Applicants should check at http://www.fgcu.edu for the latest information regarding the application process. Applicants are encouraged to get an application by visiting http://enrollment.fgcu.edu/admissions/apply.htm. The application is also available at FGCU - Charlotte's offices in Punta Gorda or at the Margaret S. Sugden Welcome Center on the Ft. Myer's campus. You may also call (239) 590-7878 or toll free 1-888-889-1095. There is a non-refundable $30 application fee for all new students. In addition, official transcripts and test scores, if applicable, are required if you are seeking formal admission to FGCU. These must be submitted by the same deadline as applications. Call FGCU - Charlotte locally at (941) 505-7414 for more information.
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Florida Gulf Coast University - Charlotte is growing as an engine for economic development in the county. Its role in Charlotte County parallels the role of the larger University in our region and state. Whether for FGCU, the nation's fastest growing University, or its Charlotte County operation, the focus is on credit classes and degree programs, applied research, and enhancing the quality of life.
Whichever aspect of FGCU's mission appeals most to you, much of its impact is its importance to economic development in Charlotte County. Students in our classes in elementary education, in public administration, in business, and in the health professions are becoming better equipped to serve us all in their professions. As we work with the newness of special technologies to bring classes to Charlotte County rather than send every student always out of the county, the students we do it for make Charlotte County a better place.
FGCU students in elementary education now can stay in Charlotte County as they prepare to fill local teaching positions. Offering the classes "here at home" is not only convenient and cost-effective; it also contributes to economic development. Most of these students want to teach right here in the county. Their classes include field trips and other experiences involving the county's schools. And having those experiences in the schools of Charlotte County - where they want to teach - is good for all concerned. It helps these students to see what is available for them here, and it works to produce teachers for Charlotte County's schools.
Additional degree programs, including Health Professions and Legal Studies, are available right here in Charlotte County through a combination of delivery systems. As enrollment patterns make clear the area's major interests, we will enhance the offerings here. Land provided by the county will be the site for the first of FGCU - Charlotte's facilities, with the focus currently being on the benefits of a joint-use facility with Edison's Charlotte campus.
Each semester there will be new classes - more and better opportunities right here at home. Some classes will be exclusive in technology; others will be very traditional in their delivery. The primary focus continues to be education for health care professionals, for our schools and public agencies, and for business. But as FGCU - Charlotte develops, it will become possible to offer classes in any of the University's programs for which the county can provide strong enrollments. Let us know (941.505.0130) your ideas and needs along those lines.
Keep your eyes open also for non-credit opportunities that will enrich your life. Already FGCU - Charlotte has formal partnerships through its Renaissance Academy with the Charlotte County Visual Arts Guild and the Peace River Center for Writers. And FGCU - Charlotte is proud to be working with the Cultural Center's Education Committee to co-sponsor new programs that will enrich the lives of all of us. Look for quality programs involving the history of World War II, this region's Calusa culture, the importance of the arts in our lives, and what it means to live in Florida. And don't just watch for these programs - get involved in them!
Congratulations to the leadership of Florida Gulf Coast University-Charlotte, Edison College-Charlotte campus, the Charlotte Technical Center, and the Charlotte County School District as they begin to meet together regularly to work for Charlotte County. Each has quality staff and programs to meet its specific mission in public education. Their regular meetings will help to ensure that these distinct missions avoid unnecessary duplication and support one another for the good of Charlotte County.
This is an exciting time to live in southeast Florida and especially in Charlotte County. Always remember that Florida Gulf Coast University is your state university. Use it!
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The Legal Studies program is designed to prepare graduates for advancement in careers in law-related professions such as criminal law, litigation, probate law, family law, international law, and others. Qualified students with a AA or AS degree can transfer directly into the 4-year BS degree program in Legal Studies. Students can also start as freshman in the program and/or double major. Students will need to take 48 hours of upper division coursework to complete the BS degree, plus any additional courses need to meet state and university requirements. The 48 hours consist of 27 credits of core courses, 15 credits of elective courses and 6 credits of university-required courses. See program advisor for more information.
The BS in Health Science program is designed to provide career advancement opportunities for entry level health profession practitioners and for individuals who seek areas of specialization such as health services administration, health professions education, gerontology and recreation therapy. This 60-hour upper division curriculum is offered on campus and/or by distance learning. The program includes interdisciplinary core courses based on generic health care professional competencies, health science core courses, courses specific to career goals and selected area of specialization, an interdisciplinary senior seminar, and the University Colloquium. See program advisor for more information.
Enroll in FGCU's 4-year degree program once you have completed your AA degree and finish the bachelors degree right here in Charlotte County. Full-time faculty from the Ft. Myers campus are directly involved in teaching these courses. Courses are offered in both spring and fall semesters and in summer.
FGCU students in elementary education now can stay in Charlotte County as they prepare to fill local teaching positions. Offering the classes 'here at home' is not only convenient and cost effective; it also contributes to economic development. Most of these student want to teach right here in the county. Their classes include field trips and others involving the county's schools. And having that experience in the schools of Charlotte County - where they want to teach - is good for all concerned. It helps these students to see what is available for them here, and it works to produce teachers for Charlotte County's schools.
FGCU - Charlotte offers for-credit courses through a variety of delivery methods. Many courses are held in traditional face-to-face classroom environments. Others are delivered online (via computer), giving the students much more flexibility as to when and where they do the required work (at home, at the office, from a library - wherever you have computer access). We can help you with sessions on how to be successful in an online (or virtual) course.
We also utilize teleconference technology for some courses. This system links a classroom in Charlotte County with a classroom in Lee County (or elsewhere in SW Florida) via two-way interconnected television. Students and instructors at all sites see and hear one another instantly - in real time. Interaction between the classrooms is complete.
And at times we might combine these technologies if that is the way to provide the most successful experience for our students.
FGCU - Charlotte course schedules will indicate if a course is being delivered via technology. Be sure to check the course schedule at http://www.fgcu.gulfline/ for a complete listing of distance learning opportunities each semester and summer.
Call us at (941) 505-0130 for additional information.