Alumni College

Reawaken your learning spirit!

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.

Alumni College is a great way to add a major or a minor to your degree, pursue professional development credits at a reasonable cost, or take individual classes just for fun. 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.

Donna Littell ’75
PEL Alumni Engagement
Franklin Templeton 163