Stephens and Stetson: Wendy Libby's old and new schools

Thursday, November 13, 2008 | 8:39 p.m. CST; updated 9:33 p.m. CST, Thursday, November 13, 2008

COLUMBIA — Stephens College president Wendy Libby will take over as the president of Stetson University in DeLand, Fla., on July 1. Here's a quick look at the two schools.

Stetson University

Location: The school's main campus is in DeLand, Fla., about 35 miles from Orlando. Stetson also has satellite campuses in Celebration, Tampa and St. Petersburg/Gulfport, Fla.

Students: The college has approximately 2,260 undergraduates. 57 percent of Stetson students are women; 43 percent are men.

History: Stetson University began as DeLand Academy in 1883. It is Florida's first private university. The school was named for famous hat manufacturer John B. Stetson in 1889. Its mascot is the Hatter.

Faculty: The school's main campus employs 195 full-time faculty members. The student/faculty ratio is approximately 11-to-1.

Courses of study: The school has more than 60 undergraduate majors and minors. Stetson also offers master's degrees in accounting, business administration, education, English and counseling. The school has a law school and offers a joint law and business master's degree.

Selectivity: The incoming freshman class of 2007 averaged a 3.70 GPA, was in the middle 50 percent SAT range of 1030-1240, and middle 50 percent ACT range of 21-26. It accepted 64.3 percent of its applicants.

Stetson University is a tier 1 university in the U.S. News and World Report rankings. It is the third-ranked Universities-Master's school in the South, behind Elon University in North Carolina and Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla.

Source: Stetson University Web site.

Stephens College

Location: Columbia, Mo.

Students: According to the Stephens College office of admissions, the college has 754 residential undergrads. With graduate and continuing students, there are 1,147 students currently enrolled at the college. Although Stephens is a women's college, a few men are enrolled in its performing arts programs.

History: It is the second oldest women's college in the country and was founded in 1833. The school began as Columbia Female Academy, and, under the guidance of David H. Hickman, became a four-year college in 1856. It is the only four-year women's college in the state. The school's sports teams are known as the Stephens Stars.

Faculty: Stephens has 50 full-time faculty members, with a 13-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio.

Courses of study: Stephens offers undergraduate, graduate and continuing education. Stephens offers more than 50 majors and minors and is known for its fine arts programs such as theater. The school also offers master's degrees in business, education in counseling and education in curriculum and instruction. Undergraduate programs include business and health information administration.

Selectivity: The college considers applicants with a minimum 2.7 grade point average and a 21 on the ACT or a score of 1500 on the new SAT. In the fall of 2007, the school accepted 71 percent of its applicants.

Stephens College is a tier four liberal arts college in the U.S. News and World Report rankings.

Source: Stephens College office of admissions and the school's Web site.

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