Polk State College

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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

[email protected]

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.

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