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Reviews 663 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: nice selection of restaurants downtown

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College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: most people live on campus, you miss out on a lot off campus

College Junior

Greek Life: there is no greek life

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: some of the dorms are run down

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: wish there was healthier options

5 College Junior

Scholarships: easy to get good scholarships

5 College Junior

Majors: can easily switch majors unless you are marine science

4 College Junior

Majors: wish there was more internship opportunities

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Easy application process, rolling admission so you don't have to wait long

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Though the health center can be really complicated, it's something on campus to go instead of a clinic off campus. Campus crime is very low and campus safety does their very best to help people.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Eckerd Grants are easy to deal with and range from the smallest amount to the largest, but there are also scholarships to deal with some majors and are small but also have a big impact.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: There are a variety of majors and minors available for you to pursue, leading to many possible options to pick from. Your professors are always there to help you with homework and projects and have very good office hours. Your mentor as well is very helpful when it comes down to picking classes and pursuing your major.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: My major offers an abundant amount of classes, some with hours that are way out of my schedule and others that are perfect. The workload amongst all majors is even, but those who are more towards biology have a bit more of a heavier workload due to labs.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The most average restaurants and fast food places (i.e mcdonalds, subway, dunkin' donuts, burger king, taco bell etc) are the closest and sometimes it's nice to get off campus for food after eating at the caf or pub all week. The nicer restaurants (i.e burger joints, olive garden, applebees etc) are a bit of a further commute, but still worth the travel.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Eckerd is in a great locations, 10 minutes from St. Pete beach, 15 from the city of St. Pete, and 30 minutes from Tampa. There is a lot to do in downtown St. Pete. There are so many places to eat and lots of museums/art galleries or music venues. There is the Saturday Morning Market that everyone loves which sells fresh local fruit and other foods. I still have so much to see and explore in St. Pete after only being there for one year.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus security does everything it can to prevent crime or assaults on campus. The front gate is monitored 24 hours a day and security patrols campus regularly. With Eckerd being such a small campus, it is easy to secure it and prevent these things from happening.

College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I don't believe that a rating for the students at Eckerd would be applicable simply because every guy and girl is so unique and I have no place to judge their appearances or interests with words such as "the worst," or "the best." Eckerd has a reputation for being a "hippy" school, so you will find your fair amount of tie-dye-wearing, pot-smoking, earth-loving, protesting college students, but that is not all there is at Eckerd. Eckerd has a variety of students; athletes, nerds, foreign students, rich kids, comedians, singers, dancers, hula hoopers, fire dancers, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgenders, punk rockers, video gamers, explorers, etc. No matter what or who you are at Eckerd though, a label is only a label, it does not define us. Every student makes Eckerd what it is, Eckerd would not be so unique and welcoming without this variety of students. Social life at Eckerd is what you make it. I have made a lot of friends very easily, but it all depends on how open you allow yourself to be. Everyone is so welcoming and genuinely interested in other people. There is always something to do on the weekends, whether it be kayaking at the waterfront or partying at Kappa, no one should ever feel like all they have to do is sit in their room. Relationships can be sensitive, considering how small of a school Eckerd is, but nevertheless, it is easy to create unforgettable relationships with people there. Eckerd is a place where you will meet life long friends, without even realizing you're doing it.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Our campus has a unique variety of buildings, with most being built either in the 1950's and 60's or recently. Our James Center for Molecular Life Sciences was just completed in January 2013 and provides state of the art lab equipment for student use. The facilities are well kept and very clean.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Eckerd College is so unique in so many ways. First academically, Eckerd is run on a 4-1-4 system; that is four classes in the fall semester, one short term, and four classes in the spring semester. Freshmen students are required to take "Autumn Term" to qualify for their short term. This is a three week class that students take beginning in early August. This is also a time when only freshmen are on campus so it gives them time to adjust to college life. Eckerd also provides students with a faculty mentor as well as a peer mentor. These are guides that will help students pick out classes for each semester and help them work towards their major, as the faculty member will be a professor of the major of the student. Eckerd is the most pet friendly campus in the U.S. We were featured on Discovery Planet for this reason a couple of years ago. Eckerd provides pet housing for students who would like to bring their pet from home to school with them! Eckerd's housing in general is unique. There is themed housing, non-traditional hotel style housing, and apartment-style housing. 80% of the student body lives on campus all four years because housing is always guaranteed. There are so many unique opportunities at Eckerd that one would not find anywhere else.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Amazing opportunities for studying abroad.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Friendly people everywhere and so many events to attend.

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The only issue was when it rained.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Not too much, not too little.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: I never used it, but everyone else did. Great for going downtown on the weekends.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Friendly staff, friendly students and faculty.


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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
Los Alamos, N.M./Decatur, Ga.
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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