4200 54th Avenue South
Saint Petersburg, Florida 33711
Faculty: 130 men and women, over 95% of whom have earned the Ph.D. or terminal degree in their field. No teaching or graduate assistants.
Student-Faculty Ratio: 14:1.. .
Enrollment: 1,604 students in 2005. 444 new freshmen and 73 new transfers.
GPA/Standardized Test Scores (Middle 50th Percentile): GPA: 3.05-3.72; SATV 510-630; SATM 510-620; ACT 22-28
Demographics: 26% Florida, 18%
Middle Atlantic, 23% New England, 12% Mid West, 9% Southeast, 5% Far West,
1% US Abroad, 6% International
Costs: Tuition and Fees are $32,116 and Room and Board are $9,826
Eckerd has established itself as an innovative, National Liberal Arts College in an extremely short period of time. The National Survey of Student Engagement has consistently placed Eckerd among the top 15% of the nation's colleges and universities surveyed on measures of effective undergraduate education. In addition, Eckerd was recently placed among the top 13 colleges in the nation for its first year programs by the Policy Center on the First Year of College (supported by The Atlantic Philanthropies & The Pew Charitable Trusts).
The faculty at Eckerd College includes former diplomats, best-selling authors, and a Nobel Peace Prize Winner serving as a visiting Professor.
Currently, 98% of our graduates are accepted by their first-choice law school, and 75% are accepted into medical school directly after graduation. The high acceptance rate into graduate and professional schools coupled with our 83% retention rate after freshman year all speak of the wonderful things happening at Eckerd College.
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Saint Petersburg, Florida
Eckerd College, the only private national liberal arts college in Florida, is located on a waterfront setting in St. Petersburg. Outstanding faculty, committed to teaching and learning, have developed innovative educational programs - attracting 1600 students from a rich international diversity of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Students enroll from 49 states and over 65 countries. Eckerd students are engaged in their education through small classes, independent and collaborative research, internships, study abroad, volunteer service and campus activities. The mission of the College is to assist students to develop a disciplined intellect, trained imagination, and motivation to lead and serve in their larger communities.
All Eckerd students are encouraged to be physically active and concerned about their overall wellness. An extensive array of intramural programs is available. The campus includes playing fields, an outdoor swimming pool, gymnasium, tennis courts, aerobic center, a weight room, and sea walls for fishing. The Waterfront Program provides opportunities for water-safe students to use College sailboats, water skis, kayaks, and canoes.
The intercollegiate athletic program at Eckerd is in Division II of NCAA. The Tritons and Lady Tritons participate in the Sunshine State Conference, one of the most competitive Division II conferences in the country.
The Eckerd College Search and Rescue Program (EC-SAR) is the only student water safety rescue team in the nation to be recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Federal and State Aid:
Families are encouraged to submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to enable us to award all need-based financial aid for which a student is eligible from federal, state, and college sources. Almost 90% of our students attend Eckerd with financial assistance from sources other than the family. The average financial aid package (including grants, work, and student loans) is over $19,000 per year.
Eckerd College offers a wide array of merit scholarships ranging from a Freshman Research Award valued at $1,500 for one year to a Trustee Scholarship valued at full-tuition for four years (over $85,000). Most merit scholarships do require a separate application and have an application deadline of February 15. Partial tuition Special Talent Scholarships are available for men's and women's athletics, music, art, theater, creative writing, leadership, and service.
Eckerd College, fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, has earned an international reputation for its innovative academic programs. Among these innovations are: a three-week orientation program for entering freshmen; a four-week Winter Term that enables and encourages study abroad; an organization of faculty that stimulates interdisciplinary courses and majors; a rich program of independent study and collaborative research; a Center for the Applied Liberal Arts, which helps students to develop internships, service learning and international study; and an Academy of Senior Professionals that has attracted over 350 distinguished men and women who enrich class discussions and provide career and pre-professional guidance. Every Eckerd student enjoys close rapport with a mentor who is a member of the faculty, and participates in a core program of study that emphasizes the understanding of environmental issues and multi-cultural perspectives. Over 30 majors are offered leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science. Students are also able to design their own majors.
Programs of Study
Art (Visual Arts)
East Asian Studies
International Relations and Global Affairs
Women's and Gender Studies
3-2 Engineering (with Auburn, Columbia, Miami and Washington (St. Louis) Universities Predentistry
The study of a minor is available in every field in which a major is offered. In addition, minors are available in:
Campus Life and Activities
"Eckerd has so much to offer. I often think how nice it would be to have a clone. One of us could take care of the academics and the other the cultural and social stuff"
-Mark Mueller, Class of 2002 Colorado Springs, Colorado
A recent Dean of Students referred to Eckerd students as "competent givers". It is very common for students to be involved in service activities both on and off campus. Countless student hours are given to Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, the Special Olympics, the AIDS Network, the Sea Bird Sanctuary, and special programs for the elderly, kids at risk, and environmental clean-up.
More than 70% of Eckerd Students live on campus: from the traditional dormitories to apartments with full kitchens and baths. A vibrant social life on campus is organized through the student government and residence halls.
Although the campus is located on a secure, suburban setting, there is easy access to the greater Tampa Bay, metropolitan area with numerous venues and cultural, athletic and leisure activities.
The admissions process is like the rest of the Eckerd experience, very personal. Each application is given careful, individual attention, and each applicant or prospective applicant can expect the same with respect to his or her questions or concerns. Eckerd uses a rolling admission process. Applicants are notified of an admission decision shortly after all required materials have been submitted.
When making admission decisions, Eckerd College will be looking for students who have taken a demanding and challenging array of courses and who have demonstrated the competence and motivation to perform well in those classes. Applicants are expected to take the SAT I and/or ACT examinations. Although the test results are an important part of our evaluations, they are not as important as a student's day to day performance in school. The admission process will also give special attention to each applicant's leadership accomplishments and record of service to school, work, church and/or community.
We encourage all prospective students to visit campus for a tour, interview, class visit and overnight stay in the residence halls.
Facilities and Resources
The 265-acre campus is surrounded by 1.5 miles of Boca Ciega Bay with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico and beyond. The Galbriath Marine Science Laboratory and our Waterfront Complex are two of the most notable structures on campus. Galbraith houses faculty offices, a teaching auditorium, smaller classrooms, and laboratories for all fields of marine research. The Waterfront Program has grown to become one of the largest, most comprehensive water sports programs in the United States.
Our other academic buildings can be found within the Academic Quad. Here youll find the Seibert Humanities Building, Forrer Hall, and the Dendy-McNair Auditorium. Across the quad is the Sheen Science Center. The Chapel, Bininger Theatre, Ransom Arts Center, Roberts Music Center are all located a few minutes away. Cobb Library is currently being replaced with a 13.2 million dollar library that will have a capacity for 250,000 print volumes. There will be 19 group study rooms and a coffee bar and reading lounge.
Eckerd College offers traditional dorm-style living, eight-person suite arrangements, and apartment-style choices. All residence hall rooms have a network connection for each student, cable TV, voice mail access and a complex lounge with computers and printers available 24 hours a day. The campus also offers a full computer lab, and a Writing Center staffed by students and faculty to assist students.
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