Recent Alumnus 2010-05-19T00:04:53Z
Some of the dorms are not well maintained and dirty.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-19T00:04:24Z
Student Discounts – There many student discounts available at restaurants, as well as hotels and storage areas.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-19T00:03:40Z
Good police presence.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-07T18:21:55Z
Eckerd has no Greek life, which means that everyone hangs out with everyone on campus on the weekends. Our upperclassman dorms have no hallways-they just open to an outside walkway, so everyone just leaves their doors open and goes in and out. Off campus, there are bars and clubs everywhere, although you definitely have to drive to them or get a cab. Off-campus parties only happen every few weekends.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-07T18:17:22Z
Good Food, but Limited Options – Eckerd has one real caf, one tiny caf on the edge of campus, and the pub. The cafs are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and the food is good, although if you eat there every day it can definitely get old. The pub is also delicious with made-to-order food and is open all day, but again, it has limited options and can get very repetitive.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-07T18:13:51Z
Pretty White, but ESL Gives Us a Boost – Like most small private schools, Eckerd is mostly white, although compared to many other similarly sized private colleges, we are very diverse. However, our ESL (English as a Second Language) program, which brings students from all over the world to our campus and is very prestigious, gives our campus a much more diverse feeling, even if those aren't normal EC students.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-06T19:45:34Z
St.Pete Is NOT a Walking City – On campus, walking is easy, plus we have a Yellow Bike program-anyone can take a yellow bike anywhere on campus at anytime. If you're going more than a block off campus, however, you're going to need a car. Having a car on campus is free, and more than half our students do, though, so not having one is never really an issue.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-06T19:36:47Z
Labs Generally Uncrowded, Wireless Pretty Reliable – We have computers with free printing in the library, the computer lab, the writing center, and most of the science labs. They generally aren't crowded except during the peak times like during finals and the week the writing portfolio is due. It is pretty great to have your own computer, and most people do. The wireless on campus is generally fast and reliable.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-19T21:57:55Z
Spring Break Trips – Eckerd College is one of the few colleges that offers spring break service trips. This allows students to travel to different areas including different countries. While the students are on these trips they will be learning about the culture and assisting in different projects. If you want to travel to a different country the cost is on average $500 total this is including travel costs. There was a trip recently that went to Panama where the students would help out at an orphanage; taking care of the children and building structures. Another trip was to Costa Rica where the students would help build enclosures for animals at a wildlife reservation. This is a unique way for students to get involved and travel.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-19T21:49:29Z
Very "Organic" – This is mainly a science and nature school. There are many students here that walk around barefoot and smoke more than just cigarettes. Some call them the "new age hippies," and in some cases, I would have to agree. There is one dorm that constantly smells of pot. As long as you don't talk to security reeking of pot, you won't get caught. Underage drinking is very common, but you will be caught if you are playing drinking games, and you will be seriously punished.
Recent Alumnus 2010-03-19T21:22:59Z
Small Campus, Loads of Activities – Although this is a small campus, there are so many things for the students to do. We have our own beach and waterfront where students can take boats out onto the Tampa Bay. There is some form of entertainment every weekend, like performers, movies, and community service activities. This is one of the few campuses that offers very inexpensive service trips to other countries during spring break. Eckerd College may be smaller than other colleges, but we are a social and involved community.
College Senior 2010-03-13T20:33:01Z
Living on campus is absolutely amazing. However, for students who live off campus (not many of them do), housing can be a nightmare. There are not many apartments within a one- to two-mile radius of campus because of its location right in the center of very expensive condos and waterfront properties. St. Petersburg in general doesn't have that great of off-campus housing, but lucky for me, my parents live about seven miles from the school, so I continue to live with them.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-06T00:17:03Z
BEST SCHOOL EVER! I couldn't have picked a more perfect school. Eckerd has a very unique atmosphere, with almost everyone sharing a very liberal state of mind.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-06T00:14:26Z
The dorms are named after Greek letters, but that's about as close as Eckerd gets to Greek life.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-06T00:13:40Z
Good, from what I hear – I do not participate in any athletics at Eckerd. However, most of our sports teams are pretty good from what I hear. Granted, I have yet to attend a game.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-29T22:03:22Z
They Will Ticket You! They ticket you for anything and everything, and the fines are quite hefty after they add up. Freshman parking is out in a dirt lot away from everything, and there is not enough spots for everyone else.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-29T21:59:53Z
Guys & Girls:
Guys and Girls – Ladies, it is slim pickings. Do not come here expecting to find a dating scene because it does not exist. For someone used to dating, it was a huge shock, and it will probably be one of the strangest social scenes you have ever experienced. There are more girls then guys and some are pretty decent, but there is a high gay population. The only way you will ever find anyone is if you fit into the mold of a hippie and find another similar hippie to date you, if he isn't too busy smoking pot.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-29T21:55:42Z
Don't Go Off Campus – Eckerd is like a little bubble in the city of St. Petersburg. If you go off campus, you will miss everything and be completely secluded. It is not ideal, and many wish there were more options and that Eckerd was more in the community. The dorms on campus are decent, however, especially the upperclassman dorm Omega.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-29T01:57:22Z
The Process Was Easy and Smooth – I received many academic and need-based scholarships that help me afford the private school tuition.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-29T01:54:24Z
Mostly Beautiful With a Chance of Catching Some Rays on the Beach – We can have afternoon showers in the fall, and there is the rare chance of a hurricane causing us to evacuate, but mostly it is sunny with temperatures staying warm, even in winter.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-28T05:28:44Z
There is none, which is great – It's awesome because there's no segregation or discrimination.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-28T05:26:28Z
Good Variety – Sports are not very competitive, but there's lots of options.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-28T05:24:29Z
Cafeteria and Pub – The food is good but very repetitive.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-27T18:42:08Z
St. Pete is very bike friendly – Campus is quite easy to walk around; you can easily walk from one end of campus to the other in less than 20 minutes. Off campus, St. Pete doesn't have great public transportation. The PSTA buses are all right but can be quite slow. It is preferred to have a car, and if you do not have a car, your friends should. Bikes are a good idea; St. Pete is ranked one of the most bike-friendly towns.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-27T18:33:47Z
A Cournucopia – Eckerd students have all different sorts of interests and talents. There are artsy kids, athletes, musicians, video game enthusiasts, and what have you. In this sense, Eckerd is very diverse. There is really no quintessential Eckerd student. Students come from all over the U.S., and sometimes from abroad, also. However, the majority of students are white and likely upper-middle class.
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