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Florida Gulf Coast University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Florida Gulf Coast University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Florida Gulf Coast University Ranked?

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2021 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 48 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is teacher education grade specific.

Overall Quality

FGCU is ranked #813 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list.

Out of the 62 colleges in Florida, FGCU is ranked at #28.

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 )

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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

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Florida Gulf Coast University is 63%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  63 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Florida Gulf Coast University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Florida Gulf Coast University has a freshmen retention rate of 79%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  79 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 22% for first-time, full-time students at FGCU, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  22 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at FGCU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 13,877 undergraduates at FGCU with 11,191 being full-time and 2,686 being part-time.

FGCU Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

With an overall score of 85.40 out of 100, FGCU is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  85.40 out of 100
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How Much Does Florida Gulf Coast University Cost?

The overall average net price of FGCU is $13,745. 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 +
$9,547 $11,132 $13,724 $17,495 $18,232

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 40% of students took out student loans averaging $8,320 a year. That adds up to $33,280 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at FGCU is 3.9%. 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 right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


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 considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

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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 most recent year for which we have data, students from 55 majors graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University. Of these students, 3,384 received undergraduate degrees and 334 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 251 $32,700
Communication & Media Studies 233 $31,900
Hospitality Management 215 $33,000
General Psychology 212 $29,000
Business Administration & Management 199 $36,200
Health Sciences & Services 165 $35,200
Interdisciplinary Studies 163 NA
General Biology 155 $26,200
Marketing 145 $38,600
Teacher Education Grade Specific 102 $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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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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