Recent Alumnus 2009-12-19T10:01:02Z
Changing Slowly – When I first came to Eckerd, the majority of the students were white. There were a few kids who could fit in the Latino or black category. Almost 95 percent of the basketball team was black, and they made up most of the black population on campus. Aside from myself, there were maybe four other Asians on campus. The other kids were either a quarter Asian, half, or an exchange student. There is an ELS (ESL at most other schools) program on Eckerd's campus, but it is not part of Eckerd College. The program is completely independent, it just rents the facilities. So, those students do not count as an actual part of the Eckerd student body, but when Eckerd does surveys, they like to get those students to participate too. Most of the students at Eckerd are pretty liberal. This is, after all, a liberal arts college. But there are a good portion of conservatives, too. The same holds true for religious diversity and sexual orientation. Eckerd has not discriminated against these groups. Since this year, there has been an increase in recruiting more black non-athletes, Asians, Latinos, etc. But, there seems to be more of a focus on recruiting those from wealthier families. The freshmen this year spend money like it's their job and when they run out, they ask for more. Half the time they use their parents' credit cards and boss their parents around on the phone! (I think it's bad because most of these students are either only book smart or just filthy stinking rich.) It drives me nuts that Eckerd chose to change the Eckerd environment to the one they did.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-19T09:41:38Z
If the Price Is Right – Most of the off-campus dining options near the school (within 5-10 minutes) are fast food chains or Americanized Chinese, Mexican, Cuban, Italian, etc at cheap to reasonable prices. The fancier or healthier choices are downtown, roughly 15 to 20 minutes away. The food there ranges from reasonable to expensive. Because St. Petersburg is not a very large city, the cost of most places is within reason. But there are some really upscale places that may require a certain kind of attire and food that costs more than what the middle-class American can afford. Chains such as Subway, Domino's, and Papa John's have student discounts that range depending on how much you buy. Great for munchies! I think when most people pick where to eat, they think more on the level of how much it costs rather than how good is it for the body. But we do have an on-campus fitness center.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-19T05:58:58Z
Almost everyone gets scholarships.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-19T05:40:45Z
Athletic Centers – The athletic centers could be improved...more club sports...we need a track.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-19T01:12:23Z
Pretty Good – College is college. Kids are going to do drugs and going to drink on any campus. Eckerd's fairly reasonable at accepting that fact but ensuring students do it in a safe manner. There are times when campus safety seems to be on a power run and will write people up for ridiculous things. It's also not fair that people sitting in a room with drinking occurring (even though they may not be drinking themselves) can be written up-guilty by association. Lame.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-19T01:08:07Z
Not Enough Singles on Campus – Many students want their own quiet space to themselves, especially when leading a busy college lifestyle with heavy course loads. The benefit to having a single on campus is obvious-you still get the social aspect of college life while having your own space to get work done/be alone. Eckerd needs more singles. Even Omega only has a few suites with single rooms, and they're mostly reserved for the select seniors who get lucky during room draw.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-19T00:33:29Z
Average Athetic Program – Eckerd has a great athletic department and excels at whatever sport they compete in. However, there is a limited amount of varsity sports. Most of the sports are bumped down to becoming clubs and don't have enough funding to really get themselves out there and show America what they have to offer.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-19T00:26:56Z
Eckerd is surrounded by a lot of restaurants that can appeal to just about anyone. There is everything from Chinese to Jamaican. It is rich with fast food spots, as well as a 24/7 Walmart filled with all the ramen noodles your heart may desire.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-18T23:23:04Z
The Greatest College!!!! There really are too many stories I could tell about my experiences at Eckerd. I chose this school after getting substantial scholarships to Penn State, Hawaii Pacific, and Mount Saint Mary's. Easily, it has been the best decision I have ever made, and I would make the same choice without question. Eckerd is unique for many reasons. We have a community bike program where people can use a bike and leave it on the grounds for another student to use at another time. Eckerd is also located on the Boca Ciega Bay in St. Petersburg, which is beautiful. The campus even has its own beach! I live in Omega Complex, which overlooks the water and in the distance is a bird sanctuary. Eckerd is a small school but never shows the symptoms of a small school socially. I am always meeting new people and have yet to become bored with the amount of people. I am also lucky to know my teachers on a professional and personal level. I have been to dinner with professors and even had a few pints at the pub, as well! Eckerd is an unforgettable experience, and I would recommend any person looking for a change of scene or even a face lift on life to consider Eckerd. Eckerd is a liberal arts college and was one of the many school involved in the revolts and protests during the 1960's. That culture has hardly changed and is vibrant among the students. At Eckerd, all you need is love!
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-18T23:14:33Z
Make a Friend or Have a Car...Don't Forget the Shuttle – Public transport is convenient as Eckerd has a bus route that leaves from the front gate of the campus daily. There are also school-sponsored vans that take students to hotspots, like Walmart and CVS once a week. Also, freshmen are allowed to have vehicles, so many people have cars or friends will give rides to those who don't.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-18T23:10:24Z
Easy to Find Everytime – Off-campus living is easy to find, and from friends and personal experience, it can be an easy experience. Finding apartments or homes close to school is easy as there are many. Staying off campus equates to an equal price to on-campus living with more privacy.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-18T22:00:51Z
300+ Days of Sun – Having more than 300 days of sun a year makes my mood so much better! I love the overall location of EC and have found that the predictable weather is just wonderful!
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-18T21:57:25Z
Time for an Update! Eckerd's housing is a mess. The dorms all need to be leveled and rebuilt. They were originally built as temporary housing, and all these years later they are still being used, asbestos tiles and all. It is time to make Eckerd's housing options more state-of-the-art or even habitable.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-18T21:53:42Z
Health & Safety:
Crime on Campus – The crime on campus over the last 2.5 years has been through the roof. I have taken more measures to ensure that my things will be safe. This included my car staying home this past semester to avoid being vandalized. My car had previously been vandalized, and no one was ever found responsible for it. However, campus safety never really did much about finding the person/persons responsible for it. This is unacceptable.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-18T19:11:12Z
Great Variety – There is so much to do at and around Eckerd. The city of St Pete is vibrant and lively with many little places that you will continue to discover even into your senior year. EXPLORE! Eckerd has so many activities everyday that you will stay busy even without a car. It seems like a rare thing to have such an involved school social life, free parties and concerts are a normal occurrence.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-18T19:07:39Z
Not everyone does drugs every day, but it's pretty common. Although you'll find that at almost any college these days.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-18T19:03:52Z
Dining Options – The food is fine but a huge meal plan is required for all residential students. Living off campus, you are able to purchase small amounts of meals and flex dollars, which is a better system.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-18T19:00:17Z
Eckerd College is a very unique school. It has great academics and some good sports teams. All of the teachers want you as the student to succeed and help is always offered when needed. Also the school is located on the water, a bay area. The school is almost entirely surrounded by water. Also there is a water front area that students can rent out kayaks and do other water related activities.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-18T18:55:16Z
Guys & Girls:
Boys and Girls – The majority of students are girls. Everyone is pretty laid-back and wears what they want to wear. Girls most definitely have a more unique style than the boys do.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-18T17:51:57Z
Not One for Complaining – There are times when you find yourself having to walk across campus due to lack of parking, but hey we're in Florida, so the weather's nice.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-18T17:50:15Z
Making It Work – Nightlife is pretty decent; however, it get very repetitive and old. I mostly end up doing the same old things.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-18T02:19:45Z
With good grades from high school, Eckerd offered me a great four-year financial aid package and continually offers additional awards upon request. My only complaint is that the scholarships do not increase proportionally with the yearly tuition increase.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-18T02:16:40Z
We have no Greek life, but our residential complexes are named as such. There seems to be no desire to initiate Greek life considering the unique community atmospheres that have been established in each. People get to know where they fit in and choose their living preferences accordingly.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-18T02:11:37Z
Marine Science - Biology Track – Marine Science at Eckerd offers small classes and a hands-on learning environment where professors know you as a name, not a number. Faculty practice current research and continue to encourage student participation with their work to initiate undergraduate research projects. Courses are detail-rich but focus on synthesis and broad-scale, real world applications. The Natural Sciences department offers summer internships in all fields of interest and offers helpful monetary stipends for student participation. Eckerd's Marine Science program has provided a plethora of opportunities each year, including freshman year, and will no doubt provide a strong foundation in the degree field for success in future graduate and professional work.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-17T20:06:25Z
Student Leadership Opportunities – The ability for a student to get involved in some aspect of how the school in run is unparalleled here, from student government to opportunities to work with professors to creating your own club. A dedicated individual here can mold the school to suit his or her needs.
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