Welcome to Stetson University! As a parent of a Stetson Hatter, you are now part of a wonderful community! We want your son or daughter to have an enriching and successful collegiate experience. Go Hatters!

Stetson University believes that parental support will aid student success. With that in mind, Stetson University has created a site that is dedicated to parents. Over the next couple of months, you will receive an email blast that will prompt you to review new information pertaining to you and your family. It is my hope that you will find this information valuable and useful as you navigate the Stetson experience.

We hope that you take advantage of the services and resources that Stetson University provides. We are a one stop shop for students, parents and families and our goal is to:

  • Foster parent relationships with the university
  • Provide opportunities for parent involvement in the Stetson University Community
  • Distribute information on college student development and trends
  • Communicate regularly with parents in order to prepare you on the Stetson Experience
  • Enhance the student experience by building these connections with parents

Our vision is to fully integrate Hatter parents into the university community. We are excited to have you join our family and we look forward to working with you and your student.  Below you will find a link to the Vice President of Student Affairs Blog, as well as the link to the Stetson University Parent website. These two sites will be important sites to mark as your favorites, as they will be updated on a regular basis with helpful information.

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Welcome to Stetson University!

Christopher M. Kandus-Fisher
Vice President of Student Affairs
Stetson University

UCF recovering from student death

The University of Central Florida is in the process of recovering from a recent tragedy that involved the death of a student. Initial reports have indicated that they may have avoided a major campus crisis, due to the prompt reactions by community members to what they saw as unusual behavior, and by enacting the university emergency response protocols.

While the nation continues to deal with major tragedies at schools and campuses, please remember that reporting alarming behavior could help prevent further tragic events from occurring. Our hearts and well wishes go out to the entire UCF community as they begin the healing process. It is my hope that we can learn from these events and continue to improve our own campus procedures to help keep our community safe.

Below you will find our campus resources and ways to report unusual or alarming behavior, either from our own community members or visitors to our campus. Please do your part to help us keep our community safe.

  • Public Safety: 386-822-7300
  • Student Affairs: 386-822-7200
  • Counseling Center: 386-822-8900
  • DeLand Police Department: 911


Chris Kandus, left, and members of the French Exchange Delegation from NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

Christ Kandus, left, extended a warm welcome March 14 to the French Exchange Delegation from NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education during a Florida visit that included a stop at StetsonU.

On March 14, I had the opportunity to serve as host to the French Exchange Delegation from NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education during a Florida visit that included a stop at Stetson. While here, they met with President Libby, Provost Paul and other key campus leaders.

NASPA’s international exchange program has been in existence since the mid-1990s. The program is designed to expose administrators to global practices of student affairs and services. The exchange program is reciprocal in nature where NASPA coordinates delegations from the USA to be hosted by institutions in other countries and NASPA sister associations coordinate delegations to visit the USA.

Delegations typically consist of three to five senior-level administrators and are one week in duration. The first NASPA international exchange occurred in September 1996, when a NASPA delegation from the U.S. visited France, hosted by The Centre National des Oeuvres Universitaires et Scolaires (CNOUS). The delegation that was at campus is also visiting Rollins, Embry-Riddle, and UCF. After the weeklong visit, they will attend the NASPA Annual Conference starting on Sunday, March 17, 2013.