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Florida Gulf Coast University: Narrative Description


10501 FGCU Blvd. South
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565
Tel: (239)590-1000; 800-590-3428; Admissions: (239)590-7878; Fax: (239)590-7894; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of State University System of Florida. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1991. Setting: 760-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $18.4 million. Research spending 2002-03: $733,627. Educational spending 2002-03: $6427 per student. Total enrollment: 5,972. Faculty: 402 (192 full-time, 210 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 2,578 applied, 72% were admitted. 13% from top 10% of their high school class, 40% from top quarter, 82% from top half. 1 valedictorian. Full-time: 3,388 students, 62% women, 38% men. Part-time: 1,448 students, 64% women, 36% men. Students come from 34 states and territories, 3% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 9% Hispanic, 5% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 27% 25 or older, 19% live on campus, 22% transferred in. Retention: 70% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; liberal arts/general studies; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT I or ACT. Required for some: essay, recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 3/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $30. State resident tuition: $2850 full-time, $95 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $13,200 full-time, $440 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $71 full-time, $35.50 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $8000. College room only: $4220. Room and board charges vary according to board plan.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 42 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 1% of eligible men and 1% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Golden Key National Honor Society, student government, Student Nurses Association, Student Council for Exceptional Children, Physical Therapy Association. Major annual events: SGA DAY, Eagle Blast, 5K Scholarship Run. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 1,374 college housing spaces available; 1,255 were occupied in 2002-03. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Option: coed housing available. Library Services with 282,357 books, 527,687 microform titles, 1,429 serials, 2,421 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $2.5 million. 323 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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