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.
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 leads the State University System in the percentage of alumni employed in Florida after graduation
- Tuition has remained the same for six years
- Average GPA of current students is 3.00; student-athletes' cumulative is 3.3
- Average high school GPA of 2017-18 freshmen was 3.9, with average scores of 1140 on SAT (Math/Reading/Writing) and 23.3 on ACT
- 69% of students receive financial aid
- More than 75% of students graduate without excess credit hours
- 74% of 2015-16 bachelor's recipients employed or continuing education with a 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: 36,205 (through summer 2018)
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and 18 other professional accrediting agencies
- Enrollment: 15,080 (Fall 2018); 93% undergraduate
- 44% from Southwest Florida (Charlotte, Collier, Hendry and Lee counties), and 87% from Florida; 13% from other states and international
- 4,754 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 - 2%, not reported - 1.4%, Native American - 1%
- 58 undergraduate
- 25 master's
- 6 doctoral
- 12 certificate
- 800 acres; 400 acres are restored or preserved nature
- 15-acre solar energy field
- 39 residential buildings with 4,754 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 entrepreneurship or Leadership Through Service. The First Year Residential Experience (FYRE) program is designed to help freshmen successfully navigate the first year of independent living.
- 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)
Student Clubs and Organizations
- 28 fraternities and sororities
- 26 sports clubs
- 200+ student organizations
- Food Forest designed and maintained by students
- 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
- 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
- Alumni Association Chapters: Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Tampa, Washington D.C.
Resources & Research
Faculty & Staff
- Total faculty: 526
- Total staff: 875
Research & Sponsored Programs
- $11.1 million awarded 2017-18
- $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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