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FGCU Main Campus
McTarnaghan Hall Suite 229

Mailing Address
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Boulevard South
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565
(800) 590-3428(FGCU)

Main Office
McTarnaghan Hall 229
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00AM-5:00PM
(239) 590-7875
(239) 590-7862 {fax}

South Village Office
Eagle Hall 4001 (4th floor)
Hours: Mon-Thur 8 AM - 7 PM &
  Fri 8 AM - 5 PM
(239) 745-4300
(239) 745-4336 {fax}

Contact Email
freshmanadvising@fgcu.edu
*email response time may be up to 1-2 business days.

Dear Student or Visitor,

Welcome to Florida Gulf Coast University! Academic counseling assists current students in the discovery and development of their academic potential. The advising process includes the collection, interpretation and delivery of a plethora of information.

Our professional counselors are committed to providing personalized service to our college freshmen. Our counselors will blend individual needs with resources available to assist in developing academic goals.

Our mission, based on a developmental model, is to provide holistic assistance for our students so that they successfully complete educational goals.

We hope that you find this website helpful! 

Adam Musolino, Associate Director   
First Year Advising - Office of New Student Programs


First Year Advising Mission Statement:

First Year Advisors guide new students in their transition into and navigation of the university experience. Our staff helps students clarify their interests, skills and values in the context of class selection, major choice, and curriculum planning. We empower students to make informed academic decisions; while helping them interpret policy and understand the university resources available to assist in their academic success.


Advisor Goals in working with first year freshman students:

  • Develop understanding of students' shared responsibility within advisement. 
  • Help interpret institutional requirements utilizing the catalog, student guidebook and FGCU website.
  • Assist in the development of realistic educational plans compatible with life and career goals.
  • Reinforce active awareness and engaged participation in the development of educational planning.
  • Guide in the selection of appropriate courses and complimentary educational experiences.
  • Enhance awareness of educational resources on campus.
  • Help with curricular planning and strategizing for timely completion of degree requirements.
  • Discuss options and potential consequences of decision making.
  • Educate in comprehension of the FGCU advising model and develop utilization of technology within advisement.
  • Inform students of institutional and community resources available to enhance their educational experience.
  • Provide referrals to university resources to maximize academic achievement and personal wellness.
  • Optimize our accessibility to students in advising outreach efforts.