Eckerd College

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#T-191, overall score 32.67/100

Fun Fact:

Eckerd has four pet-friendly dorms. Every spring, the college holds a graduation ceremony for seniors’ pets, complete with diplomas signed by the dean.

Why should Jewish students attend Eckerd? With a mile and a half of waterfront property on beautiful Tampa Bay, Eckerd College is a hidden treasure. For a Jewish student who is looking for a liberal arts education, this school deserves consideration. If you want to major in Marine Science, then this is the school for you. It is a member of the “Colleges That Change Lives” consortium, and one of the youngest schools in the country with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Jewish life is exceptionally vibrant for such a small school. cubi Jew is one of the most popular student programs on campus for Jewish and non-Jewish students alike. If Hillel doesn’t “float your boat” then come to Eckerd College… because our Hillel owns a boat. - Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, Executive Director/Campus Rabbi, Hillels of the Florida Suncoast


  • Location: St. Petersburg, Fla.
  • Region: South
  • Campus type: Small city
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Liberal Arts: Yes
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 1,844
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 124
  • Jewish population share: 7%
  • Student origin: 22% in-state / 78% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Current
  • NCAA Division: II
  • NCAA team: Tritons

COST & AID Score: 3.33/15

  • Score: 3.33/15
  • Tuition: $43,044
  • Room & board costs: $11,706
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $25,760
  • Average loan debt: $33,484
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: Yes

ACADEMICS Score: 5/20

  • Score: 5/20
  • Acceptance rate: 73%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 12:1
  • Median SAT range: 1060-1260
  • Jewish Studies program: No
  • Jewish Studies major: No
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 11/20

  • Score: 11/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 8
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: None
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 5.67/11

  • Score: 5.67/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 1
  • Campus crime rate: 19.06/1,000 students (high)
  • City crime rate: 55.99/1,000 people (high)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 7.67/34

  • Score: 7.67/34
  • Hillel: Hillel at Eckerd College
  • Chabad: No
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: No
  • Jewish sororities: No
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Active Hillel clubs: 1
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 50
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 2 (1 Conservative, 1 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most unique/noteworthy club: Scubi Jew is Eckerd Hillel’s Jewish Scuba Club. Scubi Jew is a Jewish environmental group which focuses solely on the marine environment. They run programs that highlight the intersection of Judaism and the Marine environment. Some of their programs are coral restoration dives in Key Largo, Adaptive Diving (diving with paraplegics and quadriplegics), Manatee Awareness trips to Crystal River, scuba certification courses, and regular Tampa Bay cleanup dives aboard “Ally’s Way.” Scubi Jew also began the Israel Underwater Birthright trip 3 years ago.
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country and the world.
  • Kosher food details: Kosher food is not available at Eckerd College, but they have extensive vegetarian and vegan options. All Hillel programs at Eckerd College are vegetarian.

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