Florida SouthWestern State College

8099 College Parkway
Fort Myers, FL 33919-0000
Tel: (239)489-9300
  • Edison State College is a comprehensive public college dedicated to educational excellence in programs ranging from continuing education to the baccalaureate degree. The faculty and staff are committed to preparing students to be productive citizens by helping them develop academic and professional proficiencies; to think logically, critically, and analytically; to communicate effectively; to seek and evaluate information; and to act with sound judgment in the interest of our global community.
School Highlights
  • Florida SouthWestern State College serves 15,389 students (33% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 48:1 is higher than the state community college average of 38:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 37% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 54%.
  • Florida SouthWestern State College is one of 2 community colleges within Lee County, FL.
  • The nearest community college is Southern Technical College (Fort Myers) (2.80 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 322 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Florida SouthWestern State College(FL) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelFour or more yearsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty322 staff38 staff
Florida SouthWestern State College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 15,389 has declined by 11% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 48:1 has decreased from 83:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.56 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment15,389 students1,230 students
Florida SouthWestern State College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio48:138:1
Florida SouthWestern State College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students5,116 students537 students
Florida SouthWestern State College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students10,273 students693 students
Florida SouthWestern State College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Florida SouthWestern State College Enrollment Breakdown FL All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
Florida SouthWestern State College Dormitory Capacity (2014-2016)
% Asian
Florida SouthWestern State College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Florida SouthWestern State College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Florida SouthWestern State College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Florida SouthWestern State College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Florida SouthWestern State College More (2012-2016)
% Non Resident races
Florida SouthWestern State College Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
Florida SouthWestern State College Unknown (2007-2016)
Florida SouthWestern State College Ethnicity Breakdown FL All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.0.560.70
Florida SouthWestern State College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$36,200$30,800
Florida SouthWestern State College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $3,341 is less than the state average of $6,233. The in-state tuition has grown by 22% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $13,039 is more than the state average of $11,756. The out-state tuition has grown by 36% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,341$6,233
Florida SouthWestern State College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$13,039$11,756
Florida SouthWestern State College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid85%91%
Florida SouthWestern State College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$9,000$12,750
Florida SouthWestern State College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$4,500$6,334
Florida SouthWestern State College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Edison's Collier County Campus opened in March of 1992. The beautiful campus is located on a 80-acre site near State Road 951 and Rattlesnake Hammock Road, in east Naples. The Charlotte County Campus opened in 1997. Located on a wooded site on Airport Road in Punta Gorda, the campus is an excellent addition to the Charlotte area. Edison State also provides Outreach services to students in Hendry and Glades counties. Edison State College is governed by its District Board of Trustees composed of nine representatives from Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, Glades and Lee Counties. The members are appointed to four-year terms by the Governor of Florida. Currently about 340 professional and support staff members provide the full-time instructional and support services for the more than 15,000 credit and nearly 3,000 non-credit students who participate in Edison courses and programs each year. The Lee County Campus is located on approximately 140 acres between College Parkway and Cypress Lake Drive in South Lee County. Courses of study leading to Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, or certificate programs, as well as non-credit Continuing Education classes are offered at the Lee County Campus. The campus is made up of one and two story classroom buildings including: library, bookstore, cafeteria, student center, auditorium, and specialized laboratories for science, computer science, nursing, health technologies, and college preparatory classes. The Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall and the Gallery of Fine Art are located on Lee County Campus. Student Services include prospective student relations, admission advising, registration assistance, transfer student advising, retention, coordination of financial aid and scholarships, job announcement and placement support, and community college articulation.

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Did You Know?
For Florida public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $6,233 per year for in-state students and $11,756 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,011 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Florida is 87%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Florida community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.70, which is higher than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Florida is Johnson & Wales University-North Miami. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.