Helping adult degree seekers for nearly 40 years

We offer an accelerated and reputable Bachelor’s degree program designed specifically for busy adults looking for career advancement, preparing for graduate school, or enjoying lifelong learning.


Admission Criteria

Qualities such as personal commitment, perseverance, and self-discipline are necessary for success in the Program for Experienced Learners. To be considered for admission you must:

  • Be at least 23 years of age.
  • Have high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma.
  • Have prior college-level coursework (or be eligible for experiential credit based on work and life experiences).


Admission Process

Our admission process begins with an appointment with one of our admission officers–our chance to get to know you, discuss your goals, and determine whether our program is a good fit for you. After your appointment, you will need to complete the following steps:

  • Complete our admission application (available online). The application includes an essay that asks you to describe your ability and motivation to benefit from the program and demonstrate goals consistent with program objectives.
  • Submit the $40 application fee.
  • If you plan to apply for financial aid, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) including Eckerd College’s code: 001487.
  • Request official transcripts from any prior colleges you have attended. Transcripts may be delivered digitally, by mail, or in person. All transcripts should be directed to the attention of Eckerd College PEL. Mailed transcripts may be delivered to our St. Petersburg campus at 4200 54th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33711.

If you are a previously admitted PEL student and have not taken classes in two years or more, start by completing the PEL Readmission Form. If you have not taken classes between one and two years, contact the main PEL office at 727-864-8226.

Transfer Your Credits

If you are transferring courses from other colleges or universities, we can provide you with a preliminary evaluation to show the amount of transfer credit that might be awarded, just set up a meeting with one of our admission counselors..

Credit Through Examination
Test out of up to 6 courses and receive up to 21 hours of credit.
Credit For Prior Learning
Transfer credits from previous institutions and earn experiential credit for your work experience.

Meet an Admissions Counselor

Before applying, we recommend that you discuss your goals with our admissions counselor to determine whether the program is right for you and to answer any questions that you might have.