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Stetson University

DeLand, FL 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate94%

Stetson University Admissions

Stetson University is moderately difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at Stetson University is 94%. Out of 7,340 applications received in 2023, 6,887 students were offered admission.

If you are applying to Stetson University, there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Stetson University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Stetson University's admissions stats.

Stetson University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 16%
Mean SAT Score 1157
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 40%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 19%
Waitlist Yes

Stetson University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Stetson University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 7
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes November 1 December 17

Want to Apply Early to Stetson University?

Stetson University offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 7.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Stetson University will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 17.

The early decision acceptance rate at Stetson University is 98%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 94%.

Stetson University accepts roughly 95% of early action applicants and 94% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2022, Stetson University admitted 125 of the 128 students who applied early decision. Last year, Stetson University admitted 4,785 of the 5,12 who applied early action.

Some students apply early to college to help their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of being admitted, since it shows that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ Explore a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Stetson University Admissions

Transferring to Stetson University

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Stetson University

Stetson University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Stetson University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Stetson University

Wondering what factors are considered by Stetson University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Class Rank Important
Application Essay Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Interview Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Talent/Ability Important
Volunteer Work Important
Work Experience Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
State Residency Considered

Make sure to check with Stetson University for more information on admission factors.

Stetson University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Stetson University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Stetson University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Stetson University?

Students admitted to Stetson University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8. Stetson University considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

Out of all students that were admitted, 65.3% submitted a class rank. At Stetson University 16% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 45% were in the top 25% and 80% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Stetson University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 36.59%
3.75 and 3.99 17.05%
3.50 and 3.74 18.29%
3.25 and 3.49 12.56%
3.00 and 3.24 9.92%
2.50 and 2.9 5.12%
2.00 and 2.49 0.47%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Stetson University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Stetson University is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 40% of Stetson University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 19% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Stetson University?

To be competitive with other Stetson University applicants, you should strive to score between 1055 and 1260 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Stetson University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1260 and 25% of scored lower than 1055, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Stetson University student is 1157.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Stetson University students scored 620 or higher and 75% of students scored 540 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Stetson University students scored 650 or higher, and 75% scored a 540 or higher.

To be most competitive at Stetson University, you should strive to earn between 20 and 27 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 27 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Stetson University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 27, and three out of four students scored lower than 27 on the ACT.

A 20 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Stetson University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 20.

More Information on Transferring to Stetson University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Stetson University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Stetson University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Stetson University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Stetson University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Stetson University.

Does Stetson University accept transfer credits?

✅ Stetson University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Stetson University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Stetson University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Stetson University?

❌ No, Stetson University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Stetson University's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Stetson University is 94%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Stetson University?

✅ Stetson University's early decision acceptance rate was 98% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Stetson University?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Stetson University was 95% in 2021.

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Stetson University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Stetson University? Stetson University is a somewhat selective institution. The Stetson University acceptance rate is 94%. This means that the institution accepts 93 out of every 100 applicants.


Stetson University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Stetson University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Stetson University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Stetson University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1055 - 1260


Math SAT Range

505 - 620


Reading SAT Range

540 - 650

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1260 and Above


1055 to 1260


1055 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Stetson University students is 1157. Applicants with SAT scores of 1260 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Stetson University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1055 to 1260 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1055 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Stetson University.

Stetson University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Stetson University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.82. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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