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.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-17T19:54:56Z
The Small College That Tries Very Hard – There's not too much to do around Eckerd-it's small and cramped, but it is the little college that could. The competitive spirit is absent at Eckerd, and in its place, there is a lackadaisical comfort in mediocrity. So, students usually have a lot of spare time on their hands and almost everybody takes part in some sort of extracurricular activity that, I feel, fills most of their time. Almost everyone lives on campus, so that creates a close-knit community that can feel too small as far as diversity of culture, but welcoming as a new student to the school or a student new to any college. The school puts on many social events, and the beach and other forms of entertainment and food are just down the street.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-17T19:44:17Z
Love It Here! I love Eckerd! The professors are really great here, and so are the class sizes. Also, the people are really relaxed and fun to be around. There are some downsides to the small size, but overall, I love this college!
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-17T19:42:54Z
You need a car to get around. Otherwise you have to take a cab, which costs a fortune. The bus system is too complicated for student use. Get some public transportation! Other than the First Friday buses, we have none.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-17T19:41:18Z
Doing Pretty Well, Except for Catching Thieves! Eckerd is pretty realistic about drugs and drinking. If you're being obvious about it, then yes, of course you'll get written up. But, as long as you're smart about it, you won't get punished. However, campus security is pretty bad about dealing with theft on campus. A lot of computers have been stolen the past few years, and no one has been punished for it.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-17T18:10:51Z
Depends on Who You Hang Out With – There are drugs available at Eckerd, but not much pressure to use. The alcohol and drug visibility is not bad. It all depends on who you hang out with. Some weekends are crazier than others, and drinking is more visible than other drug use. There are a lot of cigarette smokers. We are known as a pot-head school because there are a lot of hippies.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-17T18:07:18Z
The library is great, and we have a pool, new gym, and the athletes have their own area to work out. There is a soccer field, volleyball courts, rugby field, and baseball field. Palmetto Productions and Campus Activities and clubs organize tons of things for students to do. We have concerts, pumpkin carving, craft fairs, trips to Busch Gardens, and rides to and from the mall and downtown. The pub is a great spot to hang out and eat or study. The student lounge has a big TV, and the beach is only a walk away. Also, the waterfront offers kayaks, canoes, wakeboarding, and windsurfing. You can also take sailing or windsurfing lessons.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-17T18:02:57Z
Easy to Park – Everyone parks on campus. Anybody can have a car here, including freshmen, but they have an assigned parking lot. Sometimes it can be difficult to find a spot near your dorm, but everything is within a 10-minute walk on campus, so it doesn't make much of a difference.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-17T17:59:52Z
Comp Lab is Awesome – The computer lab is awesome. There's almost always a computer available, but it definitely gets crowded at the end of the semester. Printers are quick but sometimes break. There are computers and printers in the library too, which are good. Wireless access is usually good, but in the dorms, it can be slow. You don't NEED a personal computer, but I think it could be an issue if you don't have one if the Internet is down or printers are broken. I don't know how I would live without my laptop for homework.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-17T17:59:20Z
Designed With the Student in Mind – The library is very nice; it can withstand a Category 4 hurricane and has huge windows, so you don't feel stuck inside. Campus Activities is required to have an event every Thursday through Saturday. Campus is very spread out over 188 acres, even though a small number of students attend. Student Government caters to the student body well by distributing $500,000 each year among clubs.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-17T17:56:24Z
Easy Internet Access – We have a computer lab that's open 24/7 and is great for free printing. The whole campus is wireless, but if you want guaranteed fast speed in your room, plug it into the wall. Most students have laptops.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-17T15:49:51Z
No School Spirit – There's hardly any school spirit at Eckerd. Very few people go to the basketball games or any other games for that matter, and those who do go don't really yell or cheer for the team.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-17T15:48:03Z
Great City – This is a great city to go to college in. There's an awesome downtown area and it's close to other major cities with lots of attractions!
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-17T15:36:48Z
As a private institution, you're going to have to pay some money. But, Eckerd does give a lot of great scholarships, so if you did your work in high school, you have a good chance of getting a substantial amount of money off your total bill.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-17T15:31:29Z
5 PM Light Show – I would say 99 percent of the time Eckerd's weather is absolutely gorgeous. The sun is always out, it is always unseasonably warm, and in the summer, there is always a nice bay breeze. During the warmer months, we are in term, and there is almost always an incredible lightning storm at around 5! It's pretty perfect.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-17T15:17:21Z
Great Experiences – I came to Eckerd to play tennis and enjoy the small class sizes. What I didn't know is that I would be finding remarkable world-class teachers, engaging course material, and a huge opportunity to study abroad.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-17T06:59:46Z
It's spot the minority! There are few and far between. For a bunch of liberal-minded neo-hippies, there is very little to the ethnic spectra at Eckerd. Everyone is open in person, but tends to be sheltered and confused about stereotypes of other cultures. The school even isolates the majority of the minorities at the CEC on the opposite end of campus from the rest of the residential students.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-17T06:56:08Z
Housing Is Fine, but Surrounded by the Old – There are a lot of small apartments and houses around that are reasonably priced, but they're surrounded by the elderly. Due to this, they are very biased against students from day one, and the smallest noise upsets them more than usual. There is no real college town vibe, and this causes quite a bit of tension between neighbors close to campus and the students.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-17T01:09:16Z
Guys & Girls:
Hippie to Athlete to Everyday and Secretly and Openly Wealthy – The guys range from hippies to jocks to nerds to normal. There's quite a variety. Most everyone, except the baseball guys, are nice and approachable, and most are attractive, too. Although most students are white. The basketball players are noticeably most of the black guys; I love them, so funny! The girls also range from hippies to a small amount of noticeable athlete types to wealthy-ish pretty girls.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-16T21:04:15Z
Old Dorms but Comfortable – Relative to other colleges, Eckerd dorms are beautiful, especially the upperclassman apartments. However, for freshmen and sophomores, the traditional housing really could use updating and renovating of both floors. Some of the older dorms are starting to fall apart, and no housing on campus is energy efficient.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-16T21:01:04Z
Mostly Fast Food – There's great food either on St. Pete beach or down 34th Street. But within a five-minute drive off campus, more than half the restaurants are fast food.
Recent Alumnus 2009-12-16T20:59:29Z
Food Is Decent – There are three cafeterias with good food, but after 11 p.m. (10 p.m. weekends), there is no on-campus food available, and many students drive, who shouldn't, to the nearest Taco Bell or Wendy's down the road.
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