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First Year Advising

First Year Advising - Florida Gulf Coast University

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First Year Advising
Admitted Students
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Transitioning Students
Parents and Guests

FGCU Main Campus
McTarnaghan Hall Suite 229

Mailing Address
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Boulevard South
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565
(800) 590-3428(FGCU)

Main Office
McTarnaghan Hall 229
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00AM-5:00PM
(239) 590-7875
(239) 590-7862 {fax}

South Village Office
Eagle Hall 4001 (4th floor)
Hours: Mon-Thur 8 AM - 7 PM &
  Fri 8 AM - 5 PM
(239) 745-4300
(239) 745-4336 {fax}

Contact Email
*email response time may be up to 1-2 business days.

How I Can Help


One of the best things you can do as a parent, guardian, or family member of a new college student is to take the time to learn about the university: it's policies and procedures, opportunities and resources, and the expectations we have of our students.

While the high school kept you informed of the information you needed to know about your student and you had direct access to a great deal of information about their academic progress and extracurricular involvements, this will change when they begin college.  As you have probably alrady discovered through the admissions process, important information is now sent to your student rather than to you, and unless he or she shares these things with you, it's easy to feel completely out of touch!

Here are a few tips for maintaining the sense of connection to the university (and your student) that you will need to be fully supportive of your student as they make the transition from high school to college:

Attend Eagle View Orientation with your student

Eagle View Orientation provides a comprehensive introduction to Florida Gulf Coast University.  Through a series of informational presentations and discussions led by university faculty, staff, and students, you will learn all about the offices, services, opportunities, and resources that are here to help our students achieve their goals. Attending EVO will empower you to become an excellent source of support for your student; the knowledge you gain by attending orientation can help you to help your student work through the typical ups and downs in the freshman year.  

Understand the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

While you didn't need the permission of your student to view their educational records while they were in high school, this changes when they begin college.  According to this federal law, college students (regardless of their age) have the right to access their own records, and control the release of these records to anyone who does not have legitimate educational interest...which includes parents, guardians, and family members. Parents and guardians are recommended to learn about the federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and to discuss this with their students, who often assume that their families can get the infomation they want to know, just like they did when they were in high school!      

Explore major and career resources

It is very common for new college students to realize after a semester or two that the major that they selected when they applied to college isn't the best fit with their academic interests and abilities, but they may not know how to explore the options available to them at the university.  Visit our Career Development Services website for information to assist your student with their Major/Career Choice.

Learn more about what the transition to college will be like...for your student, and for YOU

Sending a child to college can be just as stressful for the families of new college studens as it is for the students themselves!  You have been a very important part of their lives and have provided the love, support, and encouragement they needed to get to this point, and it can be a real challenge to take a step back and give them the space they need to learn how to manage the freedom and independence that comes with starting college.  Take some time to visit our Parent and Family Programs website, where you can learn more about how to manage this important transtion in your own lives, and stay informed about what's happening on campus so you can continue to provide support from afar.