United States, Florida

Established in 1991, Florida Gulf Coast University is a public research university situated in a beautiful city named Fort Myers in Florida. It belongs to the twelve members of the Florida State University system and is its second-youngest member. The integrated undergraduate and graduate programs of Florida Gulf Coast University provide students with outstanding innovation capabilities. The university's academics are split into six main colleges: Whitaker School of Engineering, Lutgert School of Business, Marib School of Health and Public Service, School of Education, School of Arts and Sciences, and Honors School which offers 58 different types of bachelor's, 25 different master's, six doctoral degrees, and twelve graduate certificates. The university seeks academic excellence in developing selected courses and centers of excellence in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, health professions, business, and marine and environmental sciences. The university emphasizes student-centered innovative teaching to promote and practice environmental sustainability, embrace diversity, establish community partnerships, value public service, encourage civic responsibility, and cultivate the habit of lifelong learning and discovery of new knowledge.

Campus Life

The university’s 760-acre campus is located in unregistered Southwest Florida in Lee County, 21 miles south of Naples and Fort Myers. The campus covers  ​​150 acres and is called the "academic core", and the buildings contain most of the school's classrooms and laboratories. There are three independent housing areas outside the campus: Beihu, Nancun, and Xihu Village. The campus and region serve as a living laboratory where life-enhancing discoveries are made. The Library Complex is located on the university's main campus in Fort Myers has more than 1.5 million books in the collection, and students or any sponsors can use the library card to access them. The official campus entertainment department organizes several days and overnight trips each year, including rock climbing, skydiving, white-water rafting, sea kayaking, and more. There are also 27 official sports clubs on campus, many of which compete with peers in inter-school competitions. The university has more than 250 registered student organizations, including the Student Union, which funds many of them.

Noted Alumni

Some of the well-known alumni of Florida Gulf Coast University are Jacob Barnes a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers, Major League Baseball pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles Richard Bleier, Professional Basketball Player Sherwood Brown, Florida state representative Matt Caldwell, Don Carman the retired Major League Baseball pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies, Ross Chastain the NASCAR race car driver for teams such as Premium Motorsports, Kaulig Racing, and Niece Motorsports, professional baseball pitcher Casey Coleman, and Florida state representative Dane Eagle.