Together, FGCU and Florida SouthWestern State College want to help make your academic goals a reality.
Students from the 5-county area (Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, or Lee county) who apply to Florida Gulf Coast University as a freshman, and do not meet freshman admission requirements, may be invited to participate in the Florida SouthWestern State College/FGCU Qualifying program. Eligible students will receive a special admissions letter explaining the process to participate in this program.
What is the Florida SouthWestern State College/FGCU Qualifying Program?
We encourage students to take advantage of this program because it allows students earning an Associate of Arts (AA) degree to make an easier transition to complete a Bachelor's Degree at FGCU. Once at Florida SouthWestern State College, students who were placed into this program must contact the FGCU counselor at Florida SouthWestern State College for advising and to learn more about the application process. Due to the special nature of this program eligible students must schedule a meeting with this person.
Early planning and being prepared are essential to making the Florida SouthWestern State College/FGCU Qualifying Program work its best for you. An AA Degree at Florida SouthWestern State College = Guaranteed Admission at Florida Gulf Coast University to get a Bachelor's Degree. Florida's higher education system is designed to allow students to successfully pursue a bachelor's degree by first attending a community/state college and then transferring to a 4-year state university system institution. The state of Florida guarantees that students who complete an AA degree at a community/state college have the opportunity to enroll in and earn a bachelor's degree at a state university.
The FGCU Admissions Counselor can help to make sure you choose and complete the correct pre-requisite classes to make a successful transfer, and provide overall guidance as you prepare to transfer to Florida Gulf Coast University.
Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) and Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) have teamed up to offer FSW students a seamless transfer to FGCU to earn their bachelor’s degree.
At FGCU, learning is not a spectator sport.
There’s no sitting on the sideline here. Students take active roles in their education, working collaboratively with faculty members and classmates. Student success – academic, personal and professional – is the top priority.
FGCU’s smaller classes are designed to allow for more individualized attention and mentoring by faculty. The campus, considered among the safest in the country, offers an exceptional quality of life, with pristine beaches, loads of clubs, organizations, activities and NCAA Division I athletics.
$2.7MScholarships awarded by FGCU Foundation
80%Classes taught by full-time professors
33Average class size
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FSW Admissions: 239-489-9054 | FGCU Admissions 239-590-7878
- Guaranteed admission to FGCU with an FSW Associate in Arts degree (AA)*
- FGCU transfer application fee waived
- Transfer scholarships available for students meeting GPA requirements
- Access to FGCU college advisors and the Career Development Center once students have completed 30 earned hours at FSW
- Invitations to major academic fairs at FGCU
- FSW/FGCU transfer days which include presentations and special tours
*Students applying to limited access majors and other majors with additional admission requirements will have to meet additional selection criteria.