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Stetson University - Comments and Student Experiences|
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!
If you don't participate in Greeklife, forget having a social life. Deland is the most boring place on the planet, and it doesn't help that 90% of the student go home on the weekend. Stetson turns into a ghost town once Friday rolls around. My number one advice, join a sorority or fraternity even if they dues are insanely expensive.
The classes were ok, even though choice was VERY limited. There's about 1 teacher per subject, but what do you expect going to a university smaller than your high school? I did really like my teachers. They were very dynamic and engaging and I learned a ton. Some departments are better than others. The biology department and premed program wasn't the greatest though, being the number one reason why I transfered. The new university I'm at has an excellent biology and premed program which is fully preparing me for medical school.
While applying to Stetson, they made it seem as though they only accept the best of the best and they have really bright students. Not true. First day of class I casually asked other students what they scored on the SAT or ACT. Utter crap scores. They accept ANYONE!!!! Anyone who is willing to pay the tuition is accepted.
My dorm building was so old and I was horribly allergic to it. What appeared to be black mold lingered on my air vents so I had to buy a pricey air purifier just to breath. There was 2 toilets per 30 girls and 3 showers. Toilets were constantly clogged, shower curtains ripped down, and no soap or toilet paper. Once they even put up signs that they were charging students for flushing tampons down the toilet.
Oh Stetson, I don't miss you one bit : )
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.
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