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Stetson University

Stetson University was founded as DeLand Academy in 1883 by New York businessman Henry A. DeLand, and in 1889 was renamed for John B. Stetson, the nationally known hat manufacturer and philanthropist who gave generously to the school. The university has been independent since it was founded, but had a historical relationship with the Baptist denomination. That relationship was dissolved in 1993.

Florida's first private university, Stetson University today has two campuses and two satellite centers along the Interstate 4 corridor. The historic main campus in DeLand houses the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Business Administration and School of Music. The university also includ...
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Stetson University was founded as DeLand Academy in 1883 by New York businessman Henry A. DeLand, and in 1889 was renamed for John B. Stetson, the nationally known hat manufacturer and philanthropist who gave generously to the school. The university has been independent since it was founded, but had a historical relationship with the Baptist denomination. That relationship was dissolved in 1993.

Florida's first private university, Stetson University today has two campuses and two satellite centers along the Interstate 4 corridor. The historic main campus in DeLand houses the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Business Administration and School of Music. The university also includes the main College of Law campus in Gulfport/St. Petersburg, the Tampa Law Center in downtown Tampa and the Stetson University Center at Celebration in the Orlando area.

Stetson University serves a diverse student population of 3,700 in nationally recognized undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. The university's four colleges and schools offer more than 60 majors and minors in 13 degree programs. There are 256 full-time faculty members, 95 percent of whom hold Ph.D. or equivalent degrees, and there is an 11 to 1 student-teacher ratio. Stetson is consistently ranked among the best universities in the South in U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges" edition.
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  • DeLand baseball looking for new coach

    DeLand baseball looking for new coach
    For the second time since DeLand’s baseball team reached the 8A state semifinal last May, the Bulldogs are looking for a coach. Brian Pruitt, who also is a physical education instructor,  informed  the school’s administration Thursday...

    Law firm to Florida court clerks: Issuing gay-marriage licenses risks arrest

    Law firm to Florida court clerks: Issuing gay-marriage licenses risks arrest
    Gay-rights activists were ecstatic: Come Jan. 6, they thought, Florida same-sex couples would be lining up at courthouses across the state to get married. But that is not what the people who issue marriage licenses in Florida — county clerks of...

    Vets get cavalry for the courtroom: Front & Center

    Vets get cavalry for the courtroom: Front & Center
    With the Legislature's passage this year of Florida's G.I. Bill — brimming with tax, educational, and licensing benefits for veterans — the Sunshine State has staked claim to being America's most veteran-friendly state. That doesn't mean...

    Sense of community lags, fueled by uninterest in elections

    Second of two parts. Are we crazy? That seemed a fair question to raise at the close of Friday's column, which pointed out how voters cast their ballots in favor of wildly conflicting issues. An excellent example was how a constitutional amendment...