Eckerd College campus

Overview

Applicants
2,498
Acceptance Rate
84%
Average HS GPA
3.39

GPA Breakdown

23%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
19%
3.25 - 3.49
21%
3.00 - 3.24
17%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
510 - 630
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
500 - 610
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 29

Deadlines


Early Action
November 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12:1
Total Faculty
171
with Terminal Degree
135

94
Men
77
Women
17
Minority

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
59%
Graduate in 5 years
64%
Graduate in 6 years
65%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • East Asian Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • International/Global Studies

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Developmental and Child Psychology
  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General


Students Say

Located on Florida’s Gulf Coast in St. Petersburg, Eckerd College is a small liberal arts college that prepares students to be “well-rounded, educated people for the ‘real world’, rather than for just one job.” Indeed, 40 percent of all students will go on to pursue advanced degrees, and the school’s “academics are top notch and continue to impress,” particularly the constantly expanding, “hands on” science department, which “really flourishes.” Also of note is the study abroad program, of which many students take advantage.
Eckerd is “all about having small class sizes in order to maximize learning and personal connections to professors.” Professors are “always approachable on an academic and personal level” and “make the classes fun and interesting.” There is a “level of genuine care” from the teachers; according to a senior, “If I have a question, it gets answered, simple as that.” “Not once has an email been ignored that I have sent to a professor,” echoes a junior. Class discussion is very important (many classes have a sizeable participation grade), and faculty encourages opposing views, creating “an environment where it is easy for everybody to openly express their opinions without judgment.”
The mentor program assigns students to professors in the field of their major(s), their job being “to help guide the student through choosing classes and registration, or anything else.” The “quirky” liberal arts curriculum turns out graduates that “are not pigeonholed into the skills associated with their major, but [who] have developed a wide range of abilities which make them attractive to employers.”

Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Dennis Lehane
Author

Carlos Barbas
Molecular Biochemist

Aaron O'Connell
Quantum Physicist

Susan Slaugenhaupt
Neurologist/Geneticist

Harry Johns
CEO, Alzheimer's Association

Jane Petro
Plastic Surgeon

Mark Tluszcz
Venture Capitalist

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
59%
Graduate in 5 years
64%
Graduate in 6 years
65%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes


Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 20

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,273

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$21,747

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,836

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$33,697

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
59%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$21,278

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$39,684
Required Fees
$336
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$5,240
Transportation for Commuters
$1,746

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,802
Out of State
83%

International
5%
Foreign Countries Represented
39

Demographics

1.86%
Asian
2.26%
African-American
8.01%
Hispanic
83.17%
Caucasian
5.11%
International

61% female
39% male
83% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Students Say

This “barefooted and brainy” brood “has a wide variety of students who all fit different niches.” “It isn’t unheard of to see people in 3-piece suits sitting with what we might call modern-day hippies,” says a student. The “very relaxed” crowd adopts a “laid back Florida attitude,” and every student is “friendly, approachable and has a general positive attitude about being here at Eckerd.” Most everyone is “pretty liberal” and “has a strong interest in environmental sustainability.”

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
86%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
97%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

The school’s heartstoppingly beautiful location on the waterfront gives it a feel of being “like summer camp with an enriching academic experience”; as a senior asks (rhetorically): “How can you beat a dorm that overlooks the bay?” The dorms “are beautiful so there is no need to live off campus,” and the school’s yellow bike program allows students to “just pick up the yellow bikes and ride wherever you need” (though some students think there should “more dedication through internal action to the environmental principles it espouses”).
There are “eclectic options of student activities” at Eckerd, and since there is no Greek life, the Campus Activities crew is allotted “a crazy amount of money to have fun events on campus, such as cookouts, dances, casino nights, and an actual carnival brought onto campus.” Obviously marine activities are popular, and for fun, people “go to the beach, go downtown, [and borrow] paddleboards/kayaks at the waterfront.” People love to go to downtown St. Pete, and there are many famous restaurants nearby (good thing, as the cafeteria food is “definitely our weakest point,” according to many students).
There’s a definite party streak here, and “pot and beer are not strangers to Eckerd parties,” which typically take place outside. Still, it’s “a very no-pressure environment” for those who choose not to partake, and “there is a very ‘free as a bird’ mentality’” here so “people rarely feel trapped.” Life at this school is generally relaxed but busy. It matches the atmosphere of the location,” says a freshman.

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
90
Number of Honor Societies
8

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
2

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

16% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Tritons)
6 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Golf
Sailing
Soccer
Tennis
Women's Sports (Tritons)
7 Sports

Basketball
Golf
Sailing
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of South Florida
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of South Florida

Sustainability

Eckerd College’s campus borders the Gulf of Mexico, allowing students glimpses of abundant Florida wildlife such as dolphins, manatees, egrets, ibis, roseate spoonbills, pelicans, and even alligators. Eckerd’s Gamma Freeman Environmental Dorm is one living option for green-conscious students. These dorms have their own native-plant gardens, efficient lighting, and communal appliances that help reduce both costs and energy usage. The Iota dorm is LEED-certified. Eckerd also has a “Carbon Offset Fund” for students to help reduce their carbon footprint caused by flying overseas for Winter term trips and Spring Break service learning trips. The fund is used towards eco-friendly projects chosen by students for campus. Several years ago, Eckerd College started the first ever reusable to-go carry away system in the United States. The school provides durable plastic containers, called “Eco-Clamshells,” that students check out, use, and return instead of the environmentally harmful disposable plastic, paper, and Styrofoam used elsewhere. Students fully operate Eckerd’s recycling and composting programs during the academic year. The fresh soil from the compost is used in the campus vegetable garden. In 2013 the college’s first solar photovoltaic panel array was installed on the newly renovated Environmental Studies building. During peak sunny hours, the 50-kilowatt system provides enough electricity to power two buildings in the academic complex. Eckerd also recently partnered with U-Haul to create a car share program that provides four rental vehicles on campus for students who need a ride. Eckerd also jumped out—or rather pedaled out— ahead of the green transportation game by launching its Yellow Bike Program in 2004. Since that time, the program and its bright yellow bikers have become widely popular with the faculty, staff and students. The program has also even gained attention in the media for Eckerd. What is more eco-friendly than a campus where even the College president can be seen reducing greenhouse gases by pedaling around campus?

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
No

Cash-Out Parking
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
No

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
No

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
No

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
No

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
No

School Developed Bicycle Plan
No

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
43

Average Number of PC's per Lab
15

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Lucille Lopez
Visit Coordinator

Address
4200 54th Avenue South
St Petersburg, FL 33711

Phone
727-864-8331

Email
admissions@eckerd.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
the James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences
the GO Pavilion
Waterfront/South Beach
the Pub
the dorm courtyards

Most Popular Places Off Campus
the beach! Pass-a-Grille, Fort De Soto and St. Pete Beach
downtown St. Petersburg - Saturday market, Dali museum, Chihuly Collection
First Friday free concerts in downtown St. Petersburg
Tropicana Field - home of the Tampa Bay Rays
off-campus study destinations

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 8:30-5:00
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Conact Admissions off for faculty visits; contact Athletics for coach visits.

Contact Email Address for Visit
email coaches directly

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Closest airports: Tampa (TPA) and St. Petersburg/Clearwater (PIE). SuperShuttle provides transportation from airports 24 hours a day. Reservations can be made upon arrival, online, or by phone (800) 282-6817. Cash or credit card is accepted. Fees are approximately $25.00 one way from either Tampa International Airport (TPA) or St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport (PIE)

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Tampa International Airport: As you leave the Airport, follow the signs to I-275 South and St. Petersburg. Follow directions above from the North. Car rental and transportation service to campus are available at the airport.