About Stetson University and the School of Business Administration
Florida’s first private university, Stetson University was founded in 1883 by New York philanthropist Henry A. DeLand as DeLand Academy. In 1887, the Florida Legislature enacted the charter of DeLand University as an independent institution of higher learning. The University’s name was changed in 1889 to honor John B. Stetson, the nationally-known hat manufacturer who gave generously of his time and means to advance the quality and reputation of the institution, and who served, with Mr. DeLand and others, as a founding trustee of the University.
Today, Stetson University is a non-sectarian, comprehensive, private university composed of individually strong undergraduate programs in various colleges and schools, and a selected group of academically distinctive graduate, professional, and continuing education programs.
We seek academically talented individuals with leadership potential and records of personal growth and community service. We promote and support scholarly and creative activity among students, faculty, and staff as a means to enhance learning, teaching, and professional development, and as a contribution to the broader base of knowledge.
Stetson University serves around 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students at its main campus in DeLand, and more than 700 at the College of Law in St. Petersburg. Stetson consistently ranks among the South’s top regional universities in U.S. News and World Report’s annual "America’s Best Colleges" edition. A Stetson hallmark is the incorporation of values, ethics and social responsibility into education.
The Stetson University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business, music and arts and sciences.
About Stetson University’s School of Business Administration
Stetson’s School of Business Administration was the first business school in Florida with its first business curriculum offered in 1885. The MBA degree has been offered since 1960.
The School of Business Administration is housed in the Eugene M. and Christine Lynn Business Center (commonly referred to as the LBC). The LBC was the first building in Florida to be certified a green building by the U.S. Green Building Council under its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™. The designation was awarded in 2003.
An in-class MBA degree is also offered at Stetson’s Center at Celebration, Florida, which opened in September 2001 as Osceola County’s first university campus. Our on-line MBA offered in conjunction with the University of Florida’s College of Pharmacy’s MSP was initiated in the Fall of 2008.
Stetson’s School of Business Administration programs are fully accredited at both the undergraduate and graduate level by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB is the premier business school accrediting body worldwide. There is no higher level of accreditation for business schools. For more information visit the AACSB website at www.aacsb.edu.