46,030
88% of 14 students said this degree improved their career prospects
71% of 14 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Stetson Parent
  • Reviewed: 3/6/2021
  • Degree: Accounting
  • Graduation Year: 2022
"Tenored professors at Stetson demonstrate an unwillingness to teach the students and pass along the knowledge needed in a real world work environment. The majority of them are lazy in posting grades and make reviewing graded exams extremely difficult, to the point where one eventually gives up."
  • Reviewed: 6/25/2020
  • Degree: Music
  • Graduation Year: 1993
"I attended Stetson School of Music during a time in which many professorial legacies were in full swing. Such a school depends on high quality professors coming and spending their entire career there as high turnover greatly disrupts the work of a small conservatory such as Stetson School of Music. And it really is the music conservatory of the South. The professors I studied one on one with all had multiple decades of teaching and performing experience and never did I take a music class with a teaching assistant and barely an adjunct. As a result I gained a wealth of knowledge from all of them and The School of Music has grown in reputation and stature with such experience at the helm. Unfortunately, within a period of about 10 years, they've all retired and though the University is probably relieved over not having to pay their salaries, it's been impossible to replace them in kind. Therefore it seems the School of Music is in a season of restructuring and growth. Long known for its choral program, the retirement of longtime choral conductor Duncan Couch brought several conductors who've come and gone after a few years. Currently run by a husband and wife duo Timothy and Sandra Peter and coming from the nationally renowned Luther College, they have brought stability to the program and will probably be the next teaching legacy at the school. With Timothy recently promoted to Dean he currently conducts the top choir of the school, The Concert Choir, with Sondra serving as an "Acting" Director of Choral Activities. What the future holds for that position and whether or not the top choral professor of the school can also serve as the Dean (unusual for a school of this caliber) remains to be seen. Really, though the most glaring thing about the school that will be obvious to any new student making the rounds among the university departments of music in the South, is that Stetson is without a legitimate, modern performance hall or theater of any kind. Though proud of the historic chapel, Lee Hall, indeed it is a 100 year old space with wooden pews and temporary staging that in recent years has proven inadequate for a 21st century music school. Perfect for vocal and piano recitals it truly is a Recital Hall, but woefully inadequate for large ensembles both choral and instrumental. A much too loud and echo-filled room for university level choral singing, it brings the same challenges for a symphonic orchestra and the University Wind Ensemble, known for requesting players to bring their dorm comforters with which to drape over the balcony and walls as to bring the room down to a kinder acoustic. Such inadequate performance facilities is the school's biggest drawback and is currently the only department of music in the South without a legitimate performance space. Hopefully soon, a new Performance Hall will be built. However, if you want to study towards an undergraduate degree where you will be studying with full professors and have one and one personal access at all times, Stetson is your school. Many fine singers music teachers come from this fine school."
Julie Gardenhire
  • Reviewed: 7/18/2019
  • Degree: Music
  • Graduation Year: 2003
"I thoroughly enjoyed my experience studying music and Spanish at Stetson University. The smaller school environment provided opportunities to connect with professors. The music department had a warm environment, professors were kind, and the education I received was excellent. The music theory classes are thorough, and provide a solid foundation for students desiring to study music at the graduate level, or to study other topics requiring intense analyzation and critical thinking skills. Currently I am working on a PhD in marriage and family therapy, and the skills I learned during my music education translated well to the critical thinking research requires. Stetson also has a wonderful classical guitar program. The professor (Dr. Robinson) helps students to reach their full potential. Playing in guitar ensembles was a very enjoyable experience. Multiple performance opportunities, encompassing both solo and ensemble experiences, provided occasions to hone performance skills. I also had the opportunity to study Spanish at Stetson. The professors in the Spanish department were extremely kind and helpful. Additionally, Stetson University provides several opportunities to study abroad and experience life in various Spanish-speaking cultures. I felt that many of my professors, in both the music and foreign language department, genuinely cared about their students. Stetson also provides extracurricular opportunities to connect with other students. There are multiple clubs and organizations that allow students to connect and build relationships. Also, Stetson University is located in a quaint little town with an adorable downtown area just walking distance from the university. Restaurants, coffee shops, and cute stores are very close to the university. Overall, I had a wonderful experience at Stetson University."
Alexander Krest
  • Reviewed: 3/20/2019
  • Degree: Environmental Science
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"Stetson's Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and Geography is one of the best programs in the nation. The University offers a huge range of classes for students to narrow their focus in the field, and they can keep it broad if the student chooses to go that route. Professors have tons of experience in the field and always encourage students to follow their passions. Professors also offer tons of volunteering opportunities for students, to gain valuable experience in the field. Stetson's new Sandra Aquatic Center brings more emphasis on environmental science."
  • Reviewed: 3/14/2019
  • Degree: Performing Arts
  • Graduation Year: 2013
"Career Services did almost nothing to help me find a career or even a job after graduating. There was no job placement program. I was left to fend for myself after graduation. I did not hear from Stetson after graduation, except when it was to ask me for a donation! They were more than happy to take my money and give, ultimately, almost nothing in return. I left Stetson almost the same person as when I enrolled. And the kicker? They required I pay a $100 graduation fee just so that I could get my overpriced no-value diploma. Stetson University has taken a nose-dive in recent years with Libby."
Shannon Harrell
  • Reviewed: 9/25/2017
  • Degree: Human Services
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"The Family Enterprise program offers incredible opportunities to grow personally and professionally while networking with world-class business leaders. Stetson University is a diverse community with ample opportunities for student involvement including Greek life, religious organizations, intramural sports, student organizations, study abroad options and a wide variety of interesting courses. Campus is only 30 minutes away from the beach and 10 minutes away from the St. John's river and natural springs."
Junior Transfer
  • Reviewed: 3/22/2017
  • Degree: English
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
Stefanie Elliott
  • Reviewed: 3/18/2017
  • Degree: Elementary Education
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
  • Reviewed: 1/3/2017
  • Degree: Law
  • Graduation Year: 2006
"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."
  • Reviewed: 10/26/2015
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"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."