Eckerd College

St. Petersburg, FL

Eckerd College

St. Petersburg, FL

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One of only 40 American liberal arts colleges included in Loren Pope’s Colleges That Change Lives, Eckerd offers a close and friendly community that values creative self-expression, volunteer service, and environmental activism. 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.

International student programs
When you arrive on campus to earn your degree, consider yourself home. Our Office of International Student Services is set up to welcome you, help you with all the I-20 and visa regulation processes, and mentor you throughout your time at Eckerd.

Think outside
Our coeducational college of liberal arts and sciences invites students from near and far 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 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 (including 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 eckerd.edu/outcomes 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 eckerd.edu.

ACCOLADES

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

Location

Our beautiful campus is located on 188 bayfront acres on the west coast of Florida. St. Petersburg, the Sunshine City, has more than 350 days of sun a year, with average temperatures that rarely fall below 21 degrees Celsius. St. Petersburg and the Tampa Bay area boast shopping and dining of every kind, major league sports teams (including baseball, football, and hockey), and white sand beaches, theme parks, and areas of natural beauty that make it one of the top tourist destinations in the world.

At a Glance

TYPE OF SCHOOL: Private four-year liberal arts college

SIZE OF CAMPUS: 188 acres on the west coast of Florida

NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 2,000

NUMBER OF FACULTY: 124

COLLEGES, PROGRAMS, AND DEGREES:
• American Studies
• Ancient Studies
• Animal Studies
• Anthropology
• Art (Visual Arts)
• Biochemistry
• Biology
• Business Administration
• Chemistry
• Communication
• Comparative Literature
• Computer Science
• Creative Writing
• East Asian Studies
• Economics
• Engineering 3+2
• Environmental Studies
• Film Studies
• French
• Geosciences
• History
• Human Development
• Humanities
• Interdisciplinary Arts
• International Business
• International Relations & Global Affairs
• International Studies
• Law 3+3
• Literature
• Management
• Marine Science
• Marketing
• Mathematics
• Music
• Philosophy
• Physics
• Political Science
• Pre-Dental
• Pre-Law
• Pre-Med
• Pre-Vet
• Psychology
• Religious Studies
• Self-designed majors
• Sociology
• Spanish
• Theatre
• Theatre/Musical Theatre 2+2
• Visual Arts
• Women’s & Gender Studies

ACADEMICS
• 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

GEOGRAPHIC DIVERSITY: Students coming from 48 states and US territories as well as 35 countries, representing every background, belief, and personality type imaginable
• Florida students: 22%
• Mid-Atlantic students: 22%
• Midwest students: 17%
• New England students: 13%
• Southern students: 12%
• Western students: 9%
• International and US territories/US abroad students: 5%

STUDENT BODY
• Students of color: 20%
• International and US territories/US abroad students: 5%
• Multicultural/international student organizations:
   - Afro-American Society
   - Amnesty International Club
   - Association for Asian Studies
   - Indigenous People’s Alliance
   - International Student Association
   - Japan Culture Club
   - Latinos Unidos
   - Model United Nations
   - …and more

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES: International Office; academic, financial, and immigration advisors; workshops; student cultural organizations

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT BUDGET:
• Tuition and Fees: $47,704
• Room: $7,052
• Board: $6,430
• Health Insurance: $1,567
• Total: $62,753

FINANCIAL AID: All international applicants are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships that range between $12,000–$22,000 USD; Eckerd does not provide need-based aid to international students.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
• Secondary school grade report (transcripts)
• Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo; learn more about our proficiency requirements at eckerd.edu/apply)
• Personal essay
• Recommendation letter
• $40 application fee

APPLICATION DEADLINES AND FEES:
• Fall Early Action* deadline: November 15
• Fall rolling deadline: May 1
• Winter deadline: December 1
• Application fee: $40 (waived if submitted by December 1)

* Early Action applicants will have a decision by December 15.

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
      Biology 
  • "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