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COVID-19 Update for Prospective Students and Families:

We are happy to begin welcoming prospective students and families to visit campus beginning June 22. Appointments must be made in advance at eckerd.edu/visit. For those who prefer to continue their college searches virtually, we invite you to learn more about the Eckerd experience at eckerd.edu/visit. Learn More

  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    C+
4200 54th Ave S
Saint Petersburg, FL 33711
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
Sunshine State Conference
From Eckerd College

Eckerd College is located on 188 acres of waterfront property in St. Petersburg, Florida. A private, coeducational, liberal arts college, Eckerd offers students with every background, belief and personality type a close and friendly community that values volunteer service, environmental activism, international learning, creative self-expression and academic excellence. Eckerd’s 1,970 students from 47 states and territories and 40 countries choose among 41 majors leading to a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. With outdoor laboratories in biology, marine science and environmental studies as well as an impressive array of intramural, club and intercollegiate sports and water recreation, Eckerd College teaches students to ThinkOutside.

Eckerd College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
68%
SAT Range
1080-1280
ACT Range
23-28
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$34,461/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$24,590/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
99%

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
84%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.57 responses
71%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.69 responses
67%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.69 responses

Majors

Marine Science at Eckerd College

Our Marine Science program gives you one-on-one attention from Ph.D. professors from day one. Studying on Tampa Bay means you’ll be out on the water for four years doing the work that professionals do – and end up taking your pick of jobs and grad schools once you graduate with a marine science degree.

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,940Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
66
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
20%
Varsity Athletes
9%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 47 responses
Report
  • Open minded
    43%
  • Liberal
    21%
  • Pothead
    13%
  • Free
    11%
  • Rich
    11%
  • Outgoing
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
94%
of students say they don't have Greek life.63 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.96 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 44 responses
Report
  • Open minded
    34%
  • Hippie
    16%
  • Outside of the Box
    16%
  • All of the above except problematic. Well mixed
    9%
  • Home away from home
    9%
  • For rich spoiled kids
    7%
  • Problematic
    5%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $42,200/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    68%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    89%
    National
    83%
    72%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.32 responses

    Eckerd College Reviews

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    Eckerd College has an amazing study abroad program. Most students go abroad at least 1 semester, and some do 2! But don't worry, if you don't feel like leaving the sunny beaches of Florida which are right down the street from campus, you can go on a winter term trip abroad for 3 weeks, or take a spring break trip abroad. Eckerd is generally small compared to other campuses, so friendships are very easy to make. The only only downside of living on campus in the traditional dorms, is that you are required to be on the meal plan all 4 years, unless you have a medical exemption. If you live in a suite or a community living style dorm however, you are not required to be on the meal plan. Eckerd friendships are not limited by which graduating class you are, which is one of the things I really like about the school.
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    Eckerd college has amazing staff and opportunities, especially those interested in sciences! I love how I can really make connections with the students and faculty on campus! They truly care about if you succeed or not. The courses are challenging yet rewarding, and it helps that the campus has such a great spot on Florida's gulf coast!
    Eckerd College has been absolutely amazing. I am planning on committing in the next week but assistance from the faculty has been outstanding. The class I attended as a trial was so much fun and the students are more than welcoming. Of course, the sunny climate and warm weather dont hurt!