Florida Gulf Coast University

Florida Gulf Coast University Admissions and School Information

Located in For Meyers, FL, Florida Gulf Coast University is a public, state university that offers certificates, bachelor's, master's degrees. Degrees are available in a range of fields, including health professions, science, arts, education, business and engineering.

General Information

Florida Gulf Coast University is a state institution, founded in 1991 to serve southwest Florida. The university enrolls more than 10,000 total students at its campus in Fort Meyers, FL, and offers on-campus, apartment style housing to 25% of students.

Some of the most popular and selective programs at Florida Gulf Coast University include hospitality management, nursing, athletic training and professional golf management. The university's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs received $14 million in grants in 2008 and supports eight research centers and institutes. Through research projects and a required colloquium for all students, the university has dedicated itself to ecological and environmental education.

Admissions and Enrollment Information

Admission to Florida Gulf Coast University is open to first-time college students, transfer students, returning students, students seeking a second bachelor's degree and graduate students. Dual enrollment and early admission programs allow high school students to earn college credits while still enrolled in high school. Applications to all university programs are available online and require students to submit SAT, ACT or GRE test scores.

Schools and Colleges at Florida Gulf Coast University

College of Arts and Sciences

The college offers bachelor's and master's degrees through eight departments, including visual and performing arts, marine and ecological sciences, communication and philosophy and biological sciences. The College of Arts and Sciences is involved in several community outreach programs, four of which are focused on regional environmental sustainability and ecology. The college's study abroad programs engage students in academic, culture and language study in Brazil, China and Spain.

College of Health Professions

Comprised of four departments, the College of Health Professions offers certificates, bachelor's and master's degrees in physical therapy and human performance, occupational therapy and community health, nursing and health sciences. Many of the courses and programs available through the College of Health Professions can be taken online. The college manages the on-campus, Kleist Health Education Center, a non-profit that provides varied health education programming to children and adults in the community.

College of Education

The College of Education offers teaching certificates, undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as an educational specialist program. Students earn degrees in many areas of education, including school counseling, curriculum and instruction, special education, child development, elementary education and three subject specialties in secondary education. Most programs require student teaching experiences that assist graduates in obtaining teaching positions in five local school districts of southwest Florida. The Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation annually awards 11 scholarships to eligible students in the College of Education.

Lutgert College of Business

The Lutgert College of Business emphasizes technology and partnerships through academic programming and its many research centers, in areas such as small business development, technological innovation and Chinese studies. Bachelor's and master's degrees programs are offered in economics and finance, information systems and operations management, marketing, accounting and management. Students in the college have the opportunity to network with business professionals through 11 student organizations, including a chapter of an internationally known business honor society.

U.A. Whitaker School of Engineering

Officially part of the Lutgert College of Business, the U.A. Whitaker School of Engineering is housed in a building designed to provide students with a collaborative learning experience. The school is divided into two departments that offer bachelor's degrees and undergraduate minors in environmental, civil and biomedical engineering as well as software development and computer science. Founded in 2005, the school serves approximately 500 students, trained by 21 faculty members.

College of Professional Studies

The College of Professional Studies incorporates divisions in resort and hospitality management, justice studies, public affairs and social work. Each of these divisions offers bachelor's and maser's degree programs, that typically emphasize internships and professional experience. Most programs include online courses and the college offers three degrees in criminal science, legal studies and public administration, entirely online.

Contact Information

  • Address: 10501 FGCU Blvd, S., Fort Myers, FL 33965
  • Phone Number: (239) 590-1000