Stetson University's long and rich tradition began more than 100 years ago in 1883 as Florida's first private university. Prided as a nationally recognized leader in education with a commitment to values and social responsibility, Stetson is committed to making top-quality, private education affordable to a diverse group of qualified students. This is evident as Stetson University always fares well in national college guides. Stetson is consistently ranked among the top regional universities by U.S. News & World Report, which also names Stetson as one of the best in the "Great Schools, Great Prices" category.
Stetson's academic disciplines are unified by a profound commitment to interdisciplinary programs, teaching values and social responsibility and the pursuit of intellectual excellence. The university's outstanding faculty is at the heart of the academic enterprise. The teaching-learning process focuses on the whole person in order to sustain deep engagement among students and faculty and promote active forms of social justice-based community engagement.