Discover our unique campus
Located in Southwest Florida between the Florida Everglades and the Gulf of Mexico, we offer an exceptional environment for learning. Half of our 800 acres is preserved or restored nature. Our campus and region serve as a living laboratory where life-enhancing discoveries are made. We're an incubator for entrepreneurs who fuel economic development and a cultural resource that enriches life on and around campus. Our sports teams energize the entire region. Inspiring those who inspire others — that’s The FGCU Effect.
Florida Gulf Coast University’s comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs prepare students to excel and innovate. Our students, alumni, faculty and staff are actively engaged and environmentally conscious citizens. They serve their communities and inspire others by leading, doing and making a difference.
Faculty members represent a diverse collection of scholars and researchers with a strong commitment to teaching and service. Unlike most universities, we do not have a tenure system so faculty members work on multi-year contracts. And, because the university is relatively young, it tends to attract professors with entrepreneurial spirits, those who are excited by the prospect of creating new programs and initiatives that benefit students and the community.
Alumni by the numbers
93% Have a positive opinion of their student experience
90% Are very positive about FGCU and its future
90% Are working full or part time
70% Work in their field of study
33% Have completed additional education since graduation
20% Have started their own business
Academics by the numbers
- 83% of classes taught by full-time faculty
- 63 undergraduate degrees
- 26 master's degrees
- 17 academic certificates
- 7 doctoral degrees
- 6 colleges | 5 schools
Successful by any measure since 1997
Enrollment has more than quintupled to 15,000 as FGCU has attracted students from 45 states and more than 85 countries. From 200 students living on campus in 1998, we've grown to more than 4,700. And our student body is increasingly diverse, rising from 12.6% minority in 1997 to 30% today.
Making our mark on the world
Our students have been selected for exclusive internships at NASA, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the White House. They present research at conferences across the country and provide health care in Third World countries during school breaks. They've earned Fulbright fellowships and master's degrees at Oxford. They enjoy one of the highest graduate employment rates among the state’s universities and fuel the economy through entrepreneurship that creates jobs. That's The FGCU Effect.
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