Visiting Eckerd College

Eckerd College offers a diverse range of programs and features that contribute to its distinctive educational experience:

Eckerd College is a small liberal arts college that prepares students to be “well-rounded, educated people for the ‘real world,’ rather than for just one job.

  1. Liberal Arts Education: Emphasizing a broad-based education, Eckerd provides a liberal arts curriculum that encourages critical thinking, interdisciplinary exploration, and a well-rounded education.
  2. Experiential Learning: The college is known for its “Plan for Engaged Learning,” which integrates classroom learning with practical experience. This includes internships, research opportunities, study abroad programs, and community service, allowing students to apply their knowledge in real-world settings.
  3. Majors and Minors: Eckerd offers over 40 majors and more than 25 minors across various fields, including humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, business, and environmental studies.
  4. Marine Science: Located on the Gulf of Mexico, Eckerd has a strong focus on marine science. The college offers programs in marine biology, environmental studies, and related fields, taking advantage of its waterfront campus for research and learning.
  5. International Education: The college promotes global awareness through study abroad programs in various countries. Students have opportunities to immerse themselves in different cultures while earning academic credit.
  6. Community Engagement: Eckerd encourages community involvement and social responsibility. Students often engage in service-learning projects, volunteering, and community service initiatives.
  7. Small Class Sizes: With a low student-to-faculty ratio, Eckerd emphasizes personalized attention and close relationships between students and professors.
  8. Environmental Stewardship: The college prioritizes sustainability and environmental awareness, reflected in its campus practices and academic programs.
  9. Outdoor Activities: The waterfront campus allows for various outdoor activities, including sailing, kayaking, and other recreational opportunities.
  10. Financial Aid and Scholarships: Eckerd College is committed to making education accessible through various financial aid options, including scholarships, grants, and work-study programs.

These aspects collectively contribute to Eckerd’s unique educational environment, fostering intellectual growth, personal development, and a strong sense of community among students and faculty. I had the chance to visit in person in February. Eckerd has been identitifed as a CTCL, or Colleges That Change Lives, school as well. Only 40 schools in the country have this distinction.

While the deadline for the Spring Open House has passed, the Summer Open House will be here before you know it! Find more information here:

It’s worth a look.

Gerene Keesler

Gerene Keesler

Enthusiastic, Student Affairs and College Counseling professional providing over 20+ years of superior customer service and academic advising, admissions, and career coaching.

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