Founded in 1991, Florida Gulf Coast University, also known as FGCU, is a coeducational public University located in the South Fort Myers area of Lee County, Florida. FGCU is a member of the State University System of Florida. The main campus is spread across an area of more than 750 acres in Southwest Florida. The university states that it was built on support for providing higher learning opportunities in Southwest Florida. The community residents took the initiative to create a state university in this part of Florida, and their requests were swiftly supported by the elected officials at the local and state levels. Today, with a dramatically increasing rate of admissions and student applications, the Florida Gulf Coast University stands as one of the fast growing universities in United States.