US News & World Report gives strong national rankings to Stetson University in DeLand

Washington Monthly and MilitaryFriendly.com also give kudos

Stetson University in DeLand / Headline surferPhotos for Headline Surfer / Stetson University was ranked prominently on a national level by US News & World Report, Washington Monthly and MilitaryFriendly.com in a news release issued late Monday and embargoed until midnight to Headline Surfer and other Central Florida media outlets.

DELAND – Stetson University again has earned national recognition for its rigorous academics, commitment to social mobility and service, and military friendliness by ranking among the top universities in recent national surveys.

Among the rankings:

* U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 edition of “Best Colleges” ranked Stetson 5th in its list of Best Regional Universities (South), 5th on the list of Best Value – Regional Universities (South), and 222nd on the list of Best Undergraduate Business schools, a list that includes schools from all over the country. Stetson’s category in the first two rankings includes universities that provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs, but few, if any, doctoral programs. The 625 universities in the category are ranked by region. The third list includes all universities in the U.S. that offer undergraduate business education.

* Washington Monthly ranked Stetson 6th among all universities on its list of 2013 Master’s Universities. Schools are rated based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

* MilitaryFriendly.com has included Stetson on its list of 1,868 of schools throughout the country that exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience, and are committed to providing a supportive environment for military students.

The president of Stetson University was pleased with the rankings.

“At Stetson, we take pride in being recognized as an academically rigorous institution that places a high value on global citizenship, personal growth and social responsibility,” Stetson University President Wendy B. Libby said Monday. “Stetson provides a personalized learning experience to each student, based on top quality faculty and focused on learning outcomes. We challenge our students to go beyond success – to become significant in their communities, nation and the world.”

“At Stetson, we take pride in being recognized as an academically rigorous institution that places a high value on global citizenship, personal growth and social responsibility,” Stetson University President Wendy B. Libby said Monday. “Stetson provides a personalized learning experience to each student, based on top quality faculty and focused on learning outcomes. We challenge our students to go beyond success – to become significant in their communities, nation and the world.”

 

FAST FACTS: Stetson University

Stetson University in DeLand / Headline SurferFounded in 1883, Stetson University in Central Florida is an independent university that provides a transforming education in the liberal arts tradition. Stetson stresses academic excellence and community-engaged learning, and consistently earns high national rankings. In 1982, Stetson was awarded a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honorary society. The College of Arts & Sciences, School of Business Administration and School of Music are located at the historic campus in DeLand. The College of Law is in Gulfport/St. Petersburg. The university also has two satellite centers: the Tampa Law Center and the Stetson University Center at Celebration near Orlando.

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Stetson University emphasizes active learning and has a low student/teacher ratio of 12:1 and 56% of classes have fewer than 20 students. Only 0.2% of classes have 50 or more students. Other factors leading to a top ranking include a 60 % acceptance rate of applicants, and 58% of students finished in the top quarter of their high school graduating class.
“We are very pleased to be ranked so highly among our peers,” said Greg Carroll, vice president of Stetson University Marketing, “and we are excited about the future. Some of the statistics in the U.S. News data were gathered prior to the launch of many significant changes implemented in 2009 and later. Stetson has made great strides over the past few years in attracting students who are a great fit for the institution and that has already begun to impact student retention and graduation rates as well as enrollment.”
Stetson’s undergraduate enrollment this year is 2,729 compared to 2,516 in 2012. For the first time in recent history, students were put on a waiting list, and the university was forced to rent rooms for students at a nearby hotel because residence halls were full. In addition, Stetson has hired 30 new faculty members to ensure its low 12 to 1 student/teacher ratio.
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