FGCU 25th Anniversary

From Idea To Impact

Education inspires growth, creates prosperity, strengthens community. With that idea, we launched a new university 25 years ago for Southwest Florida. Created a pipeline of teachers and nurses. Social workers and scientists. Engineers and entrepreneurs.

For 25 years, our students have served the community. Interned at local businesses and started their own. Brought a community together with the arts, athletics and advocacy.

Together, we built a stronger Southwest Florida. From idea to impact in just 25 years. Imagine what we can do in the next 25.



Explore FGCU’s Most Interesting Moments Year by Year

FGCU has made an indelible impact on Southwest Florida since 1997. Learn more about the milestones and achievements we have celebrated in the past 25 years.


New buildings open, including Alico Arena, the aquatics center, student union and baseball and softball complexes.

University Recreation & Wellnesss Aerial photo

Photo of Lutgert from the waterfall


FGCU Athletics begins competing in NCAA Division I Atlantic Sun Conference, and celebrates 10th anniversary.

Students and Azul mascot with wings-up hand shape in front of FGCU themed bus


FGCU tops $100 million fundraising campaign goal, celebrates 20th anniversary and gets slammed by Hurricane Irma.

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