Eckerd College: Narrative Description

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4200 54th Ave. South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711
Tel: (727)867-1166
Free: 800-456-9009
Admissions: (727)864-8331
Fax: (727)866-2304
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent Presbyterian, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1958. Setting: 267-acre suburban campus with easy access to Tampa. Endowment: $17.7 million. Research spending 2003-04: $370,056. Educational spending 2003-04: $7806 per student. Total enrollment: 1,688. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 2,284 applied, 74% were admitted. 17% from top 10% of their high school class, 86% from top half. 5 National Merit Scholars, 24 class presidents, 18 valedictorians, 125 student government officers. Full-time: 1,656 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 32 students, 53% women, 47% men. Students come from 50 states and territories, 44 other countries, 69% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 3% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 7% international, 2% 25 or older, 79% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 84% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; biological/life sciences; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at other colleges having a 4-1-4 calendar. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, interview, SAT Subject Tests, SAT II: Writing Test. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $30,688 includes full-time tuition ($24,116), mandatory fees ($246), and college room and board ($6326). College room only: $2980. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $2902 per course.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 50 open to all. Most popular organizations: Earth Society, Water Search and Rescue Team, Triton Tribune, College Choir, Organization of Students. Major annual events: Midnight Madness, Festival of Hope, Convocation. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,325 college housing spaces available; 1,296 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Peter Armacost Library with 165,085 books, 14,414 microform titles, 1,738 serials, 2,139 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.2 million. 191 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

St. Petersburg, known as the "Sunshine City," has a wonderful semitropical climate. The city is the state's fourth largest, and is the most important tourist center on the west coast of Florida. The city has 33 miles of shoreline on the Gulf of Mexico and several fresh water lakes: an excellent location for all water sports. Other sports are baseball, basketball, soccer, cross country, volleyball, softball, golf, and tennis. This is the spring training area for several major league baseball teams. The Tampa Bay area also is home to football's Buccaneers, baseball's Devil Rays, hockey's Lightning, and the international headquarters of the Women's Tennis Association. Numerous points of interest include the Florida International Museum, Fort DeSoto Park, Sunshine Skyway, the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts, the Dali Museum, and Tropicana Field.

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