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Guidelines & Procedures

The final authority for all academic guidelines is the University Catalog. The catalog is published yearly and is based on the academic year.

Students have a right to choose a catalog year for their program of study. However, the choice cannot be from a term that is earlier than the matriculation term and the student must remain in continuous enrollment. Matriculation is defined as admitted to and enrolling in a degree program. Continuous enrollment is defined as enrolling in at least one term in an academic year. On the other hand, Academic Guidelines as listed in the yearly catalog are in effect until revised.  A new policy will stipulate an effective date if other than the academic year in which it was first published.

Students will be notified either through general "all students email" or through their academic advisor of any major changes to academic guidelines.

For all questions on academic guidelines refer to the University Catalog

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  • About Residency Reclassification

  • Reclassification of Current Students

  • The State Laws

Additional Information on Reclassification for Current FGCU Students Only

If you have completed one semester of enrollment at FGCU as a non-Florida resident for tuition purposes and would like to be considered for reclassification, please complete the residency reclassification form. All related and supporting documents must be attached at the time of submission.

Approved residency reclassification will not be applied retroactively to previous terms.

Reclassification form and documents must be submitted prior to the start of the semester for which you are requesting reclassification. The deadlines for submitting the Residency Reclassification Form with appropriate documentation are:

Term Date
Spring 2023

13 Jan 2023

Summer 2023

Summer A – 19 May 2023

Summer B ( Registered for Summer B classes only) - 30 June 2023

Summer C – 19 May 2023

Fall 2023

18 Aug 2023

Residency Reclassification Form


Cancellation and Reinstatement

  • Cancellation

  • Reinstatement


Waitlisting is a new function that academic departments may employ that allows students to add to a waitlist for a course that is full and/or closed.  Once a student has waitlisted for a course section, he or she will receive notification via e-mail if a seat becomes available in that section.  Waitlisted students are notified on a "first-come-first-serve" basis, and once the notification is received, he or she will have 24 hours to register for the course.  If he or she fails to register for the course within 24 hours, he or she will no longer be eligible to register. Waitlisting is not registration or enrollment in the courses.

For more detail information on how to add yourself to a Waitlist, click on the "Instructions for Students" link below:


Beginning Fall 2017, FGCU implemented the 3/2 Withdrawal Limit to help students stay on track for timely graduation. Students are allowed to withdraw from a maximum of three (3) lower-level courses (numbered 1000-2999) and two (2) upper-level courses (numbered 3000-4999) without academic penalty after the drop/add dates.
Any W’s that students acquired prior to Fall 2017 will not count toward this limit.
An appeal process will be in place. 
Withdrawals for approved extenuating circumstances such as medical reasons and active duty military service will not count toward this limit.
A withdrawal counter is available on your DegreeWorks degree audit on Gulfline. 

Please see the FAQs on this topic below.  Additional information may be found in the Academic Catalog.


Please note, the withdrawal for extenuating circumstances only applies to undergraduate courses.


Online Petition for an Appeal for Withdrawal with Extenuating Circumstances


  • Do I need to Appeal for Withdrawal with Extenuating Circumstances?

  • What constitutes a reason for an Appeal for Withdrawal with Extenuating Circumstances? 

  • How much time do I have to complete an Appeal for Withdrawal with Extenuating Circumstances?

  • What grades will show on my transcript if I complete Withdrawal for Extenuating Circumstances?

  • How does a WE grade affect my GPA?

  • What are my refund options? (tuition, housing costs, meal plan, bookstore)?

  • How long will the process take?

  • How will I be informed of the outcome?

  • How does the University define an Upper and Lower Level Course?

  • To whom does the 3/2 Rule Apply?

  • If I do not withdraw from three lower level courses, can I use the remaining allowable withdrawals for upper level courses?

  • How do I know which classes will be used towards the 3/2 rule when I withdraw?


Statement of Free Expression

Florida Gulf Coast University vigorously protects freedom of inquiry and expression and categorically expects civility and mutual respect to be practiced by faculty, students and staff in all deliberations on its campus. As such, the FGCU Community as well as the Florida Gulf Coast University Board of Trustees shares the commitment of the State University System of Florida and the Florida Board of Governors to civil discourse and endorses their commitment with this Statement of Free Expression.