Eckerd College is located on 188 acres of waterfront property in St. Petersburg, Florida. A private, coeducational, liberal arts college, Eckerd offers students with every background, belief and personality type a close and friendly community that values volunteer service, environmental activism, international learning, creative self-expression and academic excellence. Eckerd’s 1,970 students from 47 states and territories and 40 countries choose among 41 majors leading to a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. With outdoor laboratories in biology, marine science and environmental studies as well as an impressive array of intramural, club and intercollegiate sports and water recreation, Eckerd College teaches students to ThinkOutside.

Academic Programs

  • Engineering
  • Research
  • Science
  • Liberal Arts
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Music
  • Art & Design
  • Economics
  • Government/Political Science
  • Performing Arts
  • Social Science
  • Visual Arts
  • Marine Biology
  • Creative Writing
  • Animal Studies

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Disability Services
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • Military/Veteran Services
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Religious Affiliation
  • ROTC Program
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Pet-Friendly

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


Apply as a first-year student if you expect to receive a high school diploma (or equivalent) in the next year or if you have not taken college course work after graduating high school . Eckerd College has two application options: Early Action or Rolling Admission. Both programs are non-binding and do not require a decision from you until May 1. Under Early Action, complete your application by November 15 and you'll receive a decision postmarked by December 15. Rolling Admission applicants will receive a decision within 4 weeks of completing your application.


Apply as a transfer student if you have taken college course work after earning a high school diploma or equivalent. Course work must have been taken at a college, university, junior or community college that has earned full regional accreditation. You are expected to be in good standing at the institution last attended and eligible to return to that institution. Once your application is complete, we will review it and return a decision to you within four weeks.

Additional Information

Financial aid and scholarships are available through an ambitious financial aid program that benefits about 96% of Eckerd students. Approximately $48 million in financial aid was awarded last year. Assistance packages may include a combination of scholarships, grants, work aid, and loans. The average award last year from all sources was $36,000 and the range was from $5,500 to $47,000.

Visit us

Go to to sign up for one of our Open Houses, offered in the fall and spring. Or give us two weeks’ notice and we’ll plan a visit just for you—a tour, a class, time with professors—the works. We offer 90-minute walking tours of campus followed by a meeting or information session led by a member of the admission staff.

Eckerd College is one of 40 colleges and universities featured in the highly regarded guide Colleges That Change Lives.

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School location

4200 54th Ave South
St Petersburg, FL 33711, United States of America

Phone number

(800) 456-9009