Location
St. Petersburg, FL
Undergrads
2,064
Tuition
$35,926
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Plenty of places to eat if you have a car

5 College Senior

Academics: The professors are great and you will learn a lot.

1 College Senior

Campus Housing: Housing is horrible, very limited choices.

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1 College Senior

Transportation: You NEED a car. Do not come here if you do not have a car. Just don't. You'll have to rely on people or anything and everything. Zip cars and expensive and unavailable.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: The area around campus is sketchy, but students are harmless. Theft happens sometimes.

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Its expensive and unavailable. The school does not help with finding housing.

4 College Senior

Weather: Its usually sunny and warm. One of the only good things about the school, lots of people come only for the weather.

1 College Senior

Parking: You should see the condition of the Omega Parking lot, where the majority of students park. We have about 30+ pot holes that always are reopening up and quickly fixed. Who knows how long its been since the parking lot has been repaved. Everyone has a car here so its impossible to find spots much of the time. Freshmen have to park absurdly far away from most dorms, unless they live in Beta or Gamma.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Most people drink and do drugs because they want to and because it feels like you're in an Eckerd bubble and drugs actually make it interesting.

1 College Senior

Computers: Its always not working at the most inconvenient times, like registration.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Its typical Florida, you absolutely have to have a car or you will be miserable and regret your four years.

1 College Senior

Diversity: All rich white spoiled kids who think they're alternative and unique.

1 College Senior

Overall Experience: Freshman year was the best year of my life, most of friends didn't make it through the year because it was so fun. It was full of hippies, fire spinners, genuine, nice people, everyone drank and smoked together and security was relaxed. Things quickly took a turn after though. After being silent witnessed (Eckerd's form of anonymously telling on someone) for something small, I was kicked out for a year, worked my ass off to come back, and have seen the administration of the school steer it the wrong way since. The strictness has increased in order to improve the school's reputation, making it a miserable place compared to what it used to be. Five of my close friends just got expelled for smoking weed. The school spends all its money on landscaping that does not need to be done (ripping up perfectly healthy plants every year) and the students get nothing in return. One event they promised to be catered by Chipotle, but when hundreds of students showed up under the impression of free dinner, all they had to serve was chips and salsa. This type of thing happens a lot at Eckerd. The school puts on a great font to prospective students making it look like the best place ever, but when you actually come here the experience is nothing like promised. The meal plan, seriously makes me sick everyday. The chefs are high and not trained well and the school makes it impossible to get off the meal plan. People with legitimate medical concerns like celiac disease are denied requests off the meal plan because the school insists they only want to get off to save money. Although the school claims to have improved its food, all you have is pizza, a moldy salad bar, burnt burgers, cold food, and for vegetarians raw slabs of tofu and peppers (what they served today...) The one positive thing I have to say, is the professors I've had are all really smart and engaging. Unfortunately for them, they have to deal with an awfully run school, but they really care about their students.

1 College Senior

Athletics: Athletes are treated differently at this school. They all travel in packs, take the same classes and barely do any work but teachers pass them anyway. Most athletes transfer to be honest.

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There's not much. Everything's either too expensive, in an unsafe area, or in a retirement community. The school does not help students find off campus at all, despite the fact that there's not enough housing on campus.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Normal people, annoying people, nice people, weird people.

1 College Senior

Campus Housing: Housing is horrible. Eckerd has recently started admitting way more students than they can accommodate and not everyone ends up getting housing. Competition for upperclassman dorms nor any non-traditional housing is very stiff and some people are unlucky enough to get stuck in a traditional double for years. Room draw is based on the lottery system, and there are no incentives like high grades to get better housing. The dorms were meant to be temporary and were never renovated and students get sick from the vents that are only cleaned every 10 years. There is someone who cleans the dorms every day, but the bathrooms are always disgusting and you just see the cleaning people sitting around outside. Not to mention, the price is ridiculous for what you're getting. The housing department is impossible and rude to deal with. Housing is definitely one of the worst things about this campus.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There's typical fast food places, and more expensive places which cater to tourists. Most people end up going to chains or fast food which isn't very healthy, but Eckerd provides discount cards to a number of them.

2 College Senior

Campus Strictness: It seems like school picks and chooses who gets in trouble. Most people don't have a problem though, because on the weekends everyone is partying so unless you're doing something really bad and obvious you'll be fine. Eckerd is cracking down hard on kids who sell marijuana because they want to clean up the school's reputation even though its slowly becoming accepted in the rest of the country.

3 College Senior

Athletics: No one cares about sports and the gym is tiny.

3 College Senior

Academics: Everything goes to the sciences, which sucks if you're not a science student.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: Pretty much everyone gets a scholarship upon admission, the amount is determined by your highschool GPA.

1 College Senior

Nightlife: Its fun your freshman year and then everything is extremely repetitive. There are off-campus bars with decent prices, but Eckerd only provides transportation once a month for First Friday and many students end up driving drunk.

1 College Senior

Transportation: You need a car here. Even if you know people with cars, most people are not very generous with them and you have to grovel to get a ride somewhere. Eckerd has two priuses and a pick-up truck students can rent, however these are way too popular so they're never available, tend to get very expensive and sometimes the cars don't unlock and you have to spend hours on the phone with customer service.

2 College Senior

Health & Safety: The health services are awful. You have to make appointments in advance and they cannot treat emergency issues, most people end up going to the emergency for minor injuries and such. Counseling is very easy to get however and the mental health sevices are good.

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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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