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Educational Opportunities: From the Littlest Learners to the Graduate-Bound 

When you decide to relocate or start your business enterprise in Cape Coral, your employees’ families have an array of choices in pursuing their formal education, seeking new professional credentials or learning a trade.
Southwest Florida is well-served by 10 colleges and a state university, and has an array of choices for K-12 education in public, private and charter schools. The Cape Coral Economic Development Office is focused on promoting higher education opportunities for economic growth and workforce training in the community.

The region’s largest higher education facility is Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). Now known nationally as “Dunk City,” FGCU is one of Florida’s youngest state universities, but has exceeded annual enrollment rates of 10,000-plus students since opening in 1997. FGCU is located only 20 miles from Cape Coral and offers undergraduate, graduate and doctorate degrees. The nationally recognized Lutgert College of Business’ Center for Leadership and Innovation provides the region's premier executive and technology education programs for middle and upper managers in the private and public sectors. FGCU partnered with Cape Coral to offer a Small Business Development Center office in the city and has established a Cape Coral satellite facility, which provides free and confidential business assistance.

Florida SouthWestern State College (formerly Edison State College), with four campuses in the region, offers associate and bachelor’s degrees, plus technical training in fields such as allied health, computer networking and programming, business administration, paralegal, criminal justice and fire science.

Here is an overview of collegiate offerings in the region:

College/University   Annual Enrollment  School Type
Ave Maria University  880  Private, Catholic
Barry University  N/A  Private, Catholic
Florida SouthWestern State College  17,100  Public
Florida Gulf Coast University  13,600  Public
Hodges University 3,000 Private
ITT Technical Institute  300  Private
Keiser University  N/A  Private
Nova Southeastern University  N/A  Private
Rasmussen College  130  Private
Southern Technical College 1,200 Private

N/A = Statewide institution with multiple campuses and satellites

Learn about our K-12 educational opportunities.