#9 Best Public Universities in Florida

Florida Gulf Coast University

Fort Myers, Florida

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Florida Gulf Coast University overview
Location Fort Myers, Florida
Online fgcu.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Rural Fringe
Florida Gulf Coast University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), a public institution located in Fort Myers, Florida, offers an array of undergraduate and graduate programs with a focus on environmental sustainability, health professions, engineering, and business. FGCU, founded in 1991 and opened in 1997, is set on a 760-acre campus featuring postmodern architecture and a system of lakes and wetlands. The university is situated approximately 21 miles from Fort Myers Beach and close to the cultural and business opportunities of the larger Southwest Florida region. FGCU maintains a selective admissions process and provides on-campus housing options to accommodate its student body. The school is recognized for its strong emphasis on experiential learning, and its academic offerings include popular majors such as business, biology, and psychology. FGCU does not have a historical reputation for athletics; however, it competes in NCAA Division I as the Eagles for those sports in which it participates.

In the most recent statistical year 15,657 prospective students applied, and 11,647 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 2,803 enrolled in the school.  12,145 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 3,824 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $4,191 plus fees of $1,927. FGCU is ranked 802 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












FGCU is rated within the lower 40% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Florida Gulf Coast University overview
SAT 1040/1200
ACT 20/25
GPA 4.0

Applications Accepted

Florida Gulf Coast University overview
Applications Due Nov 1, 2023
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $30

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Annual Cost to Attend

Florida Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Florida Gulf Coast University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$1,927
Room and Board $9,772
Budget for Other Expenses$3,400
Total One Year Cost$20,490

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Florida Gulf Coast University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$1,927
Room and Board $9,772
Budget for Other Expenses$3,400
Total One Year Cost$38,627

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$45,200 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

45% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Florida Gulf Coast University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 25%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 14%
Education 9%
Communication 8%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting 8%

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