Eckerd College is located on 188 acres of St. Petersburg waterfront in Florida. It is private and coeducational, a college of liberal arts and sciences best known for civic engagement, creative writing, environmental studies, international relations and global affairs, marine science, management, and study abroad.
Eckerd has about 1,850 residential students from 47 US states and 33 countries. They choose
from 38 majors leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. Nearly 40% of each
graduating class go on to advanced degrees, and Eckerd is among the nation's leaders who earn
As well, 700 students are enrolled in the Program for Experienced Learners, which is a bachelor's
degree program for adult students. Eckerd's Leadership Development Institute executive
education program, is a US leader of innovative programs both in continuing education and also
Eckerd has one of the highest proportions of students who study oversees while doing their
Eckerd College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools to award Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Arts degrees. You can
contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call
404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Eckerd College. For more information about
the Commission, please visit their website at www.sacscoc.org.
This is a coeducational college of the liberal arts and sciences. It is related by covenant to the
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
History of the College's Name
In 1958 the College was founded as Florida Presbyterian College and it allowed its first students in
during 1960. In 1972, the College’s name was changed to honor the late Jack M. Eckerd, a
prominent Florida civic leader whose gifts and commitment to the college have helped to
insure its continued excellence. More than 11,000 graduates are leading lives of service in
communities throughout the world.