About Eckerd College

Against a backdrop of palm trees and blue water, in an atmosphere of intellectual richness and openness, through remarkable relationships and experiences of many kinds, Eckerd College changes lives.

Located on the waterfront of St. Petersburg, Florida, Eckerd College is an innovative, private, coeducational college of liberal arts and sciences. Founded in 1958, Eckerd has developed programs that have been adopted nationwide and earned the College an international reputation for academic excellence. Eckerd is one of only 40 schools listed in Loren Pope's Colleges That Change Lives and, in 2003, became one of the youngest colleges to receive a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Eckerd's Leadership Development Institute, Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College (ASPEC), and offerings through Senior College and Elderhostel identify the college as a national leader in continuing education.

The Eckerd College Creative Writing Program counts among its faculty and alumni highly acclaimed authors including James W. Hall, Linda Lappin, Dennis Lehane, Peter Meinke, and Sterling Watson.