Polk State College

Tel: (863)297-1000
14,276 students
Public institution
  • Polk State College, established in 1964, has campuses and centers in every corner of Polk County, including Bartow, Lakeland, Lake Wales and Winter Haven. Each year, the college serves more than 20,000 students. Degree offerings include the Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science, Associate in Arts and Associate in Science. Additionally, the college offers a wide range of certificate and workforce training options. The College also operates three charter high schools. The advantages of attending Polk State include small class sizes, flexible class schedules and online options, affordable tuition, excellent financial aid, vibrant student life opportunities, and intercollegiate athletics.
School Highlights
Polk State College serves 14,276 students (78% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 16:1 is lower than the state community college average of 36:1.
Minority enrollment is 42% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 54%.
Polk State College is one of 2 community colleges within Polk County, FL.
The nearest community college is Everest University-Lakeland (14.30 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 900 teachers has grown by 262% over five years.
Polk State College (FL) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Baccalaureate / Associates Colleges Baccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution Level Less than 2 yrs Four or more years
Institution Control Public institution Private for-profit
Total Faculty 900 staff 34 staff
Polk State College Total Faculty (2007-2015)

Student Body

The student population of 14,276 has grown by 26% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 16:1 has decreased from 38:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.61 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has grown by 8% over five years.
Total Enrollment 14,276 students 634 students
Polk State College Total Enrollment (2007-2015)
Student : Teacher Ratio 16:1 36:1
Polk State College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2015)
# Full-Time Students 11,135 students 468 students
Polk State College Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
# Part-Time Students 3,141 students 457 students
Polk State College Part-Time Students (2007-2015)
Polk State College Enrollment Breakdown FL All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Polk State College Asian (2007-2015)
% Hispanic
Polk State College Hispanic (2007-2015)
% Black
Polk State College Black (2007-2015)
% White
Polk State College White (2007-2015)
% Two or more races
Polk State College More (2011-2015)
Polk 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. 0.61 0.70
Polk State College Diversity Score (2007-2015)

Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $3,306 is more than the state average of $3,074. The in-state tuition has grown by 18% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $12,212 is more than the state average of $11,427. The out-state tuition has grown by 16% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $3,306 $3,074
Polk State College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2015)
Out-State Tuition Fees $12,212 $11,427
Polk State College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2015)
Percent Admitted 100% 73%
Polk State College Percent Admitted (2014-2015)


Total Sports Offered 6 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Soccer, Softball, VolleyballBaseball, Basketball,
Cheering, Soccer,
Softball, Volleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 5 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Golden KEt (GK), Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), Student Government Association, Symphony Orchestra, Theater Theater, Golden KEt (GK),
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK),
Student Government Association,
Symphony Orchestra,
Source: 2015 (latest year available) IPEDS

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Did You Know?
For Florida public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,074 per year for in-state students and $11,427 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,020 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Florida is 83%. 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.