Prepare for Arrival

Get ready for the start of your Eckerd educational experience before you arrive for Autumn Term check-in August 10, 2018.

What to Pack

Small Items

  • Alarm Clock
  • Small shelf unit, milk crates or shelves
  • Mattress pad
  • Comforter or blanket
  • Sheets (twin extra long)
  • Desk lamp
  • Pillows
  • Under bed storage boxes (3 or 4)
  • Towels (2 to 4)
  • Posters or other wall art
  • Washcloths (2 to 4)
  • Day Planner or calendar
  • Message board for your door
  • Beach towels
  • Soap dish
  • Plastic plates, utensils, cups, mugs and bowls
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Coffee or tea maker
  • Hangers
  • Plastic pitcher for your fridge (tea, water, juice)
  • Shower caddy (for shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothbrush, razor, etc.)
  • Surge protector
  • Stereo or radio

Large Items


Each room has cable available with around 70 channels. There are televisions in the lounges, but if it’s possible, it’s nice to have one in your room. While Eckerd provides basic cable as a standard service, students are now able to order Premium Digital Cable and more directly from Bright House Networks all at a discounted student rate.


If you have a computer or are thinking about getting one, it’s a great idea and there is plenty of space. You’ll find minimum requirements and lots more information on the Information Technology Services site.


If you buy a small fridge (roughly between $50.00 and $90.00) and use it for your four years at Eckerd, you can donate it to our Trash 2 Treasure sale before you graduate. Renting is much more expensive, costing at least $60.00 per year.

Bikes on Campus

Eckerd College has yellow “community bicycles” available for use on campus only as part of the bike program. These are wonderful for getting around campus. Eckerd also has six white bicycles that are available for students to take off campus. However, you will still want to consider bringing your own bike as these are all very popular. There’s plenty to do within a few miles of campus and many bike trails for the more serious rider. Florida’s flat terrain makes biking easy.

We strongly encourage each student to bring a personal bike. If you don’t own one, you can purchase one at any of the bike shops in the Tampa Bay area, including the Nu Bicycle Shop on campus. ABC Bicycles and iRideUsedBicycles provide bike discounts to Eckerd students. The Nu Bicycle Shop on campus is open 1:00-5:00pm Monday through Friday. For more serious repairs, we encourage students to go to an off campus shop.


Skateboards are also a popular item on campus. The roads on campus are paved and in pretty good shape. If you have a skateboard, bring it along!

Cars on Campus

First year students are allowed to keep cars on campus. All cars must be registered with campus safety during Autumn Term. The parking permit is $110.00 and will guarantee you parking for one school year.

Transportation Off Campus

For those who do not have a car, or those who are not a fan of biking – you are in luck. There is a public bus stop on campus. Fares are reasonable and you can buy an all day pass or monthly unlimited passes. You can ride the bus to the beaches, downtown St. Petersburg, Tyrone Mall and Clearwater. Check out the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority website for more information. Or check out our U-Haul Car Share program where students can rent out one of four on-campus vehicles for personal use.

Mailing Items Ahead

If you would like to ship a few boxes to campus in advance, you are permitted to mail a maximum of 5 boxes to your Eckerd mailbox number. Make sure they arrive after July 31st. Students will receive their mailbox number and mailing instructions in mid July.

Summer Storage

The only time that students generally move out of their rooms is during summer break. From time to time, freshman are asked to move their belongings for the winter term if they don’t plan to be on campus and their room is needed for winter term visiting students. Basically, once you move in, it’s your room and your space. During the summer, there are some great storage places within 1 to 4 miles of campus. Many students will share storage space with friends. Costs can range from $30.00 to $60.00 for the summer, depending on how many people are storing together. Within the group, a few will have cars available and will help get everyone’s items to the storage area.

For those interested in maintaining a small storage space throughout the school year (for those with lots of luggage or other large items that might be inconvenient in a dorm room) and for everyone else to keep in mind for the spring, you may contact one of the following local storage facilities to investigate their offerings.

Hideaway Storage
3950 34th Street South
PODS $55/month, $69 delivery charge
PODS can be delivered on campus for mobile storage.

Spare Room Mini-Storage
4311 34th Street South
No PODS, $47.08/month storage unit

Stormax Self Storage
4250 34th Street
No PODS, $39-84/month storage unit

Family Arrival Schedule for Autumn Term

Please note this schedule is tentative.

Friday, August 10, 2018

8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Check-in | Fox Hall
During check-in, students will complete their financial clearance, be issued a student identification card, obtain a key for their residence hall room, and register their vehicles.

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Computer Help| Information Technology Services | Armacost Library
If your student’s computer is set up, but he/she is unable to connect to the campus network, call x8318. The Information Technology Services (ITS) staff will be glad to assist.

9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Bookstore Hours
Make sure your student purchases books for tomorrow’s class and for freshmen, Human Experience.

4:10 p.m. – 5 p.m.**
Mentor Meetings, for ALL students AND their families
Mentors are looking forward to meeting students and their families during this session.
(See handout in student registration packet for the meeting location.)

5:30 p.m.**
Ceremony of Lights | McArthur Gymnasium
All students and their families are invited to attend this candle light ceremony symbolizing new students joining the Eckerd College community of scholars.

6:30 p.m.**
Family Welcome Picnic | Fox Hall & Hough Quad
Everyone is invited to enjoy a refreshing summer picnic with students, families, faculty, and staff.

**All students and their families should plan to attend these events together.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Good Morning Breakfast for Families | Fox Hall
Family members will enjoy a continental breakfast and the opportunity to meet with and ask questions of College leadership.

8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Bookstore Open
Texts for Human Experience are available for first-year students. Check out other cool Triton gear!

10 a.m. -11:45 a.m.
Long Distance Parenting and Successful Power Shifting | Fox Hall
Barbara Rhode, LMFT, and Annette Reiter, LMFT, present an interactive program focused on the inevitable shift in power that takes place when a son or daughter prepares to leave home…and then does. Participants will learn how to discern unhealthy dependency issues (theirs and the student’s!) while also understanding how to remain emotionally connected when there are miles in between.

1:15 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Waterfront Open House
Check out the exciting amenities the Waterfront has to offer! Venture on a boat ride or just hang out and enjoy Eckerd’s beautiful location on Boca Ciega Bay. This is a great time for students and families to take a swim test so you can kayak or even sail with your student on your next visit!

New Student Arrival Schedule for Autumn Term

Please note this schedule is tentative.

Friday, August 10, 2018

8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Check-in | Fox Hall
Students will complete their financial clearance, be issued a Student Identification card, obtain a key for their residence hall room, and register their vehicles.  Once all of these are taken care of you can officially move into your dorm room.

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Computer Help!
If your computer is set up but you are having trouble connecting it to the campus network, call 727-864-8318. The Information Technology Services (ITS) staff will be glad to assist you.

9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Bookstore Hours
Mandatory – Buy books for tomorrow’s class! Freshmen do not forget you need books for Human Experience for fall semester.

4:10 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Mentor Meetings for ALL students and their families.
(See handout in your registration packet for your meeting location.)

5 p.m.
Seating Begins for Ceremony of Lights | McArthur Gymnasium
Students will receive their class medallion and be seated for the Ceremony of Lights.

5:30 p.m.
Ceremony of Lights | McArthur Gymnasium
This ceremony symbolizes new students becoming part of the Eckerd College community of scholars.

6:30 p.m.
Welcome Picnic | Fox Hall & Hough Quad
Bon Appétit will be setting up a lovely summer picnic and giving students, their families, faculty, and staff an opportunity to eat, mingle, and talk about the Eckerd experience.

10 p.m.
House Meetings for Students | Residence Halls, Upstairs Lounge
Meet your Resident Advisor and start discussing how to live together comfortably and considerately in college housing.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

7:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast for Students | Café Bon Appétit

8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Bookstore Open
Mandatory – Buy your Human Experience and Autumn Term texts, if you haven’t done so already.

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Class – Only students should attend this class.
This meeting of your Autumn Term course is absolutely, totally, and completely MANDATORY, like all Autumn Term classes! After all, who would want to miss their very first college class?

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
International Students and Families | Fox Hall
All international students and families are invited to stop by and visit with Olivier Debure, Coordinator of International Student Affairs. During this meeting, you will be able to ask questions about obtaining a driver’s license, insurance, working on campus or any other concerns you still might have.

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Computer Help! | Armacost Library
If your computer is set up and you are having trouble connecting it to the campus network, call 727-864-8318. The Information Technology Services (ITS) staff will be glad to assist you.

1:15 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Waterfront Open House
Check out Eckerd’s awesome Waterfront! Meet with Waterfront Staff and enjoy Eckerd’s beautiful location on Boca Ciega Bay. This is a great time to get your swim test (parents, too!) so you can use the Waterfront facilities!

2 p.m.
Shopping Trip
Forgot your toothbrush or your pillow? We’ll take you to pick up essentials. Meet in front of the mailboxes. Sponsored by Campus Activities.

9 p.m.
“Club EC” | Fox Hall
Come out for your first Eckerd gathering as we turn Fox Hall into a day-glow nightclub. Dance the night away at our Video Dance Party. Sponsored by ECOS/Palmetto Productions and Student Affairs.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

12 noon – 4 p.m.
Trip to Ft. De Soto | Pavilion #9
Come to Ft. De Soto Park for a day at the beach and an opportunity to explore the historic fort and surrounding marine ecosystems. The cafeteria will be closed, and we will be enjoying lunch out at the pavilion. Bring your towel and sunscreen! We will be leaving from in front of the mailboxes with continuous shuttle service throughout the afternoon; directions will be provided for anyone who carpools. This is an Additional Portfolio Event.

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Computer Help!
If your computer is set up and you are having trouble connecting it to the campus network, call 727-864-8318. The Information Technology Services (ITS) staff will be glad to assist you.

4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Study Time
Remember – You should devote at least 4 hours per day to preparing for your Autumn Term class.

6:30 p.m.
Catholic Campus Ministries Mass | Wireman Chapel

8:30 p.m.
Getting Involved with ECOS | Fox Hall
There are so many opportunities to become active in campus life here at Eckerd. A great way is to dive into one of the many branches of the Eckerd College Organization of Students (ECOS). Find out how to run for Student Senate, get involved in Pet Council, serve on the Student Community Standards Board, and more. This is an Additional Portfolio Event.

Transfer Orientation Schedule for Fall Term

Please note this schedule is tentative.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

9 a.m.
Check-in | Franklin-Templeton Building

  • Bursar & Financial Aid Offices: You will have a chance to meet with representatives from both the Bursar’s Office and Financial Aid to complete check-in.
  • Campus Safety: For on-campus residential students, you will receive your room key and front door key code. All students will be photographed for their Student Identification Card and will have an opportunity to register motor vehicles, boats and bicycles.
  • Counseling and Health Services: You will discuss required immunizations and health forms that are needed to complete check-in.

***You may move into your residence after completing the check-in process***

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Campus Bookstore | Edmundson Hall
Stop by the Campus Bookstore, located in Edmundson Hall, to buy your books before your first day of class.

11:30 a.m.
Lunch, Information Session & Mentor Assignment |Fox Hall
Meet with Dean of Faculty Suzan Harrison, Dean of Students Jim Annarelli Associate Dean of Faculty Marjorie Sanfilippo, Registrar Amy Apicerno, Collegial Chairs, and staff and students in Fox Hall to learn important information to help you succeed while at Eckerd College. Following the information session, it is mandatory that you meet with your Collegial Chair and schedule an appointment with your mentor.
*Families are invited to attend.

1:30 p.m.
Healthy Expectations: It’s Up to Us | Fox Hall
Being part of a community of 1,900 college students presents some unique challenges.  Staff will talk with you about finding your place in this community, adjusting to life in the residence halls, staying healthy while in college, making responsible choices about alcohol and other drugs, and knowing how and when to get help for yourself or a friend.  You will also become familiar with the various health resources available to you.

3 p.m.
Reflective Service Learning at Eckerd College | Triton Room
Join the Office of Service-Learning for a presentation that focuses on the Reflective Service Learning requirement and the exciting opportunities offered by the Office of Service Learning.

3:30 p.m.
International Students Meeting
International students need to stop by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, located in Fox Hall adjacent to the patio, to meet with Olivier Debure, Director of International Student Services.

8 p.m.
Welcome Social | Triton’s Pub
Eckerd College Organization of Students (ECOS) welcomes you to your new home with a student social complete with appetizers, drinks and entertainment.  You will have a chance to ask about ways to be involved on campus, learn about the 100 registered clubs and organizations, and have all your questions answered.  Don’t miss this opportunity to meet your student leaders!

Friday, August 31, 2018

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Campus Bookstore | Edmundson Hall
Stop by the Campus Bookstore, located in Edmundson Hall, to buy your books before your first day of class.

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Scheduled Meetings with Mentors
Meet your mentor and register for your Fall courses.  Following the meeting, the Registrar’s Office, located in Upham, will be open until 5 p.m. to assist you with online registration if you have problems or questions.

9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Marine Science Information Session | GMSL 137
ATTENDANCE REQUIRED for all students interested in Marine Science

3:30 p.m.
Library Orientation | Armacost Library
You’ll meet Eckerd’s friendly and helpful librarians and discover what services and research tools the library has to offer.

9 p.m.
Movie Night | Downtown St. Petersburg
Stop by the Office of Campus Activities to pick up your complimentary ticket to see a movie in downtown St. Petersburg.  Transportation shuttles will be leaving from the mailboxes beginning at 8 p.m.; directions will be provided for anyone who carpools.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Fins Up Beach Party | The Waterfront
Do you like food, music, waterslides, crazy games, chillin’ on rafts with your friends?  Then come to down to fill up and cool off at the Waterfront for this final Waterfront Autumn Term event.


Travel & Transport

What is the closest airport?

There are two airports within 20-25 minutes of campus that serve the Tampa Bay area. TPA handles a large volume of flights and handles most airline carriers. PIE is a smaller terminal that serves fewer airline carriers.

Tampa International Airport (TPA)
St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport (PIE)

How should we get from the airport to Eckerd?

Super Shuttle
Super Shuttle serves both Tampa International and St. Petersburg/Clearwater airports. Students and guests can schedule this transportation in advance by contacting Super Shuttle. Super Shuttle may also be scheduled on the baggage claim levels at the ground transportation area when you arrive at the airport. As a van service, it’s important to know that most vans don’t leave the airport until they have acquired at least 4 to 6 passengers. For this reason, you may not leave the airport immediately. We encourage you to estimate your arrival at Eckerd between an hour and an hour and a half from the time that your plane lands at the airport.

Renting a Car
Both airports also offer rental car services. Tampa International has sixteen rental car companies located on the property: Avis, Budget, Payless, Zipcar; Enterprise, Alamo, National; Hertz, Dollar, Thrifty; Ace; Advantage; E-Z; Executive; Fox; Sixt. St. Petersburg/Clearwater airport offers service from the following rental car companies: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National.

Driving Directions
Right off of Interstate 275, Eckerd’s campus is easy to find! For specific driving directions, utilize Google Maps here.

Uber is a downloadable app for users on Android, Apple iOS, and Windows Phones. Uber connects riders with drivers using their phone’s GPS capabilities and provides users with a reliable, safe form of transportation. Use their website to get a fare estimate to see what it might cost you here.

When should we arrive and depart and where should we stay?

Although you will not be able to move into your residence hall until Autumn Term check in, many families choose to arrive early and stay in the area. They enjoy the extra time to rest and recharge before check-in as well as to pick up any last-minute items not purchased at home. Once Autumn Term begins, families will either leave Saturday afternoon or on Sunday. Please consult the parent schedule for specific details.

There are quite a few hotel options in the local area. A list of recommended hotels can be found on our Parents page. If you’re considering a hotel that is not listed, please feel free to contact the Admissions Office at 727-864-8331 if you would like information regarding the hotel’s location, surrounding area and proximity to the College.

If you plan to be in the area longer than a couple of nights, we would recommend that you consider renting a condominium or house as the cost may be equal to or less than many nights in a hotel and it would provide a full kitchen and more space. The following real estate agencies provide rental information for the local area.

Frank T. Hurley Real Estate, serving St. Pete Beach. (727) 367-1949
Brooks Realty, serving the beaches, Tierra Verde, etc. (727) 866-7368

Students will attend their first class on Saturday while parents may attend the President’s breakfast and other orientation activities.

You may not move into the residence halls until Friday,  August 10. If you will be driving to St. Petersburg and anticipate that you will have items to store for a few days, please contact Spare Room Mini Storage, Inc. Their phone number is (727) 866-9357.

Important Dates

May 22 – Housing Application Due

May 22 – Commuter Student Confirmation Form Due

June 13 (12:00 pm EDT) – Autumn Term Class Online Registration

Mid-June – Student Billing Mailed

Mid- to late-June – Housing assignments emailed to your email account

June 22 (12:00 pm EDT) – Autumn Term Registration Closes

June 25 – Payment Plan 1st Payment Due

July 13 – Immunization Form Due

August 1 – Final High School/College Transcripts Due

August 1 – Payment for 1st Semester Due

August 10 – Autumn Term Check In

August 10 – Family and Legacy Information Form Due

August 10 – Emergency and Missing Person Contact Form Due

August 10 – Health Insurance Waiver Form Due

August 11 – Autumn Term Class 1st Day

August 23 – Fall Semester Registration

August 30 – 2-Day Transfer Orientation (non-Autumn Term transfer students only)

August 30 – End of Autumn Term

September 3 – First Day of the Fall Semester

International student? Please have a look at this pre-arrival checklist we put together just for you.

Of course, we can’t cover everything, so if you didn’t find what you are looking for, please contact your admission counselor for more details.