Eckerd College Student Outcomes
THE FIRST JOB AND BEYOND Martha Stewart attended one. Actor Steve Carell did too. So did the CEO of The Home Depot, the former Secretary General of the U.N. and the founder of Intel Corporation. They all graduated from liberal arts colleges. Ever since Harvard opened its doors in 1639, liberal arts colleges have insisted that the best minds are fed a varied diet. Art, literature, the natural and social sciencesâ€”students at liberal arts colleges and universities take courses in many fields, regardless of their majors. Why? Like a full-body workout, the liberal arts exercise all the mental muscles, teaching students crucial skillsâ€”how to collect information, to critically evaluate data, to communicate their findings clearly and back them up with solid research. Eckerd does all of this and more.
EVERY ECKERD STUDENT COMPLETES AT LEAST ONE INTERNSHIP, RESEARCH STUDY, SERVICE-LEARNING PROJECT AND/OR STUDY ABROAD EXPERIENCE
LOCATION MATTERS Students looking for hands-on experience will find plenty of it at Eckerd. A host of local internships and study abroad opportunities extend the classroom out into the world. Every year more than 200 students complete internships in the vibrant St. Petersburg– Tampa metro area. Students also spend more than 40,000 hours in service-learning as part of classes as diverse as Intro to Environmental Studies and Principles of Management and Leadership. Interested in heading farther afield? Each year our professors and students travel together to 40 foreign countries for research and cultural study.
“I learned a lot [at Eckerd] about not only what it is to be successful but what it is to be a good human being.” David Canter-McMillan ’97 Managing Director–Lead Director, Operational Risk Global Trading and Operations, Macquarie Group Eckerd Major: American Studies Minor: Political Science 2
THE ECKERD EDGE Four years is all it takes. Eckerd College is committed to having every full-time residential student complete the baccalaureate degree within four years. Indeed, 97% of our students who maintain full-time enrollment graduate in four years or fewer.
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The Eckerd Edge is designed to enhance the classroom experience through resources and programs that enrich studentsâ€™ learning while preparing them for a changing world. We do this through hands-on learning opportunities, development of critical thinking and oral and written communication skills, and attention from faculty mentors and dedicated professional staff to assist with graduate school and career preparation.
ON THE NATIONAL SURVEY OF STUDENT ENGAGEMENT, ECKERD RANKS HIGHER THAN PEER INSTITUTIONS FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO APPLY LEARNING IN REAL-WORLD SETTINGS 3
ECKERD SUCCESS STORIES
Eckerd students leave with more than degrees—they graduate with experience. And they go on to find more than jobs— they find fulfillment.
ECKERD GRADUATES HAVE SERVED IN THE PEACE CORPS
“Coming to Eckerd College was the best decision I ever made.” Dennis Lehane ’88 Author, Screenwriter and Publisher Eckerd Major: Creative Writing
“When I interviewed with law firms or government organizations, they were impressed that I did two internships before I graduated.” Amber Robinson ’10 Managing Partner, Robinson Law Office Eckerd Major: Literature Minor: Law and Justice
“I wouldn’t have changed where I went to school, whom I met and how it shaped my life. It definitely pushed me in a direction where I’m doing something I love for a living, which is very difficult to find these days.” Michael Specht ’11 Camera Image Quality Engineer, Apple Inc. Founder and CEO, Michael Specht Photography Eckerd Major: Visual Arts Minor: Management
“I learned that I love research. I love being in the lab. Eckerd offered me this opportunity that completely changed my career path.” Aya Matsunaga ’14 Biologist, Eli Lilly and Company Eckerd Major: Biochemistry
“Know how I got into undergraduate research? I literally knocked on a professor’s door. The further along I got, the more opportunities there were. I just got hooked.” Dr. Julie Huber ’98 Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (MBL), Brown University Associate Scientist, Associate Director, The Josephine Bay Paul Center Marine Biological Laboratory Eckerd Majors: Marine Science and Biology Minor: Chemistry
EARLY PLANNING GETS RESULTS We have the tools you need. The Center for Career Planning and Applied Learning actively prepares students for what comes after graduation. The Center offers everything from one-on-one help writing a resume to the annual Career Fair that brings 50+ local and national businesses
to campus for interviews every year. Look to the Center for answers to all of your career or graduate school questions.
STUDENTS ARE PROVIDED A FOUR-YEAR PLAN THAT SPECIFIES TASKS FOR SUCCESS AFTER ECKERD
EMPLOYMENT OF RECENT ECKERD GRADUATES (PARTIAL LIST) ARTS/THEATRE/FILM PRODUCTION
Apple Inc., Camera Image Quality Engineer Bilal’s Stand, Production/Distribution; Immortal Island (Film), Associate Producer Burial at Sea (Film recognized by IMDb), Associate Producer; EFEX Project (Detroit, Mich.) Greyhouse Films, Digital Imaging Technician/Editor Hartford Stage Company, Actor Second City, Performer Vital Theatre Company, Stage Manager and Teaching Artist
4200 Productions, Senior Technician Addison Independent, Advertising Representative American Express, Lead Analyst Bank of America, Merrill Lynch Global Treasury Solutions Group, Analyst Barclays, Investment Banking Analyst CBS Corporation, Account Executive Coca-Cola, Sales Executive Facebook, IT Technician Fast Enterprises, Software Developer Forex Capital Markets, Japan Sales Support IBM, Consultant Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Investment Banker Revedia, Inc., Director of Interactive Media Services Squaremouth, Product Manager Stream2Sea, Chief Executive Officer Target Corporation, Business Analyst
Discover Magazine, Science Sushi Blogger DogTown (National Geographic Cable TV Series), Dog Trainer and Behaviorist Florida Holocaust Museum, Membership Coordinator J.R. Campbell & Associates Inc., Assistant Editor MyShelf.com, Editor/Book Reviewer; 5 Star Lenses, Writer/Editor Penguin Random House, Contracts Assistant Tampa Bay Rays, Communications Tampa Laser Spine Institute, Social Media Specialist/Consumer Advocate Three Little Words: A Memoir and Three More Words, Author TVU Networks (Shanghai, China), Project Manager U.S. Congressional Representative, Press Secretary Vlogbrothers, YouTube Channel Co-Creator and Internet Entrepreneur WSVN Channel 7 News, Associate Producer
Alaska Department of Wildlife Management, Wildlife Biologist American Museum of Natural History, Scientific Assistant, Herpetology Cornell University, Professor of Engineering Edisto Beach State Park, Interpretive Ranger The Florida Aquarium, Shark Ethologist Granite State Zoo, Wildlife Educator Groundwater and Environmental Services, Environmental Scientist Halcón Resources Corporation, Geologist Moffitt Cancer Research Center, Research Coordinator National Audubon Society, Field Technician Quantum Retail Technology, Inc., Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer Reef Ecology Lab, Saudi Arabia, Researcher State of Florida, Regional Epidemiologist Teach for America, Environmental Science Teacher U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer United States Geological Survey, Geologist
SOCIAL AND PUBLIC SERVICES/EDUCATION
Academy Prep, Teacher Adoption Rhode Island, Adoption & Permanency Caseworker AmeriCorps VISTA Si Se Puede! Learning Center, Resident Service Coordinator EF Education First–China, English Teacher Humane Society, Development Specialist International Humanity Foundation, Co-Director, Indonesia Manatee County School District, Teacher National Meningitis Association, Spokesperson New York Public Interest Research Group, Project Coordinator Peace Corps, South America, Volunteer U.S. Coast Guard, Officer U.S. Navy, Officer
Belarusian Premier Women’s Basketball League, Player Detroit Tigers, Player Mexico-CIBACOPA Professional Men’s Basketball League, Player NBA Development League, Player Pittsburgh Pirates, Area Scout Princeton Rays (Minor League of Tampa Bay Rays), Hitting Coach San Francisco Giants, Executive VP of Baseball Operations
The Value of a Liberal Arts Degree
OF LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE GRADUATES RATED THEIR OVERALL EXPERIENCE AS “EXCELLENT,” COMPARED TO 53% OF THOSE WHO GRADUATED FROM PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES AND FLAGSHIP PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES
OF LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE GRADUATES SAID THEY FELT “BETTER PREPARED” FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE THAN STUDENTS WHO ATTENDED OTHER COLLEGES, COMPARED TO 34% WHO ATTENDED PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES
OF LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE GRADUATES RATED THEIR COLLEGE EXPERIENCE HIGHLY FOR PREPARING THEM FOR THEIR FIRST JOB, COMPARED TO 66% WHO ATTENDED PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES
Giving Employers What They Want According to a report issued recently by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, today’s business leaders are looking for college graduates with a specialization focus and the thinking, writing and research skills that come from a liberal arts education. THE MORE THAN 300 CEOs, COMPANY PRESIDENTS, EXECUTIVES AND VPs WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE SURVEY SAID THEY LOOK FOR THESE QUALITIES: 1. The ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing 2. Critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills 3. The ability to apply knowledge and skills to real-world settings
“Eckerd shaped my academic passions, which translated into real-world passions. A lot of my friends went to huge state schools, and they left not knowing their goals. Eckerd helped me focus.”
Meghan Meehan-Draper ’10 Major Donor Director, Democratic Governors Association Eckerd Majors: Communication and French
GRADUATE SCHOOLS ATTENDED BY RECENT ECKERD GRADUATES (PARTIAL LIST) INSTITUTION
Duke University School of Medicine Iowa State University University of Florida Boston University School of Law Cornell University Florida State University College of Law Georgetown University Law Center Harvard Law School New York University School of Law Stetson University College of Law University of Florida American University Boston University Columbia College of Columbia University DePaul University George Washington University Instituto de Altos Estudios Diplomaticos Kent State University University of Colorado University of South Florida University of West Florida University of North Carolina, Wilmington Florida State University Fordham University Georgetown University University of Florida University of Tampa University of California, Los Angeles Duke University Florida State University Indiana University School of Medicine University of Florida University of Hawaii University of Kentucky College of Medicine University of Miami University of Michigan College of Medicine Columbia Theological Seminary Wake Forest University Columbia College of Columbia University Monterey Institute of International Studies University of South Florida Emerson College Kent State University Sarah Lawrence College University of California, San Diego University of South Carolina Florida State University University of South Florida New York University Columbia University Duke University Florida Institute of Technology Louisiana State University New York University Pennsylvania State University University of Arizona University of California, Berkeley University of California, Santa Barbara University of Chicago University of Connecticut University of Hawaii, Manoa University of Notre Dame University of South Florida University of Edinburgh University of Oxford University of South Florida Binghamton University–SUNY Catholic University of America Duke University Emory University Rutgers University Texas Tech University University of Arizona University of California, Davis University of California, Davis University of California, San Diego University of California, Santa Barbara University of Connecticut University of Florida University of Maryland University of Miami University of Michigan University of North Carolina University of Queensland University of Rhode Island Wake Forest University Yale University
GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAM
DPT DVM DVM J.D. J.D. J.D. J.D. J.D. J.D. J.D. J.D. M.A. M.A. M.A. M.A. M.A. M.A. M.A. M.A. M.A. M.A. MAT MBA MBA MBA MBA MBA MCS M.D. M.D. M.D. M.D. M.D. M.D. M.D. M.D. M.Div. M.Div. M.Ed. M.Ed. M.Ed. MFA MFA MFA MFA MHA MLS MMS MPA M.S. M.S. M.S. M.S. M.S. M.S. M.S. M.S. M.S. M.S. M.S. M.S. M.S. M.S. MSc MSc MSW Ph.D. Ph.D. Ph.D. Ph.D. Ph.D. Ph.D. Ph.D. Ph.D. Ph.D. Ph.D. Ph.D. Ph.D. Ph.D. Ph.D. Ph.D. Ph.D. Ph.D. Ph.D. Ph.D. Ph.D. Ph.D.
Physical Therapy Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Medicine Law and Justice Law Law and Justice Law and Justice Law and Justice Law and Justice Law and Justice Law Anthropology Film Studies Human Development, Political Science Economics Counseling/Child Law Foreign Policy Sculpture Landscape Architecture International Relations/Global Affairs, Political Science Psychology Secondary Science Business Administration Finance Business Administration Business Administration Business Administration Computer Science Medicine Medicine Medicine Medicine Medicine Medicine Medicine Medicine Theology Theology Education Education, International Studies Education Creative Writing Art and Art History Poetry Creative Writing Health Administration Library and Information Science Pharmacology Public Administration Journalism Environmental Management Environmental Studies–Policy Oceanography and Coastal Sciences Global Affairs Speech and Language Pathology Water Society & Policy Chemistry Environmental Science and Management Financial Mathematics Marine Science–Chemistry Marine Science Accountancy Public Health Animal Behavior and Welfare Social Science of the Internet Social Work Art and Art History Philosophy Genetics and Genomics Immunology Oceanography Experimental Psychology Philosophy Pharmacology and Toxicology Philosophy Chemistry Social Psychology Geology, Geosciences, Marine Science Literature Electrical Engineering Marine Science Biology Psychology Marine Science Oceanography Biology Chemistry
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OF OUR GRADS ARE IN GRADUATE SCHOOL WITHIN A YEAR OF GRADUATION
OF OUR GRADS ARE WORKING WITHIN A YEAR OF GRADUATION
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