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Prepare for Arrival

Get ready for the start of your Eckerd educational experience before you arrive.

Important Dates

As you prepare for your transition to college life at Eckerd, check out the timeline below to make sure that you are on track throughout the summer.

Be sure to add these important dates to your calendar, phone, right hand, or whatever you use to stay on schedule so that you don’t miss a deadline or due date.

June 1 – Housing Application and Housing Agreement Due

June 12 – Autumn Term Class Online Registration Opens

June 21 – Autumn Term Class Registration Closes

Late June/Early July – Student Billing Mailed

Late June/Early July – Housing assignments emailed to your Eckerd email account

June 28 – Immunization Form Due

August 1 – Emergency & Missing Contact Info. Form Due

August 1 – Family & Legacy Form Due

August 2 – Payment for 1st Semester Due

August 9 – Autumn Term check-in. You will receive a specific check-in date and time with your housing assignment.

August 9 – Health Insurance Waiver Form Due

August 10 – Autumn Term Begins.

August 21 – First-year registration for fall semester begins.

August 29 – Autumn Term ends.

August 29 – Check-in and orientation for new transfer students who did not participate in Autumn Term.

September 2 – Fall semester begins.

October 14-15 – Fall Reading Days (if not needed to make up class days).

November 11 – Winter/Spring 2025 registration begins at 10 p.m.

November 27-29 – Thanksgiving holiday. No classes.

December 6 – Last day of classes.

December 13 – Residential students must vacate the residence hall by noon.

Autumn Term New Student Arrival Schedule

View a printer-friendly complete Autumn Term schedule.
Events are subject to change.

Friday, August 9

8 – 11 a.m.
Check-In and Move-In for New Students | Cobb Loop

Group 1: 8 – 9 a.m. (residential students with last names beginning Q – Z)
Group 2: 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. (residential students with last names beginning A – H)
Group 3: 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. (residential students with last names beginning I –  P & commuter students)

8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Bookstore Open
Mandatory to buy books for tomorrow’s class and for Human Experience: Then & Now.

8:30 a.m. -5 p.m.
ITS Help Desk |
ITS Front Desk – Armacost Library Accessible Ramp Entrance
Technicians from Apogee (MyResnet Support) and the Information Technology Services (ITS) Department will be available to help you with network connectivity. 

11:15 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Trash 2 Treasure- Sponsored by the Office of Sustainability | 
Cobb Gallery
Buy lightly used dorm essentials: mini-fridges, microwaves, bed risers, brooms, lamps, rugs, printers, and more. There also will be used bicycles for sale.

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Lunch on your own | Main Caf
Students on a meal plan will be able to access their meal plan. Credit cards are also accepted. Door rate for buffet, $8.75.

1 – 2 p.m.
Meeting for all International Students and their Families | Admission Office, Franklin Templeton
The staff in the Office of International Student Services will review visa regulations for internships, social security number issuance, and driver’s license applications. They will answer questions related to topics specific to international students and families including health insurance and travel requirements. 

2 – 4 p.m.
Diversity and Inclusion Open House | Center for Inclusive Excellence (Lindsey 103)
Stop by and meet students and staff members representing affinity groups such as the First-Gen Club, ECQSA (Queer Straight Alliance), International Student Alliance, Inclusive Student Engagement, Afro American Society, Latinos Unidos, Diversity Leaders and Inclusive Excellence. Make connections and discuss getting engaged!

4:10 – 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 McArthur Gymnasium

Students will receive their class medallion and be seated for the Ceremony of Lights. For those who would prefer to watch a livestream of the event, please visit 

5:30 p.m.
Ceremony of Lights | 
McArthur Gymnasium 
This ceremony symbolizes our new students becoming part of the Eckerd College academic community. For those who would prefer to watch a livestream of the event, please visit 

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.

9 p.m.
House Meetings for Students | 
Residence Halls
Mandatory for students living on campus; commuters exempt.
Meet your Resident Advisor (RA) and start discussing how to live together comfortably and considerately in college housing.

Saturday, August 10

7:15 – 8:45 a.m.
Breakfast for Students | Main Café

8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Bookstore Open
Mandatory-Buy your Human Experience: Then and Now textbooks and Autumn Term materials, if you haven’t done so already.

8:15 – 9:30 a.m.
Welcome Breakfast for Families Hosted by the President | 
Fox Hall
During this continental breakfast, parents will have an opportunity to meet President Annarelli, the College’s Executive Staff, and Student Life Department Heads. Students should not attend this breakfast in Fox Hall. Breakfast for students is available in the Main Café.

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
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 course?  

Academic Success with Peer Mentors |Autumn Term Classroom
During the last hour of class, Peer Mentors will lead a presentation that prepares incoming students for academic success. This session will focus on basic academic skills including proper email etiquette, using Moodle, and how to act as a college student. 

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The following campus offices are open and available to answer questions:

Armacost Library
Armacost Library

Information Technology Services

Brown Hall
The Dean of Students Office    
Housing & Residence Life 
Campus Activities
Campus Safety
Center for Academic Excellence
Student Outreach & Support
Office of  Accessibility

Edmundson Hall
Counseling Services
Mail Services

Franklin Templeton
Financial Aid

Lindsey Hall
Career Center

Global Education

Waterfront Complex

10 – 11:45 a.m.
Long Distance Parenting and Successful Power Shifting for Families | Fox Hall
Please join the Eckerd College Counseling Services staff for this interactive program focusing on the natural changes in parenting and the inevitable shift in power that takes place when a student leaves home.  Students should not attend this event. 

11 a.m. – p.m.
Trash 2 Treasure- Sponsored by the Office of Sustainability | Cobb Gallery
Buy lightly used dorm essentials: mini-fridges, microwaves, bed risers, brooms, lamps, rugs, printers, and more. There also will be used bicycles for sale.     

12 – 4 p.m.
Computer and Connectivity Help | ITS Front Desk – Armacost Library Accessible Ramp Entrance
Technicians from Apogee (MyResnet Support) and the Information Technology Services (ITS) Department will be available to help you with network connectivity. Call (727) 864-8318 for more information.

12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Center for Inclusive Excellence Open Office Hours |
Lindsey 103
The Center for Inclusive Excellence will be open to meet families & students, as well as answer any questions.

1 – 2 p.m.
Meet and Greet with Athletics | Wrenn Hall (James Center)
New student-athletes and their families are invited to join the Athletics department for a meet and greet hosted by Director of Athletics Tom Ryan and his staff. The meeting will go over expectations of Eckerd student-athletes and the resources available to them. Light refreshments will be provided.

1:15 – 4 p.m.
Waterfront Open House | Waterfront
Check out all of the exciting things the Waterfront has to offer! Go on a boat ride, check out a kayak or paddleboard, or just hang out and enjoy Eckerd’s awesome location on Boca Ciega Bay. 

8 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Casino Night | Fox Hall
Dress up for an evening of prizes, food, and fun! There will be casino-style games of chance such as blackjack, poker, and craps, and your winnings could lead to amazing raffle prizes that will make you feel more at home here at Eckerd. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. Don’t forget your poker face!  

Board Game Night | Student Lounge (inside Triton Pub)
Looking for something a little more chill? Join your Peer Mentors and Activators in the Student Lounge for a lowkey night of board games and music! There will also be a movie playing in the Pub and popcorn will be provided.

Sunday, August 11

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Continental Breakfast for Students | Main Café

9 – 11 a.m.
Study Time 
Remember – You should devote at least 4 hours per day to preparing for your Autumn Term class.
Math Placement Exam must be complete by Thursday, August 15th by 11:59 p.m. Please check your Eckerd email account for more information.

11 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
EC Wellness | 
Miller Auditorium 
College is an amazing and often life-changing experience; however, we recognize that this period of transition is not without its academic and personal stressors. Join your Wellness Services staff to learn about the support available for all students through the offices of Student Outreach and Support (SOS), Counseling Services, Health Services, and Advocacy and Prevention. Each of us has a role to play in creating a safe, respectful, and nonviolent community. During this interactive program, you will learn about how you can best care for yourself, someone in need, and what to do if you or a friend needs help on campus and how to intervene to help you successfully navigate Autumn Term, Fall Semester, and beyond!
Content warning: Topics of mental health, self-harm behavior, suicidal ideation, and sexual assault may be discussed broadly. 

See front of the Autumn Term Schedule for your assigned group.
11:00am-12:00pm   Group I
12:15pm-1:15pm Group II

11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Center for Spiritual Life Ice Cream Social |
Miller Auditorium
Enjoy ice cream (including vegan options), meet new students, and learn about Buddhist Meditation, Catholic Campus Ministry, Christian Campus Ministry, Eckerd Hillel, Arabic Club, and the variety of spiritual life programs at Eckerd.

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Kappa Field Day with ECOS and the Autumn Term Activators! | 
Kappa Field
Meet and make new friends during the year’s first Kappa Field Day with ECOS and the Autumn Term Activators. Enjoy inflatable water slides, games, and music. Also, learn about ways to get involved with Campus Activities and the Autumn Term Activators. 

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Catholic Campus Ministries Mass | Roberts 104

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
EC Hillel & Student Club: Scubi Jew Pizza Party |
Triton Room
Join EC Hillel and Scubi Jew for a pizza party.  Meet other Jewish students and learn about the opportunities that Hillel provides at Eckerd College—from free trips to Israel on Birthright to Scubi Jew (the only Hillel Scuba Club in the country).

9 – 11 p.m.
Study Time 
You should devote at least 4 hours per day to preparing for your Autumn Term class.
Math Placement Exam must be complete by Thursday, August 15th by 11:59 p.m. Please check your Eckerd email account for more information.

What to Pack

* Starred items may be found at Trash To Treasure, an annual sale of second-hand items that past students have donated for new students to purchase at discounted prices. Trash 2 Treasure is hosted by the Office of Sustainability and will be running on move-in day during Autumn Term. Items are subject to availability.

Small Items
● Reusable face covering (bandanas, gaiters, buffs, face coverings with exhalation valves or vents or similar face coverings are not permitted for use on campus)
● Small shelf unit*, milk crates or shelves*
● Mattress pad
● Comforter or blanket
● Twin extra long bedsheets
● Desk lamp and floor 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
● Plates, utensils, cups, mugs and bowls
● Toothbrush holder
● Small trash can*
● Coffee or tea maker without hot plate (Keurig style)*
● Hangers*
● Shower caddy (for shampoo, soap, toothbrush, razor, etc.)
● Surge protector*
● Headphones or a small speaker
● Command strips/hooks for hanging decorations
● Portable laundry basket* and laundry detergent
● Broom/small vacuum and Swiffer*
● Cleaning Supplies (students living in Sigma/West Lodge have their own bathroom, which they get to clean)

As part of Eckerd’s commitment to environmentally conscious living, we also recommend the following products:
● Dryer balls
● Reusable containers and Stasher bags
● Reusable cutlery (ex. To Go-Ware)
● Reusable cups
● Composting bucket/collection container
● Recycling bin
● Bamboo toothbrush
● Shampoo bar
● Conditioner bar
● Reusable bags for grocery shopping
● Reusable K cups for coffee maker
● Loose-leaf tea + strainer

Large Items

  • Television
    There are televisions in the lounges, but if it’s possible, it’s nice to have one in your room.
  • Computer
    If you have a computer or are thinking about getting one, it’s a great idea and there is plenty of space. All of our rooms are equipped with wireless internet. You’ll find minimum requirements and other information on the Information Technology Services site.
  • Refrigerator*
    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 over $200.00 per year.
  • Bikes on Campus
    Eckerd College has yellow “community bicycles” available for use only on campus as part of the Yellow Bike Program. They 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. If you don’t want to bring your bike from home or don’t own one, you can purchase a bicycle at one at any of the bike shops in the Tampa Bay area, including the Nu Bicycle Shop on campus.
  • Skateboards
    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 $120 for the 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.

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, first-year students 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), you may contact one of the following local storage facilities:

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

College Renters Insurance

Eckerd College has partnered with GradGuard to provide students with their own personal property insurance while living in their home away from home. GradGuard provides students with insurance designed for them.

As noted in your housing agreement, Eckerd College assumes no responsibility and provides no insurance or financial protection for your personal property. You are required to provide proof of renters insurance coverage, whether through GradGuard or your own.

Microfridge and Lofting Rentals

Microfridge and Bed Lofting Rentals

We have partnered with  Collegiate Concepts to provide students with a bed lofting and microfridge rental option.

  • Renting a bed loft is an easy, affordable way to create additional living space in your room.
  • Microfridge units are energy star rated and consist of a microwave oven, refrigerator, and a zero degree true freezer, all in one integrated unit.

As part of the program, your rented Bed Loft and/or Microfridge will be delivered to your room before your arrival to campus and picked up at the end of the academic year. You must have a confirmed residence hall and room assignment before orders can be placed.

To place your order go to and select Eckerd College from the “Select Your School” drop down menu.

Mail Services

There are a few housekeeping items you need to be aware of that will ensure that your friends and loved ones will be able to effectively correspond with you while attending Eckerd. In early July, you will receive an introductory email from Mail Services which contains your Campus Box number. It is essential that this number be used on all mail and packages sent to you.

Many students elect to ship objects, such as books or other items, to the college in advance of their arrival. While this practice is permitted, please understand that Mail Services has limited storage space. Because of this, please schedule your deliveries as close to your arrival as possible. DO NOT ship anything to the campus before you have your Campus Box number. If you plan to purchase items online and have them shipped directly to the college, you MUST be sure to provide the campus box number as part of the ship-to address (use the address format below). The information that Mail Services uses to identify student names is based off the name the student provided during registration. Mail Services sorts all packages based on the student first and last name, not by box number, failure to include the actual student name, not a pet-name or alias, may result in the item being misplaced or lost. Finally, because of space limitations, we ask that you limit the number of advance shipments to no more than 5.

Please use the following address format for all items:

Student Name
Campus Box xxxx
Eckerd College
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711-4744

Every business day, Mail Services receives large volumes of mail and packages. Therefore, failure to indicate the actual name of the recipient will delay the item. Also, it is not unusual for some students to share the same name. In this circumstance, absence of the Campus Box number results in confusion and delay.

The Student Name and Campus Box number should always be located above Eckerd College in the address field. Use the specific words “Campus Box” followed by the number. DO NOT refer to the Student Box as “PO Box”, “Box No” or “Box” since the processing equipment used by the US Postal Service specifically looks for these. If that system reads one of these indicators, it may misdirect the piece of mail causing delay and, in some instances, loss of the item. Also, many shipping carriers and online vendors may not ship to PO Boxes because they require a signature as proof of delivery.

Once you get to campus, follow these easy steps to open your mailbox.

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?

  • 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/Lyft
    Uber and Lyft are downloadable apps for users on Android, Apple iOS, and Windows Phones. Uber and Lyft connect 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.

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

Although you will not be able to move into your residence hall until 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.

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. Feel free to use Airbnb or Vrbo for rentals.

You may not move into the residence halls until your assigned check-in date and time. 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.

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.