Polk State College

Tel: (863)297-1000
11,085 students
Public institution
Polk Community College is a quality-driven educational institution providing for the people of Polk County degree, career and lifelong learning programs within an environment of excellence and commitment to student success.
School Highlights:
Polk State College serves 11,085 students (35% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 34:1 is lower than the community college average of 38:1.
Minority enrollment is 42% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is less than the state average of 57%.
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 325 teachers has grown by 34% over five years.
College Polk State College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level Four or more years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 325 staff
61 staff
Polk State College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 11,085 has grown by 30% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 34:1 has decreased from 36:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.61 is less than the national average of 0.68. The school's diversity has grown by 29% over five years.
Total Enrollment 11,085 students 1,296 students
Polk State College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 34:1
Polk State College Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 3,841 students
814 students
Polk State College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 7,244 students
1,040 students
Polk State College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Polk State College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Polk State College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
Polk State College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Polk State College Black (2006-2013)
% White
Polk State College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
Polk State College More (2010-2013)
% Unknown races
Polk State College Unknown (2007-2013)
% Non Resident races
Polk State College Non Resident (2006-2013)
Polk State College Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average 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 0.68
Polk State College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $3,366 is less than the state average of $5,660. The in-state tuition has grown by 20% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $12,272 is more than the state average of $10,250. The out-state tuition has grown by 17% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $3,366 $5,660
Polk State College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $12,272 $10,250
Polk State College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 76%
Polk State College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

  • Polk Community College is located in Polk County, Florida. It began classes in 1964. The main campus is located in Winter Haven. In 1988, a second campus was opened in Lakeland. Total enrollment is about 9,000 credit students and 11,000 non-credit students, served by a staff of about 100 full-time faculty members In 1968, PCC opened its Winter Haven campus on a 100-acre site on the shores of Lake Elbert. The original campus consisted of four permanent buildings: Learning Resources (WLR), Science (WSC) Multi-Services (WMS), a shower/locker room and six portables. In 1969, a snack bar was opened. It eventually was expanded into the Student Center (WST). Over the years, a Health Center/Gym (WHC), Administration (WAD) and Fine Arts (WFA) buildings have been added. In 1999, the eighth building on the Winter Haven campus opened. It is a 6,000 square foot Rehabilitative Health building, which houses the Physical Therapist Assistant and Occupational Therapy Assistant programs. PCC's Corporate College is also the ideal setting for working professionals to stay up-to-date in their fields. Another option is our Collegiate High School, which offers qualified high school students the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and college degree concurrently. PCC also offers college preparatory courses and comprehensive academic support services and resources, as well as a newly established Honors Program. Polk Community College's Associate in Arts (AA) programs are parallel and equal to those offered in the state university system. Approximately 65% of PCC's graduates earn AA degrees and are guaranteed admission as juniors to Florida's universities and private colleges. The College also has Associate in Science (AS) degrees and Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees leading directly to employment. In addition, several certificate programs and continuing education classes are offered by PCC.

Nearby Schools:

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Everest University-Lakeland
    Private for-profit
    455 students | 14.30 Mi995 E Memorial Blvd Suite110
    Lakeland, FL 33801
  • 30,121 students | 32.90 Mi9200 Soutpark Center Loop
    Orlando, FL 32819
  • 917 students | 33.20 Mi8511 Commodity Circle
    Orlando, FL 32819
  • 2,699 students | 34.20 Mi600 W College Dr
    Avon Park, FL 33825
  • Southern Technical College
    Private for-profit
    1,220 students | 34.60 Mi1485 Florida Mall Avenue
    Orlando, FL 32809
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Did You Know?
For Florida public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $7,198 per year for in-state students and $11,659 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,553 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Florida is 72%. 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 0.71, which is higher than the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in Florida is Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Orlando. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.