Fast Facts

In just 20 years, FGCU has made an indelible impact on Southwest Florida

We are a catalyst for the area’s economy and a cultural hub for the community. Our students enjoy one of the highest graduate employment rates among the state’s universities. Our campus and region serve as a living laboratory from which life-improving discoveries emanate. And our sports teams energize the entire region. Inspiring those who inspire others — that’s The FGCU Effect.

In 2017 FGCU welcomed President Michael Martin, our 4th president.

2007 - 2017

Wilson G. Bradshaw, Ph.D. 


William C. Merwin, Ph.D. 


Roy E. McTarnaghan, Ph.D. 

President Martin

Student success is our #1 priority

  • Teaching is our primary mission, with 78% of classes taught by full-time faculty and a 22:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • FGCU ranks among the top Florida universities for alumni employed or continuing their education one year after graduation
  • Tuition has remained stable for four years with no plans for an increase in the coming year
  • Average GPA of current students is 3.00; student-athletes' cumulative is 3.29
  • Average high school GPA of 2017-18 freshmen was 3.87, with average scores of 1140 on SAT (Math/Reading/Writing) and 23.3 on ACT
  • 69% of students receive financial aid
  • 74% of 2016-17 bachelor's recipients employed or continuing education with year of graduating
  • 84% of 2015-16 master's degree recipients were employed or continuing their education in Florida within one year of graduating


  • Founded 1991; classes began in 1997
  • First commencement May 1998, with 81 graduates
  • Degrees awarded: 35,628 (through spring 2018)


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and 18 other professional accrediting agencies


  • Enrollment: 15,080 (Fall 2018); 91% undergraduate
  • 45% from Southwest Florida (Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties), and 88% from Florida; 12% from other states and international
  • 4,748 students live in campus housing (including West Lake Village apartments)
  • 57% female - 43% male
  • More than 1,000 undergraduates participate in Honors College
  • White - 63.2%, Hispanic - 21%, Black - 8.5%, Asian - 2.9%, non-resident alien - % not reported - 1.4%, Native American - 1%


  • 58 undergraduate
  • 26 master's
  • 5 doctoral
  • 11 certificate


  • 800 acres; 400 acres are restored or preserved nature
  • 15-acre solar energy field
  • 39 residential buildings with 4,748 beds
  • One-third of enrolled students live on campus, including 75% of all first-year students.
  • Special-interest housing environments called living-learning communities for Honors College members, Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (WiSTEM) and students interested in Leadership Through Service. The First Year Residential Experience (FYRE) program is designed to help freshmen successfully navigate the first year of independent living.

Off-Campus Properties

  • Gulf Coast Center at Buckingham (505 acres, 60+ buildings, softball field, pool, Eagles Challenge course)
  • Charlotte County WGCU TV/Radio (transmitter)
  • Emergent Technologies Institute (classrooms, labs, conference space)
  • Harvey Kapnick Education and Research Center, Naples (classrooms, labs, conference space), includes Everglades Wetland Research Park
  • Herald Court Centre, Punta Gorda (classrooms, meeting space)
  • Naples Center, Naples (classrooms, conference rooms)
  • Vester Marine and Environmental Science Research Field Station, Bonita Springs (classrooms, labs, apartments, docks)
  • West Lake Village (student housing)


FGCU student clubs and organization tabling photo.

Student Clubs and Organizations

  • 24 fraternities and sororities
  • 26 sports clubs
  • 200+ student organizations
  • Food Forest designed and maintained by students
Photo os students assembling care kits after Hurricane Irma for community members.

Community Engagement

  • 269,307 student service-learning hours in community in 2017-18
  • 2.66 million student service-learning hours since FGCU opened in 1997
  • 300+ community agencies in Southwest Florida provide service opportunities
  • Students entering as freshmen or sophomores complete a minimum 80 service hours before graduation


  • 36,205 graduates (through fall 2017)
  • 20% of Spring 2016 graduating seniors said they plan to attend graduate school.
  • States with most alumni: 
    Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Texas

Percentage of all alumni live in:

  • 35% Lee County, 14% Collier County, 4% Broward County
  • 3.3% Charlotte County, 3.2% Palm Beach, 2.7% Sarasota County

Resources & Research

Faculty & Staff
  • Total faculty: 548
  • Total staff: 831
Research & Sponsored Programs
  • $11.1 million awarded 2016-17
  • $234 million awarded since FGCU opened in 1997


  • NCAA Division I Atlantic Sun Conference
  • First #15 seed ever to advance to NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Sweet 16
  • Men’s teams: Baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, sand volleyball, soccer, tennis
  • Women’s teams: Basketball, beach volleyball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving (Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association), tennis, volleyball

Continuing Education Programs

  • 900+ non-credit courses offered each year at 11 regional sites through Renaissance Academy
  • Affordable programs on campus, off campus and online for professional training, certification and licensing and career development in public and private sectors

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