Eckerd College

Eckerd College

Saint Petersburg, FL, USA

Located in St. Petersburg, FL, Eckerd College is a 4-year liberal arts institution on a mile-long waterfront beach. Eckerd offers upwards of 40 majors, all of which include 4 years of classes in art, literature, and the natural and social sciences regardless of major in an effort to create well-rounded students with a wide variety of skills. Every student is paired with a faculty mentor to develop a personal 4-year plan, which, for 70% of the Eckerd population, includes study abroad to one of more than 300 locations. With a Tree Campus USA® designation, Eckerd functions with sustainability in mind, from LEED-certified buildings to bike share programs. Students engage in sustainability through extracurriculars as well, such as the Beekeeping Club and a student-run organic vegetable garden that grew into a full-fledged campus community farm. Situated between the water's edge and an urban edge, Eckerd also is home to the only college marine rescue team in the country, EC-SAR, which works with the US Coast Guard to respond to more than 500 distress calls per year.


Key Admissions Stats

Institution Type
  • Not for Profit
  • Presbyterian Church (USA)
  • Coed

Need Blind

This school does not consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Major city
Acceptance Rate

Admissions Requirements

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Important Deadlines

Application TypeApplication DeadlineReply Deadline
Early Action Acceptance is not binding, but student will receive admissions decision earlier.November 15May 1
Fall Regular DecisionJuly 25
Spring Regular DecisionDecember 1 May 1
OtherDecember 1

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
Out-Of-State Students
Submitting ACT
Submitting SAT
Average ACT Composite: 26
Average SAT Composite: 1210


Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
Total Number of Students
Total Number of Undergrads
Academic Calendar

Four-one-four plan

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Classroom Sizes

2-19 Students
20-39 Students
40-99 Students
Graduate in 4 Years US National: 28%
Graduate in 6 Years US National: 52%
Student:Faculty Ratio
US National: 21:1

Tuition, Cost & Aid

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Average Net Price
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In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
Books and Supplies

Aid & Grants

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Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
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Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
Average Loan Amount Per Year
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.

Campus Life

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Size of Town
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LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
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On Campus Women's Center
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Undergrads Living on Campus
On-campus living required of freshman


Divisional Sports Nickname
School Colors
teal, black, navy, and white
Varsity Athletics Association
Varsity Athletics Conference Primary
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Campus Safety

24-HR security patrol
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Campus emergency phones
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After Graduation

Post Grad Stats

Top 5 Cities
New York
Average Salary
6 years after graduation

What Students Are Saying

eckerd college is like no other college you'll find, often times referred to as camp eckerd. located on the waterfront, this very small college focuses largely on protecting environmental and marine habitats. eckerd provides amazing people, programs, and opportunities you won't find at most other institutions.
Mattie from St. Petersburg, FL
Eckerd will definitely be the best college experience you'll ever have. You'll learn a lot, both academically, and about yourself. There's a reason everyone calls it summer camp.
Dakota from Hilton Head Island, SC
I graduated in 2012, and I can't tell you how much I miss this school. I learned so much about life, as well as academics that this school has truly changed my life. The Eckerd community is a tight-knit group of close friends, professors, mentors, and the community of St. Petersburg, and you'll remain connected to Camp Eckerd the rest of your life.
Jessica from Saint Petersburg, FL
Eckerd is home. Unlike any other school I feel comfortable as myself. No other school would help create me the way Eckerd College has.
Michelle from Crystal Lake, IL
Eckerd College is a tight-knit community of students and faculty, who are dedicated to intellectual advancement, civil engagement, environmental matters, and more. The students are very active in the community surrounding the campus, but also their global community since they come from every state and county. While Eckerd may be a small college, there is a huge focus on bettering the experiences and overall well-being of others and always shifting the conversation on others.
Michelle from Saint Petersburg, FL
Eckerd College is a great school that I would recommend mostly to people who would love challenges in majors such as Marine Science and Environmental Sciences. It is also situated in West Florida where the weather is always sunny and you do not get snow. Eckerd College gives many opportunities and helps you to succeed in life.
If you are looking for a great liberal arts college, Eckerd is the place to be. Along with being on the ocean the school also offers classrooms the face outside instead of compact hallways, which decreases foot traffic.
Christian from East Point, GA