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Florida Gulf Coast University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn about Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, FL. Read about its admission info, financial aid and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About Florida Gulf Coast University

Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) is one of ten universities that make up the University System of Florida today. Originally founded in 1991, FGCU serves about 12,650 students via its 760-acre campus in Fort Myers, Florida. The public university principally serves students that reside within the five-county area of Southwest Florida, in addition to distance learners and those living throughout the South Florida region.


Florida Gulf Coast University offers about 85 academic programs through its six colleges. At the undergraduate level, students may choose among a variety of degree options ranging from accounting and biology to environmental studies and sociology.

Online education options are available as well. As of 2012, FGCU has three fully online bachelor's degree options, six online master's programs and an online certificate program in health services administration. In addition to academics, FGCU is committed to research. In 2010-2011, the school received research awards totaling $14.7 million and has received nearly $150 million since the university's opening.


Prospective freshmen seeking admission are required to have completed high school or hold a GED certificate with qualifying scores. They also need to submit official SAT or ACT scores. The school does not require personal recommendations or essays unless regular admission requirements are not met.

There is a $30 application fee, which may be submitted online. FGCU's undergraduate class of Fall 2011 consisted of 55% females, and about 86% of all undergraduates were 24 years of age or younger. Around 81% of undergraduate students attended the university full-time as of 2011.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For 2012-2013, in-state undergraduates pay about $6,318 in tuition and fees per year; out-of-state undergraduates pay roughly $25,292. The estimated cost of books and supplies is $1,200, and students who don't live with their parents may pay about $9,400 for housing per year.

FGCU offers financial aid opportunities through loans, grants, tuition waivers and work-study programs. The average grant or scholarship aid awarded to undergraduate recipients during the 2010-2011 school year was $4,557, while the average student loan was $6,861 during the same period. About 64% of all university undergraduates received some form of financial aid in 2010-2011.

School Type Public, 4-year*
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; certificate programs*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Rural, fringe*
Student Body About 11,300 undergraduate and 1,400 graduate students in 2012**
Student Housing Three housing facilities are available**
Schools and Programs Six colleges offering about 85 academic programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 22 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Mass communication, media studies (147)
Master's: Business administration and management, general (82)
Doctorate: Physical therapy, therapist (19)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates for 2003 Cohort 23% in four years
46% in six years
50% in eight years*
Admission Rate 68% in Fall 2011*
Entering Class Size About 2,600 in 2012***
First-Year Retention Rates In 2010-2011:
75% (full-time students)
71% (part-time students)*
Average SAT Score of Admitted Students 1,530 in 2012**
Undergraduate Application Due Date Regular admission May 1; Priority admission February 15**
Decision Notification Date Within 3-4 weeks after an application is received**
Tuition Roughly $6,318 for in-state undergraduates and $25,292 for out-of-state undergraduates per year (tuition and fees for 2012-2013)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving It) In 2010-2011 (for full-time beginning undergraduate students):
Federal grants (31%)
State/local grants (68%)
Institutional scholarships (16%)
Federal loans (34%)*
Percentage of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 86% of full-time beginning undergraduates in 2010-2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics; **Florida Gulf Coast University, ***The College Board.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Undergraduate Admissions, Howard Hall, 10501 FGCU Boulevard South, Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565
  • Phone: (239) 590-7878
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