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When can I visit?
The Admission Office is open all year long, but it is best to come when we are fully in session (September 1 - December 4 and February 2 - May 14) so that you can tour our beautiful, waterfront campus with a current student and see Eckerd when it is in full swing! Except for certain holidays, we are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every weekday, and on most Saturday mornings during the school year (late September through May) from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. During the summer we are open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Of course, if you cannot make it during our office hours, please feel free to tour campus on your own. Stop at the entrance to the college and ask for a self-guided walking tour map.
To Schedule a Summer Visit:
Please choose a date:
If the date you would like to visit is less than a week from today, please contact Lucy Lopez at (800) 456-9009, ext. 8331.
Please note that some days (e.g. holidays) are unavailable. You can also make an appointment by calling Lucy Lopez at (800) 456-9009, ext. 8331.
If you are interested in speaking to a coach about any of our athletic programs, please contact the appropriate member of our coaching staff directly.
Getting to Campus
Please visit our Directions & Map page for driving directions to campus. If you'll being staying overnight, information regarding local lodging accommodations can be found at our Hotels link. If you mention that you are visiting Eckerd College, some of the hotels will offer a discount.
What can I do during my visit?
Individual campus visits include a student-led campus tour and a meeting with an Admission Representative. The Eckerd College Admission Office would like all prospective students to meet with an admissions representative during their visit to campus. Having the opportunity to meet with a prospective student gives us a chance to get to know you better and gives you the chance to ask questions in more of a one-on-one setting. Information sessions, led by an Admission Counselor, are available to high school sophomores or during heavy visit times (holidays or spring break). You can also attend public events on campus or participate in any of the following activities:
Class Visits and Faculty Appointments
Juniors, seniors and transfers may request a class visit or appointment with a faculty member. Please provide us with several areas of interest as we may not be able to accommodate your first choice. When meeting with a professor, come with questions! The expectation is that you will lead the discussion and have your questions answered about our diverse degree programs. Due to our unique academic calendar, class visits are not possible in January or during the summer, and limited faculty appointments are available.
Enjoy a meal on us at the cafeteria! This is another opportunity for you to interact with the Eckerd community and learn more about what it is like to be a student here. Your family is welcome to join you at a discounted rate of $5 per person.
Boat Tour of Boca Ciega Bay
Experience campus from a completely different perspective with a boat tour of Boca Ciega Bay! Boat tours are available midday on various Fridays throughout the academic school year. The tours leave from the Wallace Boathouse under the direction of a Waterfront Program staff member or student, though we do appreciate you stopping by the Office of Admission first to check-in. The whole excursion should take approximately 45 minutes. Space is limited, so please sign up in advance by calling our office or by filling out our online visit registration form. Boat tours may be canceled due to inclement weather.
Going to be in the area for a day or two? If so, spend an evening at Eckerd! Throughout the year, Eckerd hosts speakers and performers from around the world and we invite you take part in these community events. Most events do not require tickets and there is no sign-up required. Some of the recent guests we have had include former poet laureate Billy Collins, Gloria Steinem, the Harlem Gospel Choir and author and humanitarian Elie Wiesel, who is a distinguished visiting professor at the College during Winter Term. As part of Evenings at Eckerd you can also become a member of the South Beach Supper Club - a group of students that meets on select Sundays during fall semester for a barbeque on our beach!