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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?

3,384 Undergraduate Awards
$30,932 Avg Cost After Aid
64% Acceptance Rate
  • 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.

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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.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#181 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at FGCU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#3 Most Popular Legal Support Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Most Popular Hospitality Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Most Popular Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Most Popular Legal Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#35 Most Popular Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#39 Most Popular Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#50 Most Popular Natural Resources & Conservation Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#87 Most Popular Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#100 Most Popular Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#124 Most Popular Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards FGCU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#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
#55 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is Florida Gulf Coast University?

Location of Florida Gulf Coast University

Contact details for FGCU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 10501 Fgcu Blvd S, Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565
Phone: 239-590-1000
Website: www.fgcu.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FloridaGulfCoastUniversity
Twitter: http://twitter.com/fgcu

How Do I Get Into FGCU?

You can apply to FGCU online at: www.fgcu.edu/Admissions/Prospective/happly.html

Admission Requirements for FGCU

Submission Required?
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
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into FGCU?

64% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
54% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at FGCU is 64%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

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.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Florida Gulf Coast University  ( 540 to 610 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Florida Gulf Coast University  ( 520 to 600 )
200
800
FGCU received ACT scores from 66% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 26. Math scores were between 20 and 25. Composite scores were between 21 and 25.

ACT English Scores for Florida Gulf Coast University  ( 21 to 26 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Florida Gulf Coast University  ( 20 to 25 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Florida Gulf Coast University  ( 21 to 25 )
1
36

Can I Afford Florida Gulf Coast University?

$30,932 Net Price
40% Take Out Loans
3.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of FGCU is $30,932. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

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

11,211 Full-Time Undergraduates
57% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 13,722 undergraduate students at FGCU, with 11,211 being full-time and 2,511 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  FGCU

There are also 1,255 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 11,211 full-time undergraduates at FGCU, 43% are male and 57% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  FGCU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Florida Gulf Coast University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of FGCU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 211
Black or African American 757
Hispanic or Latino 2,450
White 7,025
International Students 226
Other Races/Ethnicities 542

Geographic Diversity

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

935 Took All Classes Online
6,988 Took At Least One Class Online
9.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 3 bachelor’s degree and 4 master’s degree programs available online at FGCU. In 2017-2018, 6,988 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at FGCU has changed over the last few years.

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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%
Education 2%
Health Professions 13%
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
Public Administration #56
Legal Professions #59
Curriculum & Instruction #76
Public Administration & Social Service #121
Criminal Justice & Corrections #219
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #249
Education #372
Business Administration & Management #455
Health Professions #481

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.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Liberal Arts General Studies 284 0 0 0 0 284
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 251 0 8 0 259
Business Administration & Management 0 199 0 43 0 242
Communication & Media Studies 0 233 0 0 0 233
Hospitality Management 0 215 0 0 0 215
General Psychology 0 212 0 0 0 212
Health Sciences & Services 0 165 0 6 0 171
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 163 0 0 0 163
General Biology 0 155 0 0 0 155
Marketing 0 145 0 0 0 145
Accounting 0 96 0 23 0 119
Nursing 0 84 0 15 9 108
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 102 0 0 0 102
Finance & Financial Management 0 95 0 0 0 95
Public Health 0 95 0 0 0 95
Legal Support Services 0 82 0 0 0 82
Natural Resources Conservation 0 56 0 22 0 78
General English Literature 0 62 0 7 0 69
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 4 0 34 29 67
Social Work 0 40 0 22 0 62
Management Information Systems 0 57 0 1 0 58
Computer Engineering 0 55 0 0 0 55
General Education 0 44 0 0 8 52
Political Science & Government 0 50 1 0 0 51
Civil Engineering 0 44 0 0 0 44
Health & Physical Education 0 37 0 0 0 37
Natural Resource Management 0 36 0 0 0 36
Fine & Studio Arts 0 36 0 0 0 36
Student Counseling 0 0 0 32 0 32
Economics 0 30 0 0 0 30
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 29 0 0 0 29
Biomedical Engineering 0 24 0 0 0 24
Special Education 0 21 0 1 0 22
Environmental Engineering 0 21 0 0 0 21
History 0 19 0 2 0 21
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 20 0 20
Educational Administration 0 0 0 20 0 20
Public Administration 0 0 0 20 0 20
Allied Health Professions 0 18 0 0 0 18
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 18 0 0 0 18
Mathematics 0 15 0 0 0 15
Philosophy 0 15 0 0 0 15
Sociology 0 15 0 0 0 15
Anthropology 0 11 0 0 0 11
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 10 0 0 0 10
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 10 0 0 0 10
Drama & Theater Arts 0 9 0 0 0 9
Biotechnology 0 8 0 0 0 8
General Engineering 0 0 0 8 0 8
Chemistry 0 8 0 0 0 8
Music 0 6 0 0 0 6
Applied Mathematics 0 0 0 4 0 4
Computer Information Systems 0 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 0 0 0 0
Romance Languages 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 284 3,100 1 288 46 3,719

References

*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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