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Polk State College Overview

Polk State College is a public institution situated in Winter Haven, Florida. The city atmosphere of Winter Haven makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is Polk State College Known For?

2,619 Undergraduate Awards
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the bachelor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Polk State.
  • In 2017-2018, 38% of the faculty were full-time.

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Polk State College Rankings

Polk State is ranked #20 out of 126 schools in Florida.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Polk State has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#41 Most Popular Online Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#123 Best Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#141 Most Popular Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Polk State.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#63 Most Popular Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#63 Most Popular Liberal Arts General Studies Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#84 Best Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#93 Best Health Professions Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#99 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#99 Best Nursing Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#99 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#117 Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#135 Best Value Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#166 Most Popular Health Professions Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Polk State has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#101 Best Nursing Associate’s Degree Schools Nursing Degree Search
#143 Highest Paid Health Professions Graduates College Factual

Where Is Polk State College?

Location of Polk State College

Contact details for Polk State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 999 Avenue H Ne, Winter Haven, FL 33881-4299
Phone: 863-297-1000

How Do I Get Into Polk State?

You can apply to Polk State online at:

Polk State College has an open admissions policy. This means that the school accepts all applicants assuming that they meet very basic requirements, such as having a high school diploma or equivalent.

Can I Afford Polk State College?

9% Take Out Loans
10.1% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Polk State, approximately 9% of students took out student loans averaging $4,085 a year. That adds up to $16,340 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Polk State is 10.1%. This is about the same as the national default rate of 10.1%.

Polk State College Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,866 Full-Time Undergraduates
63% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 10,827 undergraduate students at Polk State, with 3,866 being full-time and 6,961 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Polk State

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,866 full-time undergraduates at Polk State, 37% are male and 63% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Polk State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Polk State College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Polk State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 103
Black or African American 591
Hispanic or Latino 1,041
White 1,842
International Students 58
Other Races/Ethnicities 231

Geographic Diversity

Florida students aren't the only ones who study at Polk State College. At this time, 9 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 23 countries are represented at Polk State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Canada, Jamaica, and Vietnam.

Online Learning at Polk State College

1,938 Took All Classes Online
4,777 Took At Least One Class Online
9.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 4,777 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Polk State has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 23rd most popular in Florida for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Polk State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Polk State College was 9.9%. This is the #1,342 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Polk State regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Polk State majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Air Transportation 16%
Health Professions 3%
Mechanic & Repair Technologies 75%
Transportation & Materials Moving 16%
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 75%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Polk State ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Polk State.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Criminal Justice & Corrections #212
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #242
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #243
Liberal Arts General Studies #243
Nursing #286
Business Administration & Management #444
Health Professions #474

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Polk State College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s TOTAL
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 1,245 0 0 1,245
Business Administration & Management 11 46 0 259 316
Nursing 0 138 0 92 230
Criminal Justice & Corrections 141 28 0 60 229
Allied Health Professions 64 53 15 0 132
Other Education 96 0 0 0 96
Human Development & Family Studies 75 20 1 0 96
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 0 52 0 0 52
Air Transportation 0 24 0 7 31
Information Technology 16 12 0 0 28
Computer Software & Applications 0 27 0 0 27
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 27 0 27
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 0 22 22
Accounting 13 8 0 0 21
Communications Technology 21 0 0 0 21
Entrepreneurial Studies 13 0 0 0 13
General Engineering Technology 7 5 0 0 12
Computer Programming 0 10 0 0 10
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 0 4 0 0 4
Fire Protection 0 4 0 0 4
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 3 0 0 0 3
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0 0
Electronics Maintenance & Repair 0 0 0 0 0
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 460 1,676 43 440 2,619


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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