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Reviews 671 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on Eckerd College's campus!

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: We are one of the few schools in the country that offer a Marine Science degree. We have our facility called Galbraith Marine Science laboratory dedicated to marine science students.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: There are all different types of people here at Eckerd so you can always find someone who is into what you are into!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There a multiple places that offer discounts to Eckerd College students!

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Majority of the students are Caucasian however, there are a mix of other races and ethic backgrounds at Eckerd.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is no Greek life at Eckerd.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: A lot of kids drink however, no one will ostracize you if you don't.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are definitely perks to living on campus. You will automatically become close to your neighbors and build friendships with them.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Seeing as there are many vegetarian and vegans at Eckerd, they could put more effort into creating a menu for us that fulfills our nutritional needs.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: What isn't to love about the weather at Eckerd? 80 degrees in November sounds great to anyone who isn't from Florida!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: As long as one respects the campus security, they will respect you. There duty is to protect us and make sure we are safe. They are not out to get you and don't want to get you in trouble. The Honor code is applied to every facet of our academic work. Each student strongly upholds the honor code.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Campus Safety is really nice and are very lenient.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Eckerd is an ok school but I will probably end up transferring after freshman year. It just doesn't fit me.

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College Freshman

Nightlife: I don't really go out all that much.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food generally tastes bad but at times it is bearable. The Pub is the best place to go.

3 College Freshman

Parking: There isn't off campus parking. All parking lots are on campus. Freshman are forced to park in lots which may be a distance from their dorms, and are fined 100$ for parking in upperclassmen lots.

Upperclassmen parking are located right next to the dorms.

There's usually a good amount of parking spaces available.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: For the most part, I would recommend having a car on campus. Freshman are allowed to have cars on campus.

There is a bus running from Eckerd to surrounding areas, but I have heard that it is not incredibly safe or reliable.

A lot of people take taxis places, but it gets expensive.

We have 3 u-haul cars which students can register for and then rent and drive wherever. This is a pretty useful option, but once again, can get expensive.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: Almost no one comes to games. We are D2, so sports are not a big part of campus life. I went to the first mens home basketball game and there was about 40 people there, including parents. No one was cheering and everyone was super distracted and not into the game.

Intramural and clubs are hard to find information on. For the most part, there are a few club and intramural teams that are big(Tennis, Lacrosse), but everything else ends up falling apart because people stop coming to practices.

The athletic facilities suck. There is one turf field and one gym, which is way too small to support everyone on campus. The pool is ok.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Kappa and Nu almost always throw parties on the weekends. However, they get extremely repetitive. If you are sober, it is almost impossible to have fun at these parties, because you will most likely end up responsible for baby sitting your friend who tried to drink their brains out that night. Most people come drunk, high, or crossed. The music is almost always the same, and the atmosphere is almost always the same.

There are a few exceptions. There are themed parties which are thrown every year, such as cowboys vs. indians and toga. South Beach Sessions are always good if you like the rave sort of scene.

Sometimes our campus is inexplicably dead on the weekends however, and most of the parties that occur on these weekends are in Nu or Omega and are strictly upperclassmen.

If you don't like to party, there's honestly not much for you to do on the weekends.

The bar/club scene, unless you have a car or a way to get there, is virtually non existent. Flamingos is the closest bar/club to campus, and it is about a 40 minute walk. It does however have college specials on thursday, so a good amount of our campus will go there on thursdays. Ybor City has some clubs, but it is an hour away from campus. Fridays at the Amp are always good there though. Downtown Saint Pete has night life only if you're 21+

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3 College Freshman

Computers: We have a couple of computer labs with macs and pcs available to students, but for the most part everyone has their own laptop. The wifi sucks however, and almost always gets overloaded or freezes every day(at least in my dorm).


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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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