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Florida Gateway College is located just outside of Lake City, Florida in Columbia County. Lake City is easily located on a map — just look where Interstates 10 and 75 meet in northern Florida. The college is located on the eastern side of the county, and is bordered by the municipal airport and the Osceola National Forest. Lake City is located approximately 40 miles north of Gainesville, 60 miles south of Valdosta, and 50 miles west of Jacksonville.
Florida Gateway College — one of only 28 community colleges in Florida — was established in 1961 as Lake City Junior College and Forest Ranger School. It evolved on the site of the former Forest Ranger School, and became known as Lake City Community College in the early 1970s.
The college offers many programs to the residents of its five-county service district. Its Golf and Landscape Operations program is recognized around the world as one of the finest, and was designated a Center for Excellence by the Florida Legislature. Much of the faculty has been here for more than 10 years, and the institution offers academic excellence second to none. Recent studies show that FGC students who go on to attend one of Florida’s major universities — such as the University of Florida, Florida State University, Florida A&M, etc. — average a higher cumulative GPA than the mean GPA of students transferring from other community colleges around the state.
The FGC campus sits on 100 acres of natural woodlands, and was designated by Florida Leader Magazine as the most beautiful college campus in Florida. The natural surroundings contribute heavily to the ambiance of the college, making the campus a quiet and secure area for study and reflection.
The student population is almost a 50-50 mix of males and females, and is diverse in its composition. Students come here from around the world to take advantage of the college’s outstanding programs in Golf and Landscape Operations and Allied