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3 College Sophomore

Academics: The courses are overall good but the registration process isn't the best. Its hard to get the classes you need in order to graduate on time.

3 College Freshman

Academics: The curriculum seems to be average, but not all aspects of my major are available. The professors seem to be overall good, except a few that should not be teaching.

5 College Freshman

Academics: My major is nursing and the workload is great. I am excited to take the specified nursing classes so that I may be accepted into the nursing program.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: When it comes to picking classes it's a struggle to get what you need, but I guess it would be like that for most colleges.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I have yet to take a class that I found boring or superfluous to my college experience.

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When asked about the academics at Florida Gulf Coast University, most students feel that they are getting a great education. FGCU is a growing university and is only changing for the better. Professors are willing to go above and beyond to help students succeed. Many students are satisfied with their majors and the courses for their majors. Sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming, with the amount of work you have to do, but it's all worth it in the end.

The University is a young school, having only been founded in 1991. Most universities in the state of Florida are 100 years old. For a school to be this young and still have prestige is highly impressive. There are many degree programs and many colleges within the school, but somehow for being so diverse, the University still has a homey-feel about it. The professors are very willing to help in any possible way they can, and they are also very understanding if you have a problem with something and need help. The students are also very willing to help each other. They all realize that finishing a class means accomplishing a goal, and because of that, they help one another.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 24%
  • 20 to 49 students: 64%
  • 50 or more students: 12%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Education
  • College of Health Professions
  • College of Professional Studies
  • Lutgert College of Business
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 2%
  • Business Administration and Management: 5%
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: 6%
  • Mass Communication: 4%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
For freshmen, certain classes are only online. The University also offers online courses and degree programs. The best advice is not to get behind with online classes; make note that folders open and close on certain days. Sometimes, you only have so long to finish an assignment.
Best Places to Study
Tips to Succeed
  • Bring sunglasses; the sun is relentless.
  • Don't party too hard.
  • Form study groups.
  • Go to class.
  • Stay on top of your studies.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 71 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 16 responses

  • 25% Casey Coleman - MLB pitcher
  • 18% Chris Sale - MLB pitcher
  • 18% Sherwood Brown - Player, NBA Development League.
  • 11% Derek Lamely - professional golfer
  • 9% Matt Caldwell - Florida state representative ®
  • 7% Courtney Jolly - professional monster truck driver
  • 7% Don Carman - retired MLB pitcher
  • 5% Brooke Sweat - professional volleyball player
  • 0% Andy Stickel - bass player for 7 Blue Skies

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 71 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 16 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 16 responses

  • 19% This was my dream school.
  • 62% This was one of my top choices.
  • 19% This was a school I settled for (safety school).



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