We want you.

Eckerd College is a place where students are given close personal attention. We try our hardest to make the admission process just as user-friendly. You will get lots of letters, cards, and calls from us; and we hope that you will learn to be in touch with us as often as we can be of help to you.

How Applicants are Considered

Admission to Eckerd College is based on past academic performance, aptitude, intellectual potential, character, special talent, leadership, range of interests, emotional maturity, and potential for personal development. Students admitted to Eckerd generally have earned B averages or higher in academic subjects in high school. Most of the freshmen come from the top 20 percent of their high school classes.

At Eckerd College, we look at each applicant individually. Test scores and grades are important to us, but so are personal merits that cannot be measured quantitatively. We want to get to know you, as a student and a person, so our process takes into account both your academic and personal merits.

Academic Strengths

Eckerd seeks applicants who have taken high school courses that are demanding and rigorous. Most of our students have taken honors, accelerated, advanced placement, dual enrollment, and/or international baccalaureate courses. We want you to have pushed yourself!

We also look for solid grades in tough courses. The average GPA for an entering freshman is about 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.

We want all our students to have at least:

  • 4 years of English.
  • 3 years of math.
  • 3 years of lab sciences.
  • 3 years of history or social science.
  • 2 years of a foreign language.

We give more weight in our decisions to courses and grades than we do to SAT and ACT scores, but we do consider test scores as part of our admission evaluation.

Personal Qualities

We pride ourselves on having very successful students, and part of that comes from the fact that we evaluate the personal qualities of our applicants to assure Eckerd is a good fit for you. Most successful applicants will have demonstrated leadership accomplishments in school, community, or church. They will also have shown a commitment to community service.

We want to learn as much about you as we can. If you want us to have more letters of recommendation, or more than one essay, or copies of term papers you have written, or samples of your poetry, or videos of your piano playing or tennis talents, or whatever, send them along.

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