Florida Gulf Coast University

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10501 FGCU Boulevard S

Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565

Phone: (239) 590-1000
2012-2013 Tuition
male /
rolling admission

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#79 Overall Score: 39 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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Florida Gulf Coast University is a public institution that was founded in 1991. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,155, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 700 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Florida Gulf Coast University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 79. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,068 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $25,112 (2012-13).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Florida Gulf Coast University is located on 760 acres of restored wetlands that serve as a laboratory for the environmental colloquium required of all students. This new high-tech campus has already attracted over 5500 intellectually curious students excited about the opportunity to explore knowledge and conduct research under the encouraging direction of talented professors recruited from across the nation. Students enjoy an active learning environment and career-relevant training in small classes that assure student-centered learning. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in five colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Health Professions, and Public Services.

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School type public
Year founded 1991
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Florida Gulf Coast University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at Florida Gulf Coast University is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 67.6 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 67.6%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Florida Gulf Coast University is 23:1, and the school has 20.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Florida Gulf Coast University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Education; and Health Professions and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 75 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 23:1
4-year graduation rate N/A
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 28%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 11%
Education 11%
Health Professions and Related Programs 8%

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Student Life

Florida Gulf Coast University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,155, with a gender distribution of 44.5 percent male students and 55.5 percent female students. At this school, 34 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 66 percent of students live off campus. Florida Gulf Coast University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 13,471
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Florida Gulf Coast University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, day care, and health service. Florida Gulf Coast University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, and lighted pathways/sidewalks. Of the students at Florida Gulf Coast University, 89 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Students who have cars on campus 89%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Florida Gulf Coast University, 60.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,943.

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In-state tuition and fees $6,068 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $25,112 (2012-13)
Room and board N/A
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Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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