Saint Petersburg, FL
Eckerd College


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Steve
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I really really hated Eckerd, personally. If you are artsy, liberal, like to dye your hair and did theater or liked to skate...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I really really hated Eckerd, personally. If you are artsy, liberal, like to dye your hair and did theater or liked to skate and smoke weed then Eckerd college is the school for you. If you don't mind the smell of weed percolating into your room every day and your idea of partying is playing beer pong in a 12x12 dorm packed with 24 kids with blue hair and pierced nipples then Eckerd is the place for you. I do not say this sarcastically, a certain type of person truly feels right at home at Eckerd and will have a great time at this school. There is not really any nightlife outside of that and every Thursday everybody goes to Flamingoes, a gay hotel with a bar upfront. It's kind of intimidating at first but really isn't so bad and the people are generally nice. If this isn't your scene you'll have to stick to the dorms. There's a gay barbershop In the back called Tyler'z that cut my hair and did a good job. While you're getting your haircut you have a great view of the residents in thongs going at it in the pool. That was the first time I had seen a man kiss another man and the staff found that hilarious, good people. No matter how far away you live, bring your godforsaken car. I had mine and the isolation still drove me to depression. The waterfront and "beach" (retaining wall next to the water full of sand) are fun for about a month then you will be so goddamn bored of that tiny campus. There's nothing to do in St. Pete except sit on the beach and you will have to drive to find cool things to do. Florida has some beautiful places to offer if you can find the time and people willing to drive a couple hours and explore. Do your best to get involved in clubs like scuba, Eckerd search and rescue, etc. Otherwise, you will be bored out of your mind and have nothing to do but get inebriated. If you are preppy, were an athlete in high school, or are easily inclined to judge others, you will have a much harder time socially. It's hard to make friends if right off the bat if you look down on everybody because they're geeky or smoke too much weed and are a little bit crazy. That's not to say you won't make friends, but the athletes very much keep to themselves and you may end up in the company of people who are nothing like you, doesn't mean they aren't good people. I would say the kids who care about grades are all nice people but were likely social outcasts in high school. That can be said for almost everyone, if you considered yourself "popular" in high school, the tables will turn and you won't fit in. It's shallow to talk about popularity and that immature stuff but the reality is that the school is so small the social aspects of high school tend to percolate in. There's the athletes, a group of kids who are from St. Pete and are already best friends and consider themselves the popular crowd, and everyone else. It's not quite as clicky but is not the same as the melting pot of a large school. If you're conservative keep quiet about it. If you drive a truck you will be the token redneck regardless of your political views. I had a kid who I was actually decent friends with say to me "I don't know your opinion on that kid given your stance on gays, but I think he's a nice guy." I then had to explain to him that I had no issues with gay people and that just because I was from the south and drove a truck doesn't mean I'm a bigot. I would have paid money to read the admissions essay for the kids who don't care about school, some are practically braindead and come from wealthy families that they rebel against by being edgy skaters who love acid OR free-spirited hippies who also love acid. If you are a freshman do everything in your power to make sure you do not live in sigma. It is completely isolated from the rest of campus, disgusting, has a view of the highway, and is right next to a sewage treatment plant that reeks of chemicals and wastewater every day. It is its own little community which is fun if you are the type of kid who loves what is mentioned above. It is also three people in one small room which creates it's own set of problems. I spent most of my time locked in the bathroom as it was the only 10 minutes of privacy you can get. As a freshman, you will be required to take their freshman course "The Human experience" and be forced to learn about a variety of topics ranging from art history to philosophy to sociology, regardless of your major. This class will be a lot of work and if you don't give a rats about those things this class will be a pain in the ass. This is part of Eckerd's liberal arts initiative to make you a well rounded free-thinking student with the ability to think critically. Just don't free think about anything conservative, you will be mobbed by people who have never read an academic journal in their life and whos sole identity revolves around social justice. If you major in marine biology you will have a hard time and most of the kids drop it after one semester. I knew one person who stayed in. The professors are a mixed bag, some are really good and care a lot about the students. Professor Jill Collins is an extremely intelligent woman who does everything she can to help her students succeed. English Professor names Dr. Auger is the same, no-nonsense, great educator. Pursue these professors. Others are Eckerd alumni in their mid-thirties who couldn't get a job with their liberal arts major and found themselves teaching. They have a serious complex of self-importance and consider their 2-year research projects on the sustainability of Nigerian soil retention to be the greatest gift to the world, along with their prerequisite courses. Eckerd has a bad habit of creating meaningless jobs for alumni who run campus sustainability programs that as a student you will inevitably be forced to volunteer for. This means going around picking up trash, recycling and composting Everyones partially eaten food, but you're keeping up the college's image of an eco-friendly institution, and that's all that really matters. Forget studying that's all I want to do with my time. St. Petersburg has about a mile of nice neighborhoods on the beach and then the rest is truly disgusting. Poverty and homelessness are everywhere, and if you come from a place where people are polite to strangers and wave to you when you let them over on the highway you're in for a treat. The "Florida man" headlines are all true. This has been a glowingly negative review of the school and is not consistent with everyone's experience, I transferred after a semester as I just couldn't see myself ever accepting this as my normal life. I hated a lot of people and being around people who annoy you everyday just takes it's toll and I couldn't do it anymore. I tried so hard to be accepting and open-minded of people who were different than me but at the end of the day, you can only do so much without abandoning all your values. I had a close group of friends and they were great, but the majority was exhausting. Again, if you are the type of person who would fit in at Eckerd, and I hope I was clear enough on the type of person that is, (free spirit, non-judgemental, socially conscious, really care about the environment, consider yourself a hippie and or conform to societal norms) you will have an awesome time. To its credit, if you feel like you are different and have had trouble being accepted, Eckerd is a place where you can absolutely be yourself and make a lot of friends who like you for who you are. If your idea of normal is what was "cool" in high school you will have a harder time. I might take myself too seriously, so my experience was negative, doesn't mean yours will be.

Chloe
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Eckerd is a very welcoming school. Incoming freshman (and transfer) students partake in Autumn Term during August, where only...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Eckerd is a very welcoming school. Incoming freshman (and transfer) students partake in Autumn Term during August, where only new students are on campus. Everyone takes one class during that term. This term is extremely helpful for adjusting to college life. There are always activities happening on campus, so it is not hard to get involved! Lots of clubs for your typical interests and niche ones, too. The campus itself is BEAUTIFUL. It is on the beach. It has a waterfront with tons of activities like kayaking and paddleboarding. Housing is very good! Most stay on campus all 4 years because it is so nice. The dining facilities are great. Tons of options including healthy foods. There were different options everyday and a salad bar. Class size is good. Around 20-30 people per class, and good professor relations. Overall, I think it is a great schoool, and I am happy to say that I am getting my degree from Eckerd.

Baileigh
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I visited Eckerd College last week and stayed for a pre college Marine Biology experience. It was very nice getting to experi...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I visited Eckerd College last week and stayed for a pre college Marine Biology experience. It was very nice getting to experience the college before actually getting to go there. The camp counselors, who are students there were very nice and encouraging. The food was ok, considering that it was summer and it probably does get better during the school year. Overall though I loved the campus especially the marine biology building and the activities we did.

Trinity
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Eckerd is a place for everyone to fit in. Big, small, Marine science major to scientific illustration, There is something for...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Eckerd is a place for everyone to fit in. Big, small, Marine science major to scientific illustration, There is something for everyone, and if there is not, you have every opportunity to build your own major or minor. A D2 school, our sports compete at high levels and train with vigor, you'll never see an athlete who isn't passionate about their sport but also their studies. The school offers hundreds of volunteer opportunities and gives students a chance to get off campus with its waterfront program. We have two response groups on campus, Eckerd college Emergency response team (EC-ERT) and Eckerd College Search and Rescue (EC-SAR). one works for the campus community and one works with the general boating public. If you like water and are looking for a fantastic education. Eckerd is the place to go and get involved.

MaKenzie
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This is the only school I applied to. I absolutely adored this school, but things are changing here in a bad way. Eckerd is l...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

This is the only school I applied to. I absolutely adored this school, but things are changing here in a bad way. Eckerd is lowering and making it more difficult to get financial aid, we are a small enough school that they not only don't count the residential half of campus as a residence, but because of this they can get away with looser fire codes- not that Eckerd would give a damn about that anyway, since they just pay the fees instead of fixing the fact that all the dorms are infested with roaches and the AC is broken half the time. This year my car has been vandalized twice, and when I asked campus safety about it the basically were just like 'this happens every year, we can't do anything'- just from my personal knowledge, over 30 cars have been vandalized this year, including two of my roommates. Wouldn't that be a good indicator to put some cameras up? Or have better patrols? Not to mention the fact that literally anyone can stroll onto campus because if you don't stop at the security check point there's not exactly anyone to stop you or go looking for you. I have tried so hard to love the place my school has become, but honestly I'm taking summer courses just to get out of here faster. If you can still afford to go here by the time you read this, kudos to you. If I had written this review my Freshman or Sophomore year it would be shining, because this school used to be so great. The community was impeccable, there was not a single moment I felt unsafe, I fully embraced the optional shoes policy. Now I spent my weekend picking up after Glassholes and making sure my dog doesn't accidentally eat anybody's chewing gum on the ground. Oh, and let's not forget to mention the fact that half the buildings are falling apart, or that the appliances that are in some of the dorms take so long to get fixed that you might as well just buy it yourself and eat the bill instead of leaving a towel under the fridge door all year so you don't walk into a wet apartment every day. And don't even get me started on all the stupid hoops you have to jump through just to volunteer or to get your writing portfolio done correctly- both of which are required for graduation. There are so many things that need to be fixed here- it'll be great in ten, fifteen years maybe. But don't come here- they're shoving three people in what was a maybe two person dorm my freshman and sophomore years. They're accepting too many people because they have become greedy, and our "President" Mr. Eastman is so obsessed with making the 'pretty' that he tore down posters that were put up for student elections before elections were finished! And while he "Fully approves of our green initiatives" he still illegally trims the palm trees, spends more on landscaping than should be in any sort of budget, but couldn't care less about giving us a campus medical facility that actually keeps appointment times, or even properly diagnoses students. Whatever you've read, whatever you've seen, please understand that I love this school. This is such a wonderful place to learn and to discover new things about yourself, but it needs work and it's going to be a shitshow in the mean time.

Marya
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I traveled across the country for this school, having never even visited the campus because I couldn't afford the plane ticke...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I traveled across the country for this school, having never even visited the campus because I couldn't afford the plane ticket, but as soon as I came to campus it just made sense. This is where I was supposed to be, the water surrounding the school on three sides is amazing, the classes are engaging as well as challenging, and the students (some may be eccentric) but open-minded and kind.

Kailey
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I love the college. It is a loving and great place to be. It can feel like there is just a bubble around the community and th...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love the college. It is a loving and great place to be. It can feel like there is just a bubble around the community and the outside world is just there and separate. I love it so much and I am so glad I found it.

Julia
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I love the school. I've met some great people, the staff is great and always willing to help when you need it. Theres always ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love the school. I've met some great people, the staff is great and always willing to help when you need it. Theres always things to partake in such as clubs and events. Everyone is really accepting and friendly. Most importantly you feel welcome by most people, students and staff on campus.

Aspen
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This college has went above and beyond in regards to education, safety, and always making the students feel comfortable and s...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

This college has went above and beyond in regards to education, safety, and always making the students feel comfortable and safe. Eckerd offers a wide variety of clubs, organizations, and recreational activities. they encourage you to get involved in the community and help one another. this is hands down the best liberal arts school for unique and independent individuals!

Miranda
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Great school. Great location right on the water. Undergraduate school only so labs and attention given to all students not j...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Great school. Great location right on the water. Undergraduate school only so labs and attention given to all students not just graduate students. There are a lot of clubs, activities, opportunities and strong community service. Winter term offers large number of international experiences.

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