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Florida Gulf Coast University freshmen Cassi DiStefano, left, and Heather Cannedy, center, greet their friends in between classes at a food court on the university's campus on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, in Fort Myers. In the last ten years, FGCU has grown from the smallest university in the state to an estimated student body of 12,600 projected to reach 20,000 within the next five to ten years. David Albers/Staff

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Florida Gulf Coast University freshmen Cassi DiStefano, left, and Heather Cannedy, center, greet their friends in between classes at a food court on the university's campus on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, in Fort Myers. In the last ten years, FGCU has grown from the smallest university in the state to an estimated student body of 12,600 projected to reach 20,000 within the next five to ten years. David Albers/Staff

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  • Florida Gulf Coast University students circulate campus in between classes on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, in Fort Myers. In the last ten years, FGCU has grown from the smallest university in the state to an estimated student body of 12,600 projected to reach 20,000 within the next five to ten years. David Albers/Staff
  • Florida Gulf Coast University students load and unload buses traveling between student housing and academic buildings on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, in Fort Myers. In the last ten years, FGCU has grown from the smallest university in the state to an estimated student body of 12,600 projected to reach 20,000 within the next five to ten years. David Albers/Staff
  • Florida Gulf Coast University students wait to board buses traveling between student housing and academic buildings on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, in Fort Myers. In the last ten years, FGCU has grown from the smallest university in the state to an estimated student body of 12,600 projected to reach 20,000 within the next five to ten years. David Albers/Staff
  • Florida Gulf Coast University students file in and out of an auxiliary parking lot on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, in Fort Myers. In the last ten years, FGCU has grown from the smallest university in the state to an estimated student body of 12,600 projected to reach 20,000 within the next five to ten years. David Albers/Staff
  • Florida Gulf Coast University freshmen Cassi DiStefano, left, and Heather Cannedy, center, greet their friends in between classes at a food court on the university's campus on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, in Fort Myers. In the last ten years, FGCU has grown from the smallest university in the state to an estimated student body of 12,600 projected to reach 20,000 within the next five to ten years. David Albers/Staff
  • Florida Gulf Coast University students head to buses traveling between student housing and academic buildings on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, in Fort Myers. In the last ten years, FGCU has grown from the smallest university in the state to an estimated student body of 12,600 projected to reach 20,000 within the next five to ten years. David Albers/Staff
  • Florida Gulf Coast University students file in and out of an auxiliary parking lot on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, in Fort Myers. In the last ten years, FGCU has grown from the smallest university in the state to an estimated student body of 12,600 projected to reach 20,000 within the next five to ten years. David Albers/Staff
  • Florida Gulf Coast University freshman Lance Meerbott, 18, rides his skateboard to lunch after class on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, in Fort Myers. In the last ten years, FGCU has grown from the smallest university in the state to an estimated student body of 12,600 projected to reach 20,000 within the next five to ten years. David Albers/Staff
  • Florida Gulf Coast University students load and unload buses traveling between student housing and academic buildings on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, in Fort Myers. In the last ten years, FGCU has grown from the smallest university in the state to an estimated student body of 12,600 projected to reach 20,000 within the next five to ten years. David Albers/Staff
  • Florida Gulf Coast University students circulate campus in between classes on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, in Fort Myers. In the last ten years, FGCU has grown from the smallest university in the state to an estimated student body of 12,600 projected to reach 20,000 within the next five to ten years. David Albers/Staff
  • Florida Gulf Coast University freshman Lance Meerbott, 18, rides his skateboard to lunch after class on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, in Fort Myers. In the last ten years, FGCU has grown from the smallest university in the state to an estimated student body of 12,600 projected to reach 20,000 within the next five to ten years. David Albers/Staff
  • Florida Gulf Coast University students circulate campus in between classes on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, in Fort Myers. In the last ten years, FGCU has grown from the smallest university in the state to an estimated student body of 12,600 projected to reach 20,000 within the next five to ten years. David Albers/Staff
  • Florida Gulf Coast University students circulate campus in between classes on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, in Fort Myers. In the last ten years, FGCU has grown from the smallest university in the state to an estimated student body of 12,600 projected to reach 20,000 within the next five to ten years. David Albers/Staff
  • Florida Gulf Coast University students load and unload from buses traveling between student housing and academic buildings on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, in Fort Myers. In the last ten years, FGCU has grown from the smallest university in the state to an estimated student body of 12,600 projected to reach 20,000 within the next five to ten years. David Albers/Staff
  • Florida Gulf Coast University students circulate campus in between classes on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, in Fort Myers. In the last ten years, FGCU has grown from the smallest university in the state to an estimated student body of 12,600 projected to reach 20,000 within the next five to ten years. David Albers/Staff

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