FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY
A FLIGHT PLAN FOR GRADUATING ON TIME
FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT Your journey through higher education at FGCU is taking off. It’s an exciting time of scholarly exploration and self-discovery culminating at your final destination: graduation. Even with a few diversions along the way, you can get there in 4 years or less. FGCU delivers the strategy and resources you need to make it happen, including Soar in 4: The Governor’s Challenge. This program provides incoming freshmen additional incentive to stay on track to a 4-year degree and secure a job — including a rebate on first-year tuition. To be eligible for the payback, you must sign up for Soar in 4 during your first semester. Faculty and staff then provide the tools and guidance you need to meet the program’s benchmarks, document your progress and graduate on time.
WHY GRADUATE IN 4 YEARS? u THE MORE YOU DELAY, THE MORE YOU PAY. Each year at FGCU costs about $20,000 for in-state tuition and fees, meal plan, housing, transportation and books. Can you afford taking longer than four years to finish a degree?
u LOWER DEBT AT GRADUATION. Many students borrow because financial aid doesn’t cover all costs. Adding in interest on loans makes repaying that debt a costly proposition right at the start of a career.
u GET A HEAD START ON A CAREER. You’ll be earning money and
living the dream while your friends are still finishing school. And your ability to manage time and achieve your goals looks good on a resume.
u EARN A SOAR IN 4 PAYBACK. It pays to graduate on time.
Qualifying students receive a rebate of out-of-pocket freshman tuition if they complete all of the program’s requirements. See eligibility details and sample refund calculations at fgcu.edu/soarin4.
HOW TO GRADUATE IN 4 YEARS u MAKE A MAJOR DECISION FRESHMAN YEAR. Use resources like MyPlan.com to make sure your interests, skills and personality are a good match for the major and career you’re considering. u USE ACADEMIC AND CAREER ADVISING. Early and often. All freshmen are required to meet with an advisor during the first semester, and annual advising is mandatory to qualify for the Soar in 4 rebate. Missing key prerequisites or deadlines or dropping classes can throw you off course and ultimately increase costs. Our advisors and tracking software help you map a degree plan, coordinate your general education needs with your major requirements and make sure you register for the right classes at the right time. u TAKE 15 TO FINISH. DO THE MATH. A full 15-credit load each semester, or average of 30 credits per year, adds up to a 4-year degree. Online courses and summer sessions can help you get ahead or catch up if you need to. u PUT ACADEMICS FIRST. Jobs, friends and fun are important, too, but can distract you from the main reason you’re here: to complete your education and prepare for a career. Stay focused. u OWN YOUR SUCCESS. Time management, good study habits and priority setting are key — and ultimately your responsibility. New Student Programs and the Center for Academic Achievement are among the FGCU offices offering coaching and other assistance you may need. u FIND YOUR TRIBE. Living-Learning Communities, professional associations and other student organizations bring together peers who share interests and goals. Join and build lifelong contacts. u NAIL THE INTERNSHIP. It’s resumé gold. Colleges and programs connect undergraduates with opportunities to gain hands-on work experience that can validate your choice of major and impress potential employers or grad schools. Internships often lead to full-time jobs. u WORK THE NETWORK. Student peers, Eagle alumni and FGCU’s partners in the professional world are a rich resource for success strategies and mentoring. Attend Career Development Services job fairs and recruitment expos on campus.
ALUMNI WORDS OF WISDOM Don’t just take our word for it. Follow the advice of Eagles who finished in four.
“Build a good rapport with your professors and mentors because they will be the ones to help you realize your true potential.” – Dakendo Michel ’15, Social Work
“I worked closely with my advisors and the Center for Academic Achievement in order to stay on track and ensure I passed all my classes. Our campus has so many resources available to help students succeed.” – Molly O’Donnell ’16, Health Science
“Graduating in 4 years is not impossible, but you do have to prioritize and manage your time. It made me proud to know I could stick with it and graduate on time because it wasn’t easy and so many students don’t.” – Danielle Christy ‘16, Elementary Education
WE CAN HELP
Each of FGCUâ€™s 5 colleges includes academic advisors, mentoring programs and internship coordinators. Other resources include:
u Soar in 4
u First Year Residential Experience (FYRE) fgcu.edu/fyre
u Living and Learning Communities fgcu.edu/livingandlearning.html
u First Year Advising:
u Career Development Services
u Eagle Mentor Program alumni.fgcu.edu
u Internships & Co-Operative Programs fgcu.edu/interships
u Writing Center
For individuals seeking information on FGCU programs and services in an alternative format, contact the Office of Adaptive Services at (239) 590-7956. If hearing or speech-impaired, contact FGCU using Florida Relay at 711 (TTY, VCO, HCO, ASCII or STS). This brochure is printed with soy inks on paper from sustainable forests that contain post-consumer recycled wood or fiber.