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Eckerd College

Eckerd will change your life so you can change the world. We inspire and empower individuals to improve the world through mastery of self and a lifetime of learning. Our students are guided on a four-year journey of discovery, with small classes, professor-mentors and a commitment to community service.



Founded as Florida Presbyterian College, we opened our doors on Sept. 2, 1960, with 155 first-year students and 22 faculty. We have grown steadily over the years and became Eckerd College in 1972.


Every student at Eckerd takes four years of classes across a wide variety of fields – art, literature, the natural and social sciences – regardless of their major. Often called General Education, these courses provide the skills you’ll need to thrive over the long term: critical thought, the ability to make complex decisions and a commitment to lifelong learning.


Career Services will assist you as you plan your graduate program. Students are also encouraged to work with faculty members in their disciplines to prepare for graduate school.

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Student services

International students excel academically with the added support of individual faculty mentors and peer mentors and the dedicated International Student Services staff. They receive all the guidance they need to adapt to a new lifestyle at a liberal arts college.

Housing services

From hotel-style living spaces with privately shared bathrooms in each room to a three-story waterfront facility with eleven complete apartment suites per floor, we have some sweet housing options for first-years to seniors.

Every hall includes laundry services as well as a student lounge – complete with TV, full kitchen, couches and study nooks – where you can read, chat or make food. All rooms include wi-fi and basic cable.

Library services

The Armacost Library offers an array of services that extend its usefulness and function beyond the Eckerd campus.

ICT services

From network connections and e-mail accounts to online course materials and computer labs, to computer repair and classroom systems and much more, the Information Technology Services (ITS) team of staff and student assistants exists to provide professional assistance to college faculty, students, and staff for all their technology needs.

Medical services

From the flu to more serious illnesses, the nurse practitioner and medical director in the Health Center are ready to help. The Center accepts most medical insurance coverage and all services are completely confidential.

Student Life

Campus life

If there is a paradise, this might just be it. Nestled between two of the country’s top 10 beaches, Eckerd’s 188-acre waterfront campus offers mangrove thickets, seven freshwater marshes and ponds, a white sand beach and its own marina.

Sports facilities

With 361 days of sunshine per year, our setting pretty much guarantees year-round outdoor living. From wakeboarding to long boarding, Zumba to weight training, our students stay fit by staying active.

  • Swimming pool
  • South Field
  • Volleyball court
  • GO Pavillion
  • Fitness center
  • Johnson Athletic Field

Student clubs

In addition to athletics — including NCAA Division II athletics, club sports and intramurals — and one of the largest collegiate Waterfront programs in the Southeast, you can choose to participate in over 100 student organizations.

  • Afro-American Society
  • American Chemical Society
  • Another Man’s Trash Improv
  • Beekeeping Club
  • Colleges Against Cancer
  • Coral Conservation Club
  • Crossfit
  • The Current (Newspaper)
  • Dance Team
  • Delta Sigma Pi
  • Feminists Club
  • Fishing Club
  • Garden Club
  • Hackathon Organization
  • Indigenous Peoples Alliance
  • International Student Association
  • Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
  • Japan Culture Club
  • Model United Nations
  • Orthodox Christian Fellowship
  • Palmetto Productions
  • Photography Club
  • Pre-Health Club
  • Pre-Law Club


Eckerd College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate degrees.

Student Reviews

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Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Overall, I enjoyed my time at Eckerd College. It is a small liberal arts college that enables students to become close with peers, professors, and faculty. Due to its size, the class sizes are small and taught by professors only (no TAs). It also is located on the water in St. Petersburg, FL which has its own perks.

Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States


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