Eckerd College

St. Petersburg, FL

Eckerd College

St. Petersburg, FL

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Eckerd College is more than a breezy waterfront campus in St. Petersburg, Florida. We also have first-rate faculty, a vibrant internship program, and an impressive array of study abroad courses—which all work together to provide you with the education of your dreams.

Think outside
Our coeducational college of liberal arts and sciences invites students to take advantage of a spectacular mile of campus waterfront on Florida's Gulf Coast for outdoor laboratories in Biology, Marine Science, and Environmental Studies as well as an impressive array of intramural, club, and intercollegiate sports and water recreation. Our offerings in the arts and humanities inspire creativity and foster critical thinking and self-awareness. Many of our 2,000 students travel with faculty leaders to nearly 40 countries for research and cultural learning, including our own dedicated study center in London. We venture together to think outside conventional questions, methods, and solutions—seeking to build a better world.

At home in St. Petersburg, Eckerd offers a close, friendly community that values volunteer service, environmental activism, and creative self-expression. Nearly 90% of our students live on our 188-acre campus, many in our themed residence halls, which includes pet-friendly accommodations. New students begin with a three-week orientation known as Autumn Term, and from the moment you set foot on campus, you’ll be able to participate in joint student-faculty research and scholarly projects—designing original studies and gathering, analyzing, presenting, and even publishing your findings.

After graduation
Eckerd students leave the College with more than a bachelor’s degree—they graduate with experience. They go on to find more than jobs—they find fulfillment. Visit to see how our graduates have extended their studies and launched their careers. And for more information about applications, scholarships, or visits, please go to


CTCL Badge

One of just 40 colleges in the highly regarded book Colleges That Change Lives

Phi Beta Kappa badge

Among only 10% of American colleges and universities with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter

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Recognized in the Fiske Guide to Colleges: 2022 Edition

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Featured in The Best 387 Colleges: 2022 Edition | The Princeton Review

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Ranked first in the nation as the most pet-friendly college | BringFido, College Raptor, lendEDU, FastWeb, and more

Eckerd Majors & Programs

With state-of-the-art majors in Animal Studies, 2+2 Theatre/Musical Theatre, and Marketing as well as recently added minors in Entrepreneurship and Ancient Studies rounding out Eckerd’s 42 majors and 52 minors, 72% of students are employed within a year of graduation and 45% are in grad school within five years. (Some even do both!)

Academic offerings
• 4-1-4 calendar: Fall semester, winter/January term, spring semester
• BA, BFA, and BS degrees
• Honors Program
• Ford Apprentice Scholars Program
• Eastman Citizenship and Leadership Program
• Diversity Leadership Scholars Program

Student body
• Full-time enrollment: 2,000 students
• States and US territories represented: 48
• Countries represented: 35
• Students of color: 20%
• International and US territories/US abroad students: 5%

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • "When I toured Eckerd, I immediately felt really comfortable. It just seemed silly to go anywhere else."

    • Alex Gordon '22
      Environmental Studies and Political Science 
  • "I love Eckerd because of its location. One of my other main passions [besides research] is photography, so I get to travel a lot and see many amazing animals and habitats in Florida."

    • Bill Hawthorne '21
  • "That trip [studying in Nepal] has caused a domino effect in my academic life. I hope to teach at a school like Eckerd one day."

    • Leah Totman ’22
      International Relations & Global Affairs and Women's & Gender Studies 
  • "Eckerd College is not only a place where you can change your life—it's a place where you can change other people's lives."

    • Brady O'Donnell ’15
      Marine Science & Environmental Studies