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Eckerd will change your life so you can change the world

We inspire and empower individuals to improve the world through mastery of self and a lifetime of learning. Our students are guided on a four-year journey of discovery, with small classes, professor-mentors and a commitment to community service.

We love our spectacular mile-long waterfront and white-sand beach on Florida’s Gulf Coast. But we are more than a pretty face. Eckerd is an innovative liberal arts and sciences community where students are well-taught and well-loved.

We’re not for everyone but we might be just the place for you.

Points of Pride

One of the youngest colleges in the country to get a Phi Beta Kappa chapter.
One of 40 colleges in the highly regarded guide, Colleges That Change Lives.
97% of our full-time students who are continuously enrolled graduate in 4 years
95% of faculty hold the highest degrees in their fields
Female students walking on South Beach

Our campus

An oasis of learning in a vibrant city

Our waterfront campus is nestled on 188 acres along Boca Ciega Bay at the tip of St. Petersburg, a dynamic city of arts, culture and outdoor activities. Swimming, boating and sunbathing on our white-sand beach are all just steps away from your dorm room.

Native plants and wildlife cover the campus. Most of our faculty offices open directly outside or in common areas to encourage interaction with students. The bay and other natural areas are living laboratories for research — even for freshmen.

Study in a hammock or on a blanket on the beach or head to our modern library overlooking Fox Pond. Get a workout at the fitness center or at our outdoor pool.

Quick Facts

Take a look at St. Petersburg, Florida.

Yellow bike
Our commitment to sustainability includes 125 yellow bikes free for anyone to use on campus.
Dog on leash
One of the first colleges in the country to allow pets to live with students on campus
85% of students live on campus

Our Community

Making a difference within and without

You won’t find any ivory towers on our campus. We aim each day to change the world around us, whether on campus or in the city of St. Petersburg.

Our students and professors contribute thousands of hours each year to non-profit groups in St. Petersburg. For example, more than 60 non-profit groups in St. Petersburg benefit from our students’ work each year.

Bay clean-up volunteers
Our students provide more than 83,000 hours of volunteer time in the community annually.

Our History

A commitment to the liberal arts

Founded as Florida Presbyterian College, we opened our doors on Sept. 2, 1960 with 155 freshmen and 22 faculty. We have grown steadily over the years, and became Eckerd College in 1971.

But one thing hasn’t changed: a focus on creative, innovative curriculum in the liberal arts tradition with a strong emphasis on small classes and world-class faculty who know and care about the success of every student.

Facts & Figures


Eckerd College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Eckerd College.

Eckerd’s Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biochemistry is certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS).