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 have a 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
This 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 for 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 1,980 students travel with faculty leaders outside the US 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, 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 waterfront campus, many in our themed residence halls (including pet friendly). New students begin with a three-week orientation known as Autumn Term, and from the moment you set foot on campus, you’re 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


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

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Among only 10% of American colleges and universities that have a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest academic honor society

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Identified in the Fiske Guide to Colleges: 2021 Edition

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Featured in The Princeton Review's Best 386 Colleges: 2021 Edition

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Ranked first in the nation as the most pet-friendly college by the likes of BringFido, College Raptor, lendEDU, FastWeb and others

With new majors in Animal Studies, 2+2 Theatre/Musical Theatre, and Marketing—and a new minor in Entrepreneurship—rounding out Eckerd’s 42 majors and 51 minors, 72% of our students are employed within a year of graduation and 45% are in graduate school within five years of graduation. (Some are doing both!)

• 4-1-4 calendar: Fall semester, winter/January term, spring semester
• BA, BFA, and BS degrees
• Honors program

Student body
• Full-time enrollment: 1,980 students
• States and US territories represented: 48
• Countries represented: 36
• Minority students: 19%
• International and US abroad students: 5%

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • "Eckerd prepared me for life after college by exposing me to people from all walks of life. It taught me independence while also instilling the values of service and giving."

    • Steve Fega ’11
      Business Administration Major
  • "Thanks to a diversity of classes, internships, and Winter Term trips—including silversmithing in New Mexico and studying art and architecture in Florence—Eckerd gave me the confidence and skills to pursue my interests, further my education, and build lifelong relationships."

    • Maggie Sanger ’15
      Visual Arts Major
  • "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 and Environmental Studies Major
  • "The best things in life shouldn’t be easy to explain. Eckerd, to me, is an example of what happens when you let people be completely and unabashedly themselves within an academic setting."

    • Claire Russell ’17
      International Relations and Global Affairs Major