We inspire and empower individuals to improve the world through mastery of self and a lifetime of learning. Our students are guided on a four-year journey of discovery, with small classes, professor-mentors and a commitment to community service. We love our spectacular mile-long waterfront and white-sand beach on Florida’s Gulf Coast. But we are more than a pretty face. Eckerd is an innovative liberal arts and sciences community where students are well-taught and well-loved, deemed one of 40 Colleges That Change Lives.
The mission of Eckerd College is to provide excellent, innovative undergraduate liberal arts education and lifelong learning programs in the unique Florida environment, within the context of a covenant relationship with the Presbyterian Church (USA).
An Eckerd College experience is not about teaching students a rigid set of facts. As one of The Princeton Review's Best 382 Colleges, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and one of 40 schools featured in the book Colleges That Change Lives, Eckerd makes it clear that its first priority is to teach students how to learn.
Eckerd, a coeducational college of liberal arts and sciences, the only national private liberal arts college in Florida, invites students to ThinkOutside. Located on 188 acres of waterfront property in St. Petersburg, we take advantage of our spectacular mile of campus waterfront along Florida's Gulf Coast for outdoor laboratories in biology, marine science and environmental studies as well as for an impressive array of intramural, club and intercollegiate sports and water recreation. Offerings in the arts and humanities inspire creativity and foster critical thinking and self-awareness. Every year, a significant number of our 1,850 students travel with their faculty leaders outside the U.S. to some 40 countries for research and cultural learning, including our own dedicated study center in London. And we venture together in the Eckerd experience to think outside the conventional questions, methods and solutions, seeking to build a better world.
In addition, Eckerd's Leadership Development Institute for executives, New York Institute of Finance courses, Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Road Scholar program, Writers in Paradise conference, and Summer Science Splash Camp program identify the College as a national leader of innovative programs in continuing education and lifelong learning.
The best education is one that prepares you for the how, as well as the what, an education that teaches you to ThinkOutside.