Location
St. Petersburg, FL
Undergrads
2,064
Tuition
$35,926
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 602 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: There need to be more options. But the difficulty for the majors that exist are at a good level. Internships are not required for most of them.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Psychology faculty are all amazing and super helpful!

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The Campus safety officers are all very nice and willing to help. Often they just stop to talk while they're driving around and they are always willing to come help you if you get locked out of your room.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are lots of really good local dining options but you have to look around for them. Branch out and don't just go to places that you recognize the name of.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I did not receive any financial aid

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There aren't very many options. You're basically stuck in traditional housing until you are a senior and can live in Omega (apartment style) or off campus.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are more girls than guys.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Could be a problem if you have a Mac. There is very little Mac compatibility in the classrooms.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I wish they were more strict on drug use in dorms.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: very little underage nightlife, and the parties start to get old because they are always the same.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: there are afternoon showers during August and September. And when it is cold it feels like there is nothing to do.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing is nothing special and maybe a bit overpriced. The layout is very good though, as all dorms are close to the library, cafeteria, and pub. They are also close to the beach, waterfront, and kappa field. Some dorms are much nicer than others and have nice community kitchens, while others are very run-down.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I have had great experiences with all of my professors in both my International Relations and History majors. Both my mentors are extremely helpful and supportive. I am definitely challenged academically but not overwhelmingly so.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The parties are fantastic, but there is not much to do on the weekends in large social settings other than go to the parties.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Any safety concern is not the product of any flaws in the system, but rather unwise decisions on the students part. Alcohol and drugs can be a safety concern. Things will get stolen during the year, but it is not uncommon to leave your door unlocked when you are away and feel safe. I have been at Eckerd for two years, and in that time there has been one reported sexual assault. There has also been one student death, and it was a drowning accident where the student was swimming out in the bay late at night without a life vest. Waterfront use has been tightened up greatly since the event. Eckerd also has an on campus, student led emergency response team that is very good at what it does, as well as a student led search and rescue team on campus that are on call 24/7.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Eckerd is very generous with its scholarship offers.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: Its almost always sunny and warm. When it does rain, it rains hard but only for a short time.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: St. Pete is well known for its beautiful beaches and attractions. The night life, especially for students, is very fun, and there are a wide selection of other activities in Tampa Bay. There are three major sports teams in Tampa and lots of shopping destinations in both cities. There are lots of great places to go out for dinner and you will very rarely be dissapointed. Parking is impossible.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Most Eckerd students tend to be white, liberal, upper middle class, and not particularly relgious. There is a large number of gays and lesbians on campus who fairly well accepted. Everyone who does not fit within the mold is widely accepted. There is very little discrimination based upon race, gender or sexuality at Eckerd, and few people discuss economic status or religion.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: This is definitely not an athletic school. The biggest sport on campus is Rugby, and its a club sport. Basketball and Soccer are also popular, but we don't even have a football team. Lots of people play intramural or club sports. There is very little school spirit.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Cocaine has recently become the party drug at Eckerd, but its reputation on campus is really more centered around a selection of notable people and most students do not partake. Marijuana is huge on campus and most students to partake. Alcohol is very easy to get your hands on at Eckerd. It is also a Wet Campus, meaning that if you are over 21 you are allowed to drink on campus. Campus Safety can be lenient and easy to avoid unless you are blatantly obvious about your drug or alcohol consumption. They crack down harder during Autumn Term with the freshmen though. The Community Standards Board will nail you with every violation under the sun, and then some if you get caught.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Most students here are incredibly attractive and physically fit. People at Eckerd are really big into water sports and parties generally. That does not mean that you won't fit in if you aren't into either of these things. Most Eckerd students are very accepting of others and just nice people overall. You will be able to find people with diverse sets of interests, and you will likely pick up a hobby or two from the friends you will make here. Weekends at Eckerd are dominated by the party scene. If that is not for you there are other alternatives. The International Cinema Series shows movies every friday night, and there are usually buses into St. Pete, where there are lots of things to do and see. There are also great concerts in Tampa all the time, and it is very easy and fun to go to sporting events in St. Pete and Tampa. Relationships are somewhat rare at Eckerd. Most people prefer to be single, or just have casual flings, but there are a number of people who find happy and successful serious relationships.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The school has a number of different transportation options. There is a car-share, rental program where you can pay a monthly fee to be able to use one of the two Priuses the school has. There will also be bus transportation for events on weekends and the such. These are not very reliable, seeing as you can only use them for scheduled events. If you do not have a car, or a friend with a car (and its likely that you will), it is very difficult to be spontaneous.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The one issue I would have with technology at Eckerd is the printing lab. The printers are often broken and constantly being used. Also, the school charges you $60 at the beginning of the semester to use the printers, and it is very easy to exceed the limit of pages you are allowed to print. People complain about the wifi, but it really is not that bad and is constantly being upgraded. The Information Technology department are fantastic and extremely helpful. If your laptop is having problems, they will be able to fix it for free.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I have not had any good experiences with the administration. They tend to be very unfair and inconsistent in their punishments and will charge you with violations on very little evidence. You may have to fight for exemptions for violations if you need to get help from Campus Safety for a friend who has had too much to drink. Campus Safety officers here are very nice and easy to get along with. Their number one priority is student safety, whereas it appears to be making money through fines for the Community Standards Board and Administration.

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You WANT to Study Here You WANT to Study Here The Eckerd College library is a small two-story library with a very modern and efficient draw. This is a spot where you'll often run into 60 percent of the people you know on campus. It's a popular place to study, chat, meet with groups, and relax (some even nap here.) There's plenty of places to study, including a screened-in patio, comfy armchairs, and various study rooms to vie for.
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Elise Luce
Hometown
Los Alamos, N.M./Decatur, Ga.
Major
Environmental Studies
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Eckerd is a really unique school with hundreds of quirky and charming dimensions, but it’s not for everyone. For some, the school is too small, offers limited major options, and has a somewhat repetitive social scene that can make Eckerd fell less like paradise and more like a very, very small tide pool. But for those who continue on at the College for all four years, there are some great memories to be had and life-long connections with both peers and professors to be made. Profiled in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” Eckerd is a school with a lot of potential, opportunities, and amazing experiences, but it is up to you to get involved and craft your own experience for the next four years of your lives.

However, there’s no arguing that the faculty is amazing, the level of interaction is great, and the location is paradise. Eckerd is one of those schools where the world is at your fingertips—students can do everything from participate in a spring break service project overseas to work at the waterfront. There are countless varied activities to help students get involved in all aspects of campus life from academics to international aid or club sports, and there is a slew of support from peers, professors, and alumni to help make your dreams into a reality. Plus, all of this in a setting where the sun sets over your backyard and a walk along the water brings just one more dolphin sighting! For most, it’s hard to believe Eckerd is a college and not just perpetual summer.

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