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| Stetson is not for everyone, but it was perfect for me. Small school setting, great weather, good teaching, and a neat town all contributed to a wonderful experience. |
|Oct 31 2007|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |
| I went to one of the largest public school in Florida, so I wanted to go to a small private school where I would be more than just a number. That being said, I did have hope of going to an Ivy or similar school, seeing as how I was valedictorian, best test scores in my part of the county, etc. When I was rejected or waitlisted to the Ivies I applied to, I was a little disappointed that I had to go to a states school... I was afraid everyone would be an idoiot rich kid whose parents were paying for them to go to a little private school close to home. I found the exact opposite. Maybe I have a different experience, because I am in the Honors program, and entered as a sophomore because of AP/DE credits, but all of my friends are incredibly intelligent, and were waitlisted to the Ivies. Almost everyone is middle-class (which didnt help admissions at the Ivies), so nobody is snooty or elitist. Like everywhere, there are some really dumb people, and really snooty people, but you practically have to go looking for them (I only met some once.... at a frat party). I was kind of nerdy in high school, but I quickly found a whole group of people who I shared interests with. My professors are amazing... they have no other goal than to teach, it seems. That being said, the work is much more difficult than I expected. Once again, my first semester over half of my classes were junior-level. I coasted through high school on intelligence, which does not cut it here- you have to do the reading and the work. But I feel as if I am learning lots. Most of the people here come from cities or suburbia, so the change to a small town is culture shock. But I come from a rural area, so I havent had any problems. There are tons of things to do in DeLand, on and off campus, all the time, such as concerts and plays (and parties if you are into that). If you want a little more, Daytona and Orlando are less than an hour away. Also, there are so many clubs and organizations that I had to pick and choose my favorites.... most are very active. Because we need "cultural credits" to graduate, there are film screenings, poetry readings, and concerts several times a week. |
If you want a crazy party school where you can do the bare minimum and graduate, go to a state school. But if you want to learn more than you ever thought possible, got to Stetson. Also, be vary... most of the people who bother to post to these websites do so because of a strong negative opinion. Its a particular phenomenon.... people with neutral or positive opinions tend not to go out of their way to voice opinions. I am writing on this website because I remember looking for opinions of the schools I was applying to, and I don't want somebody getting a bad idea based on a few opinions.
|Oct 07 2009|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2013 |
| Stetson is small, but what we lack in size we make up for in academics, student involvement, a beautiful campus and amazing faculty-student relationships. Stetson is not a party school. If you're hoping to party and be crazy all the time and attempt to take easy classes scheduled around your social life, this is not the school for you. If you actually want to be challenged and receive an amazing education- this IS the school for you. The course work is time consuming and requires a lot effort, but its worth it (at least for me).|
The biology department is my absolute favorite thing about Stetson!!!! I love our professors and I have honestly enjoyed every single biology class I have taken so far. I love walking down the hallway and knowing where EVERY PROFESSOR'S office is, and that they are willing to stop what they are doing and help me for a few minutes, without an appointment! Even professors whom I have never actually had class with before have helped me when I really needed it (try getting that kind of personal attention at a larger public school!).
We're not JUST about academics though (we're not a bunch of nerds!) As a Stetson Student you don't just attend classes and take tests. We are encouraged to get involved in other areas on campus including; religious life, greek-life; sporting events, volunteering, etc.
Even though our campus is small... we are active! We have so many student organizations and clubs I can't even keep track, and most students are involved in at least 1, if not 2-3 of these groups. We're very active in the DeLand community as well (lots of local businesses give Stetson Student Discounts!).
|Jul 21 2010|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2011 |