Florida Gulf Coast University

Florida Gulf Coast University Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

Located in Fort Myers, FL, Florida Gulf Coast University is an accredited public institution that offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus ranking, tuition and admission information.

Is Florida Gulf Coast University the School for You?

Founded in 1991, Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) is a public school that predominately offers bachelor's and master's degree programs, although some associate and doctoral degree programs are also available. The school is located on the west coast of the Florida peninsula in Fort Myers, about 125 miles west of Miami and 100 miles south of Tampa. Review the following information to determine if FGCU is right for you:


  • Ranked among the top 75 regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report
  • Room and board cost is $1,065 lower than the national average
  • Acceptance rate was 2.5 percentage points higher than the national average in fall 2011
  • FGCU accepts both advanced placement (AP) and dual enrollment credits


  • Total expenses in 2011-2012 were $1,246 higher than the national average
  • Compared to the national average, four-year graduation rates were 16 percentage points lower
  • The student to faculty ratio is higher than the national average

Ranking & School Analysis

According to U.S. News & World Report, FGCU ranked #74 in the south regional universities division of the Best Colleges report from 2013. The university also ranked #34 on the Top Public Schools list. In 2011, the acceptance rate at FGCU was higher than the national average at 68%, per the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Higher acceptance rates might explain why the student to faculty ratio was 22:1, above the national average of 16:1. This school also reported that the four-year graduation rate for students starting school in 2005 was fairly low, at only 24%, according to the NCES. For students who graduated in a six-year period, the rate was 45%.

Information from the NCES indicated that during the 2011-2012 school year, the average total expense for attending FGCU as a state resident was $18,382, which was higher than the national average of $17,136. According to the College Board, the average indebtedness of FGCU students in 2012 was $27,308, just above the national average of $26,660.

Admissions & Financial Aid at Florida Gulf Coast University

You need to have all the standard information sent to FGCU's admissions offices to apply for enrollment, including a completed application, ACT or SAT test scores, and official transcripts. Provided that you meet the general admissions requirements, FGCU does not require applicants to submit essays or letters of recommendation. Applicants who hold the equivalent of a high school diploma may also meet admissions requirements.

According to the College Board, 44% of financial aid awarded to FGCU students in 2012 was in the form of either scholarships or grants. Information from that same year showed that the average need-based scholarship totaled $4,998 per student, and the average amount of a need-based loan was $6,573.

Applications & Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (Fall 2013) May 1*
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline (2013-2014) March 1***
Application Fee (2011) $30**
Acceptance Rate (2011) 68%**
Tuition & Fees (2011) $5,532 for FL residents, $23,166 for out-of-state students**
Average 1st Year Financial Aid Package (2012) $8,926***
Percent of Students with Full Need Met (2012) 6%***
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2012) $27,308***
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 7%**

Student Life at Florida Gulf Coast University

You can get involved on campus by joining some of the many student organizations. Greek organizations also offer plenty of opportunities, especially since FGCU has four Greek councils represented on campus: the Multicultural Greek Council, the Panhellenic Council, the National Pan-Hellenic Council and the Interfraternity Council. Other housing options on campus include apartments and coed housing, and the College Board showed that around one third of FGCU students lived on campus.

Additional clubs and activities on campus include a student-run newspaper, campus ministries, a literary magazine, a model United Nations and an international students' organization. Available student services included personal counseling, substance abuse counseling, health services, on-campus daycare, tutoring, veteran's services, remedial coursework training and women's services. FGCU is not a very ethnically diverse campus though; 71% of the students are white, and of the remainder of the student body, 16% are Hispanic or Latino, 6% African-American and 2% are Asian.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Rural**
Student Population (2011) 12,651**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 45% Male to 55% Female**
% of Full Time Students (2011) 81%**
% of In-state Students (2011) 87%**
% of International Students (2011) 4%**
Retention Rate (2011) 75% of full time students**
Campus Housing Available Yes*
% of Students Living on Campus 34% of all undergraduates***
Number of Libraries1*
Extracurricular Activities Student organizations, sports, several school publications and Greek life***

Sources: * Florida Gulf Coast University, **NCES College Navigator, ***College Board.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Florida Gulf Coast University, 10501 FGCU Blvd. South, Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565
  • Phone: (239) 590-1000