Polk State College

Tel: (863)297-1000
  • 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 38:1.
  • 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 ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty900 staff38 staff
Polk State College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

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 42:1 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 Enrollment14,276 students1,230 students
Polk State College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio16:138:1
Polk State College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students11,135 students537 students
Polk State College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students3,141 students693 students
Polk State College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Polk State College Enrollment Breakdown FL All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
2%
2%
Polk State College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
15%
24%
Polk State College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
17%
17%
Polk State College Black (2007-2016)
% White
58%
46%
Polk State College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
8%
2%
Polk State College More (2011-2016)
% Non Resident races
-
2%
Polk State College Non Resident (2007-2013)
% Unknown races
-
7%
Polk State College Unknown (2008-2012)
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.0.610.70
Polk State College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
31%
59%
Polk State College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2010)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$34,000$30,800
Polk State College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $112 is less than the state average of $6,233. The in-state tuition has declined by 95% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $409 is less than the state average of $11,756. The out-state tuition has declined by 96% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$112$6,233
Polk State College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$409$11,756
Polk State College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid76%91%
Polk State College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2013)
Median Debt for Graduates$9,000$12,750
Polk State College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$6,334
Polk State College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Acceptance Rate100%86%
Polk State College Percent Admitted (2014-2016)

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.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: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

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For Florida public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $6,233 per year for in-state students and $11,756 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,011 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Florida is 87%. 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.