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Howard Hall (main floor)
10501 FGCU Boulevard South
Fort Myers, Florida

(239) 590-7878
(888) 889-1095

FGCU Admissions Qualifying Program with Florida SouthWestern State College


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Together, Florida Gulf Coast University and Florida SouthWestern State College (formerly Edison 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.

For information, or to schedule an appointment, you may contact:

Jessica Lennox

tel: 239-489-9204


FSW Lee County Campus
2nd Floor Student Service Building (Building S), Room S-250G

The FGCU advisor can help you determine your major, create an education plan to complete your AA degree at ESC in a timely manner, make sure you choose and complete the correct pre-requisite classes to make a successful transfer and provide overall guidance as you prepare for transfer to Florida Gulf Coast University.