A mother of an Eckerd student (sophmore, maybe?) happened to be staying at my hotel, and she told me that her daughter (who came from a competitive Boston area high school) is very happy there.
In fact, since Eckerd has rolling admissions, her daughter had not applied anywhere else, although she had very good stats and could have easily gone elsewhere. She also received an academic scholarship.
As is the case anywhere, students will work only as hard as they want to. It is easy to spend time in the out of doors at Eckerd, but there are not the distractions of being in the middle of a city, for example.