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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I haven't had any outstanding issues with the school. It's generally a great place.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The job fair is pretty good and I am constantly informed of job and internship prospects through the school's websites and emails.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: They do try to make everyone more knowledgeable through pamphlets, letters in the bathroom stalls, and a table in front of the health center to teach the students about various health and safety topics.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not in a sorority so I don't have much to say on the topic.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The gym is always packed and the fields aren't properly maintained.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I wish they'd add more ethnic food places to Gulf Coast Town Center. I could really use some Asian restaurants around the area.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: I don't see anything outstandingly bad or good about administration.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The waiting to receive help regarding financial aid is quite long on the days I went in.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I wish there were more things to do on campus on the weekends.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I wish there were more options. I feel very limited when I eat on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I wish there was a parking garage near the basketball courts so I wouldn't have to move my cars on game days. I pay to live on campus, so why do I have to move my car so often to accommodate for the games?

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Class sizes are small and its awesome because professors get to know you personally which is very beneficial for letters of recommendation. Class styles depend on the professors and most of them are very knowledgeable and inspiring. Most of the time you can always find the class you need or an alternative for the time being.

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College Junior

Overall Experience: Im not very sure on this subject because I haven't looked into it much yet. I do know that most programs offer an internship as part of their class selections.

College Junior

Greek Life: Greeks hang with greeks. Most are annoying and are constantly wearing or talking about something greek. They table on campus for their events and most of the time instead of talking to others about their cause, they talk to themselves. Not a fan of greek life or greeks. Its expensive and they don't even have their own housing. You can join a student organization or start your own and volunteer and raise money for causes you care about without being in a greek organization.

4 College Junior

Athletics: School spirit is awesome! We don't have a football team but, the rest of our athletic department is great. Our school has a group called the Dirty Birds which is basically a fan base that attend sporting events in spirited attire and its usually a huge group. The arena and baseball field where most games are held are in walking distance from the dorms.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: FGCU is in estero and for the most part most homes are high end. There is however some home communities that have nice apartments and townhomes like timber walk, bella terra, and coastal village. There is also plenty of free standing homes to rent in three oaks. If you go a little farther out from campus like 20-30 mins away theres plenty of homes to rent in lehigh, cape coral, naples, and fort myers.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: FGCU has 2 Malls in close vicinity and 1 thats about 10 minutes away. In the malls there are plenty of restaurants to satisfy anyones needs. Cost depends on what kind of restaurant you are going to and some places offer student discounts.

3 College Junior

Administration: The campus strictness at school is not terrible. In South Lake, since it is a mainly freshman dorm complex, alcohol is highly restricted. They are also very big on restricting drug use. If they can see it or smell it, prepare yourself for the worst. Other than that they tell you when you will have dorm inspections and most of the RA's are really nice but they do have certain rules that they strictly enforce.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid process isn't too bad at FGCU. My tips are to make sure you have everything they require before you register for classes if not there may be holds put on your account. If you have any questions its better to go in person or send emails to them. Calling the Fin-aid office never really turned out too great for me. Also make sure you fill out your FAFSA accurately and sign up for the FGCU scholarship foundation.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: The area FGCU is located in is a quiet, retirement area. There is plenty of places to shop and dine. We have two movie theaters close to the school. The area is quiet but if you look for places to go theres always something going on. Thursday nights all the bars in Gulf Coast Town Center turn into night clubs and its pretty fun. We also have hookah bars not to far from the school. The beach isn't far either so its always fun to go down to the beach and have some fun in the sun. Theres plenty of students who commute to the school and parties usually happen in off campus homes. Parties don't really happen on campus too often so if they aren't your scene you don't have much to worry about.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: There is a variety of food to choose from on campus. We have Chic-fil-a, Taco-bell, Starbucks, Subway, Einsteins Bros. Bagels, Jamba Juice, and Blu sushi for some major names. We also have a pizza place and a new spot where you can get your average pickings like burgers, salads, and sandwiches. Then we have one dining hall in South Village. It is a buffet and its 8 Dollars or 1 meal swipe every time you go in. They have a variety of food but being a buffet sometimes during the slow hours of the day the food can start to look iffy. The other food places are great and the prices aren't bad either.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: There is three levels of housing on campus. South village, North Lake, and West Lake. South Village has all the newer buildings and an awesome resort style pool but south village is swarming with freshmen. In North Lake you have the waterfront and the arena. The waterfront is a beach in your own backyard and the arena has the gym and you are walking distance for all the sporting events. North Lake houses mostly sophomores and juniors but there are some freshmen. West Lake is off campus. Its mainly for Juniors and seniors. You live next to gulf coast town center and the dorms are apartment style. The apartments are larger which is nice. Overall, the dorms are nice and each have their pros and cons.

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2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I suppose living in your own house with roommates isn't a bad plan, but I've heard a lot of complaints about not having enough parking or the landlord is rude and unaccommodating. Coastal Village Apartments is the WORST and I feel bad for anyone that chooses to live there. The management is terrible, the prices are horrible, and it's just an overall disgusting place to live.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Gulf Coast Town Center has the best variety of restaurants and they keep adding more! I don't know anything about student discounts but there's a ton of reasonably priced places that discounts really don't matter much. My favorite places are Culvers, P.F. Changs, Miller's Ale House, and of course the fastest place, McDonald's.

3 College Junior

Administration: All the adults are great but more often than not the Resident Assistants are terrible and rude and abuse their positions. I live with an RA now and she has a bad attitude and doesn't properly do her job but she somehow still manages to get an RA position for next year, which to me isn't fair to those genuinely nice people that would make wonderful RA's and didn't get the position. Parking enforcement is a real hanker, especially before and after games. It's completely unethical to make students move their cars from in front of the dorms THEY pay for on game days.

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Many FGCU students like the University, for the most part. Involvement in activities is often key. Getting involved in organizations like intramural sports and attending campus events are two great ways to make friends on campus. You come to the school not knowing anyone, but it's up to you to make that change. However, one drawback that students note is that some FGCU students still act like they are in high school, having their own little groups and cliques. Either way, it's good to remember that your college experience is up to you. Other students will tell you that they couldn't imagine themselves anywhere else!

Although Florida Gulf Coast University is often considered a very small school with not much going on, many learn to love the tight-knit homeyness of it. Fort Myers may not be a vast metropolis with a lot to do, but there is still plenty to get involved with on campus; plus, Fort Myers does have a variety of places to eat at. Overall, the campus is clean, and for a young school, is growing every day. FGCU is a great school for any freshman to start at or for any transfer student to transfer to.

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