Polk State College

Tel: 8632971000
  • 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 (24% 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 49% 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 is Everest University-Lakeland (14.30 miles away).
  • Polk State Collegiate High Schools No. 1 in State for Graduation Rates - 01/24/2018 - Polk State Chain of Lakes Collegiate and Lakeland Collegiate high schools rank No. 1 out of 448 public high schools in Florida for four-year graduation rates.
  • Polk State Pantry: A Helping Hand For Students Who Need Food And More - 01/10/2018 - Imagine a room full of your favorite snacks. The Polk State Pantry is that, and so much more. The Lakeland Campus pantry will open Tuesday, Jan. 16, in LLC 2155A to provide food to students in need from snacks and microwavable lunches between classe...more
  • Polk State’s 117th Commencement: A Milestone For Students, President, And District Board Of Trustee - 12/15/2017 - Polk State College`s 117th commencement ceremony was extraordinarily special, marking milestones for students, President Angela Garcia Falconetti, and District Board of Trustee Cindy Hartley Ross.
  • Students From Puerto Rico Find Opportunity At Polk State After Hurricane Maria - 12/01/2017 - Gov. Rick Scott asked Florida state colleges and universities to provide support to students from Puerto Rico. Polk State College President Angela Garcia Falconetti appointed Director of Student Enrollment Services and Registrar Kathy Bucklew as the point...more
  • Rally in Tally: SGA Members Meet With Polk Legislators - 11/20/2017 - Members of Polk State College`s three Student Government Associations (SGA) recently had the opportunity to visit Florida`s Capitol and meet with members of the Polk County legislative delegation. Students from the Winter Haven and Lakeland Campuses and the Po...more
  • USF Advisor Provides Pathways For Polk State Students - 01/23/2018 - When students become a part of the Eagle family at Polk State College, they also have the opportunity to become Bulls or Knights in training. Through the College`s partnerships with University of South Florida`s FUSE and University of Central Fl...more
  • Students Learn Science, Skills & Strength Studying Abroad in Guadeloupe - 12/26/2017 - A group of Polk State students can now say they have hiked a volcano, kayaked mangroves, and snorkeled the waters of Guadeloupe. They participated in water-quality experiments with researchers from the University of Antilles and studied terrestrial and aquatic...more
  • Meet the Officers: Lakeland SGA Leads With Diversity - 10/03/2017 - The Student Government Association (SGA) provides Polk State College students with an active voice in administrative and legislative matters concerning the student body. The SGA serves as the liaison between students and administrators, organizes campus activi...more

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 900 teachers has grown by 260% 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 staff37 staff
Polk State College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 16,000 has grown by 41% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 18:1 has increased from 16:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.65 is more than the state average of 0.60. The school's diversity has grown by 48% over five years.
Total Enrollment16,000 students1,142 students
Polk State College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio18:138:1
Polk State College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students3,840 students487 students
Polk State College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students12,160 students655 students
Polk State College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Polk State College Enrollment Breakdown FL All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Polk State College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Polk State College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Polk State College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Polk State College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Polk State College More (2011-2016)
% Non Resident races
Polk State College Non Resident (2007-2013)
% Unknown races
Polk State College Unknown (2008-2012)
Polk State College Ethnicity Breakdown FL All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.650.60
Polk State College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
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 $6,464. 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
Polk State College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$409$11,973
Polk State College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Tuition Notesper credit hour
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid76%93%
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)


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


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.

The average community college acceptance rate in Florida is 87%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

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.