Eckerd College is a 4-year coeducational liberal arts college located in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA. It was a charter institution and the first college to participate in the St. Petersburg Mayor's Mentors and More Program.

Eckerd College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelors degrees. The Florida Institute of Oceanography elected Eckerd College to membership, making it the only exclusively undergraduate member.

Eckerd is among the nation's leaders in the percentage of its graduates who earn doctoral degrees. Eckerd's Leadership Development Institute executive education program, Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College (ASPEC), Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Exploritas identify the college as a national leader of innovative programs in continuing education and lifelong learning.

Achievements and Ranking Profile:

- Eckerd College is ranked 137th among Tier 1 National Liberal Arts Colleges (US News 2011).

- 7th in the PC Magazine 2008 ranking of top wired colleges.

- It is one of only 40 schools listed in Loren Pope's trusted Colleges That Change Lives (2006).

- For three consecutive years, the college's leadership development program, which is an affiliate of the Center for Creative Leadership in North Carolina, was ranked number one by BusinessWeek.

- According to the Institute of International Education's 2005 Open Doors Report, 94 % of Eckerd’s students studied abroad in 2003-04. It is ranked 4th on the list of Top 20 Baccalaureate Institutions and is the only institution from Florida found in the top 20.

- Eckerd College’s lifelong learning program was designated an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute; Eckerd College is one of 73 colleges nationwide known for exemplary lifelong learning programs (2004).

- Eckerd College installed its Phi Beta Kappa chapter, placing it among the youngest of the nation's 270 college and universities granted Phi Beta Kappa chapters (February 2004).

- In a NAFSA Association of International Educators study reported in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Eckerd was ranked the No. 1 U.S. baccalaureate institution with the highest proportion of students who study abroad during their undergraduate careers (2003).

- The Policy Center on the First Year of College selected Eckerd College as one the nation's top 13 Institutions of Excellence in the First College Year (2002).

* Suggested Reading: Top Colleges in Florida

World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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