Florida Gulf Coast University


FGCU offers students the opportunity to study a variety of unique degree programs, including Professional Golf Management (photo courtesy of FGCU Eagles on flickr).

Florida Gulf Coast University’s basketball recently stunned the nation in two 2013 NCAA Tournament upsets: first against Georgetown, then again against San Diego State. With these recent victories comes a barrage of media coverage; so expectedly one would ask, what’s all the fuss about Florida Gulf Coast University?


Florida Gulf Coast University is located in South Fort Myers, an unincorporated part of Lee County. Thirteen years ago South Fort Myers was home to a little less than 50,000 residents and not much has changed since then.


The University first opened its doors in 1997 as the twelfth school in the State University System of Florida. Currently, there are over 12,000 students enrolled in associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs.


There are currently six different colleges at FGCU:

  • College of Arts and Science
  • College of Education
  • College of Health Professions and Social Work
  • School of Nursing
  • Lutgert College of Business
  • U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering

Students are not required to declare a major upon acceptance, but there are some limited-access majors that could place students on a wait-list before acceptance can be granted. Some of the more popular limited-access majors include Professional Golf Management, Nursing, Music, and Athletic Training. Fortunately, however, the acceptance rate for freshman applicants is roughly 67%, but that may not be for long now that the basketball program thrust the University into the national spotlight.

Distance Education

Florida Gulf Coast University also offers classes and degree programs via distance education. In addition to its satellite campus in Naples, Cape Coral, and Punta Gorda, the following degree and/or Certificate programs are administered 100% online:

Student Services

Oftentimes when enrolling in college student can feel lost; they may not know what degree program they want to pursue, or they may feel overwhelmed with their studies. FGCU has created an easy-to-follow Assistance and Tutoring website that provides students with access to answers and individuals for guidance.

  • Adaptive Services – assistance for students with disabilities
  • Center for Academic Achievement – promotes student success and retention through programs and workshops
  • Technology Tutorials – web site dedicated to improving core technology skills
  • The Writing Center – provides workshops, tutoring, and consulting both on and off campus for students seeking to improve their writing
  • Tutoring – Math and Science – academic support services focused on math and science tutoring
  • Academic Advising – students have access to the Peer Advising Program, First Year Advising Services, and Degree Evaluation Advising in the Advising Center

Ashley Benson is a distance education professional with five years of experience in the for-profit sector. She has worked coast-to-coast within the United States as an academic advisor, an adjunct teaching assistant and, most recently, a campus Registrar. Through formal education and industry experience, Ashley practices staying informed on the current events and changes within higher education and the students involved.

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