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  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
    B
Florida Gulf Coast is an above-average public university located in Florida. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 10,826 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Florida Gulf Coast acceptance rate is 56%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Communications, and Business. Graduating 46% of students, Florida Gulf Coast alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $34,000.
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
56%
Application Deadline
May 1
SAT Range
990-1150
ACT Range
22-26
Application Fee
$30
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$13,842/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $11,264/ year
  • $30-48k
    $12,174/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,014/ year
  • $76-110k
    $17,026/ year
  • $110k+
    $18,016/ year
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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
54%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.160 responses
73%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.158 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
10,826Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
27%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 97 responses
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  • Spirted
    29%
  • Friendly
    21%
  • Some students are more involved than others.
    21%
  • Chill
    20%
  • Involved
    6%
  • Not involved as much
    3%
  • Apathetic
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
49%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.193 responses
Poll
58%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.226 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 101 responses
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  • Nature incorporated
    39%
  • Improving exponentially
    18%
  • Future Driven
    9%
  • Eco-friendly
    9%
  • Helpful and Hands on
    8%
  • Embraces diversity, eco-friendly
    7%
  • Serendipity
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$41,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
46%
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 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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If you are looking for a state school with the feel of a small private school FGCU is for you! Classes are small which makes accessing your professor MUCH easier. Many take our greek life for granted since we do not have houses, but this makes it more affordable and accessible. Go Greek! The campus is in Estero which is minutes away from the gorgeous beaches of Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Naples, Sanibel, and Marco Island.
I am currently a Junior at FGCU. So far, my college journey has been excellent! My advisors and the majority of the teachers I've had so far have been extremely helpful! They are extremely detailed and I can tell they are passionate about what they do for students.

One area that could use some improvement is the financial aid office. For some reason, it is difficult to get in contact with the office unless one is physically in their office. It is easier to send an email or make a phone call than it is to take a shuttle to the building (in my case). Also, the lines to get a hold of financial aid advisors are extremely long and unorganized.