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1 College Senior

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

2 College Senior

Diversity: Although not all people are wealthy and white here, it seems that way and is hard if you don't fit in.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Most Eckerd students tend to be white, liberal, upper middle class, and not particularly relgious. There is a large number of gays and lesbians on campus who fairly well accepted. Everyone who does not fit within the mold is widely accepted. There is very little discrimination based upon race, gender or sexuality at Eckerd, and few people discuss economic status or religion.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a lot of homosexuals and lesbians. Mostly everyone is american with exception of a few good looking international kids.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Eckerd has lots of diversity. There are many international students here.


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  • 38th
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  • 753rd
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  • 1357th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elise Luce
Los Alamos, N.M./Decatur, Ga.
Environmental Studies
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Eckerd is really a mixed bag as far as diversity goes. On one hand, there is a large group of international students or American embassy students—you’ll find students from Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia—and there is a good-sized community of students who do not speak English as their native language. Also, if you’re hungering for more international flair, there’s a large population of students from all over the world at the ELS English Language Center, which is located on campus next to the Sigma Complex and CEC. A couple of these ELS students will enroll as regular Eckerd students after three to five months of English classes and integrate more into the student body.

On the other hand, unless you specifically seek out diversity or are an international business or international relations major, then you’ll most likely be surrounded by beach-loving, white, suburban kids from the East Coast. It seems like the longer you’re at Eckerd, the more you find and create your niche—or get walled in by people who just want to surround themselves with clones. Of course, this happens everywhere but can be a bit harder here because Eckerd is such a small school. However, a lot of Eckerd students spend at least one semester abroad to get some perspective and diversify their college experience, and there are plenty of opportunities to travel, even for only a month during Winter Term.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 42%
20-21: 36%
22-24: 7%
25+: 13%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 4%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 86%
Unknown: 3%
Gay Pride
Eckerd is not a huge school, but it has a reasonable-sized homosexual scene for such a small student body. Better yet, this is a very tolerant and openly accepting campus, so it's not unusual to see a same-sex couple kissing or going out around campus. The gay pride scene could be expanded more, but it's a start.
Political Activity
Like most liberal arts schools, Eckerd is pretty liberal-and perhaps even more so because international experiences (trips, cultural events, students, study abroad opportunities) are really embraced here. However, there is no real large political voice. Two clubs that really stand out in terms of being active on campus are the Women's Resource Center and Coalition for Community Justice (CCJ), which is becoming an increasingly active voice for social justice on campus and the community.
Economic Status
Economic status at Eckerd is an echo of the tuition: expensive. It's true that Eckerd attracts students from all economic classes, but the reality is, most students have to be able to partially afford the school, so a large portion of the student body is middle class to fairly well-off or better. Even if you hear students complaining about the price of loans, beer, and going out, most still have cars, allowances, and love eating off campus and going out. There are students who are a little thriftier and industriously work different jobs when they can, but they are more the exception than the rule. However, it seem like almost everyone gets some sort of financial aid or work-study job-go figure.
Most Common Religions
Although Eckerd is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, there isn't an overwhelmingly dominant presence of one particular religion over another. Campus Ministries is active on campus and hosts spiritual services, as well as events that have nothing to do with religion, such as gingerbread house decorating close to the winter holidays. Campus Ministries is very good about diversifying religious events. For example, there are Kwanza and Hindi dances and holiday preparations, Jewish holiday feasts, Bible study dinners, and a Catholic Mass. Basically, Campus Ministries is there for students who want to be active in any faith, but it's not forced upon others who don't.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 38 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 11% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 13% Conservative
  • 16% Moderate
  • 42% Liberal
  • 18% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 38 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 5% Moderate
  • 8% Not sure
  • 50% Liberal
  • 34% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 37 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 36 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 38 responses

  • 11% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 3% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 18% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 68% Very accepting.
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