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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I've never lived on campus so I don't know what any of this is like.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: it's all chain restaurants except for one or two that you can get to that are close. But you can go to publix and pick up stuff to cook with.

3 College Freshman

Administration: There are all there ordinary rules that colleges have. They do enforce the no drug policy, honor code, and underage drinking. However, punishments aren't always too severe. It's usually community service hours. On the other side, we have a put it in a cup rule. So if you just have alcohol in a cup you can't be asked about what it is.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I'd didn't apply for financial aid. I did receive an academic scholarship. That worked really well. I haven't had any problems with it.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I'm not really a partier. I prefer to just hang out with my friends and create our own party in my room. However, it seems like there is always 1 or 2 parties that happen every weekend. Even if there isn't a big party happening, you can always find somewhere to go.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: Caf - has many options. I can usually find something to eat there. The made to order grill is always good. I don't like the hours or how busy it is. It's also inconvenient for me since its on the opposite side of campus from where I have all my classes and live.

Pub - limited options and always crowded when its open for meal blocks. Food is always good though. I wish they had healthier sides however. Sometimes the portion of food is not enough to fill you up.

CEC - good quality food usually. Not very crowded most of the time. Limited options though. Not always able to find something to eat

Everything needs more salt and pepper, or general seasoning!

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: 95% of people live on campus. The traditional dorm rooms are really small which is why I chose to live in Sigma. Sigma is really spacious and each room has their own bathroom. However, unlike traditional dorms, because we aren't forced into the same area since our rooms open to the outside, we don't interact at all with the people who live in our building. We have a laundry room which is very functional. But we don't have a common room or a kitchen like all the other dorms. It's very annoying.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received financial aid that helped me to be able to attend this school. If you do well in high school, then you should have many scholarship opportunities and the financial aid is awesome at assisting those who need it.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: The campus has a front gate where students have to show their student IDs each time they enter campus during the weekends and weeknights. It becomes a hassle when one forgets their ID. When having overnight guests, you have to register them online before they enter campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is no greek life on campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: St. Petersburg beach is a 7 minute drive from campus. It is a great go-to on a sunny day and also a great place to go when the stress of school work becomes overwhelming. There are tons of bars and attractions downtown, such as aquariums, different dinning opportunities and opportunities for recreational activities such as playing tennis and going boating.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are many people at this school who are known as "hippies." This means that most of the school walks around barefoot and ride longboards or bikes. There are tons of extremely nice people all around campus if one takes the time to get to know the different social groups.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Iota is the newest dorm residence, but also the most expensive. I lived in Iota and enjoyed my time, but the social atmosphere wasn't as good as living in the dorm Delta. I also lived in Sigma my first year, and although each room has its own bathroom and shower, it is isolated from the rest of the campus, which forces the Sigma community to bond on its own. This can be both a good or bad thing depending on what one is looking for!

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Eckerd is a small school so there are so many opportunities for students to seek help when needed. The professors are really down to earth people and are willing to help any student. Office hours are practical and the courses push for students to think in ways that help the learning process.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are many options in downtown St. Petersburg, a 5 dollar cab for three people. There are many restaurants that are great quality and not overly expensive. The area is clean and offers many different food opportunities whether it be a fast food chain restaurant, local non-chain restaurants, or fine dining.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The menu at the Pub on campus stays the same throughout the year. The flex dollars for most of my friends and I tend to run out before the half way point in each semester. The main cafe is good sometimes, but very repetitive for most of the days.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Some of my friends live off campus and they say it saves them a lot of money. They don't typically have landlords, but they are close to the school and some can even ride their bikes on the bike lanes available in St. Petersburg. The safety is usually not a problem.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The sport teams usually don't make it far in the conference, and there is not much school spirit.

4 College Freshman

Administration: I am happy with what I have experienced thus far. I have no complaints yet.

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5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Wouldn't trade it for anything.

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5 College Sophomore

Administration: It's really only for the students safety, they don't punish as harshly as other universities because they understand the whole "college" thing.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: First fridays are the best

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus safety is heavily aware of all the parties and just wants to make sure everyone is safe, they aren't there to bust, just to make sure everything is okay.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It has it's good days and bad days.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I am on the Varsity Sailing Team and I absolutely love it. Most people on campus are at least aware of the varsity and club sports, and there is a lot of support for the rugby inter mural team and the soccer varsity team especially.

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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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