Colleges That Change Lives

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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

  • Eckerd College is a residential, independent, four-year, coeducational, liberal arts college related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
  • The school was founded in 1958 as Florida Presbyterian College and admitted its first students in 1960. In 1972, the College's name was changed to honor Jack M. Eckerd, a prominent Florida civic leader and businessman whose gifts and commitments to the institution have helped to insure its continuing excellence. More than 11,000 graduates are seeking to lead lives of leadership and service in communities throughout the world.
  • The mission of Eckerd College is to provide an undergraduate liberal arts education and lifelong learning programs of the highest quality in the unique environment of Florida, within the context of a strong relationship with the Presbyterian Church and in a spirit of innovation.
  • Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg (pop. 3.5 million) is a thriving metropolitan region in the nation's fourth largest state with shopping and dining of every kind, major league sports teams (including the 2003 Super Bowl Champion Buccaneers, 2004 Stanley Cup Champion Lightning, an active spring training baseball scene, and the 2008 and 2010 American League East Champion Tampa Bay Rays), plus beaches, theme parks, and areas of natural beauty that make it one of the most visited tourist destinations in the country.
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W O R T H   N O T I N G
  • The 55,000 square foot James Center for Molecular and Life Science facility housing new laboratories, classrooms, faculty-student research space, and computer labs opened in January 2013.
  • Additionally, students in Environmental Studies, Behavioral Sciences, Math, Physics and Computer Science have access to the extensively renovated Sheen Science Center.  Renovations include upgraded classrooms, offices and labs, combined with space dedicated to ongoing student-faculty interaction and research.  With the inclusion of a GIS lab and an outdoor classroom, students can enjoy an enhanced academic experience that truly allows them to think outside.
  • Eckerd is one of the youngest colleges in the country to be awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.
  • Eckerd consistently ranks high by numerous publications for the high proportion of students studying abroad.
  • For the 2012-2013 school year, Eckerd students gave over 80,000 hours of service locally and globally. Twenty spring break service projects took students all over the world.
  • Notable alumni include bestselling authors Dorothy Allison ’71 (Bastard Out of Carolina and Cavedweller) and Dennis Lehane '88 (Mystic River, Shutter Island, Gone Baby Gone, The Given Day and Live by Night).
  • Eckerd College appears in the Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges. Eckerd is also one of the 128 schools listed who has a LEED certified building on campus.
  • Eckerd students have received 53 Hollings Scholarships from the NOAA, more than any other school in the country.
  • A fleet of over 150 yellow community bikes helps Eckerd students get around the 188-acre campus and stay green.
  • There are over 300 pets living on Eckerd’s pet-friendly campus.
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F A C U L T Y   &   A C A D E M I C S
  • 119 full-time faculty and 43 part-time faculty
  • 38 majors, 44 minors, and the option to design your own major
  • Three-week freshman orientation term, "Autumn Term"
  • 4-1-4 Academic Calendar. Students take only one class in the month of January, called Winter Term. Many choose to study abroad during this time.
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C A M P U S   L I F E
  • Eckerd College is an active campus in a booming region.
  • Clubs and organizations, athletics, musical and theatre groups, water sports, culture, beaches, and our residence hall system ensure each student will find plenty of options to enjoy and explore.
  • 80% of students live on campus.
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L I F E   A F T E R   C O L L E G E
  • 53 Eckerd College students have been awarded Hollings Scholarships – more than any other college in the U.S. The scholarship 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, 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.
  • Eckerd produces more Peace Corps volunteers than any other small college in the Southeastern U.S.
  • 80 percent of recent graduates who are working say their job is related to their career goals.
  • 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: 3.3
    • Middle 50% SAT scores: 1010-1220
    • Middle 50% ACT scores: 22-27