Living the Adventure

Sun, sand and self-expression

If there is a paradise, this might just be it. Nestled between two of the country’s top 10 beaches, Eckerd’s 188-acre waterfront campus offers mangrove thickets, seven freshwater marshes and ponds, a white sand beach and its own marina.

Want even more? Our featured vloggers Penh Alicandro ’22 and Joe Salcedo ’23 tell it to you straight!

A sun drenched campus like no other

Our 1,900 students are smart, active and open to new people and experiences. Want an advance peek? Join us for an upcoming visit day or take a virtual tour now. Or a video tour.

Housing and pet life

Your housing options range from traditional rooms to apartment-style suites with incredible views of Boca Ciega Bay. Feathered, scaly and furry friends welcome across our pet friendly campus!

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Meet the staff

Say hello to the friendly folks in Student Affairs who take care of our students.

Student club members exercise on the beach

Taking time out to play

It’s as easy as stepping outside

Bring 1,800 students together in one place and what do you get? Non-stop activity. From sailing and speed dating to intercollegiate basketball games and performances by our very own improv troupe, Another Man’s Trash, there’s something for everyone.

Want to get away? Catch a campus shuttle to Eckerd Day at the Dali Museum, Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens or to the grocery store, mall or Saturday Morning Market downtown. Need to go solo? Check out our hourly eco-friendly car and truck rentals.

So many choices

Students oversee a half-million-dollar budget that funds everything from our award-winning student newspaper to concerts and Alternative Spring Break service trips.


Check out the Waterfront for BBQs, sailing classes and water recreation in Frenchman’s Creek.


Our NCAA Division II athletes compete in eight women’s and five men’s sports, including Sailing (coed, women) and Sand Volleyball (women).

Making time to study

Study spots abound both in and out of doors

Thanks to an average 361 days of sunshine each year, many students study outside. The entire campus has Wi-Fi, from the Pub patio to the quad to the hammocks on South Beach, so find a shady spot and hit the books.

Prefer a regular desk and soft chair? Pull up a sofa in the new James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences or reserve a study room in Armacost Library.

Hunker down

Popular campus study spots include the Palmetto Cafe and patio, the hammocks on our South Beach and our gorgeous library, open until 1 a.m. five days a week.

Fill ‘er up

When nothing but caffeine will do, head for the coffee shop in the James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences or get a free cup at the Palmetto Cafe.

Volunteering & Work

Roll up your sleeves

Every year, Eckerd students donate tens of thousands of hours of service a year to needy projects in Florida and around the world. We have a soft spot for the environment, so you’ll find coastal cleanup projects, sea turtle watches and community gardening among our list of service options. Eckerd staff and professors are often there right alongside students.

Alternative spring break

Spend next spring break volunteering in Belize, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico or Puerto Rico — see 2017 alternative spring break pics!


The student-staffed Eckerd College Search And Rescue team responds to over 500 maritime distress calls per year. Interested? Sign up in the fall.