Location
St. Petersburg, FL
Undergrads
2,064
Tuition
$35,926
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 635 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: The library is beautiful and scenic with a view of many surrounding ponds. The parties on the weekends are cool because they are on campus and its always just one party and everyone is invited. That is the best thing about not having greek life here. Campus security comes and shuts down the party at 2 am. A good DJ is hired and everyone just has a huge dance party. There are many campus activities including fishing, kayaking, and paddle boarding. We even have weekly wake boarding trips.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Most days we have a variety of food in our cafeterias. We have a lot of fresh fish, a salad bar, gluten free bar and a variety of American food as well as pasta. The pub is good for a while but is not the healthiest option. We just recently started a pizza truck that is open past 12 am on the weekends which is a great option for the necessary late night munchies.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There is no off-campus housing that is connected to the school. There are some apartments very close to the school that students can rent on their own. The surrounding area is not very safe and is not recommended for women to walk alone at night.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The health center is great. The health office is not run by the school but a nearby hospital. Therefore, the doctors are more trained and no information will be shared with the school. Campus safety is well respected by students but they are pretty slow to respond. Overall I feel very safe here.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: We have uhaul cars which are nice but they are hard to reserve. If you dont have a car you can not get off campus

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: campo is around but they will not step in until needed

5 College Freshman

Diversity: No one judges people here. It is a very hippie school. very accepting

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: This depends how far you are willing to travel around the school there is only fast food places but in tampa there are really nice places as well as down town saint petersburg

1 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are terrible here. The club sports are not given nearly enough funding. Also no one really even goes to the games or is apart of the teams in the first place

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got an academic scholarship that was easy to apply for.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Marine Science is the best here. It is very hard but the opportunities given here are great.The workload is very hard. Need to study harder then you studied for high school.

3 College Freshman

Academics: They are alright. Lots of foreign teachers that you cant understand. Having a mentor is nice if you get along with them. The perks of going to a small school is that you can talk to your professors one on one which is really nice and should be taken advantage of.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Rooms are pretty nice bigger then other schools but the lounges are very bad. Some are nice and getting redone but others are disgusting.

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1 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is one club near campus that takes about 20 minutes to walk to or you can drive. It is a gay club which is fun but if you arnt gay you just go to dance and have fun. Other clubs in St.Petersburg are all 21 or up so not really a night scene for younger people. Tampa has a lot more options for 18 and up

2 College Freshman

Computers: The wifi on campus is really bad the internet crashes all the time.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The school is a big party school. I do not recommend going to this school is you are not plan on drinking. There is really nothing else to do on campus and if you dont have a car you cant get to anything off campus to do.

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4 College Freshman

Parking: I do not have a car but for freshman parking is a real pain it gets better when you get older

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: campus doesnt really care what we do but they will step in if someone is doing something really dangerous or if someone is hurt

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: not a lot to do parties every night but are pretty lame

5 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is absolutely gorgeous 90% of the time. We're right on the bay so we have a lot of breezes and it's almost always sunny, minus the occasional Florida downpour. The flooding usually goes away after a few days, and then it's back to being sunny and beautiful out! It does get gloomy now and again, but that's usually only if it's going to rain. It never really gets cold, but when it does it's 70 degrees and everyone's freezing. Everyone at Eckerd is so happy because of how great the weather is. Seriously. Just ask anyone.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: The computer labs we have on campus are new and so the computers are all really nice. Most of the campus has wifi, however, most of the time the connection is really slow, making watching Netflix kind of a hassle. It gets the job done though, and ITS on campus responds to problems quickly. Most classes will need you to have your own laptop, however, many laptops are available for you to use during class time if you need one, and the computer labs and library computers are available most of the day. The library makes it easy to print and scan homework assignments, you get a printing allotment but can always purchase more pages or your professor will request an increase so you don't have to pay extra. You can also easily webprint and pick up your paper at a printer that's close to your classroom straight from your laptop rather than having to email it to yourself and go to the library to do it.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The traditional dorms at Eckerd are decent living spaces for underclassmen, but the rooms small and the community bathrooms are outdated. There are two newer dorms on campus, one that's available to all students and another that's restricted to seniors and juniors and is apartment-style. The upperclassmen housing options are way nicer but applications for these are highly competitive and not everyone gets in.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Campus Activities organizes shuttles that can take you to Walmart, the mall, or various other shopping places, and each month there are buses that leave every hour to take students to First Friday in Downtown St. Pete. Eckerd is also apart of the U-haul Car Share program, and you can easily register and rent one of the three cars available whenever you want for a relatively low price. There's also a bus station by the front gate, so if you ever need to take the bus it's easily accessible. You can also get a SafeRide membership for like $50 which can be used in cases of emergency to take you and others to the hospital or things like that.

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There are great scholarships that almost ALL students get, but they don't really come close to covering the cost of Eckerd.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It's ok. There is air conditioning, tile floors, communal bathrooms, thin walls, walls that you can't nail into, doors that sometimes stick, and old vents, but pretty much what you would expect. There are a lot of different themed dorms to choose from like health and wellness to volunteering to art themed dorms

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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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