One of your first stops during your visit to campus will be the Margaret S. Sugden Welcome Center. Located just past the Parking Information Booth at the main entrance of campus, the living room of the University awaits you! The Welcome Center team can provide you with supplemental information regarding the University and direct you to specific buildings on campus. The Welcome Center team will be happy to provide you with University brochures, admissions information, University catalogs, interesting trivia regarding the University, and tips on the best places to eat and shop in our area!
The Margaret S. Sugden Welcome Center would not exist without the support of Herb and Peg Sugden who contributed $1 million in Energizer Stock in 2001 in order to build the facility. In 2002, Mr. Sugden asked the University to name the building the Margaret S. Sugden Welcome Center as a birthday present to her. He also wanted to show her how proud he was of her exceptional hard work to regain her abilities lost in a stroke. Sadly he passed away before her birthday that year, but Mrs. Sugden was present at the grand opening and shared her excitement of seeing the FGCU campus grow. That gift also built the Sugden Clock Tower, which easily identifies the Student Union. A later gift of $5 million established the Resort and Hospitality Management degree program and was matched by the State of Florida to build the facility, Herbert J. Sugden Hall, which will house the Resort and Hospitality Management program. They have been generous benefactors for the local arts, educational, library, hospital, and church needs in Naples. While visiting the Welcome Center, you will see a portrait of the Sugdens in the living room area.
All of our scheduled guided campus tours leave from the Welcome Center. Our tour guides are all current students who are very willing to share their experiences with you. They’ve been through the steps you’re working on and can give you tips on how to make your admission process as smooth as possible. If you are planning on visiting campus and want a guided campus tour, be sure to schedule it as soon as you know the date you’ll be here and at least 48 hours in advance. Campus tours are offered Monday – Friday at 10:00 a.m. and Monday and Friday afternoons at 2:00 p.m. Large groups should contact us well in advance in order to ensure we have proper tour guide availability. Be sure you receive our confirmation before coming to campus as we have some space limitations on our guided tours.
If you’re just planning on stopping in the Welcome Center and not heading up to the main campus, you won’t need a parking pass. However, if you do plan on going up to the main campus parking lots, you’ll want to stop at the Parking Information Booth at the main entrance of campus.
The Welcome Center is open Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and most Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The Welcome Center is closed on all University holidays.
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