For over 50 years, the Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) mission is to “inspire learning; prepare a diverse population for creative and responsible participation in a global society; and serve as a leader for intellectual, economic and cultural awareness in the community.”
FSW offers a variety of nationally-ranked, career-focused academic programs with two- and four-year degrees, and professional certifications. As southwest Florida’s largest and one of the most affordable institutions of higher education, FSW serves nearly 22,000 students annually with campuses in Fort Myers, Naples and Punta Gorda, and a regional center in LaBelle. FSW is home to the iconic Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall and the Rauschenberg Gallery.
The college has also established partnerships with other colleges and universities to offer students the chance to study abroad through its Center for International Education. Additionally, research and projects are supported through FSW’s Office of Sponsored Programs and Research.
The college experience extends to the rebirth of athletics. The FSW Buccaneers play baseball and softball at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers, the former Spring Training facility of the Boston Red Sox. When the Suncoast Credit Union Arena opens in fall 2016, the FSW men’s and women’s basketball teams will compete, with women’s volleyball in 2017. The arena will also be home to community events, tournaments, concerts, graduations and more.