Polk State College

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School Overview

Polk State College, formerly Polk Community College and often referred to as “Polk State”, is a public, four-year college in Winter Haven, Florida that belongs to the 28 member Florida College System. Polk State offers two-year associates degrees and four-year bachelor’s degrees and has a second campus location in the nearby city of Lakeland. With nearly 20,000 students (10,000 degree seeking and 9,000 non-degree seeking), Polk State is one of Florida’s largest higher education institutions. Of Polk’s degree seeking students, a little over half attend the Lakeland campus and the rest attend the Winter Haven campus. The Lakeland campus also serves as the campus for Collegiate High School and the Winter Haven campus serves as the campus for Chain of Lakes Collegiate High School. Polk State College is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

General Information

Admission Office

999 Avenue H NE

Winter Haven, FL 33881-4299

(863) 297-1010

Fax: (863) 297-1060

Contact: Kathy Bucklew

Main Address

999 Avenue H NE

Winter Haven, FL 33881-4299

(863) 297-1010


Total undergrads: 9,437

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,479

Degree-seeking undergrads: 7,968


Suburban setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $20

Online application fee: $20
Admissions Policies/Requirements

Limited access to nursing, radiology, physical therapy assistant, occupational therapy assistant, repiratory therapy, paramedic programs, cardiovascular tech, medical sonography.

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $2,099 $2,235 $2,585 $2,789 +7.89%
Books and Supplies $1,700 $2,000 $2,000 $2,000 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state Off Campus $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
In-state with Family $3,799 $4,235 $4,585 $4,789 +4.45%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 567 57%
Grant or scholarship aid 566 56% $1,911,170 $3,377
• Federal grants 304 30% $1,130,484 $3,719
• Pell grants 304 30% $1,118,084 $3,678
• Other federal grants 9 1% $12,400 $1,378
Local and state government scholarships or grants 355 35% $654,622 $1,844
Institutional scholarships or grants 71 7% $126,064 $1,776
Student loan financial aid 4 0% $11,850 $2,963
• Federal student loans 4 0% $11,850 $2,963
• Other student loans 0 0% $0

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS DOC/PHD AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 1213 506
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 25 13
Accounting Technology/technician and Bookkeeping 4
Business Administration and Management, General 15
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Executive Assistant/executive Secretary 5 13
Finance, General 1
Management Information Systems and Services, Other
Operations Management and Supervision
Transportation/mobility Management
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 4
Computer Programming, Specific Applications 4
Computer Systems Analysis/analyst
Education 197
Education, Other 197
Engineering Technology, General 17 6
Computer Technology/computer Systems Technology 17 6
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/technician
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences, General 228 128
Cardiovascular Technology/technologist 8
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 12
Emergency Medical Technology/technician (emt Paramedic) 10 106
Health Information/medical Records Technology/technician 5 22
Medical Radiologic Technology/science – Radiation Therapist 19
Occupational Therapist Assistant 10
Physical Therapy Technician/assistant 18
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 138
Respiratory Care Therapy/therapist 8
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 29 162
Corrections 41
Criminal Justice/law Enforcement Administration 26
Criminal Justice/police Science 121
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/technician 3
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 887
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 887
Visual and Performing Arts 2
Cinematography and Film/video Production 2
Work and Family Studies 21
Child Care and Support Services Management 21
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Film Production/Cinematography A

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting A
Administrative/Secretarial Services A
Banking/Financial Services A
Business Administration/Management A
Marketing Management A
Office Clerical Services A
Office Management A

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Graphics A
Computer Programming – General A
Computer/Information Sciences – General A
Information Sciences/Systems A

Construction Trades

Power/Electric Transmission A


Education – General A

Engineering Technologies

Electrical Engineering Technologies A

Family & Consumer Sciences

Child Care Management A

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Cardiovascular Technology A
Diagnostic Medical Sonography A
Emergency Medical Technology A,C
Medical Insurance Coding C
Medical Records Administration A
Medical Records Technology A
Medical Transcription C
Nursing (RN) A
Occupational Therapy Assistance A
Physical Therapy Assistance A
Respiratory Therapy A

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences A

Mechanic & Repair Technologies

Computer Installation/Repair A

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies A
Fire Science/Firefighting A
Police Science A,C

Transportation & Materials Moving

Supply Chain Management A

Degrees, certificates and diplomas for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Polk State College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (863) 297-1000
Website: www.polk.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online: https://passport.polk.edu/Genesis/student/applogon.jsp
Address: 999 Avenue H NE, Winter Haven, FL 33881-4299
Setting: City: Small
Campus Housing: No

Students & Programs

Student Population: 10,827
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): %
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 27 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 5,378 (50% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $3,366
Out-of-state Tuition: $12,272
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 74%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $4,382

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Polk State College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Polk State College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 551
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 23
Construction Trades 1
Education 12
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 12
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 21
Health Professions and Related Programs 591
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 221
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians 11
Transportation and Materials Moving 21
Visual and Performing Arts 1
Grand total 22276

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Polk State College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $3,366
Out-of-state $12,272
Books and supplies $2,000

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 571 74%
Grant or scholarship aid 524 68% $4,382
Student loan aid 116 15% $4,340

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 4,488 42% $3,584
Federal student loans 1,510 14% $5,630

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Polk State College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Polk State College students.

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Polk State College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 10,827
Undergraduate enrollment 10,827
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Polk State College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) - Programs leading to an associate degree
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PTA) - Programs for the physical therapist assistant
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers

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