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The only issue I have with Stetson University

May 24 2010Sociology
The only issue I have with Stetson University is the fact that it is not very well known outside of Florida, a fact that comes inevitably with its small size. The faculty are fantastic, the students are diverse, leadership and volunteer opportunities abound, and most of the classes are outstanding and intellectually challenging. They offer an incredible study abroad program. Their library is quite small, but online resources are plentiful and the librarians are always willing to help.If you're going to college to party or only to earn more money in the future, Stetson might not be the right place for you. There are some people like that here, but the faculty push the fact that college is for personal and intellectual growth, for exploration of your passions and interests, and to help you become a better, more well-rounded individual who is capable of making a significant contribution to the community (yes, this is a current student speaking!). So if you're going to slack off and waste my and my professors' time, apply elsewhere, please.
2nd Year Female -- Class 2012
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Social Life: B

Academics: Teachers are generally very knowledgeable but tea

Jan 05 2010Business - Management and Administration
Academics: Teachers are generally very knowledgeable but teach very little and expect a lot from students. Classes are small which is beneficial. Advisors don't do much actual advising/give little direction. Business school is good, I hear music is fantastic. Tutors not very helpful. Library is more of a social scene, not a place to study.

Athletics: Division I sports, but conference is small and not very good. Baseball was once a top team, but no longer performs to that level- the team is full of a bunch of big headed mediocre athletes. Tennis and softball are good. Basketball and soccer are descent-men's soccer won A-Sun this year. Volleyball is miserable. Athletic events are not very big, so if you're into school spirit, Stetson is not for you.

Social Life: Greek life is huge on campus: Fraternities seems descent, I don't recommend joining a sorority-not a single one has a good reputation on campus. There are two junkie, hick bars downtown. Daytona and Orlando are close, but it's still quite a hike. Everyone knows everything about everyone. There is tons of drama on campus; rumors, both true and false, spread like wildfire. It's just like high school and the entire campus is divided into cliques. The only way to survive Stetson socially, is to drink your way through the five years there.

Campus: Workout facilities are terrible, I needed my own gym membership off campus. People on campus have no respect for facilities- cleaning people should not have to clean up such a mess. Very small campus. Dorms are very old and need to be renovated. Everyone lives on campus which is nice. Baseball field is beautiful- clearly where all the money goes. Gym facilities need to be renovated. Pretty campus, but needs to be redone, it's too old.I am from the Northeast and was looking to escape the cold weather while receiving my degree. Yes, Stetson is in "sunny" florida, but this is not the place to go to escape the snow. The weather can be nice, but DeLand gets a lot colder than most of Florida. Go further South!

1st Year Female -- Class 2012
Faculty Accessibility: A-, Individual Value: F

The reviews on here are pretty funny

Apr 20 2010Business - Management and Administration
The reviews on here are pretty funny. Honestly don't base your opinions on the school through these random naysayers. Stetson truly is pretty awesome, it is extremely underrated. Coming from New York City, I felt that I really would not like Stetson very much and would find myself bored all the time. At first my feelings didn't really change but after a few weeks I started realizing that this place isn't bad at all.

There is always stuff to do and most of it is actually entertaining and fun. That includes both school provided activities and just other general stuff to do. The town of Deland really isn't that bad either. The two main bars in town are not really, "hick bars." Maybe if you go like Friday night but Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday night are a crazy amount of fun. I mean and if you're ever bored, there's always enough drunk college girls jumping around the stripper pole at half time (one of the two main bars) to keep you at least somewhat entertained. And I mean, considering that I grew from New York and don't mind the bars should really mean something...

The classes really aren't that bad, the work load is somewhere about in the middle - not too hard but not a breeze either. The teachers are INCREDIBLY helpful and a good thing is that they don't smother you; meaning like since the classes are small you would think it would suck because they could keep on eye on you all the time and know when you don't come to class etc. but they truly don't think like that. You really aren't a number in a class, so if you ever need to take a test at a different time, or really if you do very bad on a test or had some kind of problem, you could probably talk to your teacher and they might come up with some kind of re-take or extra credit or something.Overall don't listen to these reviews, it's a lot of fun, there really isn't too much drama and everyone is pretty accepting. Yes there are some cliques and whatnot but it's nowhere near as bad as most high schools and exclusion really isn't much of a problem. Also, the fraternities and sororities are pretty chill (btw any guys reading this, rush Pi Kappa Alpha, sweet, thanks) All of the sororities are chill and even the few that used to be considered lame are now on the move up so pretty much all of the sororities are on the same level. Just come visit and see for yourself, it's a pretty sweet deal going on here...seriously.

1st Year Male -- Class 2013
Perceived Campus Safety: A+, Individual Value: B-
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