Florida Gulf Coast University Overview
Located in Fort Myers, Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University is a public institution. The suburban atmosphere of Fort Myers makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.
What Is Florida Gulf Coast University Known For?
- Students at FGCU have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 4%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
- Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at FGCU.
- For the 2017-2018 academic year, 63% of the faculty were full-time.
- After graduation, FGCU bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $42,100 a year. That's about 3% more than their peers at other schools.
Florida Gulf Coast University Rankings
These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.
FGCU has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.
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Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at FGCU.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards FGCU has earned from around the web.
|#12||Highest Paid Special Education Graduates||College Factual|
|#35||Highest Paid Fine & Studio Arts Graduates||College Factual|
|#38||Highest Paid Teacher Education Grade Specific Graduates||College Factual|
|#45||Highest Paid Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Graduates||College Factual|
|#45||Highest Paid Health & Physical Education Graduates||College Factual|
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Where Is Florida Gulf Coast University?
Contact details for FGCU are given below.
|Address:||10501 Fgcu Blvd S, Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565|
How Do I Get Into FGCU?
You can apply to FGCU online at: www.fgcu.edu/Admissions/Prospective/happly.html
Admission Requirements for FGCU
|High School GPA||required|
|High School Rank||recommended|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||required|
|Recommendations||neither required nor recommended|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into FGCU?
Approximately 41% of accepted students are men and 59% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 64%, and the acceptance rate for women is 64%.
Average Test Scores
About 54% of students accepted to FGCU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 540 and 610. Math scores were between 520 and 600.
Can I Afford Florida Gulf Coast University?
The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.
Student Loan Debt
It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At FGCU, approximately 40% of students took out student loans averaging $8,320 a year. That adds up to $33,280 over four years for those students.
The student loan default rate at FGCU is 3.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.
Florida Gulf Coast University Undergraduate Student Diversity
There are also 1,255 graduate students at the school.
Of the 11,211 full-time undergraduates at FGCU, 43% are male and 57% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Florida Gulf Coast University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||757|
|Hispanic or Latino||2,450|
Florida students aren't the only ones who study at Florida Gulf Coast University. At this time, 35 states are represented by the student population at the school.
Over 61 countries are represented at FGCU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Jamaica, Brazil, and Canada.
Online Learning at Florida Gulf Coast University
The following chart shows how the online learning population at FGCU has changed over the last few years.
This school is the 41st most popular in Florida for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.
Online Growth Rankings of FGCU
The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Florida Gulf Coast University was 9.6%. This is the #1,362 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at FGCU regardless of major.
The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of FGCU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.
|Major||1-Year Growth Rate|
|Business Administration & Management||2%|
|Business, Management & Marketing||11%|
|Criminal Justice & Corrections||1%|
|Health Sciences & Services||9%|
|Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting||1%|
The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at FGCU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at FGCU.
|Major||Growth Rate Rank|
|Health Sciences & Services||#33|
|Legal Support Services||#40|
|Curriculum & Instruction||#76|
|Public Administration & Social Service||#121|
|Criminal Justice & Corrections||#219|
|Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting||#249|
|Business Administration & Management||#455|
When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.
Florida Gulf Coast University Undergraduate Concentrations
The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.
*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.
More about our data sources and methodologies.
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