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Reviews 663 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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).

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Crime is relatively low. There's a couple people who steal longboards and bikes if people leave them unlocked outside their dorms. For the most part however, if you lock your door or live in Alpha or dorms away from Kappa and upperclassmen dorms, your stuff will most likely be safe.

Drugs and alcohol play a big part at Eckerd. If you aren't comfortable with this scene, I would recommend not going here.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Eckerd does make the effort to make their school relativity affordable to students. I received a good amount of aid in scholarships and grants, and also was able to receive another grant by sending them a letter appealing for more aid.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: The waterfront program is definitely what makes Eckerd shine in comparison to other schools. I know of few to no other colleges which offer wakeboarding and waterskiing trips practically every other day. It is in a great location, we can see dolphins and manatees almost everyday.

Another unique thing about Eckerd is the closeness of the students with the professors. I have texted my professors before for homework help, and they are always willing to give their time to help students with work. Many professors will go directly to their students to get help with research.

The library is nice, but study rooms get filled up wicked quick, especially if it's test or exam week.

One thing I would have to complain about would be the athletic facilities. Though the gym has relatively new equipment, it is wicked small, there is no track on campus, and there is only one main turf sports field.

There's not really much to do on campus if you don't like getting drunk or high 24/7.

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3 College Freshman

Facilities: Like I said before, the social atmosphere and party atmosphere sucks.

There are a decent amount of places for students to hang out on campus. A lot of people like to tan on south beach or at the waterfront when the weather's nice, and there is always Kappa Field (but I would be cautious about tanning here...a lot of people let their dog run and poop all over it). There's also the palm hammocks, but most people just go there to smoke.

The campus does make effort to throw events and activities to entertain students, but people are too afraid of being judged for going to them and most of the time, few to no people show up.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's somewhat hard to get off campus unless you have a car. The closest restaurant is Taco Bell and it is about a 20 minute walk from campus. If you do have a car however, 34th street has a decent amount of options. There's taco belll, Dunkin Donuts, Checkers, Ihop, Mcdonalds and some other restaurants on 34th. There's also downtown Saint Pete, which is about a 15 minute drive, but offers more classier options and nicer restaurants.

4th Street North has Panera, Outback, Starbucks, Tropical Smoothie and Tijuana Flats. Again, this is about a 15-20 minute drive from campus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Out of all of the colleges I visited and toured before applying, Eckerd definitely had noticeable nicer dorms than any other campus. Though the freshman dorms are definitely not as nice as upperclassmen/mixed dorms, they are still pretty nice in comparison to the other colleges( such as UMaine Orono) that I visited. The rooms are pretty spacious and clean, and the bathrooms are cleaned pretty frequently. I do live in an all girls dorm however, which may contribute to how clean our dorm always seems to be. But for the most part, I've noticed that most of the rooms are super spacious. Iota, the newest dorms on campus, have really big rooms and free laundry and a nice lounge area. Alpha, the freshman dorms, have the worst lounge but all lounges on campus are supposed to be updated by the year 2016. Right now, Beta, Delta and Zeta are the three dorms with the updated lounges. Gamma, Epsilon and Kappa still have decent lounges but they are not brand new. Omega and Nu, the upperclassmen apartments available on campus are wicked nice. West Lodge and Sigma are hotel style rooms, which would seem great if not for the fact that West Lodge and Sigma are about a mile away from all the other dorms on campus.

Do not live in Kappa if you are not okay with partying 24/7.

The social atmosphere is what I hate the most. Everyone acts like the only way to have fun is to get as drunk as possible. There's also a ton of cliques, seeing how small the school is. It reminds me too much of high school ,honestly.

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1 College Freshman

Greek Life: We don't have Greek life.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Ok-the weather I can't really complain about. It's pretty much always been warm down here, with the coldest so far being 60 degrees. It rained a lot during the first 2 months but when it's sunny out, it's wicked nice out.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The dining hall has pretty restricted hours during the week-it's open from 8-9:45 for breakfast, 11-1 for lunch, and then 5-7 for dinner. It sucks if you're busy studying or have a late class and have to rush to get to the caf on time before they lock you out. The food is decent, it's just pretty much the same rotation of options every day. They also really really suck at making pasta....I do not know how it's possible to create pasta that tastes so flavorless.
The pub makes pretty good food and is open pretty much all day but meal swipes are accepted from 11-2, and then from 7-11PM. It has the less healthier options such as hamburgers, grilled cheese, chicken tenders,ect. It does however have a wrap and panini section which is pretty good.

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2 College Freshman

Transportation: There is no public transportation around the campus. It is easy to rent the car using the school's uhaul car share program that charges 5 dollars an hour. There are only three cars and the times are usually filled up on the weekends.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Basketball is the most popular sport at the college. Most of the sports have a lot of support and rugby is the most popular intramural sport.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Any subject in science is popular here especially marine science. We have great marine science facilities. Four hours of studying time is recommended everyday.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are decent. They are very helpful and they memorize everyone's names with faces so the teaching is very personal. It is pretty easy to get into the class you want.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Campus Safety officers are very well respected. They are helpful and friendly. They give you a lot of privacy and respect your rights.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The only good thing about the location is the warm weather and the beautiful beaches with warm water.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are mostly campus parties and because there are no frats or sororities, everyone is invited. There is great music and everyone is usually having fun. There is a gay club nearby that hosts college night every thursday.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: It is mostly white people that are at the school. There are a lot of international students mostly from Europe. A lot of people are on financial aid and scholarships so there are lots of different economic backgrounds. Most people are atheists and the lgbt community is very small but well accepted.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I was surprised at the amount of long distance relationships at this school. Most freshmen come to the school already in a relationship. Otherwise there are many hookups after parties. The girls are skinny and the guys are mostly very muscular. This probably has to do with the fact that we live in swimsuit weather.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: We have mostly fast food restaurants around campus. The only good thing about St Pete is that there are many late night options. The McDonalds, Wal-Mart, Dennys and Ihop are all open 24-7. There are no restaurants for organic meals.


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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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