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 - 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 #3 - Dr. Angela Garcia Falconetti became Polk State College's fifth president in July 2017.
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 16,000 students (25% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 18:1 is lower than the state community college average of 38:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 50% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 31%.
  • Polk State College is one of 2 community colleges within Polk County, FL.
  • The nearest community college to Polk State College is Everest University-Lakeland (14.3 miles away).

Top Placements

Polk State College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Florida for:

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 LevelAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty900 staff37 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Polk State College has grown by 12% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 18:1 has increased from 16:1 over five years.
  • The Polk State College diversity score of 0.65 is more than the state average of 0.60. The school's diversity has grown by 6% over five years.
Total Enrollment16,000 students1,142 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio18:138:1
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# Full-Time Students4,000 students487 students
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# Part-Time Students12,000 students655 students
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% Asian
-
2%
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% Hispanic
22%
24%
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% Black
17%
17%
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% White
50%
69%
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% Two or more races
-
2%
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% Non Resident races
-
2%
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% Unknown races
11%
-
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Diversity Score0.650.60
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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 $6,464. 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 $11,973. The out-state tuition has declined by 96% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$112$6,464
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Out-State Tuition Fees$409$11,973
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Tuition Notesper credit hour
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid76%93%
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Median Debt for Graduates$9,000$11,875
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$6,334
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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, Theate
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

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For Florida public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $6,464 per year for in-state students and $11,973 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,054 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

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Florida community colleges have a diversity score of 0.60, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Florida is Johnson & Wales University-North Miami. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.