Public Colleges and Universities in Southwest Florida


Looking to obtain a postsecondary degree, professional certification, or change professions? You’re in luck. Southwest Florida has several opportunities to grow your career. Tuition and basic fees are for in-state students, and do not include on-campus housing, books, or other expenses. Source: U.S. Department of Education

Florida Gulf Coast University

10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers, 239-590-1000, 800-590-3428

Four-year, state university set on 800 acres offering 58 undergraduate programs, 25 master’s programs, 12 certificate programs, and 6 doctoral programs

Enrolled: 11,247
Established: 1991, opened in 1997
Tuition: $6,118

Florida SouthWestern State College

8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers, 239-489-9300
7007 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples, 239-732-3700

This public college serves a five-county area with campuses in Fort Myers, Naples, and Punta Gorda, as well as a Corporate Training Center in Bonita Springs and a satellite center in LaBelle. It is a cost-effective choice; 70 percent of students graduate debt-free.

Degrees: More than 45 academic programs, including professional certificates, associate degrees, and bachelor’s degree programs (nursing, cardiopulmonary, elementary education, public safety administration, supervision and management)

Enrolled: 24,034
Established: 1962
Tuition: $3,401

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