Florida Gateway College (FGC) is a two-year public college in Lake City, Florida. FGC was founded as Columbia Forestry School in 1947, when Lake City was the “Forestry Capital of the World”. In 1950 the school was put under the management of the University of Florida and renamed University of Florida Forest Ranger School, then Lake City Junior College. The school changed its name to Florida Gateway College in 2008. Many people in the Lake City area still refer to it as “the forestry school”.
The 25-building campus is situated on 132 acres a few miles outside of Lake City, next to Lake City Municipal Airport. It is built from a repurposed World War II Navy air station. Most of the acreage is covered with azaleas, crepe myrtle trees, and native pinelands. It has been named the most beautiful college campus in Florida by Florida Leader Magazine.
FGS serves five Florida counties: Gilchrist, Baker, Union, Dixie, and Columbia. The area served by FGC is 2,683 square miles—over twice the size of the state of Rhode Island. In addition to the main campus, there are three small satellite campuses in Maccleny, Bell, and Cross City. FGC also offers classes at off-campus locations, including the Employ Florida Banner Center for Global Logistics, the Dixie County Center, and the Gilchrist County Center. Including part-time and distance education enrollees, over 7,000 students attend FGS at any given time.