Applying Made Easy

If you would like to join our engaged community of scholars, take the time to apply today.

The vast majority of our new students apply for fall admission, but it is also possible to start in January (our intensive one-month mini-term).

Eckerd College has two application options, Early Action and Rolling Admission. Both programs are non-binding and do not require a decision from the student until May 1.

The Application Process

Early Action vs. Rolling Admission

Early Action
Early Action at Eckerd allows students the opportunity to submit their application early and receive an early decision. All students who submit their completed application and supporting materials postmarked by November 15 will be considered in our Early Action pool. Early Action admission decisions will be mailed by December 15. An Early Action application is non-binding, allowing students to submit applications to other colleges and does not require an enrollment deposit from the student until May 1.

Rolling Admission
Starting December 1st, Eckerd will begin reviewing applications submitted in the Rolling Admission pool. We will review and return decisions as applications become completed. We typically return a decision for our rolling applications within 4 weeks of a completed application. Rolling Admission allows students to submit applications to other colleges and does not require an enrollment deposit from the student until May 1.

Application Deadlines

Application dates for Autumn Term and Fall entry:

Early Action:
Applications completed by November 15; notifications sent by December 15.

Rolling Admission:
Applications completed after November 15; reviews will begin on December 1; notifications sent within 4 weeks of receiving all application materials.

Application dates for Winter Term entry:

Rolling Admission:
Applications and supporting materials must be received by December 1; notifications sent within 4 weeks of receiving all application materials. Students who wish to accept our offer of admission must submit your enrollment deposit no later than December 8.

Application Requirements

Domestic FIRST-YEAR applicants

  1. Application
  2. $40 Application Fee (online payment form)
  3. Official SAT I and/or ACT scores (codes: SAT, 5223/ ACT, 0731)
  4. Official High School Transcript and/or G.E.D. results
  5. Admission Recommendation Letter
  6. Personal Essay

Are you planning to graduate from high school early? If so, you must interview with an admission counselor on campus or near your home as part of the admission process. Your application will not be considered until you have met in person with a counselor.

Domestic TRANSFER applicants

  1. Application
  2. $40 Application Fee (online payment form)
  4. Letter of recommendation from a college professor or teaching assistant
  5. Proof of High School graduation or equivalent. Students who have completed fewer than two full-time terms at a college or university must submit a final high school transcript.
  6. Student who have completed fewer than two full-time terms at a college or university must submit SAT I and/or ACT scores (codes: SAT, 5223/ ACT, 0731)
  7. Personal Essay that addresses important college experiences and reason for seeking transfer to Eckerd
  8. Letter from your current/previous institution's Dean of Students (or other official representative) reflecting good academic and social standing.

Additional Transfer Student information


  1. First Year International Student Application or International Transfer Student Application. You may use either the Eckerd College application or the Common Application.
  2. Personal Statement
  3. $40 Application Fee (online payment form)
  4. English Proficiency Requirement
  5. Standardized Tests
  6. Certified, true copies of your secondary school records and corresponding national or provincial examination certificates.
  7. If you need a visa to study in the US, you also need: Statement of Financial Responsibility & I-20 Verification Form signed by your sponsor AND Sponsor's original bank statement or letter dated within 9 months of intended enrollment. The statement or letter must be on bank letterhead and must specify the amount available for your education and support.

Detailed International Student information

How Applicants are Considered

Personal Attention to Each Application

Eckerd College is a place where students are given close personal attention. We try our hardest to make the admission process just as user-friendly. Each applicant is looked at individually. Test scores and grades are important to us, but so are personal merits that cannot be measured quantitatively. We want to get to know you, as a student and a person, so our process takes into account both your academic and personal merits.

Academic Strengths

Eckerd seeks applicants who have taken high school courses that are demanding and rigorous. Most of our students have taken honors, accelerated, advanced placement, dual enrollment, and/or international baccalaureate courses. We want you to have pushed yourself!

We also look for solid grades in tough courses. The average GPA for an entering freshman is about 3.3 on a 4.0 scale and most students come from the top 20% of their high school classes.

We want all our students to have at least:

  • 4 years of English.
  • 3 years of math.
  • 3 years of lab sciences.
  • 3 years of history or social science.
  • 2 years of a foreign language.

We give more weight in our decisions to courses and grades than we do to SAT and ACT scores, but we do consider test scores as part of our admission evaluation.

Personal Qualities

We pride ourselves on having very successful students, and part of that comes from the fact that we evaluate the personal qualities of our applicants to assure Eckerd is a good fit for you. Most successful applicants will have demonstrated leadership accomplishments in school, community, or church. They will also have shown a commitment to community service.

We want to learn as much about you as we can. If you want us to have more letters of recommendation, or more than one essay, or copies of term papers you have written, or samples of your poetry, or videos of your piano playing or tennis talents, or whatever, send them along.

Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Information

Interested in Advanced Standing Credit?

International Baccalaureate (IB)
Eckerd will award students sophomore standing IF they have graduated from high school with an IB diploma and have earned grades of 5 or higher in higher level exams. Students who don't receive the IB diploma may receive credit for those subjects in which grades of 5 or better were earned in the higher level examinations.

Advance Placement (AP)
Students who score a 4 or 5 on their AP examinations will receive course credit for those examinations.

A Level
Students who receive a C or above in their A-level exams may qualify for a up to a full year of college credit for those examinations.

For complete information on earning class credit please visit the Registrar's page.

If you are a working adult (age 23 and older), seeking our Program for Experienced Learners adult degree, please click here.

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