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First Year Advising

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First Year Advising
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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
*email response time may be up to 1-2 business days.

The Advising Process


During their first semester of enrollment at FGCU, First Time in College (FTIC or freshman) students are advised by First Year Advising, which is housed within the Office of New Student Programs.  The advising process actually begins during Eagle View Orientation, where new students will be guided through the process of understanding degree requirements, course selection, schedule building, and course registration by our staff of full time professional academic counselors. 

In their first semester at the university, students advised by FYA will be required to meet with an academic counselor two different times:

  • Through a New Student Meeting - these meetings are conducted in small groups (10-15 students) during the first few weeks of the term, and serve as an initial check-in with our students to talk about how their semester has started, and to reinforce the role of the academic counselor, address any issues of concern, and to look ahead to preregistration process for the next semester;
  • For preregistration advising - students will be required to meet with an academic counselor to talk about their academic progress, discuss possible course options for their second semester at the university, and to review the online course registration process.

Of course, students can meet with an academic counselor whenever they have questions or concerns.  We offer:

  • In-person individually scheduled appointments
  • Walk in advisement sessions (during high traffic periods in the semester)
  • Phone appointments
  • Email inquiry

Our counselors have offices in two convenient locations: Eagle Hall 4001 (in South Village Housing) and McTarnaghan Hall 229