Alumni Services

Join the Ambassador Team

The office of Admissions for the Program for Experienced Learners (PEL) is currently seeking Alumni Ambassadors interested in supporting its recruitment efforts.

Your contribution may just be what prospective students need so they can make the dream of an Eckerd College degree their own reality.

As a member of our Alumni Ambassador Team, you may participate in a variety of our outreach programs:

  • Share your personal PEL story with prospective students
  • Act as a liaison between the office of PEL and your employer
  • Assist at campus events such as Open Houses or Orientation
  • Represent PEL at an education fair held at your place of employment
  • Serve in a leadership role

If you are interested in helping with this outreach effort, please contact us at

Share your success! Send us news of your professional moves and story ideas of interest to fellow alums by emailing

Alumni College

Add a major or a minor through Alumni College

The Alumni College offers graduates of Eckerd College the opportunity to take selected PEL courses at a reduced rate. Now you can take all of those interesting courses that just didn’t fit into your degree program – and a portion of the tuition goes toward scholarships for new students.

It is a great way to add a major or a minor to your degree but you can also take individual classes just for fun – maybe while you were completing your degree you wanted to take other courses but did not have the time.

You will also be helping others because when you enroll a portion of your tuition is a scholarship donation (and a charitable tax deduction).

Can I get credit for the course(s)?

You may choose to take the course(s) for credit and you will receive a grade. This will not change your Eckerd College graduation grade point average. Each course is 3.5 semester hours of credit. You may instead choose to audit the course(s) and no grade or credit will be given.

How do I register for the course(s)?

Complete the Alumni College Registration (PDF) to register for your Alumni College classes. You may forward the information by email to, fax to (727) 864-8422; or mail to Eckerd College, Program for Experienced Learners, 4200 54th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL, 33711.

What courses are available?

In-class 8-week courses that are not full at the start of a term may be taken through Alumni College. Directed Study, Independent Study, and off-site art studio courses are full-price tuition. Call the PEL office at (727) 864-8226 to find out which courses are available.

How are the classes offered?

Alumni College courses are regular PEL courses. Five eight-week terms are scheduled throughout the year beginning in August, October, January, March and June. Classes meet once a week from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Weekend classes meet on Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or Sundays 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Courses are offered at several convenient locations.

How much do the courses cost?

The fee for taking a course for credit is $300, of which $100 will be placed in a scholarship fund. Tuition to audit a course and not receive credit is $100, of which $50 will be placed in a scholarship fund. Your scholarship contributions are tax deductible. Because of the nature of this program, financial aid is not available for Alumni College courses.

What is the refund policy?

A refund of 100% is available prior to the meeting of the second class. After the second class meeting, the scholarship donation is placed in the scholarship fund and is nonrefundable. The tuition portion is refundable at 50% through the seventh class meeting. Any withdrawal request must be made in writing to the PEL Student Enrollment Manager. If you need to drop or withdraw from a course, please identify yourself as an Alumni College participant.

Career Services

Take advantage of resources available to you

Eckerd College’s Office of Career Services provides a comprehensive program of career related resources designed to help Eckerd students and alumni apply their liberal arts education into meaningful employment.

The Career Services staff takes pride in providing individualized assistance to Eckerd College students and alumni. Whether they are a first-year student searching for a campus work-study position or an experienced worker at mid-career, our goal is to help students and alumni meet their career goals.