Stetson University

Stetson University


As a first generation college student at Stetson University, you have many reasons to be proud. You have the distinct opportunity of being among the first in your family to attend a college or university. Your family members, friends and community look up to you. Congratulations on this honor! You are not alone! Nearly 40 percent of undergraduates at Stetson University are first generation students, along with a significant number of faculty and staff! Stetson University is committed to helping you get to graduation day. For over 128 years the university has maintained a strong commitment to first generation students. Recently, the university adopted a peer mentor program to better serve all first generation students. Through this program, you are directly paired with students who understand your experience and are able to help you learn and grow within the Stetson University community. Whether you are a prospective or current first generation student, we are committed to providing the highest quality of support services to help you achieve your academic and personal goals.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Summer Bridge & Orientation Focus Orientation

"Friends On Campus Uniting Students," or FOCUS for short, is a five-day comprehensive orientation program designed to help new students have a successful transition to life at Stetson University. All first-year and transfer students with less than 24 credits begin their First Year Seminar during FOCUS. This opportunity allows you to connect with your faculty and begin adjusting to Stetson University's academic rigor right away. During FOCUS, you'll be placed into a "FOCUS Group," made up of about 30 students and led by two outstanding returning students who have been at the university for at least a year and who have a strong desire and passion for showing new students the ropes. Also during FOCUS, you'll be able to take care of everything needed to get settled in, including meeting with your academic advisor, getting your student ID and parking decal, setting up your email account and Internet access, and purchasing books for your classes. All while taking part in exciting activities, meeting new people, learning your way around campus and having fun! Learn more about Focus Orientation

Summer Bridge & Orientation SU First Summer Bridge day

Get a head start on your college career! Summer Bridge Day is a fun, high-impact and unique opportunity that provides incoming first-generation college students with tools and resources that will prepare them for their first year at Stetson University. “First to go to college” can include students whose parent/guardian who received a degree overseas or went to a non-traditional college, may have gone to college but didn’t live on a residential campus, went to college but is now deceased, or went to college but aren’t involved in the process. At Summer Bridge Day, you’ll be connected to a peer mentor who will help guide you along the way. Peer mentors are skilled student leaders who know the ins and outs of life at Stetson University and can answer most of your questions, connect you with fun events around campus, and be a friend in an unfamiliar place. Learn more about SU First Summer Bridge day

Student Diversity

  • 3,089
  • 42/58
  • 28%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 2%
  • 8%
    Black or African American
  • 15%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 63%
  • 3%
    Two or more races
  • 1%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 6%

Student Success

  • 79%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 64%
    Six-year graduation
  • 55%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 87%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 65%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 221
    Full-time faculty
  • 37
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 13:1
    Student–faculty ratio


Cost of Attendance

  • $42,890
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $350
    Required Fees
  • $12,326
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $24,645
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $38,423
    Average aid package
  • $31,457
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 32%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 70%
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 99%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 19%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 12,130
    # of applicants
  • 66%
  • 3.87
    Average HS GPA
  • 26
    ACT Composite
  • 530—630
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 510—620
    SAT Math
  • 500—600
    SAT Writing
  • yes
    SAT/ACT optional


  • Rolling
    Regular application closing date
  • $50
    Application Fee
  • n/a
    Application Fee (online)
  • n/a
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date