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Academics

Many students are drawn to Florida Gulf Coast University thanks to its “very low tuition,” which stems from “many opportunities for financial aid.” In addition to that, enrollees are quick to highlight the fact that “undergraduate research opportunities are ample,” some even citing the chance “to be published even prior to graduate school.” In general, they note that the university’s “major programs are amazing and well planned out,” in particular engineering, nursing, and the College of Education. The classes within those programs “are reasonably sized,” which allows students “to form close relationships with many … professors.” And speaking of professors, by and large, undergraduates report that they’re “passionate about their subjects and willing to go above and beyond.” One student says, “They dedicate so much of their time … and it is very obvious.” But fair warning: “They want you to put in the effort as well.”

Student Body

It’s “not hard to make friends” at Florida Gulf. The campus is “extremely inclusive and diverse” with students who “come from all walks of life.” But while they may bring plenty of experiences to the table, they’re all described as “friendly, respectful,” “honest, and intelligent.” Looking around campus, you’ll find individuals who are “highly eco-friendly and environmentally conscious,” and those “who would rather spend a day outside than inside.” Students also state that “integrity is very common [around] campus.” This is especially illustrated by a student who shares, “I left my MacBook in a classroom [all day] and found it right where I left it and it had never been moved.” That might be because, as one student assures, “Everyone on campus always seems to be having a … good time and happy with their life at FGCU.” Another concurs, stating, “The students are here to chill out and have fun.” Overall, those at FGCU are “motivated [and] environmentally conscious people looking to better themselves and their communities.”

Campus Life

Students at FGCU certainly prioritize their academics, typically spending the majority of their week “dedicated to classes and studying.” That said, there’s plenty to enjoy in lulls between work. Often “music is playing on the library lawn or different clubs and organizations are tabling and have fun activities for you to try.” Undergrads also love that “the housing areas have game rooms, video game rooms, and massage chairs.” And for anyone looking for even more unique activities, students cite things such as “working in the Food Forest [which is a student-run botanical garden highlighting edible species from the area], blindfold yoga, or dancing in the rain.” Of course, many students flock to the on-campus beach to “hang out or rent kayaks, paddle boards, and more”—some even go there just to study.

Overview

Applicants
14,702
Acceptance Rate
65%
Average HS GPA
3.87

GPA Breakdown

54%
Over 3.75
16%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
12%
3.00 - 3.24
3%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
540 - 620
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
520 - 590
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 25

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Regular — July 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
22:1
Total Faculty
813
with Terminal Degree
345

416
Men
397
Women
125
Minority

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
22%
Graduate in 5 years
42%
Graduate in 6 years
48%

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Biotechnology.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other.
  • Business/Commerce, General.
  • Finance, General.
  • Management Information Systems, General.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
  • Resort Management.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services.
  • Curriculum and Instruction.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Special Education and Teaching, General.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Athletic Training/Trainer.
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist.
  • Community Health and Preventive Medicine.
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other.
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General.
  • Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN).
  • Occupational Therapy/Therapist.
  • Physical Therapy/Therapist.
  • Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.
  • Criminalistics and Criminal Science.

  • LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES.

  • Legal Assistant/Paralegal.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies, Other.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Human Services, General.
  • Public Administration.
  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Music Performance, General.


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Transfer Associate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Opportunities at School

Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Dr. John Little
FGCU Distinguished Alumni Award 2004

Dr. Allen Weiss
FGCU Distinguished Alumni Award 2005

Robert Mulhere
FGCU Distinguished Alumni Award 2006

Guenther Gosch
FGCU Distinguished Alumni Award 2007

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
22%
Graduate in 5 years
42%
Graduate in 6 years
48%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
On Campus Interviews
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Jun 30

Required Forms

FAFSA
School
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,647

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,021

Average Need-Based Loan
$7,179

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
50%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,488

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$3,605

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$4,191
Required Fees
$1,979
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,700

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
No

Direct Lender
No

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
13,871
Foreign Countries Represented
89

Demographics

1.77%
Asian
7.06%
African-American
21.32%
Hispanic
62.82%
Caucasian
1.30%
Unknown
2.05%
International

56% female
44% male
8% are out of state
81% are full time
19% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
35%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
78%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
105
Number of Honor Societies
7

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
8

11% join a fraternity
12% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Eagles)
6 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Women's Sports (Eagles)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health

Sustainability

Central to FGCU’s sustainability efforts is the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education (CESE), which strives “To advance innovative educational research methodologies and pedagogies in environmental and sustainability education.” To that end, the Earth Charter Scholarship Project connects scholars with a global network focused on ethically fostering sustainability initiatives. When it comes to research, FGCU has collaborated with The Humane Society of the United States in Washington, D.C., to evaluate sustainable food systems, and has provided Earth Charter Mini-Grants for faculty and staff environmental and sustainability education projects. Additionally, the Earth Charter Meal has been used as an educational methodology to bring together student leaders from a diverse range of campus groups and organizations. Student Associates for a Greener Environment (SAGE) “provides students the opportunity to successfully realize a goal, project, or vision, in connection with the principles outlined in the Earth Charter.” With its unrelenting and thorough focus on sustainability for faculty, staff, and students, it should come as no surprise that FGCU’s CESE is inspired by founder of contemporary environmental movement, Rachel Carson, whose namesake is used both for a distinguished lecture series and its highest award, given to someone who “embodies Rachel Carson’s contributions most relevant to the center.” As she said best, "Future generations are unlikely to condone lack of prudent concern for the integrity of the natural world that supports all life.” With FGCU’s help, they won’t have to.

91/99
AASHE STARS® rating
GOLD
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
2%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2018.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Tamara Tassler
Associate Director of Admissions

Address
Margaret S. Sugden Welcome Center
10501 FGCU Boulevard South
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565

Phone
239-590-7878

Email
TTassler@fgcu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Alico Arena
Student Union
The Quad
The Library
Baseball/Softball fields

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Fort Myers Beach
Gulf Coast Town Center
Miromar Outlets Mall
Lakes Park
Corkscrew Sanctuary

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Saturday
M-F 8:00 - 5:00, Sat 9:00-1:00
239-590-7878

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Monday and Friday 10AM and 2PM, Tuesday-Thursday 10AM
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Taxis City Bus SW FL Airport

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the north (via I-75) Take I-75 South to Exit 128, Alico Rd. Turn east (left) on Alico Rd. for half a mile. Turn south (right) on Ben Hill Griffin Pkwy for two miles. Turn left at the first stoplight (main FGCU entrance). After entering campus, stop at the information booth for a visitor's parking pass and directions to McTarnaghan Hall. From the south (via I-75) Take I-75 North to Exit 123, Corkscrew Road. Turn east (right) on Corkscrew Road for half a mile. Turn north (left) on Ben Hill Griffin Pkwy; proceed three miles to FGCU entrance. Turn right at the stoplight. After entering campus, stop at the information booth for a visitor's parking pass and directions to McTarnaghan Hall.


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