Academics at Eckerd really boil down to the professors. A good teacher can make a required class exciting and can even draw you toward a major you never knew you loved, and luckily, Eckerd boasts excellent professors. They genuinely want to be here and are passionate about their interests/subject matter, as well as their students. Class sizes are small and intimate. There are usually around 20 to 24 students in the more popular classes, and most classes cap at around 22 students. Labs will have half that number, and everyone gets hands-on exposure every day. At Eckerd, you’ll never feel like a number or just another anonymous face.
Overall, the academic atmosphere at Eckerd can be as challenging as you make it. Students who want to work hard go for tougher majors, additional minors, and a slew of extracurricular activities, and those who just want to skate by do the bare minimum. And, both spectrums exist. The atmosphere at Eckerd is not overly competitive, but it can be hard to stay focused if you’re not self-motivated.