Choosing a College: Eckerd College

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: Eckerd College
St. Petersburg, FL

One of the 44 Colleges that Change Lives, Eckerd College is truly a one-of-a-kind school. From strengths in marine science and environmental studies, to pet-friendly dorm policies, Eckerd provides 1,900 students unparalleled opportunities for academic, social, and emotional growth. Because of its location on the Gulf of Mexico, Eckerd can connect students to amazing research and internship experiences with organizations such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and the Florida Institute of Oceanography. And because of the College’s 4-1-4 calendar system, students can spend Winter Term on campus pursuing an independent project, or off campus in one of 20+ international programs. Imagine studying natural history in the Galapagos or field archeology in the Bahamas next January! Looking to take advantage of the amazing weather at Eckerd? The College’s Waterfront Program supplies students with dozens of sailboats, kyacks, canoes, sailboards, and paddle boards for recreational use – all free of charge! Fun fact: students are welcome to bring their family pet to school. Dogs, cats, snakes, birds, and a host of other domesticated animals are permitted to live in designated pet-friendly dorms.

Image Credit: Top, Courtesy of Eckerd College


Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College. Visit our website to learn more about Elyse Krantz.