Fort Myers Colleges and Schools

Fort Myers is a midsize metro area with a tropical climate, although most of the rain and humidity is confined to the summer months. It's known as one of the liveliest metro areas on the Gulf Coast, so students attending colleges in Fort Myers may enjoy the thriving arts and entertainment scene. College students can also take a break from studies by enjoying boating and fishing a few miles away at Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel or Cape Coral.

College-minded high school students have the opportunity to get a head start on earning college credit through the Fort Myers campus of Florida SouthWestern Collegiate High Schools, where they can maximize their dual enrollment options.

Fun Facts about Trade and Technical Schools in Fort Myers

Several Fort Myers colleges provide trade and/or technical training, and two of them have especially robust offerings.

At Fort Myers Technical College, programs are supported by local business and industry representatives who help the instructors stay current in their fields. Popular programs are criminal justice, EMT/paramedic training and nursing assistant.

Southern Technical College's local campus offers diploma and degree programs in the fields of interior design, management, medical assisting, surgical technician and paralegal studies.

Fun Facts about Fort Myers Colleges and Universities

There are two universities in Fort Myers.

Florida Gulf Coast University is a young college that offers a full complement of undergraduate programs. Its faculty and research reflect an entrepreneurial spirit and environmental consciousness. Students can take part in sports teams, Greek life, service-learning and study abroad programs.

Fort Myers is home to the Lee Campus of Florida SouthWestern State College. The school offers both associate and bachelor's degree programs in a wide variety of fields. Its healthcare programs include dental hygiene and radiology technology. Student life includes numerous student clubs and men's and women's sports teams.

Graduate Schools in Fort Myers

Florida Gulf Coast University is the only one of the Fort Myers colleges that offers graduate programs, but the offerings are substantial. Popular graduate studies are in the fields of education, health professions and public administration. Students who wish to earn an MBA, MPA, or M.S. in Health Science, among others, can consider the institution's fully online programs.

To learn about more higher education opportunities in the state, see our list of Florida colleges.


  • Florida Gulf Coast University, Accessed January 2019,
  • Florida Southwestern State College, Accessed January 2019,
  • Fort Myers Technical College, Accessed January 2019,
  • Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, Accessed January 2019,
  • National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator, Accessed January 2019,
  • Southern Technical College, Accessed January 2019,
  • U.S. News & World Report, Living in Fort Myers, Florida, Accessed January 2019,
Education Institutes in Fort Myers
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On Campus and Online Programs in Fort Myers
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Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,
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