Eckerd is really a mixed bag as far as diversity goes. On one hand, there is a large group of international students or American embassy students—you’ll find students from Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia—and there is a good-sized community of students who do not speak English as their native language. Also, if you’re hungering for more international flair, there’s a large population of students from all over the world at the ELS English Language Center, which is located on campus next to the Sigma Complex and CEC. A couple of these ELS students will enroll as regular Eckerd students after three to five months of English classes and integrate more into the student body.
On the other hand, unless you specifically seek out diversity or are an international business or international relations major, then you’ll most likely be surrounded by beach-loving, white, suburban kids from the East Coast. It seems like the longer you’re at Eckerd, the more you find and create your niche—or get walled in by people who just want to surround themselves with clones. Of course, this happens everywhere but can be a bit harder here because Eckerd is such a small school. However, a lot of Eckerd students spend at least one semester abroad to get some perspective and diversify their college experience, and there are plenty of opportunities to travel, even for only a month during Winter Term.