Polk State College

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Polk State College Photo #1 - Polk State College provides access to affordable, quality higher education to more than 16,000 students a year at six locations across Polk County, Florida.
Polk State College Photo #2 - Dr. Angela Garcia Falconetti became Polk State College's fifth president in July 2017.
Polk State College Photo #3 - Polk State College was established in 1964 in Winter Haven, Florida, and today is a multi-campus institution that offers Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science, Associate in Arts, and Associate in Science degrees, as well as a ride range of certificate and workforce training options.
Polk State College Photo #4 - Polk State College has an award-winning student life, including nearly 40 clubs and six athletic teams.
Polk State College Photo #5 - In 2017, Polk State College graduated nearly 2,300 students ranging in age from 17 to 76 years old.
Polk State College Photo #6 - The Polk State Volleyball Team finished as state runner-up, advancing to the NJCAA Division 1 Women's Volleyball Championship for the fourth straight year in 2017. The Eagles finished fifth in the nation.
Polk State College Photo #7 - Polk State College has six athletic teams: basketball, baseball, cheerleading, soccer, softball, and volleyball.
Polk State College Photo #8 - In 2017, Polk State College graduated nearly 2,300 students ranging in age from 17 to 76 years old.
Polk State College Photo #9 - Polk State College has an award-winning student life, including nearly 40 clubs and six athletic teams.
Polk State College Photo #10 - At Polk State College, first-time-in-college students have the opportunity to participate in the First-Year Experience and First Flight Convocation, which allows freshmen to spend a day on campus before the start of the semester to learn their way around and connect with peers.
  • Polk State College, established in 1964, has campuses and centers in every corner of Polk County, including Winter Haven, Lakeland, Bartow, and Lake Wales. Each year, the College serves more than 16,000 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 10,591 students (35% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 12:1 is lower than the state community college average of 34:1.
Minority enrollment is 49% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 61%.

School Overview

The teacher population of 900 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Polk State College(FL) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelFour or more yearsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPrivate, for profit
Total Faculty900 staff55 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Polk State College has declined by 25% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 12:1 has decreased from 45:1 over five years.
The Polk State College diversity score of 0.66 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has grown by 9% over five years.
Total Enrollment10,591 students2,723 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio12:134:1
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# Full-Time Students3,675 students789 students
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# Part-Time Students6,916 students1,934 students
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% Asian
2%
3%
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% Hispanic
22%
28%
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% Black
16%
19%
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% White
51%
39%
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% Two or more races
3%
3%
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% Non Resident races
3%
3%
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% Unknown races
3%
5%
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Diversity Score0.660.73
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College Completion Rate
31%
52%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$34,000$30,300
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Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $112 is less than the state average of $4,078. The in-state tuition has declined by 96% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $409 is less than the state average of $10,890. The out-state tuition has declined by 96% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$112$4,078
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Out-State Tuition Fees$409$10,890
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Tuition Notesper credit hour
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid72%88%
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Median Debt for Graduates$10,735$10,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,500
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Acceptance Rate100%86%
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Sports

Total Sports Offered6 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Soccer, Softball, VolleyballBaseball, Basketball,
Cheering, Soccer,
Softball, Volleyball,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.5 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Golden KEt (GK), Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), Student Government Association

Arts and Music Programs:
Symphony Orchestra, Theater
Source: 2019 (or latest year available) IPEDS

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Polk State College is Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Orlando (33.3 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • 972 students | 33.30 Mi8511 Commodity Circle
    Orlando FL  32819
    (407) 888-4000
    33.30972
  • 2,910 students | 34.20 Mi600 W College Dr
    Avon Park FL  33825
    (863) 453-6661
    34.202,910
  • Southern Technical College
    Private for-profit
    1,341 students | 34.60 Mi1485 Florida Mall Avenue
    Orlando FL  32809
    (407) 671-9922
    34.601,341
  • 211 students | 35.80 Mi6039 South Rio Grande Avenue
    Orlando FL  32809
    (407) 857-2300
    35.80211
  • 46,521 students | 40.70 Mi1768 Park Center Drive
    Orlando FL  32835
    (407) 299-2187
    40.7046,521
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