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Get ready for the start of your Eckerd educational experience before you arrive for Winter/Spring Term check-in January 2, 2024.

New Student Arrival Schedule for Winter Term


New students must participate and complete the following virtual orientation program prior their arrival to campus as part of the check-in process. These programs include:

  • course

  • Sexual Assault Prevention education

  • Diversity and Inclusion training

Information and access to the virtual orientation programs will be emailed to your Eckerd College email address. Many other orientation programs will take place during your Winter Term class.


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

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. | Franklin-Templeton Building
Arrival and Check-In

While in Franklin-Templeton, you will meet representatives of the following offices and programs:

  • Bursar and Financial Aid: Meet with representatives from both the Business Office and Financial Aid to complete necessary paperwork to check in.

  • Health Services: Discuss with staff the health forms that are required for clearance.

Following the check-in, you will be issued a clearance card to take to the Office of Campus Safety and Security located in Brown Hall, to receive your room key and register your motor vehicle.

You may move into your residence following the morning check-in process.

12:30 p.m. | Fox Hall
Welcome Lunch

Students and Families meet with Vice President for Academic Affairs Christine Wooley, Vice President for Student Life Amy Falvo, Winter Term professor Bill Mathews, and staff and students to learn important information to help you succeed while at Eckerd College. Participants will sign the Eckerd College Honor Pledge. In addition, family members will meet Associate Dean for Residence Life & Facilities Management, Jamey Handorf, to receive information about services provided to Eckerd families.

During Winter Term, orientation programs will be offered to familiarize you with the various academic and support services that are available on campus. Attendance for each event is required, and participating in these programs will earn 2 College Program Series (CPS) credits.

1:45 p.m. | Fox Hall
EC Wellness

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.

2:40 p.m. | Fox Hall
Campus Activities

Hosted by the Office of Campus Activities, this event is your golden ticket to unlocking a world of opportunities, forging new friendships, and making your college experience truly unforgettable. Come to Fox Hall to meet the Campus Activities team and learn more about how to get involved through clubs and organizations, the ins and outs of planning your own events, and campus recreational resources, such as the pool and Fitness Center.

4 p.m. | Fox Hall
International Student Welcome

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 including health insurance and travel requirements.

8 p.m. | Triton’s Pub
Welcome Social

Eckerd 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!


First Winter Term Class Meeting

Important Dates

December 1 – Housing Application and Housing Agreement due for students living on campus

December 2 – Student Billing Mailed

December 8 – Immunization Form Due

mid-December – Housing assignments emailed to your Eckerd email account

December 11 – Student ID Photo Due

December 11 – Emergency & Missing Contact Info. Form Due

December 11 – Family & Legacy Form Due

December 11 – Health Insurance Waiver Form Due

December 11 – Completion of Online Courses (see Portal for specific online courses and trainings)

January 1 – Payment for Winter/Spring Semester Due

January 2 – Winter Term Check In & Orientation

January 3 – First Day of Winter Term Class

January 15 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, no classes

January 26 – End of Winter Term

January 30 – First Day of Spring Semester

February 6 – End of drop/add period for Spring Semester

February 16-18 – Family Weekend

What to Pack

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

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
    Each room has cable available with approximately 100 channels. 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

Microfridges, Lofting and Insurance

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.

Renters Insurance

Eckerd College has partnered with National Student Services, Inc. (NSSI) to provide students with their own personal property insurance while living in their home away from home. NSSI provides students with insurance designed for them.

You can receive a free quote online or call (800) 256-6774 to speak with a customer service representative.

Renters insurance is typically less than the cost of a homeowner’s deductible and typically offers better coverage at affordable rates. This property insurance covers many personal items such as laptops, cell phones, tablets, clothes, TVs and much more.

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. Before moving in, 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.

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