Eckerd College: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Eckerd College campus

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Eckerd College is a private liberal arts college with an acceptance rate of 68%. Located on a 188-acre waterfront campus in St. Petersburg, Florida, Eckerd takes full advantage of its location with popular programs in marine science and environmental studies. For its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, Eckerd was awarded a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. In athletics, the Eckerd College Tritons compete within the NCAA Division II, in the Sunshine State Conference. Popular sports include volleyball, basketball, soccer, golf, and softball.

Considering applying to Eckerd College? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Eckerd College had an acceptance rate of 68%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 68 students were admitted, making Eckerd's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 4,830
Percent Admitted 68%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 18%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Eckerd College requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 66% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 550 650
Math 530 630
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Eckerd's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Eckerd scored between 550 and 650, while 25% scored below 550 and 25% scored above 650. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 530 and 630, while 25% scored below 530 and 25% scored above 630. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1280 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Eckerd College.

Requirements

Eckerd does not require the SAT writing section. Note that Eckerd participates in the scorechoice program; which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Eckerd College requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 55% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 23 30
Math 21 27
Composite 23 28

This admissions data tells us that most of Eckerd's admitted students fall within the top 31% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Eckerd received a composite ACT score between 23 and 28, while 25% scored above 28 and 25% scored below 23.

Requirements

Eckerd College does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many schools, Eckerd superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA of Eckerd College's incoming freshmen class was 3.46, and nearly 50% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.5 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Eckerd have primarily high B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Eckerd College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Eckerd College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Eckerd College. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Eckerd College, which accepts over two-thirds of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. However, Eckerd also has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and a glowing letter of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. While not required, Eckerd recommends interviews for interested applicants. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of Eckerd's average range.

Beyond the required items, applicants may submit additional items to supplement their application to Eckerd including extra letters of recommendation, essays, writing samples, and videos showcasing special talents.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that most students admitted to Eckerd had high school GPAs of "B" or higher, combined SAT scores of about 1000 or higher (ERW+M), and ACT composite scores of 20 or higher. The higher those numbers, the better your chances of being admitted.

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