Veterans Support Services


Empowering and engaging students to who serve

FGCU is committed to easing your transition from the military to the academic environment and to enhancing awareness, understanding and respect of veterans on campus and in the community.

From admission to orientation to graduation, we work closely with students who have served. We ensure you have the guidance and resources to help you excel academically, personally and professionally. We also strive to foster meaningful connections and a rich college experience by encouraging  engagement in the classroom, in student organizations and in social opportunities.

Valuing the contributions, needs and perspectives of our veterans, FGCU established the Veterans Support Committee to advocate for services and opportunities that empower Americans who served our country and continue their education here. A diverse group representing students, faculty and administration, the committee is guided by the interests of student veterans and welcomes your questions and suggestions. 

Letter from FGCU President

Dear Military Veteran,
I want to provide to you my heartfelt thanks for your military service and as well as to wish you a warm welcome to The Nest!
Veterans have a special place here at FGCU. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to Florida Gulf Coast University and encourage you to participate in the Veterans’ Orientation Lunch during Eagle View Orientation (EVO) events. 
At FGCU we appreciate that Veterans come from a variety of backgrounds, have a wealth of experiences and do not at all fit the typical college student mold. We recognize that many Veterans have families, are older than typical college students, many live off campus and hold part-time or full time jobs. Changing careers can be a stressful event in the best of times. We believe that our mission is to provide you with the best services to give you the tools for a successful transition to university life. 
The Veteran specific breakout session will offer you the opportunity to meet fellow student Veterans, faculty, and staff. This will also be an opportunity to network and speak with representatives of the Veteran Support Organizations; including the Students Who Serve (SWS), Lee County Human & Veteran Services; Home Base program, and Military Officer of America Association. We are all dedicated to providing Veterans with the best resources to support you on your education mission.
Participating in the Veterans’ breakout session is an excellent opportunity to learn more about FGCU while we have an opportunity to get to know more about you. Thank you for your service to our country and allow us to show you our appreciations by joining us.
Dr. Michael Martin, Ph. D.
University President