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U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering

U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering

Frequently Asked Questions


Q. How do I apply to the FGCU engineering program?
A. Admission to the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering undergraduate programs is open to all students who have been accepted to Florida Gulf Coast University, excel in areas of math and science, and express an interest and desire for the program.  There is no additional application for the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering.  Application information and deadlines may be found online at:

Q. How important is math placement into the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering? And how can a student prepare for the placement tests?
A. You should request to take the higher level college level math placement test at orientation. Proper math placement is one step toward a successful transition into the engineering programs. For more information, refer to:

To prepare for math placement there are various websites for more information:
The following link exemplifies the level of material the placement test will cover and may help with preparation:

Q. What skills must a high school student possess for an engineering degree program?
A. Engineering is a rewarding but very rigorous program. Therefore, students must be proficient at math and science and be ready for college-level courses and must be dedicated and committed to academics.

Q. How do I register for Orientation and is it required?
A. All new undergraduate students must attend either a First Year or Transfer Student Orientation. Registration for Orientation is available through Gulfline. More information is available at At orientation, students will meet with an advisor and receive assistance with registration.

Q. Are there any engineering student organizations I may join?
A. There are currently numerous student organizations for engineering students.   You can find more information about these clubs by visiting:

Q. If I am a high school student interested in a career in engineering, what courses should I take in high school?
A. While in high school, students interested in engineering are strongly encouraged to take the following classes: Algebra I & II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English (4 units), Social Studies (3 units), Foreign Language (2-3 units), Fine Arts/Humanities (1-2 units), Computer Programming or Computer Applications.

Q. If I am a student in a Florida community college and interested in an engineering degree, how can I prepare?
A. Please call the engineering advising office at 239-590-1445 to setup an appointment. Phone appointments are available for students who live out of the area.

Q. Will it be possible to take engineering courses during the summer months at FGCU?
A. FGCU currently offers a very limited number of engineering courses during the summer term.

Q. How do I take classes at another institution?
A. Check with your advisor first, and then follow the transient student form directions.

Q. What are the rules for the 9 required credit hours to be taken over summer semesters?
A. Undergraduate students entering FGCU with fewer than 60 semester hours of credit must enroll in a minimum of 9 semester credit hours of coursework during one or more summer sessions prior to graduation.
The university may waive the application of this rule in cases of unusual hardship. A student who wishes to have the rule waived must submit a written request to the student’s academic advisor for a decision. Refer to the FGCU catalog for more information:


Links to Additional Resources
Academic Calendar:
Office of the Bursar (Tuition Information):
Financial Aid Office:
Honors Program:
Housing & Residence Life:
Important Forms: