Polk State College (Polk State)

999 Avenue H NE, Winter Haven, FL

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Polk State College, located in Winter Haven, Florida, was established in 1964 as Polk Junior College. Like many community and junior Colleges in the Florida College System, the school changed its name in 2009 to reflect the fact that it was now a bachelor degree offering institution. The school has over 20,000 students enrolled, with nearly half that number in credit granting programs. The school has three campuses providing educational opportunities to various communities in the state of Florida.


The school offers several certificate and associate degree programs designed to prepare students for careers immediately after graduation. Such students will be qualified for entry level work in their field of study, having obtained the practical skills and knowledge necessary to perform their tasks. Others will pursue transfer opportunities, fulfilling the first two years of a four year education. The bachelor programs offered include a BAS Supervision and Management and Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

Students wishing to enroll at Polk State College must have a high school diploma or GED. Applicants must submit a completed application along with all transcripts and pertinent test scores. Students will take a placement exam once all documentation is submitted. Some programs may have additional requirements that must be fulfilled in order to be accepted.  Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans and scholarships. Students must determine eligibility by completing and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Once submitted the resulting information will be use to determine awards.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $8,900. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • State Residents: $2,500-$3,000
    • Out-of-State: $9,900-$11,920
  • Charges per unit:
    • In-State: $110-$130 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $410-$490 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid78%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships75%$4,329
Receiving Student Loans13%$4,946

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, Polk State College may provide services to students like those listed below:

  • Online classes
  • Remedial courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Student employment
  • Assisting students to find work

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Community colleges often offer both career training programs and options for students to transfer-out to four year institutions, which is why the table below is so important, it compares this school against community colleges in Florida.

 Polk StatePolk CountyFlorida
Graduation Rate30.4%-36.8%
Transfer-out Rate15.0%-12.6%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1985)
    • Visit our Florida nursing schools page to see all 187 offered through the state
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 2012)
    • Visit our Florida nursing schools page to see all 187 offered through the state
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (since 2000)
  • Radiology Technician Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1985)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades


    Engineering Technology

    Family and Consumer Sciences

    Health and Clinical Professions

    Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Mechanic and Repair Technology

    Security and Protective Services

    Transportation and Materials Moving

    Visual and Performing Arts

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