Florida Gulf Coast University

Graduates: 1048
Undergraduates: 13109
Graduates: 1048
Setting: Medium four-year, primarily residential
In-state Tuition: $4,191.00
Out-of-state Tuition: $22,328.00
Student/Faculty Ratio: 23:01
SAT / ACT / GPA: 1565 / 22 / 3.34
Public/Private: Public
Male/Female Ratio: 44:56
Campus Housing: Yes
Religious Affiliation: N/A
Campus Housing: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 58%

Florida Gulf Coast University is a public comprehensive university located just south of the Southwest Florida International Airport in unincorporated Lee County, Florida. The university belongs to the 12-campus State University System of Florida.

The Institute for Youth and Justice Studies fulfills the mission of Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) as it "infuses the strengths of the traditional university with innovation and learning-centered spirit, its chief aim being to fulfill the academic, cultural, social, and career expectations of its constituents" by the development and implementation of research, practical application, and training in the area of youth development and juvenile justice. The Institute�s work will impact the Southwest Florida region, the State of Florida, and the Nation. The Institute provides a research setting conducive to the development and application of policies and practices relating to youth development and juvenile justice. To further strengthen the Florida Gulf Coast University�s commitment to the community and to young people, the Institute encourages and supports community base partnerships with juvenile justice, youth development, and child welfare stakeholders. At the same time, keeping the advancement of knowledge, value of public service, and the pursuit of truth as noble ideals, which are at the heart of the Institute�s mission.Enhancement of the FGCU Mission Further, several goals stated in the university�s mission will be accomplished, including pursuing academic excellence, embracing diversity in its students (in an increasingly diverse profession), nurturing community partnership (with juvenile justice, youth development, and child welfare stakeholders), valuing public service, and keeping the advancement of knowledge and pursuit of truth as noble ideals at the heart of the University�s purpose (by providing advanced and applied research, education, technical assistance, and practitioner training that is beginning to require higher educational standards).

The school was established by then-governor Lawton Chiles in 1991, although the site of the university was not chosen until 1992, and construction pushed back even further still (until 1995). The school first held classes in August 1997. Roy McTarnaghan was named as the university's founding president. In August 1998, the university completed its first phase of student housing, which featured traditional dorms in which two students shared a single room and cohabited together. On May 1, 1999, McTarnaghan announced his decision to step down from his position as President of FGCU. Expansion and growth Lutgert School of Business. In July 1999, William C. Merwin was named as FGCU's President. Merwin brought with him a different vision for FGCU. Instead of being a commuter school, which dealt mostly with non-traditional students who took classes online, he envisioned a traditional four-year university that leveraged modern-day technology to enhance both the learning and day to day experience of the FGCU student body. New apartment-style dorms were constructed, which allowed for FGCU students to have a greater degree of privacy. The internet was not seen as the exclusive means by which students took classes, but as an additional supplement to the traditional classroom environment. Under the new university structure, students would attend small, in-person classes that used an online system to increase communication between the professor and the students. Merwin engaged in an aggressive fund raising effort in order to make the construction of the highest quality facilities a reality for FGCU. In an eight-year period, he raised more than $250 million for the university and engaged in a rapid expansion of the student and faculty populations. Multiple state-of-the-art buildings were constructed, including: Lutgert College of Business, Holmes Hall (U.A. Whitaker School of Engineering), Whitaker Hall, Academic Building 5, the student union building, Alico Arena and a massive expansion of on-campus housing. As a result of the fund raising and aggressive construction, student enrollment at FGCU has annually increased in double digits, from approximately 2,000 students in its first year to over 15,000 today Over the next three years,] undergraduate enrollment is expected to increase to more than 20,000 students. Later in 2007, Wilson G. Bradshaw was named as the university's third president. Recent history Under Bradshaw, the years from 2007 to 2010 also saw an aggressive expansion of the campus facilities. Four new residence halls that house over 1,200 students were built. There was also a 24,700-square-foot (2,290 m2) expansion of the fine arts building, the construction of the 60,000-square-foot (5,600 m2) academic buildings 7 & 8, the addition of a solar panel field, a 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) expansion of the student union building, the purchase/donation of more than 530 acres (2.1 km2) of land and the acquisition of the College Club apartments. Bradshaw also began a serious exploration as to the possibility of football at FGCU. He commissioned an independent consulting firm to explore what the costs of football would be at the university. The consulting firm revealed it would cost as much as $144 million, and would not be feasible for the university in the near future.

Suburban Area 760 Acres (3.08 Km�), Of Which 400 Acres (1.6 Km2) Is Dedicated As A Nature Preserve

� Matt Caldwell: Florida state representative � Don Carman: Retired Major League Baseball pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies � Casey Coleman: Professional baseball player Courtney Jolly: Professional monster truck driver � Sherwood Brown: Professional Basketball player � Derek Lamely: Professional golfer � Chris Sale: Professional baseball player

Chief_administrator: Dr. Wilson G. Bradshaw (President)
Fax: 2395901059
Phone: 2395901000
Geographic region: Southeast AL AR FL GA KY LA MS NC SC TN VA WV
Website: www.fgcu.edu
Financial aid office website: www.fgcu.edu/AS/FinancialAid/
Net price calculator web address: www.fgcu.edu/AS/FinancialAid/npcalc1.html
Online application website: www.fgcu.edu/AS/FinancialAid/Undergraduate/npcalc1.html
Admission office website: www.fgcu.edu/admissions.asp
Undergraduate application fee: $30.00
Graduate application fee: $30.00
Member of National Athletic Association: Yes
Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA): Yes
Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIC): Yes
Member of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA): Yes
Member of National Small College Athletic Association (NSCAA): No
Member of National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA): No