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Fast Facts

In just 25 years, FGCU has grown from idea to impact

Since 1997, our students have contributed to the Southwest Florida community through millions of hours of service-learning. They’ve interned at countless local businesses and started their own. They’ve brought a community together through the arts, athletics and advocacy.

When they leave Florida Gulf Coast University, more than half our graduates stay in the region and continue to serve the community as teachers and nurses, scientists and social workers, engineers and entrepreneurs. Through thousands of Eagle alumni and through the university’s rising profile in fields such as water research, FGCU’s impact continues to expand exponentially.

Leadership Timeline

FGCU was founded 1991 as Florida’s 10th state university, and classes began in August 1997. We’ve had four presidents.


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Michael Martin, Ph.D.

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Wilson G. Bradshaw, Ph.D.

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William C. Merwin, Ph.D.

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Roy E. McTarnaghan, Ph.D.


Our Degree Programs

FGCU has awarded 43,353 degrees since graduating its first class in 1998, and we’re still developing new programs.








Academic Certificates



Ensuring Student Success  

Undergraduate research opportunities, smaller classes and experiential learning are critical to an FGCU education and set us apart from other schools. 


81 percent

of classes taught by full-time faculty

22 to 1

student-to-faculty ratio

73 percent

of students receive financial aid

75 percent

of all first-year students live on campus

Living-Learning Communities (LLC)

Students who share special interests can live in designated residence halls: Entrepreneurship; Honors College; Women in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (WiSTEM); Leadership Through Service 

Value for Your Investment

FGCU holds the second-highest graduate employment rate among all Florida state universities.

  • Tuition has remained the same since 2013-14.
  • More than 75% of students graduate without excess credit hours.

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Our Student Profile


Fall 2021 enrollment

87 percent



Students live in campus housing


Average GPA of incoming freshmen


 Average SAT score of incoming freshmen


 Average ACT score of incoming freshmen

37 percent

college students 

White 60.9%, Hispanic 23.2%, Black 8.4%, Asian 3.3%, non-resident alien 1.9%, not reported 1.3%, Native American 1%

59% female, 41% male


Dynamic Campus Life

Student involvement, community engagement and physical and mental health are as critical to student success as academic development.


Campus Features

With restored or preserved nature making up half of our 800 acres, the FGCU campus is a living laboratory for learning, especially as it pertains to sustainability, one of our guiding principles.

  • 300 residential and migratory birds and endangered species
  • Natural trails winding through pine flatwoods, cypress swamps and other ecosystems
  • 15-acre solar energy field
  • Food Forest designed and maintained by students as a permaculture botanical garden 

Off-Campus Facilities

  • Vester Marine and Environmental Science Research Field Station, Bonita Springs (classrooms, labs, waterfront access)
  • Emergent Technologies Institute (classrooms, labs, conference space)
  • Harvey Kapnick Education and Research Center, Naples (classrooms, labs, conference space), includes Everglades Wetland Research Park
  • Buckingham Complex



Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and 18 other professional accrediting agencies


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Eagle Alumni

  • 37,779 graduates
  • States with most alumni: Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Texas
  • Percentage of all alumni live in: 35% Lee County, 14% Collier County, 4% Broward County
  • Alumni Association Chapters: Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Tampa, Washington D.C.

Find an Alumni Association chapter 

Community Education Programs

  • FGCU Academy offers 900+ non-credit courses each year
  • Affordable continuing education programs on campus, off campus and online for professional training, certification and licensing and career development in public and private sectors
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Resources & Research

Faculty & Staff

587 Total faculty
914 Total staff

Research & Sponsored Programs

$15.46 million awarded 2020-21
$275 million awarded since FGCU opened in 1997


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