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Florida Gulf Coast University Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Florida Gulf Coast University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Florida Gulf Coast University Ranked?

2020 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Florida Gulf Coast University was awarded 28 badges in the 2020 rankings.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2020 analysis, FGCU is ranked #843 out of 1,727 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

Out of the 61 colleges in Florida, FGCU is ranked at #24.

See all of the rankings for Florida Gulf Coast University.

Is It Hard to Get Into FGCU?

Acceptance Rate

Florida Gulf Coast University has an acceptance rate of 64%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for FGCU.

Average Test Scores

About 54% of students accepted to FGCU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 540 and 610. Math scores were between 520 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Florida Gulf Coast University  ( 540 to 610 )

SAT Math Scores for Florida Gulf Coast University  ( 520 to 600 )
FGCU received ACT scores from 66% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 21 and 25.

ACT Composite Scores for Florida Gulf Coast University  ( 21 to 25 )

Learn more about Florida Gulf Coast University admissions.

Florida Gulf Coast University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used as a measure to gauge how much access students will have to their professors - the lower the number, the better. At Florida Gulf Coast University, this rate is 22 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access student will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Florida Gulf Coast University is 67%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  67 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Florida Gulf Coast University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 79% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Florida Gulf Coast University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  79 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at FGCU is 22%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  22 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Good Overall Diversity at FGCU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 13,854 undergraduates at FGCU with 10,973 being full-time and 2,881 being part-time.

FGCU Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

The overall diversity score for FGCU is 77.13 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  77.13 out of 100
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How Much Does Florida Gulf Coast University Cost?

The overall average net price of FGCU is $15,376. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for FGCU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$11,681 $12,989 $15,639 $17,941 $18,672

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of FGCU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At FGCU, approximately 42% of students took out student loans averaging $8,563 a year. That adds up to $34,252 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at FGCU is 5.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do FGCU Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from FGCU with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $42,100 in their early years. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


See which majors at Florida Gulf Coast University make the most money.

Location of Florida Gulf Coast University

Florida Gulf Coast University is a public institution located in Fort Myers, Florida. Fort Myers is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

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Location of Florida Gulf Coast University

Contact details for FGCU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 10501 Fgcu Blvd S, Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565
Phone: 239-590-1000

Florida Gulf Coast University Majors

During the 2017-2018 academic year, students from 52 majors graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University. Of these students, 3,082 received undergraduate degrees and 321 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Criminal Justice & Corrections 252 $32,700
Communication & Media Studies 222 $31,900
Business Administration & Management 204 $36,200
General Psychology 170 $29,000
Hospitality Management 160 $33,000
Health Sciences & Services 134 $35,200
Marketing 124 $38,600
General Biology 122 $26,200
Finance & Financial Management 121 $44,900
Teacher Education Grade Specific 88 $41,400

Learn more about the majors offered at Florida Gulf Coast University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at FGCU

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 6,988 students took at least one online class at Florida Gulf Coast University. This is a decrease from the 7,319 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 6,988 935
2016-2017 7,319 978
2015-2016 6,302 889
2014-2015 7,271 959
2013-2014 7,857 684

Learn more about online learning at Florida Gulf Coast University.

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