Make Your Mark.
Make It Matter.

Dr. Lyndsay Rhodes

The service and research we perform at FGCU is all about solving problems in our community.

Dr. Rhodes is passionate about cancer research. Hear how the FGCU experience helps her focus on the cure.

Meet Lyndsay
Dr. Michael Houdyshell

I came to FGCU because I can be an administrator and influence the university as a whole.

The FGCU experience inspires Michael to develop programs that cultivate students and prepare them for their careers. Learn how.

Meet Michael
Dr. Ingrid Buckley

FGCU met all of my goals. It equally emphasizes teaching and research. It’s just a great balance.

FGCU provides an environment for Ingrid to pursue her interest in cybersecurity. Find out how she excels as a woman in this competitive field.

Meet Ingrid

Get to know FGCU

In just 20 years, FGCU has achieved national prominence in academics, sustainability, service-learning and NCAA Division I athletics – where our Eagles men’s basketball team earned us the nickname “Dunk City.” Our unique natural setting between the Florida Everglades and the Gulf of Mexico creates a living outdoor classroom for a diverse community of 15,000 students. But that’s only part of the picture.

“You won’t find many state universities as student centric as FGCU. The kind of interaction between students and professors is more like what is typically seen at a private university.”

Dr. Clay Motley
Honors College Director, Associate Professor of English
Faculty Member Since 2015

Dr. Clay Motley

Over a lengthy career in higher education and through a number of roles at several institutions, I’ve come to believe six basic tenets that have framed my approach to university leadership.

- Mike Martin, FGCU president

Learn more about the tenents

  • Excellence is a journey — not a destination. Every university must continually seek new ways to improve and serve. Complacency will most certainly lead to mediocrity. Being truly great is a permanent aspirational goal.
  • Universities are themselves an ongoing experiment. Since the University of Bologna (Italy) was established in 1088, this experiment has been ongoing. Great universities are unafraid to try new approaches. When a new approach proves successful, it is shared with others. When a new approach fails, the institution admits it and moves on to the next attempt at improvement. Willingness to take a reasonable risk is central in every useful experiment.
  • Faculty, administrators, staff, facilities, funding, all resources are a means to an end, they are not the end. The end is transforming individual lives through education so that an educated citizenry transforms the larger society. It’s not about us, it’s about who we serve. The most important part of individual transformation is to foster systematic curiosity so learning is life-long.
  • Embracing diversity in all its forms is fundamental in the journey toward excellence. Every university that aspires for greatness proactively welcomes and builds a community around people from every race, ethnicity, gender, orientation, perspective and background so as to celebrate differences. Each member of a diverse university enriches the transformational experience of all others.
  • While pursuing excellence, seeking to transform and embracing diversity, public universities should share their values and model civilized conduct for the larger society. Public universities should be “public” in every way.
  • Every job worth doing should be interesting, rewarding and fun.

Join Us

Since opening in 1997, Florida Gulf Coast University has maintained student success as its highest priority. Our commitment is reflected in the collaborative relationships between our faculty and students; in the state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories in which students learn; and in the university’s commitment to serving the Southwest Florida community, which has in turn inspired and informed our curriculum.

  • We educate entrepreneurs to dream big
  • Our faculty and students are on the front lines of life-changing research
  • FGCU’s unique teaching models foster leading edge academics
  • FGCU has a profound impact on Southwest Florida — half of our alumni live and work in the five surrounding counties
  • Accredited by SACSCOG and 18 other professional accreditation agencies
  • We’re a catalyst for the area’s economy and a cultural hub for the community

Our colleges encourage collaboration

College of Arts & Sciences

Interdisciplinary collaboration on research and scholarship strengthens individual fields of study in the arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. We encourage faculty as well as students to explore the possibilities. The largest college at FGCU, Arts & Sciences engages the community on campus and beyond through extensive cultural programming, thought-provoking lectures, educational outreach programs and scholarship and advocacy on issues such as sustainable living and STEM education that advance the university’s guiding principles.

Lutgert College of Business

Our MBA program ranks among the nation’s top 300, according to Princeton Review, and has quickly become a regional locus for economic research and development, innovation and entrepreneurship. Faculty members share a wealth of professional experience and scholarship with the future business owners, accountants, financial planners and resort managers they mentor. The college’s School of Resort and Hospitality Management and PGA-accredited Professional Golf Management program are uniquely positioned to partner with Southwest Florida’s signature industries.

College of Education

Programs for teachers, educational administrators and other professional school personnel explore theory, research and emerging technologies in teaching, learning and curriculum development. By partnering with designated Professional Development Schools in the region, we shape teachers capable of working in a variety of environments as soon as they graduate. Indeed, virtually all education majors secure jobs upon graduating — many in critical-needs fields such as special education and science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering

The college is the sole source of undergraduate degrees in bioengineering, civil engineering, environmental engineering and software engineering between Tampa and Miami, and our high-caliber faculty and staff are laser-focused on teaching excellence and student success. Programs are housed in a strategically designed building with state-of-the-art equipment that accommodates the exacting technical work that engineering and computer science demand. Courses are developed around a highly active lecture-lab model that enhances engagement and enriches learning.

Marieb College of Health & Human Services

Programs are grounded in prescriptive knowledge coupled with a strong clinical emphasis, which prepares graduates to succeed in the competitive healthcare sector as compassionate professionals. More than 95 percent are employed within 6 months of graduation, and first-time pass rates on licensure and certification exams exceed national averages. The college’s academic rigor and high-tech simulation facilities, along with the support of clinical partners in the community, ensure that graduates possess the most current foundation of knowledge and skills.

Honors College

Academic excellence, cultural exploration, transformative leadership, personal transformation and civic engagement — these are the college’s five pillars. Working with a variety of disciplines in a highly competitive and collaborative environment, Honors faculty engage the most motivated students in advanced scholarship and research as well as leadership training and service opportunities that develop well-rounded individuals. Honors alumni were our first FGCU-educated Fulbright fellows and are reaching new heights in elite graduate programs such as Oxford University.

We nurture our faculty

Our Lucas Institute for Faculty Development supports new and established educators by helping them hone skills and gain experiences that enhance learning outcomes.

Programs include:

  • Individual academies for new, midcareer and established-career faculty — fostering success and satisfaction in teaching
  • Faculty Learning Communities — informally connecting educators with common interests
  • Annual Lucas Symposium — offering creative strategies for teaching and learning
  • Mentor Coach Program — educators supporting educators

Learn about the Lucas Center for Faculty Development