Southwest Florida Colleges and Universities

There are a number of college and university options for those interested in continuing their education in Southwest Florida. The largest schools in the area include Edison State College and Florida Gulf Coast University, both located in Fort Myers, and Hodges University in Naples.

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Largest Colleges and Universities in Southwest Florida

Edison State College in Fort Myers

Founded in 1962, Edison State College is comprised of three campuses with more than one-third of the student population attending the school's main campus in Lee County. The college offers certificate programs, as well as undergraduate degree programs in fields like crime scene technology, education, paralegal studies and physical therapy.

The nursing program at Edison State College offers associate's and bachelor's degrees and is one of the largest in the nation. Edison also offers a wide range of student clubs and organizations, including the Campus Activity Board, Edison Film Society, the Environmental & Social Awareness Club and the Student Government Association.

Contact Information

  • Address: 8099 College Pkwy., Fort Myers, FL 33919
  • Phone Number: (239) 489-9300

Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers

Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) is a public university located on 760 acres of restored wetlands in Fort Myers. First established in 1991, FGCU is Florida's tenth state university and offers 52 undergraduate and 32 graduate programs, as well as a doctoral program in physical therapy.

Its bachelor's and master's degree programs include accounting, biological sciences, education, health sciences, marketing and management. The university's Lutgert College of Business has been ranked among the top 301 colleges and universities in the nation, according to the Princeton Review (

Contact Information

  • Address: 10501 FGCU Blvd. South, Fort Myers, FL 33965
  • Phone Number: (239) 590-1000

Hodges University in Naples

Founded in 1990, Hodges University is a non-profit, private university with its main campus located in Southwest Florida and ten other campuses across the state. At Hodges, students can pursue over 30 associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees through the university's four academic schools in business, allied health, professional studies and technology.

The university also offers continuing education English as a second language (ESL) classes and 17 online degrees. Business administration, criminal justice and information technology are among the most popular majors at Hodges University.

Contact Information

  • Address: 2655 Northbrooke Drive, Naples, FL 34119
  • Phone Number: (239) 513-1122

List of Colleges and Universities in Southwest Florida

College/UniversityStudent PopulationInstitution Type
Edison State College13,0074-year, primarily associate's, Public
Florida Gulf Coast University10,2044-year, Public
Hodges University1,9044-year, Private not-for-profit
Argosy University - Sarasota 1,7834-year, Private for-profit
South Florida College1,7714-year, primarily associate's, Private not-for-profit
Ringling College of Art and Design1,2294-year, Private not-for-profit
Heritage Institute - Ft. Myers8192-year, Private for-profit
Lee County High Tech Center Central7942-year, Public
New College of Florida7854-year, Public
Ave Maria Unniversity6724-year, Private not-for-profit
Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology5712-year, Public
Sarasota County Technical Institue5212-year, Public
George T. Baker Aviation4822-year, Public
Ave Maria School of Law3024-year, Private not-for-profit
Sunstate Academy301less than 2-year, Private for-profit
Lee County High Tech North3002-year, Public
Meridian Career Institute261less than 2-year, Private for-profit
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