Florida Gulf Coast University

2,158 reviews
  1. Fort Myers, FL
  2. 4 Year
B+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    A+
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B
Florida Gulf Coast University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conference
Atlantic Sun Conference
Address
10501 Fgcu Blvd S
Fort Myers, FL 33965
Website

Florida Gulf Coast University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
59%
SAT Range
970-1130
ACT Range
21-25
Application Fee
$30
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$12,948/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $10,005/ year
  • $30-48k
    $11,772/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,005/ year
  • $76-110k
    $17,401/ year
  • $110k+
    $17,539/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
22:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
81%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.151 responses
53%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.152 responses
73%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.150 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
10,578Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
34%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 89 responses
Report
  • Spirted
    31%
  • Chill
    21%
  • Some students are more involved than others.
    21%
  • Friendly
    18%
  • Involved
    3%
  • Not involved as much
    3%
  • Apathetic
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
50%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.185 responses
Poll
58%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.218 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 93 responses
Report
  • Nature incorporated
    40%
  • Improving exponentially
    19%
  • Eco-friendly
    10%
  • Future Driven
    9%
  • Helpful and Hands on
    6%
  • Serendipity
    4%
  • Embraces diversity, eco-friendly
    4%

After Florida Gulf Coast University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$41,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
49%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
84%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.101 responses

Reviews

2,158 reviews
  • Excellent
    475
  • Very Good
    823
  • Average
    713
  • Poor
    108
  • Terrible
    39
As a freshman in college, I am excited about living in the SoVi dorms, they are close together, and incredibly nice and new. All the options within SoVi are good, I actually considered all of them. The amenities built as amazing, because it was all built 4 years ago, they have put in all latest things that any freshman could think of, of course making it the perfect home away from home. The convenience of their relatively close proximity to each other makes it more central and involved, allowing people to connect with others who they have never seen before. This itself allows a more positive communal atmosphere, I already made so many new friends who aren't in any of my classes or living hall, all just from simply sitting by the pool. The cost of the dorms if about average, after speaking to other friends living in other colleges dorms, SoVi is about a couple hundred dollars more, but they are way bigger and nicer than those of other colleges, so the price is completely justifiable. Finally, the ease of the housing process was phenomenal! It was so quick and simple that I couldn't believe it. The school responded to my application within a few days, in addition to sharing my roommate contact information. This was extremely helpful as her and I have already started communicating!
  • College Freshman
  • 6 months ago
Although it may not be the number one school in America, I truly feel like I am getting a top notch education. Having the amazing faculty and resources all in the palm of my hand allows me to have the confidence that I am truly capable of anything. The academics at the school are still challenging enough that if you amerce yourself into them, you will achieve great things. The professors are all different but share the common core of wanting each other their students to succeed, and have the necessary skills needed to thrive in their desired pathway. F.G.C.U offers such a vast variety of courses that honestly you can study anything, just to prove it, I am currently enrolled in a Apocalypse class! The class styles vary by each professor but are usually fun and involved, in all honesty having some 7:30 am classes isn't the most fun but I actually look forward to each session and what I am going to learn that day. Finally, having ADHD has had it's challenges in my academic life, I have always required more guidance and assistance from my teachers than the average student, so when I was told that the average class size was 33 people at F.G.C.U., I instantly felt comfortable, because I know that my professor will truly learn how I am as a student, and work with me to achieve the best possible result.
  • College Freshman
  • 6 months ago
This school really prides itself on 3 things- small class sizes, nature preservation, and campus beautification to enhance the student experience here. I really enjoy the fact that school is built to mimic the environments of each major profession. The med building looks like a hospital, the business building is very corporate america. This enhances the student experience because being acclimated to the environment you wish to work in is very important! Along with mimicking work settings for those who wish to work indoors, we have a beautiful campus complete with nature trails, a beach, and Florida wildlife. This is excellent, southwest florida is truly the best swamp to be in. I want to be an environmental lawyer and activist one day, so in a university that is so brand new yet so respectful to the preserved land, I can gain a full appreciation for the environment and learn more about it, right from my own campus! If I could do anything different in these past two years I would probably spend more time outside and write more to my local representatives about how much I hope they keep this land just how it is. I would totally choose to go here if I could apply for school again. I have only come to appreciate this school even more than when I applied!
  • College Junior
  • July 19 2015