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2 College Sophomore

Athletics: This is definitely not an athletic school. The biggest sport on campus is Rugby, and its a club sport. Basketball and Soccer are also popular, but we don't even have a football team. Lots of people play intramural or club sports. There is very little school spirit.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Cocaine has recently become the party drug at Eckerd, but its reputation on campus is really more centered around a selection of notable people and most students do not partake. Marijuana is huge on campus and most students to partake. Alcohol is very easy to get your hands on at Eckerd. It is also a Wet Campus, meaning that if you are over 21 you are allowed to drink on campus. Campus Safety can be lenient and easy to avoid unless you are blatantly obvious about your drug or alcohol consumption. They crack down harder during Autumn Term with the freshmen though. The Community Standards Board will nail you with every violation under the sun, and then some if you get caught.

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Most students here are incredibly attractive and physically fit. People at Eckerd are really big into water sports and parties generally. That does not mean that you won't fit in if you aren't into either of these things. Most Eckerd students are very accepting of others and just nice people overall. You will be able to find people with diverse sets of interests, and you will likely pick up a hobby or two from the friends you will make here. Weekends at Eckerd are dominated by the party scene. If that is not for you there are other alternatives. The International Cinema Series shows movies every friday night, and there are usually buses into St. Pete, where there are lots of things to do and see. There are also great concerts in Tampa all the time, and it is very easy and fun to go to sporting events in St. Pete and Tampa. Relationships are somewhat rare at Eckerd. Most people prefer to be single, or just have casual flings, but there are a number of people who find happy and successful serious relationships.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The school has a number of different transportation options. There is a car-share, rental program where you can pay a monthly fee to be able to use one of the two Priuses the school has. There will also be bus transportation for events on weekends and the such. These are not very reliable, seeing as you can only use them for scheduled events. If you do not have a car, or a friend with a car (and its likely that you will), it is very difficult to be spontaneous.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: The one issue I would have with technology at Eckerd is the printing lab. The printers are often broken and constantly being used. Also, the school charges you $60 at the beginning of the semester to use the printers, and it is very easy to exceed the limit of pages you are allowed to print. People complain about the wifi, but it really is not that bad and is constantly being upgraded. The Information Technology department are fantastic and extremely helpful. If your laptop is having problems, they will be able to fix it for free.

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2 College Sophomore

Administration: I have not had any good experiences with the administration. They tend to be very unfair and inconsistent in their punishments and will charge you with violations on very little evidence. You may have to fight for exemptions for violations if you need to get help from Campus Safety for a friend who has had too much to drink. Campus Safety officers here are very nice and easy to get along with. Their number one priority is student safety, whereas it appears to be making money through fines for the Community Standards Board and Administration.

3 College Senior

Technology: Wifi has been going downhill this year--I don't know why. Basically, the time of night when everyone is logged on online is sort of brutal and you are better off on a computer in the library/computer lab. The computer labs are not the coziest so I don't really like going there but there has never been a time when a computer is not free and I know some people that cannot write papers anywhere else besides the computer lab. The main computer lab is attached to the library and it is open all night with a student id swipe. the other ones are in marine science and computer science areas of the campus and i believe both automatically lock around 7pm.

5 College Senior

Weather: I don't think it gets much better than this if sunshine and warm weather is what you are into...I am from New England and I miss the seasons but for now it does not really get to me. I love that being outside is almost always an option--even if I spend a lot of my time in the library. Also, the weather is always a good motivator to get work done!

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Right off campus is sketchy but if you have a car and can drive downtown it is a lot of fun

3 College Freshman

Majors: They care more about extra curricular activities

2 College Freshman

Majors: Marine Science is very hard if you want to do it you need to work very very hard

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Typical college kid places. Taco bell, mcdonalds, burrito boarder which is great, cvs, 7-eleven etc...

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are options to where you want to leave. You can live in Simga/west lodge which are the nicer dorms with bathroom. Its a hotel-like buildings.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Nightlife in campus is VERY repetitive. Parties at NU or Kappa are usually the same even if there is a theme to them. The upperclassmen tend to party at local clubs which can be nice.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: You need a car to comfortably get out of campus. There are some shuttles that take you to malls which are very convenient. Taking the public bus is convenient to those daring students who don't mind riding with interesting people, aka scary and creepy.

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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3 College Freshman

Technology: Internet is not the best but computer labs are neat.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Its usually hot and beach friends weather. Its usually humid which some people complain about (hair). It can get surprisingly cold during winter.

5 College Freshman

Administration: The campus is not strict at all. There is weed smoking and alcohol consumption in dorms almost every single day of the week. Unless you are throwing up in the middle of the street, the campus police will not interfere with you. However, many people end up calling ambulances for their friends who have had too much to drink.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Not many problems in campus other than occasional fights between students or students who are too drunk/drugged.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: We have some new dorms and dorms that overlook the water. Some of the dorms are a little older.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek life is not a huge part of campus. They have some influence.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I think they are ok. It would be great if more students would attend.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I was fortunate to get an athletic scholarship and academic money to pay for everything. The school works hard to help students.

4 College Sophomore

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

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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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