St. Petersburg, FL
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Reviews 635 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Take a Taxi – If you don't own a car, take a Taxi. There are fairly cheap Taxis that go anywhere in St. Petersburg. There is also a constantly-running bus, though I don't know the price or its route.
Keep in mind, also, that there are a lot of friendly students on campus with a car. If you need a ride, ask around.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Nearly everyone on the Eckerd College campus is very friendly and open-minded. There is room for every type of person, and every ethnic group.
The only thing that isn't accepted widely is a "negative view of climate change." People at Eckerd are very "green" motivated, and if you don't believe in global warming, you may get your head ripped off (figuratively of course).

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Cheap and Eclectic – There are many fast-food restaurants around, and there are also less known cheap chains. The food is not bad, and it's cheap, so I can't complain too much. It would be nice to see some more casual dining in the area though- for those looking to take someone on a date.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: NOT necessarily the 12th druggiest school in the US – Considering the recent review that many are outraged at, I have to agree. Basis off of a mere eight reviews is in no way a qualification for Eckerd College to reach that list. This campus is a college campus, for sure with its drug use, but it is not rampant, not forced upon any, and is generally a controlled issue. Any complaints that are ever caused appear to be taken care of and there is no pressure to join in the mischief.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's all a matter of choice – Yes, there are drugs on campus, and they are not particularly hard to get, but peer pressure is not a thing here. I hang out with a group that enjoys smoking, but I said no once and it was done. I have never been pressured or felt like I needed to do it. there are plenty of people here who smoke, but you don't need to.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms Are Fine – I really love the dorm that i live in right now, Zeta. It may look like the 70s, but it is pretty nice with a new lounge. The dorms change yearly, but each has its own personality. For example, Kappa plays a lot of dubstep and parties hard on weekends. The people are really friendly in every dorm though, so you can find a niche anywhere

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: It's Caf Food – There are't a lot of places to eat on campus, just the pub and the caf, but both of those are alright. Just don't expect anything too spectacular, it is school food.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: So Good! the beach has the best restaurants! and tons to choose from!

5 College Junior

Academics: Very Difficult – science majors are difficult... others not as much

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: very limited – mainly restricted to pot use

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Great School, Some Limitations – Pros: beautiful campus, friendly people, small class size, intelligent professors

cons: food is terrible and limited, very little flexibility for courses which is a HUGE problem if trying to double major/if you hadn't decided your major in the beginning (many students are here for over 4yrs), also choice of professors is limited... basically problems any really small school would have

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: Very Safe – any alcohol visibility gets written up by campus safety officers who are constantly driving carts around campus to look out for any trouble. many people do smoke pot but there is VERY little hard drug use (especially in comparison to most city schools!. I have never experienced any peer pressure.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus Safety – Campus Safety does an outstanding job... in fact I often get annoyed that I always have to present my ID when entering but it is better than them not caring.

5 College Junior

Majors: I found it easy to get into my major, I simply had to decide what major I would pursue and the faculty were more than accommodating.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Living on a small campus, it's not difficult for security to protect the students and keep them safe. There are only two entrances onto campus, via the front and back gate, both of which are monitored 24-7. Being that our south side of campus border is Tampa Bay, the program ECSAR works with campus safety in making sure that no one un-welcomed comes onto campus. If there are ever any safety concerns, each student is promptly sent a text message and an e-mail explaining what is happening and the proper procedures to take. Overall, the students are well protected and secure on campus.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Living in St. Petersburg, there is endless activities and attractions, ranging from spending the day at the beach to shopping at the mall to strolling in downtown St. Pete. across the boardwalk where there are endless shopping attractions and food establishments. There is bowling, ice rinks during the winter season, movie theaters, the Saturday morning market to support local townspeople, and museums. If one can get into Tampa, a short drive from here, they can go to football and baseball games, Hard Rock cafe where it's legal to gamble, the international mall, and so much more. The area of St Petersburg has a generally positive outlook on the students who bring them a lot of business and give the students amazing discounts to encourage the support the students give them. Overall the local atmosphere is a very positive, inviting one.

2 College Senior

Drug Safety: Alcohol, Weed and Shrooms/Molly/Acid – Because of the alcohol policy on campus (put it (alcohol) in a cup and you can't get in trouble, regardless of age), it makes drinking a popular thing. Not everyone, but the good majority of eckerd kids drink regularly to heavily. Can't play drinking games or have single source containers (kegs, punch bowls) but camps safety isnt very strict and if you're smart about being sneaky you can get away with just about anything.
Almost everyone smokes weed. People are high evrywhere you look. Even student government officials are serious stoners. It is definitely part of eckerd culture to smoke weed. There's not a lot of peer pressure to smoke though. You won't be treated any differently, but most people probably pick there friends based in part on this.
Psychedelics like shrroms, Molly and acid are prevalent on campus. There is an entire dorm, Kappa, that is almost entirely druggies. Put it this way, if you didnt do drugs, you would have no reason to live in that complex. It's also somewhat secluded so it doesn't affect other students too much. On the night of the school carnival (Kappa Karnival) which takes place on the field outside Kappa dorm, everyone is on something. It's crazy.

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5 College Senior

Weather: St Pete has a great climate, pretty much all year round. There really isnt ever a need for a 'winter coat'. It's sunny almost every day, and most students take advantage of that. However, if it's not sunny ( overcast, rainy, chilly) the options of activites is severly limited. But without those days some (most) students would never get homework done.

3 College Senior

Diversity: Diverse, Just Not Colorful – Eckerd has a ton of foreign kids, who represent a variety of different countries and cultures. There is definitely a sense of diversity among cultures here. However, there is a noticeable lack of color on campus.
There is a diverse population of economic backgrounds from the "1%" to those whose parents are on some type of public assistance. You will finitely see it all here regarding economic background.
It's a pretty accepting place, big LGBT community that has little friction with non-gay students. Eckerd is not a religious place, unless you make it. If you want to be involves in that, there is definitely a place for you to do it, but is somewhat limited.
We are definitely a liberal democratic campus. But politics don't play a major role on campus. If you don't want to hear about it or take part, it's easy to avoid.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: Campus Safety Is a Joke – Campus safety officrs are a joke, in a good way. First, they're not sworn under an oath, which means that they don't have the power to arrest anyone. The chances of them calling the police in such a case are highly unlikely. Police presence on campus is limited to weekends and occasssionaly weekday nights but that is rare.
The rule on alcohol for everyone regardless of age is; if it's in a cup, there's no problem. As long as whatever you're drinking (beer, hard alcohol whatever) is in a cup you can't get in trouble, even if you are under 21. RAs will even tell you, if they see you to just put it in a cup. It's seriously the greatest thing EVER.
I have never felt unsafe on campus, ever. The most likely crime would be theft or drug related issues which are rare but do happen. But then again I smoke marijuana on my balcony on campus every single day and I've never gotten in trouble, not once.

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2 College Senior

Transportation: No one takes public transportation., too complicated and unreliable. You have to have a car to go anywhere. But the car policy on campus and cost is so reasonable. Under $100 to register your car for the entire year, and that is the only fee you will pay for car related expenses on campus. Unless you get a parking ticket.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Upperclass Dorms Are Amazing – There are several different classifications of dorm rooms at eckerd.
Traditional dorms, 2 people to a room, are ok. The rooms are big and each one has a huge window which is really nice. They aren't in the best shape, but the furniture in them is in ptty good shape, kind of depends on the room, but overall not bad. The one negative thing is the ceilings, they installed drop ceilings in all the rooms becua the ceilings have asbestos in them. So if the drop ceiling were to fall, you would be exposed to asbestos, which is midly concerning.
Upperclassmen dorms are to die for, if you get the right room. I had the most amazing waterfront view from my room as a junior. We always joke that it's the cheapest waterfront view you will have have. Untilnyou experience it, it's hard to understand. Those dorms house 8 people to a suite, but no kitchen. It's a cool place to live, most on campus pasrties are there. The condition of the rooms is ok, but maintenance is very good about repairs.
Housing process is pretty simple. It's a tad unfair, and most of it has to do with luck. So the lucky ones will get the best rooms. But class standing plays a significant role in the process as well. Most people (about 80%) live on campus. It's easier, and if you get a good room, you could have an amazing vi.

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3 College Senior

Campus Dining: The cafe varies in variety and quality of food based on time of year and meal of the day. We do have a local/organic day once a semester, called low carbon day, because all the food is from within 150 miles (low carbon footprint from transportation of food) or something and the food is AMAZING. But the regular days it's spotty at best.
The dining hours are restrictive and there are not many options on the late night, unless you go off campus. And then you're options are limited to mcdonalds, Wendy's, taco bell; that sort of thing.
One of the upper clansmen dorms (Omega) has a full kitchen equipped with stove, oven, dishwasher. There's decent cabinet and counter space. The quality of the appliances varies room to room, but maintenance is good about fixing things or replacing them very quickly. If something is broken or needs the attention of a professional, it will addressed typically within a day.
Overall, food is not great, but there is definitely worse out there.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: So So – What can I say. Security drives around in golf carts and you probably can outrun 90% of them. They need more emergency phones placed pretty much everywhere. However, the campus is a community in itself, so I felt very safe. Half of the boarder is along the bay, so you can feel safe at night walking closer to the coast than other Florida colleges.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Dorm Life Is Great – The dorms are not that luxurious or clean or quiet, but they sure are a fun time! If you are lucky and at least a Junior, you can get into Omega, a nice apartment-style dorm overlooking the water. This is the party dorm and is aslo a bit newer and cleaner than most on campus. Overall, I loved dorm life. But if you are a neat freak or constant studier, then I don't think its the best living environment.

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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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