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FGCU Fast Facts


In just over 20 years, FGCU has made an indelible impact on Southwest Florida. We are a catalyst for the area’s economy and a cultural hub for the community. Our students enjoy one of the highest graduate employment rates among the state’s universities. Our campus and region serve as a living laboratory from which life-improving discoveries emanate. And our sports teams energize the entire region. Inspiring those who inspire others — that’s The FGCU Effect.


  • Mike Martin, Ph.D. (2017-present)
  • Wilson G. Bradshaw, Ph.D. (2007-2017 )
  • William C. Merwin, Ph.D. (1999-2007 )
  • Roy E. McTarnaghan, Ph.D. (1993-1999 )



  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Education
  • Honors College
  • Lutgert College of Business
  • Marieb College of Health & Human Services
  • The UA Whitaker College of Engineering

2018 Summary

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  • Teaching is our primary mission, with 80% of classes taught by full-time faculty
  • FGCU ranks among the top Florida universities for alumni employed or continuing their education one year after graduation
  • Tuition has remained stable for three years with no plans for an increase this coming year
  • The average GPA of our student-athletes is 3.33
  • The average high school GPA of entering freshmen is 3.78, with an SAT score of 1593 and an ACT score of 23.9
  • The beauty of our modern, state-of-the-art facilities can only be matched by that of the lush campus, half of which is in its natural state



  • Total number of students enrolled: 14,957
  • 45% are from Southwest Florida (Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties), and 88% are from Florida
  • 12% are from other states
  • Average SAT score for new students is 1593
  • Average grade point average (GPA) for freshman is 3.78
  • 4,748 students reside in on-campus housing (including West Lake Village)


  • FGCU Athletics belongs to NCAA Division I Atlantic Sun Conference
  • First #15 seed ever to advance to NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Sweet 16

Current Competing:

  • Men’s teams: Baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis
  • Women’s teams: Basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving (competing in the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association), tennis, volleyball, sand volleyball


  • 800 acres
  • 400 acres are restored and preserved wetlands and uplands
  • 15-acre solar  energy field
  • 39 residential buildings with 4,748 beds

FGCU Off-site Properties

  • Atrium Executive Center, Fort Myers (classrooms, conference space)
  • Emergent Technologies Institute (ETI), Fort Myers (classrooms, labs, meeting space)
  • Gulf Coast Center at Buckingham (505 acres, 60+ buildings, softball field, pool, Eagles Challenge course)
  • Charlotte County WGCU TV/Radio (transmitter)
  • Harvey Kapnick Education and Research Center, Naples (11,667 square feet, classrooms, labs, conference space. Home of Everglades Wetland Research Park, Moonlight on the Marsh environmental lecture series)
  • Herald Court Centre, Punta Gorda (classrooms, meeting space)
  • Naples Center, Naples (classrooms, conference rooms)
  • Vester Marine and Environmental Science Research Field Station, Bonita Springs (14,652 square feet, labs, apartments, docks)
  • West Lake Village (student housing)

Renaissance Academy

  • Hundreds of non-credit courses offered throughout the year at sites throughout Southwest Florida

Student Clubs and Organizations

  • 24 Fraternities and sororities
  • 26 Sports clubs
  • 200+ Student organizations

Service to Community

  • 319,783 student service-learning hours accrued in the community between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017
  • 2.5 million student service learning hours accrued in the community since FGCU’s opening in 1997


  • 28,234 graduates received one or more FGCU degrees as of fall 2017
  • Percentage of all alumni live in:
    • 35% Lee County
    • 14% Collier County
    • 3.3% Charlotte County
    • 2.7% Sarasota County
    • 4% Broward County
    • 3.2% Palm Beach
  • States with most alumni:
    • Florida
    • Georgia
    • North Carolina
    • New York
    • Texas
    • Illinois

Faculty and Staff

  • Total number of faculty is 548
  • Total number of staff is 831

Research and Sponsored Programs

  • Award amount for Research and Sponsored Programs was $7.4 million for 2016-17
  • Since FGCU’s opening in 1997, total award amount has been nearly $212.2 million