Polk State College
Winter Haven, FL 33881-4299


Type 4 year
Control Public
Campus size Medium
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad only
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 11,364
Religious affiliation None
Open Admission
Student to faculty ratio 27:1
Campus housing No
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Polk State College has an open admission policy. That means there is no standardized test or GPA requirements. Any high school graduate or GED certificate holder may get admission.

Tuition & Fees

Polk State College charges different tuition rate depending on students residency. In 2016-2017 academic year, students from out of state paid $9,933 and in-state students paid $2,483.

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $12,440
In State Tuition
National Average = $6,695
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $17,196
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Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 67% of Polk State College's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 55% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,199 (which is 5.3% below the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Polk State College in 2016-2017, was 89, which is 12% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $4,662 (which is 12.1% below the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,432
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,302
Financial aid
National Average = 85%
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Student Body

In Fall 2016, Polk State College has enrolled a total of 11,364 students (3,529 students full-time and 7,835 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 11,364 students, 622 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 37% men and 63% women and all students were enrolled for undergraduate studies.

The institution also enrolled 1,803 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 53%

Hispanic: 21%

Black/African American: 16%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 4%

Two or more races: 3%

Asian: 2%

Non-resident alien: 1%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Polk State College.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 36% 2,110 0
Health Professions And Related Programs 15% 868
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 13% 779 253
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services 8% 454 34
Family And Consumer Sciences/human Sciences 2% 136 20
Education 2% 110
Engineering Technologies And Engineering-related Fields 1% 83 23
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 1% 60 0
Transportation And Materials Moving 0% 12 0
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 0% 2

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 46%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Polk State College full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $32,738

The typical median income of Polk State College graduates 6 years after enrollment is $25,200. Last year, out of the total 1,544 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 1,359 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 1,444 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 1,227 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $25,200 $30,500
Employment Rate 88% 85%
Total Graduates 1,544 1,444

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Nearby Colleges

Nearby 4 year colleges within 100 mile radius of Polk State College.

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36.9 mile away
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55.4 mile away
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