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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The class sizes are small and are great in catering to individual students when they need the help. Most professors are extremely engaged and accessible outside of class and in office hours. The courses range in quality depending on the major. There are more amenities for a science major then there would be for a major in the creative arts or business, which is understandable being that a majority of students at Eckerd are science majors. Albeit, it's still unfair to the students studying other things.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Especially for a science related degree, Eckerd's name will take you places. Though a much smaller school, Eckerd still has influence in the scientific community. For other majors, Eckerd is relatively unknown still. But in what the name itself lacks, professors usually try to compensate for. There are a lot of students that do individual projects with professors that give them the recognition needed for certain jobs or internships.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There have been some cases of assault/ petty crimes on campus that have gone unchecked, and a lot of systematic victim blaming to keep Eckerd's good name. But by and large, the faculty does try its best to promote awareness and safety for its students. It is an issue that is taken seriously, but could use some more focus.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: A lot of dorms are older and therefore have certain issues that come with the age, but recent renovations of dorms has improved this problem tenfold.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: There is no Greek life at Eckerd because it wants to include all students, and not create a sense of exclusivity and entitlement that a lot of the time comes with being in a sorority of fraternity.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics at Eckerd are not generally the most important thing there. And while there is strong support for sports like men's soccer and basketball, a lot women's teams don't see the same level of school spirit. People are very selective of which sports they follow. Because of the schools small size, club sports also receive some attention, particularly rugby.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I chose my school on a whim. At the time, it was about getting to college and graduating with the least debt possible and Eckerd made that a possibility. But in my time here I've grown to love it in a way I didn't think I would. My classes are engaging and fun, and the small class sizes allow professors to really cater to an individual students needs. Academically, I couldn't think of a better fit for me.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The courses and professors alike are very diverse and fun in their own way. I've enjoyed every professor except for one so far in my college career. All of them care about their students, even putting our mental health before our class and home work. They believe that each student learns differently and I think that makes a huge difference in the success of the students. Each class averages around 20-30 students, meaning that it's very easy to have one-on-one with a professor, which furthers the learning experience for everyone.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: This college is well known for it's students and their work ethic. It's incredibly easy to get a job after leaving this school because the employers know that each student was not just a number but was taught individually to their best potential. If you're not sure what you want to do, career services is very helpful in finding what suits you best without any trouble at all.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never felt afraid to walk around my campus, no matter what time of day it is. All faculty and staff members value the safety of students and help when they can. There's an orientation for all new students that describe what to do to avoid, what to do in, and what to do after all situations involving the safety of oneself or another person.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus, once you go through the hell of the housing process (people), is quite lovely. The dorms aren't huge but they're always clean, people are generally friendly and quiet, dorms are priced well, both depending on the dorm you're in, and the beach is only a couple hundred feet away. The only issue is the housing people themselves. My college usually does a room draw, but due to an emergency and timing, I wasn't able to attend. When I told the head of housing, she was incredibly rude and I still don't know what room I'm supposed to be in!

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I absolutely love the college I go to! The professors are incredibly understanding and passionate about what they teach, and are willing to help students out whenever they are needed whether or not it's office hours or not. I also love how 98% of the students and staff and the college are 100% approachable and they are very kind and interesting to speak to. We also have a beach and swing sets to keep the child inside of us all alive, but my absolute favorite characteristic of this college is that they allow you to keep your pets on campus so you'll never have to be apart from your furry friend again! This college really caters to students' needs and if I had to do it all over again I would pick this college every time.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Offered a wide range of classes.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There is always something to do at Eckerd, but only if you want to.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics are great! There are a lot of great programs available to students.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Almost all people at Eckerd are very accepting.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: If you don't do drugs you're not ostracized.

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Classes seem great but I am having some trouble with the administration

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: my experience has been really good so far I get along with my professors and they teach some valuable things.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I think the campus security does a very good job keeping unknown people off the campus at night time and they keep an eye on people during day time.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: its pretty fun living in the dorms and spending time with people in the dorms but sometimes it becomes frustrating when people break things and the cost is split between all the dorm attendees.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: the athletic facilities are well kept and the fan support is very good at athletic events and I would rank the support in the top 5 in the country.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: its very fun and the population size at Eckerd is just right for the student body.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: The only sports that people cared about were rugby. People went to basketball and soccer games if they were good, but they were mostly overshadowed by the hippiness of the campus. The ultimate frisbee team was killer though came in 4th, 6th and 3rd in my final year.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I am not kidding when I say this school changes lives. We are listed in the book colleges that change lives, but it is something you can truly understand until you come here. Everyone comes with very different ideas on what college is supposed to be. This place kind of helps unify those ideas into one experience. I had friends that were ford scholars and led the improv troup. I had friends that were skaters and business majors. My roommate was a DJ and an environmental major. Eckerd allows you to broaden your horizons and give you a new perspective on the world. The one problem this school has is you will become some close with so many open minded people that it is hard to transition out of it. This is not your usual experience, you do not go to this school to just be another face in the crowd. You go to this school to stand out. Our motto is think outside and that seems very straightforward with an outdoor themed campus, but it is a deeper concept, this place teaches you to think outside of yourself.

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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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