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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love having faculty and student mentors. I love the location and size of the school. I love how it feels like its own little community and not just put in the middle of a big city.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I start in August but so far everything has gone smoothly!

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Your voice counts and you are not another number.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: The parties here are fantastic! One complaint is apparently my year they added a lot of rules regarding DJ's having to register and started quiet hours but otherwise...There is a different theme every weekend and some are major. This includes Toga, Zeta Zoo, and Around The World. The majority of parties are held at Kappa which hosts "Kappa Kitchen"'s once a month to earn money for the yearly "Kappa Karnival". As well, you can find parties at the upper classmen apartment complexes Nu and Omega.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Downtown St. Petersberg has almost every kind of food at every price and the majority of places have discounts. There is a plethora of typical fast-food and chain restaurants. Just 5 minutes away we have iHop, Waffle House, Taco Bell, Chipotle, McDonalds, and Wendys. There is also great small businesses. I love "Rollboto"'s sushi which is street sushi that is healthy, fast, and at a pretty great price. There is also a lot of Taco trucks and small mexican restaurants. If you want fancier fine dining the water front has an entire district dedicated to more crafted dishes.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Our school is strict about all the wrong things. I have seen a lot of hard drugs and alcohol that our campus safety does not bother wise yet thins like fights (which are typical and no big deal if no one is sent to the hospital) have caused my peers to lose housing. As well, we had random hippies staying in our dorm for month before campus safety did anything about it! Yet, I get lectured whenever I drive a friend who forgets their ID.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I chose Eckerd thanks to a pretty large scholarship I received. Typically if you are involved in sports, art, or academic you are eligible for a great scholarship. I was granted a lot of aid just for having good grades. Otherwise, you apply for financial aid federally and that process is like anywhere else- difficult and tedious.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I love the meal plan. The only problem is the hours... As long as you can get to the cafeteria on time then 80% of the time, there are plenty of wonderful and healthy options. This is not a place for picky eaters. I love the range of salads, fish, and cold serve food that the cafeteria offers. There is also your junky options of pizza and burgers. This goes for our Pub as well that is open all during the day and closes late at night. The pub serves a lot of fast food but has fantastic wraps. Sadly the only offer meal swipes during a certain time period and then you're left using "flex dollars", a complimentary currency that there never seems to be enough of- money you can use towards food during non-hours.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Eckerd college is literally set up on a beach. Being a small liberal arts school (with a great emphasis on math and sciences) literally the farthest dorms, West Lodge and Sigma, are a 15 minute walk max from our waterfront and south beach. Typically, students will line up amongst the sea wall every evening to watch the sunset. That in itself is something to praise housing for.

West Lodge and Sigma are both renovated hotels and are dedicate primarily for Freshmen. Students each get two queen sized beds and private bathrooms, the only downside is how far it is away from campus but this is very minuscule compared to other massive campuses. Otherwise, the majority of dorms of traditional housing named after the greek alphabet. Although we do not have greek life, our sense of community is very strong. Over 80% of students stay on campus and this includes Juniors and Seniors, most of which stay in the two apartment complex houses Nu and Omega. Each dorm has it's own sense of community. Although they are not the nicest looking due to most of their renditions being hurricane proof, the dorms are spacious and open. It is very easy to make a home there.

Another very unique thing about Eckerd is that our dorms are specified for different themes. There are special dorms for gender neutral housing which means boys and girls can room together and it is LGTBQ friendly. There are also dorms dedicated purely to health and wellness (no smoking) and community service. Lastly, there are pet friendly dorms! Students can bring their cats and dogs! Yet, all dorms permit one small animal.

Freshmen are typically randomly selected into dorms based on a survey. This seems to depend on location. Some freshmen prefer dorms by the library, others to waterfront of cafeteria. No matter what though, everything is an easy bike ride or even walk away. Many of our students use longboards and skateboards.

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1 College Freshman

Athletics: Eckerd does not display affection towards the varsity teams. No one supports them. Games a full of parents and old people

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are some cool local restaurants downtown, but that is a 20min drive from campus

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties are crazy! I have fun every time I go but you cannot enjoy as much if you are sober

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4 College Freshman

Administration: They are always ready to help you no matter what time, but i think parking should be replanned

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: International students get a lot of money

1 College Freshman

Campus Food: The main caf is disgusting and CEC offers limited options and hours

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's great to live on campus because you can go to parties and come back to your room easily.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of good places to eat in St Pete, from $ to $$$. I like tacos from Casita's.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: My freshman year, I thought it was awesome. They are all outdoor dance parties, usually with a theme. However, they've gotten repetitive and they've started shutting them down at 1am sharp, so I no longer find it exciting.

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4 College Junior

Administration: In terms of drinking, you just need to put whatever you have in a plastic cup, and you won't be questioned. I think that's pretty easy. As for drugs, just use common sense and use them behind a closed door. I wish they were stricter about noise violations. Attendance is expected for pretty much every class.

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: They give out a ton of scholarships. I got one for $15,000 for seemingly no reason. If you're the jealous type, they can be frustrating as I've met some not-so-smart people who have full-ride scholarships to Eckerd.

2 College Junior

Campus Food: The food is bad. On the best days, it's ok. Dinner is 5-7 pm, which I think is early. The pub is open for better hours, but the food options there get repetitive.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Overall, St Pete is a good place. The beach is a 5 minute drive away. The city has great places to eat in general. There is just about 0 public transportation, so to get off campus you'll need a car or a friend with one. There are solid bars and clubs downtown, although it's not what you'd get in a really big city.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms themselves are pretty typical (small and kind of cinderblocky). Options get better with class seniority, as Nu and Omega are pretty good. Housing lottery day is kind of crazy and stressful.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Since it's such a touristy area and by the beach, there's not a lot of realistic off-campus options. It's okay though because most people would prefer to live on campus anyway.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's so many good restaurants in the area. Many are affordable as well.

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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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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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