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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    A+
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    A-
Florida Gulf Coast is an above-average public university located in Florida. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 10,973 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Florida Gulf Coast acceptance rate is 64%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Communications, and Business. Graduating 48% of students, Florida Gulf Coast alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $35,200.
About Florida Gulf Coast University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Atlantic Sun Conference
Address
10501 FGCU Blvd South
Fort Myers, FL 33965
Website

Florida Gulf Coast University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
64%
Application Deadline
May 1
SAT Range
1060-1210
ACT Range
21-25
Application Fee
$30
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$13,456/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$4,726/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
72%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
22:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
81%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.151 responses
53%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.164 responses
72%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.162 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
10,973Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
2,881
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
29%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 101 responses
Report
  • Spirted
    28%
  • Friendly
    21%
  • Some students are more involved than others.
    21%
  • Chill
    19%
  • Involved
    6%
  • Not involved as much
    3%
  • Apathetic
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
50%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.197 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.230 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 105 responses
Report
  • Nature incorporated
    38%
  • Improving exponentially
    17%
  • Eco-friendly
    9%
  • Future Driven
    9%
  • Helpful and Hands on
    9%
  • Embraces diversity, eco-friendly
    8%
  • Serendipity
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$42,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
48%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
84%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.101 responses
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Florida Gulf Coast University Reviews

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Florida Gulf Coast University offers a quality education in a beautiful location. The local town center has a variety of stores, restaurants, and nightlife. Dorm rooms and campus housing offer privacy and an inclusive environment. While this may not be a football college, it is home to an awesome basketball and hockey team! FGCU is dedicated to creating a safe environment for all students. Everyone can download a guardian eagle app and there are multiple emergency safe buttons around campus. Although the there are a variety of clubs and activities students can engage in, you must be willing to put yourself out there to get involved. But don’t worry, there is a place for everyone!
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Overall FGCU is a good school. It is located in a small beach town. They should have more housing options off campus. All on campus dorms should be available to all students, not seperated by class. The school offers reasonable tuition, caring teachers, and staff. Could have more advisors. Advisors need better training. Students know more about registration than they do. Did not like mandatory overnight orientation, waste of time, one day would have been better. Orientation was disorganized and registration for classes was put on hold until orientation was complete. Financial Aid office processes disbursements extremely slow. I would like to see a better Art Program. More courses should be available for Art, specifically in animation.
It’s an awesome place that takes advantage of the Florida weather! There’s so much to do at FGCU with so many great people to meet. I’d say I made my best friend for life here. The staff here is marvelous, minus some bad professors. I didn’t choose FGCU at first but I have no regrets going here! There’s nothing I’d change about it, beside Chick-Fil-A line!