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Reviews 787 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

4 College Freshman

Administration: If you do something wrong and get in trouble, there's a consequence. It's pretty fair and as long as you weren't doing anything blatantly stupid you should be fine.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's pretty fun. Not every single weekend is raging but there's always something in between the big parties.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I had a very easy time with aid. You get what you get but it's very generous.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: Sometimes it can be pretty good but more often than not it's frustrating and disappointing. The salad bar in the caf is usually pretty on point though. Pub food doesn't usually disappoint either.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are alright. There's pretty much something for everyone. It is a little expensive for what you get though, but all in all it's pretty great. Some dorms are closer to the academic side, some are closer to south beach, and some are closer to the caf and the waterfront. It just depends on where you want to live.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: dont live off campus so dont know

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: no car so dont go off campus that often

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: I love the party atmosphere on campus

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms are a little outdated

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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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