Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) is housed on 760 acres in the beach city of Ft. Myers.
FGCU was born because residents of Southwest Florida thought the area needed a state university. They rallied support from local and state leaders, and a law making FGCU Florida’s 10th state university was signed in 1991.
Classes began in 1997. 52 undergraduate and 30 graduate degree programs are offered, along with one specialist and two doctorate programs.
FGCU Eagles athletics belongs to NCAA Division I Atlantic Sun Conference
- Known for: FGCU’s environmental stewardship has been recognized with a Climate Leadership Award from Second Nature and the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. Alumni include pro golfer Derek Lamely, Chicago Cubs pitcher Casey Coleman, and Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale.
- Cost: Tuition and fees per credit hour – $202.28 for in-state undergrads, $837.07 out-of-state.
- Class size: Average class size is 28 students. Student to faculty ratio is 17:1. (Stats from 2007-08)
- Student facts: Total student body was 12,655 in 2011-12. Minorities represent 17 percent of the student body; population is 63 percent female (2007-08).
- Fun fact: 400 acres on campus were set aside for environmental preservation. Environmental sustainability is the principal goal expressed in the university charter. (from Wikipedia)