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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are many people at this school who are known as "hippies." This means that most of the school walks around barefoot and ride longboards or bikes. There are tons of extremely nice people all around campus if one takes the time to get to know the different social groups.

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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 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

Guys & Girls: You get some hippies in here and there that don't believe in generally accepted hygiene.

5 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Friendly people everywhere and so many events to attend.

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There is a ton of natural beauty around campus, and not just in the landscaping. Let’s face it, if you choose to go to a school on the beach, walking to class will often look like a Clearasil ad. Eckerd students are attractive, often come from money or exotic backgrounds, and most just want to have fun, enjoy the sun, and soak up the tropical atmosphere. What’s nice is that the Eckerd student body is made up of many different crowds, from the so-called “hippies” to athletes, biology buffs to the international crowd. And, at a school this small, everybody somehow gets along strangely well. In such an accepting place, many people experiment with their image and crowd and find new things they are really into, while others just seem to follow the fad. But, there’s a little something for everyone. Freshman year is fun, and if you stick around, you can connect with some awesome individuals and very unique people.

On the other side of things, even though everyone is incredibly accepting, such a small campus can start to fill a bit claustrophobic by late sophomore or junior year. The small size doesn’t bode well for a great dating scene, and competition can be pretty stiff with a high girl-to-guy ratio. However, some students find love and others lust; and, if you want to broaden your horizons, pretty much everyone chooses to go abroad at some point.

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
61%
Male Undergrads
39%
Birth Control Available?
Yes
Free condoms are available at the Counseling & Health Services Office.
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. Campus parties, especially the most popuarl ones like Toga Party or Kappa Karnival, where everybody comes rain or shine.
  2. The beach during the day or the beach bars at night.
  3. Kappa courtyard on the weekends.
  4. The mailboxes right after classes.
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Dorm room
  2. Hammocks
  3. The beach
Social Scene
Students are definitely friendly and outgoing, and you will probably meet a good percentage, if not most, of the freshman class during Autumn Term (Eckerd's three-week-long orientation for freshmen). You can interact with other students through classes or just by being on campus, since most students live on campus and generally dine/hang out on campus. Great places to meet people are the library, dorms, hammocks, Eckerd and St. Pete beaches, the waterfront, intramural sports, Kappa Courtyard, Palmetto events, and, of course, the ever so popular college night at the Sloppy Pelican.
Hookups or Relationships?
The small student body size and high girl-to-guy ratio can make dating a little hard, but you'll find both here.
Dress Code
In terms of clothes, pretty much anything goes, as long as it's laid back. Girls do get dressed up at night to go out, but it really depends on the crowd. You'll see everything from highly maintained to downright doesn't care, but remember, this is the beach, so think summertime style and save the big city clothes for going out or going home. Even professors occasionally go sans shoes, and flip-flops are the most consistent accessory in anyone's closet.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 33 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 34 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 22 responses

  • 30% Talk to people in your classes
  • 22% Join a club
  • 19% Meet people from your dorm
  • 17% Party
  • 11% Live at kappa!
  • 2% Sit with strangers at meals

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 44 responses

  • 48% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.
  • 39% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 14% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 0% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
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