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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The campus is beautiful and makes life enjoyable, no matter how stressed out you are. Eckerd makes sure the campus always looks beautiful. One of the best spots is Kappa Field, which hosts men and womens club rugby games, the dorm olympics, crossfit, and is always available to anyone. I love saturdays on kappa field when everyone lays out on towels with music, dogs, footballs, you name it. Saturdays on Kappa field just illuminate the interconnectedness of our campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Our campus has a unique variety of buildings, with most being built either in the 1950's and 60's or recently. Our James Center for Molecular Life Sciences was just completed in January 2013 and provides state of the art lab equipment for student use. The facilities are well kept and very clean.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Eckerd College is so unique in so many ways. First academically, Eckerd is run on a 4-1-4 system; that is four classes in the fall semester, one short term, and four classes in the spring semester. Freshmen students are required to take "Autumn Term" to qualify for their short term. This is a three week class that students take beginning in early August. This is also a time when only freshmen are on campus so it gives them time to adjust to college life. Eckerd also provides students with a faculty mentor as well as a peer mentor. These are guides that will help students pick out classes for each semester and help them work towards their major, as the faculty member will be a professor of the major of the student. Eckerd is the most pet friendly campus in the U.S. We were featured on Discovery Planet for this reason a couple of years ago. Eckerd provides pet housing for students who would like to bring their pet from home to school with them! Eckerd's housing in general is unique. There is themed housing, non-traditional hotel style housing, and apartment-style housing. 80% of the student body lives on campus all four years because housing is always guaranteed. There are so many unique opportunities at Eckerd that one would not find anywhere else.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Living on campus, everything is accessible.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Lots of opportunities for students.


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At first, the facilities at Eckerd may appear outdated in terms of building styles and living quarters, but although it’s not attractive in an Ivy League sense, there is a certain charm here. The campus' main perks include the natural beauty and the fact that most of the campus is outside, which means students can always enjoy the great weather and beautiful Florida sunshine. Space-wise, it’s a fairly large campus but everything is very conveniently and centrally located (except Sigma), and it doesn’t take more than 10 to 15 minutes to walk to anywhere on campus.

There is no large student center on campus, but there is no lack of places for students to hang out on campus, from the outdoors to Triton's Pub, which has a large-screen TV, free video games, and plenty of tables. Eckerd’s new fitness center is certainly an improvement over the old one, but it is still a bit small, especially if you go in the afternoon or evening. Overall, the facilities at Eckerd are pretty standard and nothing to write home about, but they are functional and aren’t a huge source of complaints.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
188 acres
Student Centers
None, but there is a student lounge next to the cafeteria that has couches, armchairs, and a large-screen TV.
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Peter H. Armacost Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Kappa field or library lawn (good for impromptu football or Frisbee tossing)
  • Outside
  • The pub
Bar on Campus
Triton's Pub serves beer, and often features $1 beers at sponsored events (provided you have two forms of valid ID, of course). One of the more popular events is Pitchers with Professors, a monthly event where beer is provided along with great conversation from your favorite professors. This is a great way to interact with the larger Eckerd community. Mocktails and snacks are also always provided for underage students or for anyone not into drinking.
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
The 24-hour coffeehouse opened in fall 2009 and is has been successful, so far. It has free coffee, tea, board games, and an outdoor patio, and it brings in a variety of musical acts and entertainment. Hopefully, as the popularity and use of the coffeehouse continues to grow, it will eventually have snacks and maybe even create jobs for some student workers.
Movie Theater on Campus
Miller Auditorium houses a small theater with comfortable seats, a decent-sized screen, and a twinkling ceiling that provides a cozy, intimate movie-going experience. The International Cinema Series, which takes place most Friday nights and is open to students, faculty, and the public, is phenomenal! It often shows movies from film festivals around the world, everything from classics to captivating documentaries, usually before they are available anywhere else.
"Green" Initiatives
The Palm Hammocks is approximately three acres of untouched (read: not artificially landscaped land) on campus that contains some of Florida's unique native wildlife. It's a wonderful place to spend a pleasant day discovering different nooks and crannies or a night camping under the stars. Eckerd professor Kip Curtis launched a project to eradicate the invasive Brazilian Pepper species without the use of chemicals to allow the native vegetation to return. This project, supplemented by labor from voluntary students, has been a great success.

Eckerd also has a community garden, an environmental studies major, student-run recycling program, and offers reusable take-out containers (which were developed by an Eckerd student). The Yellow Bike program on campus encourages students to bike instead of using other forms of transportation. The bikes, found at racks all around campus, can be used by anyone on campus.

In terms of sustainable buildings on campus, Iota Complex was built with many local and environmentally friendly materials, and there are monitors in the lobbies that note students' energy consumption and how they can reduce it. Students in Gamma Freeman are committed to living a more sustainable lifestyle. They use communal appliances, plant and tend a dorm garden, and host a "stuff swap" where unwanted items can get reused by someone else, instead of being thrown away.

For more information about sustainability at Eckerd, check out
Kappa Karnival: This annual carnival is thrown on Kappa field. It features rides, carnival food, music, and games.
Urban Legends
  • Some say they put laxatives in the food at the cafĂ©.
  • There's a rumor on campus that all the yellow bikes are collected and shined up for Parents Weekends and special prospective days before mysteriously disappearing again.
Favorite Things To Do
There are so many things to do on campus. Some student favorites include checking out a kayak or sailboat from the waterfront; lounging around the pool, Kappa field, or the beach before or after classes; grabbing something to eat at the pub and enjoying it outside; playing a game of pool at the pub; riding a yellow bike around campus; lounging in any of the hammocks scattered around campus; fishing off the docks; heading out to the various beaches; starting a game of ultimate Frisbee or going to the Frisbee golf course right across the bay from campus; or attending any of the various events (which usually have free food or pizza) around campus throughout the week.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Current
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
There are around 50 clubs and student organizations on campus-everything from rock climbing to multicultural club to dance. There seems to be something for everyone, and every semester, there's a club fair where all the organizations set up booths hoping to entice new members. If there's not a club you're interested in, it's pretty easy to start your own and receive funds from ECOS, the student government.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Television station
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
Eckerd is a very hands-on place in terms of student involvement. There are plenty of outlets for creativity and plenty of support to get your ideas out there, from planning events for the weekend to organizing a photo contest over winter term through the photography club.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 53 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 22 responses

  • 20% Kappa Karnival
  • 17% Around the World
  • 10% Kappa Kitchens
  • 10% Fall & Spring Concert
  • 8% Nu Parties
  • 8% Toga
  • 8% Springtopia
  • 7% Spring Bash
  • 5% Dorm Olympics
  • 3% Kappa Parties
  • 2% Kappa Field Days
  • 2% None

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 22 responses

  • 31% Beach,party,tan,paddle boarding,wake boarding,
  • 23% Waterfront activities
  • 21% Visiting shops downtown, new restaurants/museums
  • 12% Socialize with friends, and enjoy the campus
  • 10% Swim in the pool/ocean
  • 2% Go Downtown for First Friday
  • 2% Not get raped

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 22 responses

  • 32% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 41% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 18% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 9% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 47 responses

  • 32% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 55% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 6% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 6% I hate my school and have no school spirit.


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