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4 College Sophomore

Majors: Being a biology major has its difficulties with Labs and having schedule conflicts with classes in other majors, however I think majoring in Biology and Psychology is very do-able if you plan ahead.

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Pub is at least consistent. Caf is inconsistent and often bad if you get there late or past the initial rush.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I feel like I'm being challenged and learning a lot, yet not to the point that I feel defeated and burnt-out. Double-majoring is difficult but I feel like I'm getting the most out of my education.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The campus has a caucasian majority and it's very apparent. Ethnic minorities are few and far between, which is likely because of its high cost. Most workers here are African-American and it makes me extremely self conscious about my race, and I cant help but think they view us as privileged and entitled. Most dont affiliate with a religion, and are politically democratic or liberal.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are always opportunities here, and they're often announced or encouraged to you by faculty mentors. The campus sends out a "Job Blast" email highlighting jobs intended for recent graduates. There are also tons of iternship and volunteer opportunities. I am never at a loss for suggestions.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Depends on where you're going. Downtown St Pete is the gorgeous artsy district by a marina with tons of dining options and a great nightlife. Most of the locals are wealthy. However on 34th street, the main road with shops near Eckerd, is very convenient but pretty grungy.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Living near the beach attracts a lot of attractive people. The best part is, the majority are attractive, intellectual and driven. Lots of free-spirited, nature loving people.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: From what I hear, the students who live off campus are happy. These students often have jobs as well as roomates to split the cost with. There is a community across the road from the school that many students find housing in.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: A lot of the traditional dorms are pretty dated and really aren't too nice, typically everything is functional, but you can tell it's old. Overall, the quality isn't too great, a lot of things need to be updated and replaced because they've been around for so long. Some lounges are really nice and new, but others obviously need work. There are new dorms that are pretty nice, but they're more expensive. There are hotel-style dorms too, but they're far away from campus. Despite a lot of shortcomings, living in the dorms is really awesome, everyone knows each other, and there's a lot of interaction because complexes are close to one another. The campus feels really safe. Some dorms have better community spirit than others, but all are really friendly and fun to live in.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The campus spirit is unfortunately not funneled into sports. We are a small school and are in division 2 with no football team. Games are not super advertised unless its club rugby which is incredibly popular.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Professors and mentors are readily available. Most have office hours when you can just stop by, and they will always make time for you to meet if you need anything. Reply quickly to emails, definitely a great resource!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of great restaurants in downtown St Pete. Lots of new favorites that i've discovered. Chains like ihop, dennys, mcdonalds, Dunkin Donuts and Papa Johns/Dominoes are close to campus and good for a quick or cheap late night bite. Restaurants are good & affordable.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Awesome professors & labs. Interesting and challenging coursework without being swamped. Fair tests and grading. Not all professors take attendance but some give points for participation and include lecture-only info on tests, so class attendance is high.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Even freshman housing, although "far" is spacious (west lodge and sigma). Outsides of dorms can be grimy but i appreciate all of the options for themed housing and types of rooms. Can get good housing even as a sophomore (Delta). Love being in a pet dorm!

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Priorities do not seem to be in the right place if parking is the most strict. We have a 3 strike policy where at the 3rd write up you are either kicked off campus or expelled, which includes complicity (not doing anything illegal, but being aware it's happening). Write-ups are abundant and take weeks to be processed.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: School has one way on and off campus which is guarded by security, especially on weekends. We are well protected from people who aren't supposed to be on campus. There is also always an off-duty police officer on campus in case there is a problem. During the day I feel confident that no one will steal my belongings and feel comfortable leaving my door unlocked. I also feel comfortable walking alone on campus at night. Security guards routinely circle campus so there is never one too far away. My only quip is the lack of legal action with rape cases, where the rapist is not arrested and still allowed to stay on campus. Often these cases involve alcohol, but that doesn't make the crime any less legitimate. It's unfair to see an assaulter get away Scott-free while the victim gets no support from the school and may decide to leave. Unfortunately this is too common on college campuses, and the cause is finally getting some support and publicity here at Eckerd. Hoping for things to change soon.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: This year is a bit toned down than last year, less crazy Kappa parties and parties don't last as long. Saturdays are typically reserved for planned themed parties which are held at Kappa, Nu, Omega, or South Beach. Because most take place in dorm courtyards or balconies the main goal is to keep our "homes" clean by not breaking glass bottles and not causing damage to the dorms. I love the community that parties bring, especially because we have no greek life on campus. It's nice to still be welcomed into a room of someone you don't know because everyone is connected through at least one friend. For those who know how to party responsibly, it's a great experience.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: it depends on the type of student that you are looking at there are athlete which look like all athletes across the country, then there are the kappa creatures and hippies who have dreads and do what ever, go with the flow of life, smoke all the time and don't really shave or shower often. then the rest of the student are normal but walk around bare feet

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: they are okay, the closest ones are only fast food so they are cheap but not good for you. to get a good quality meal you have to go a ways a way but they are expensive.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: the parties are great there is always tons of people, and the music is always great. pleanty of themed parties throughout the year too such as toga, cowboys vs indians, kappa ball, around the world and many more. Campus saftey and emergency response are usualy close by too incase something happenes

4 College Junior

Administration: Something that is very stick at Eckerd is the Honor code, on every thing that you turn in you are to sing and pledge your honor that you did not cheat, lie, or steal someone elses work that it is original. if you break that honor code there are strick consequences.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorm names are Alpha, Beta, Delta, Epsilon, Iota, Gamma, Kappa, Omega, Nu, Sigma, and Zeta. The Upper-classman dorms are Omega and Nu and they are suite-style. Sigma's rooms are bigger and have private bathrooms but is really far away from the residential side of campus. Iota is the newest dorm so it is a lot nicer but also a lot more expensive. Kappa is the main party dorm so it is loud basically all the time. All of the other dorms including Kappa are the traditional dorms. Alpha and Epsilon are mainly freshman dorms because upper-classman don't really want to live there. Beta is right next the the waterfront. The social atmosphere for these dorms change every year depending on who is living there.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are lots of different restaurants in St Pete. The cost varies depending on where you go and only a couple places have student discounts.

3 College Junior

Administration: Most of the time the administration's policies aren't that bad. The only one students really have a problem with is the meal plan. It is almost impossible to get off of the meal plan if you don't have an allergy or dietary problem.

5 College Junior

Local Area: Eckerd is 5 minutes away from beautiful beaches and delicious food. Downtown there are lots of bars and restaurants and museums. There is a mall in St Pete but there is a bigger one 40 minutes away in Tampa

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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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