Florida Gulf Coast University Photo Tour

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Explore FGCU in Fort Myers

FGCU Alligator Sign
FGCU Alligator Sign (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Amy Jacobson

For those who love nature, sunshine, and alligators, Florida Gulf Coast University might be a great choice. Located in Fort Myers, Florida, FGCU is a four-year, public university and a member of the State University System of Florida. The school's 12,000 students are especially proud of their campus's wildlife-rich ecosystem, and not just because of the beautiful ponds or on-campus beach. The palm trees and modern architecture of the campus make FGCU a picturesque destination. FGCU's academics are impressive as well -- the university offers 52 undergraduate and 30 graduate degree programs across six colleges. For more information about Florida Gulf Coast University, you can check out their college profile or their official website.

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Academic Building 7 at Florida Gulf Coast University

Academic Building 7 at FGCU
Academic Building 7 at FGCU (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Amy Jacobson

FGCU prides itself on being environmentally friendly, as shown by Academic Building 7. This building, constructed of about 20% recycled material, is one step toward attaining the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The campus also owns a 15-acre solar field and a 400-acre environmental preserve. With the university's signing of the American College and University's Presidents' Climate Commitment, it has dedicated itself to creating a greener campus.

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Lutgert College of Business at FGCU

Lutgert College of Business at FGCU
Lutgert College of Business at FGCU (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Amy Jacobson

At the Lutgert College of Business, you'll find FGCU's Regional Economic Research Institute, Small Business Development Center, Lucas Institute for Real Estate Development and Finance, and other centers, as well as the base for many graduate and undergraduate programs. Business Administration is one of the most popular majors on campus. The university also has a PGA Golf Management program and is one of just 20 colleges in the country accredited by the PGA.

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North Lake Village at Florida Gulf Coast University

North Lake Village at FGCU
North Lake Village at FGCU (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Amy Jacobson

One of three on-campus or off-campus living options, the North Lake Village is a popular apartment-style housing choice. South Village holds freshman housing and is suite-style, with mostly two-bedroom single rooms. For those interested in off-campus housing, West Lake Village is about a two-minute shuttle ride from campus and right by the Gulf Coast Town Center.

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The Eagles’ Landing at FGCU

Eagles' Landing at FGCU
Eagles' Landing at FGCU (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Amy Jacobson

Located in the heart of the on-campus residential area of North Lake Village, the Eagles' Landing is a meeting/commons space with a view of the lake. It is also right across from one of the campus's two outdoor pools. The Lee County/FGCU Aquatics Center offers a lap and a recreational pool and is the home of the women's swimming and diving team. For campus recreation, FGCU also enjoys an Auxiliary Gym, the Recreation Outdoor Complex, two recreation fields, and an impressive Recreation Center.

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Florida Gulf Coast University Student Union

FGCU Student Union
FGCU Student Union (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Amy Jacobson

If you're looking to join one of FGCU's 18 sororities and fraternities, 24 sports clubs, or 150 student organizations, the Student Union is a great place to start. The list of clubs is remarkable and contains some atypical organizations, such as a Free Diving and Spear Fishing club, a Video Game Club, and a Paintball club that has a won several conference championships and a world cup title. The club sports are also diverse with teams for Martial Arts, Kiteboarding, Quidditch, and many others.

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Florida Gulf Coast University Library

Florida Gulf Coast University Library
Florida Gulf Coast University Library (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Amy Jacobson

The FGCU library provides a range of services for the university's faculty and students. Along with a host of study rooms, most equipped with a computer, the library also has an impressive database of books, articles, and videos. For those interested in being better researchers, the library offers free workshops for students and faculty. The library is also furnished with a collection of fine art, which can be viewed online here.

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The Wellness Center at FGCU

Wellness Center at FGCU
Wellness Center at FGCU (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Amy Jacobson

The Wellness Center is home to the FGCU’s Prevention & Wellness (P&W) office, which boasts a friendly atmosphere and lots of free stuff for its students. The staff at P&W like to do fun things like Prize Patrol, an activity involves giving treasures (gift cards) to students seen wearing a “MOST Eagles” button, and Cash Cab, an on-campus golf cart that gives rides and prizes. The Wellness Center also holds the office for Student Health Services and Counseling and Psychological Services.

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FGCU Arts Complex

FGCU Arts Complex
FGCU Arts Complex (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Amy Jacobson

Anyone going for their B.A. in Art at FGCU will probably spend a lot of time in the Arts Complex, home to the main gallery on campus. Any FGCU artists are sure to enjoy the exhibitions as well as the Arts Exploration Club and ArtLab, two great opportunities for Art majors or anyone who enjoys the arts. Exhibitions include mediums from painting to sculpture to film, so there is sure to be something for everyone.

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Alico Arena at Florida Gulf Coast University

Alico Arena at FGCU
Alico Arena at FGCU (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Amy Jacobson

The heart of FGCU's NCAA Division I athletics lies in Alico Arena, a 120,000 square-foot building which houses Campus Fitness and Recreation, as well as Intramurals. Alico Arena features 4,500 seats, 12 locker rooms, the Athletics Department offices, and a hospitality room. Spectators have their choice of bleacher or skybox seats, and two concession stands. In addition to athletic events, the arena has also hosted concerts, speakers, and other special events.

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Swanson Stadium at FGCU

Swanson Stadium at FGCU
Swanson Stadium at FGCU (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Amy Jacobson

With roomy dugouts, a high-quality playing surface, and a press box right behind home plate, any serious baseball player will feel right at home at Swanson Stadium. But baseball is just one of many sports at FGCU –- the university also has teams for men’s and women’s golf, tennis, cross country, and more. FGCU competes in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Sun Conference and has won a total of 27 conference tournament titles. They were also the only Division I college to win its regular and postseason tournament in both men’s and women’s soccer. Goal!

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The FGCU Natural Environment

The FGCU Natural Environment
The FGCU Natural Environment (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Amy Jacobson

The swamps and ponds of the FGCU campus remain true to Florida's natural ecosystem. Along with students, FGCU is home to Florida wildlife like walking catfish, great blue herons, and, of course, American alligators. Anyone going for a master’s degree in Environmental Studies might want to check out the Campus Ecosystem Model which provides information about the natural environment of the college. The watershed presents many excellent opportunities for research, and the campus collects on location data regularly.

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The FGCU Beach

The FGCU Beach
The FGCU Beach (click image to enlarge). Photo Credit: Amy Jacobson

Anyone who loves water and sunshine is sure to enjoy the campus waterfront. The beach is free and open to all students, with plenty of room for a game of Frisbee or Cornhole. Students can also check out canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, or even sailboats. If you want to go waterskiing, the campus also owns a ski boat available for reservation. The beach is a popular place for students to swim, relax, or soak up some sun. So if you're looking for a campus with its very own vacation spot, look no further than FGCU.