Colleges That Change Lives

Changing Lives. One Student at a Time.

Eckerd College

"Eckerd admitted its first freshman in 1960. By 1985, it had joined the ranks of the elite—the top 50 in the production of graduates who go on to get doctorates in the sciences and in the humanities. Any college that rates in the top 50 is Dean's List material; a young unselective one with such status is dramatic testimony to its community of learning. Eckerd exerts a leverage on youths whose development is its reason for being. And that sets it apart from all but a very few colleges. "
-Colleges That Change Lives

  • Founded in 1958, as a private, coeducational, residential liberal arts college
  • Eckerd College invites students to ThinkOutside. They are pushed to think beyond the conventional, and to always seek a unique, inspiring, and motivating education both inside and outside the classroom.

  • Located in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida (pop. 252, 372), 25 miles southwest of Tampa

  • Eckerd sits on 188 acres of Gulf-front property, complete with 1.5 miles of coastline, a private beach, and the most comprehensive collegiate waterfront program in the Southeast.
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W O R T H   N O T I N G
  • 80% of students at Eckerd are from out-of-state, attracting adventurous, outdoorsy, and open-minded students from 48 states, and over 40 countries. 

  • Eckerd’s programs in Business, International Business, Environmental Studies, and International Studies have been continuously recognized in the Fiske Guide to Colleges.

  • Since 2010, Eckerd has invested $82.7 million in a new biology & chemistry building, a visual arts building, residence hall renovations, a sailing center, and an outdoor sports pavilion. 

  • Ranked No. 12 in the U.S. for short-term study abroad

  • 147 Eckerd Graduates have served in the Peace Corps, one of the highest ranked in the Southeast U.S.
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F A C U L T Y   &   A C A D E M I C S
  • 96% of full-time, tenure-track faculty hold a Ph.D. or highest degree in field
  • No graduate teaching assistants.
  • 39 majors, 46 minors, and the option to design your own major

  • Three-week freshman orientation term, "Autumn Term" where new students take an introductory class and acclimate to college life through dynamic, community building activities
  • 4-1-4 Academic Calendar: (4) Fall Semester, (1) Winter Term, (4) Spring Semester
  • Over 65% of students study abroad before graduating.
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C A M P U S   L I F E
  • 86% of students live on campus in 12 residence halls, many with views of Boca Ciega Bay.

  • Eckerd’s Waterfront Program is one of the largest collegiate programs of its kind in the Southeastern U.S. Students use their Eckerd ID to check out paddleboards, kayaks, sailboats, fishing gear, and much more. 

  • NCAA Division II (Florida Sunshine State Conference) athletics, various club sports, and over 100 Student Organizations keep students busy year-round.
  • More than 150 yellow community bikes help the Eckerd community get around campus, and keep Eckerd green. 

  • Over 300 pets living on Eckerd’s pet-friendly campus
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L I F E   A F T E R   C O L L E G E
  • 62 Eckerd College students have been awarded Hollings Scholarships – more than any other college in the U.S. The scholarship, awarded by NOAA, recognizes the top 100 sophomores in the country who are preparing for careers in environmental, marine, oceanic and atmospheric sciences.

  • Eckerd alumni include Rhodes, Truman, Goldwater, Gilman, National Science Foundation Research Fellowship, EPA Star Graduate Research Fellowship and Fulbright recipients. In the last three years alone, five Eckerd graduates have won Fulbright Scholarships.
  • 147 Eckerd graduates have served in the Peace Corps, more than any other small college in the Southeastern U.S.

  • Within a year of leaving Eckerd, three-quarters of our graduates are working full-time; nearly a third are in graduate schools like Georgetown, UC Davis, and Cornell. (Some are doing both.)

  • Many Eckerd students secure jobs from companies at which they served as interns. Eckerd offers more than 200 internship placements for academic credit.
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A C A D E M I C   P R O F I L E   O F   E N T E R I N G   C L A S S
  • Average unweighted GPA: 3.39
  • Middle 50% SAT scores: 1010-1240
  • Middle 50% ACT scores: 23-29