Polk State College

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$2,483
2022 Average Net Price
$9,588
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
3.92%
on Student Loans
2022 Enrolled Students
8,180
37% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
32.9%
271 Graduates

About

Polk State College is a higher education institution located in Polk County, FL. In 2022, the most popular Associates Degree concentrations at Polk State College were Liberal Arts & Sciences (1,210 degrees awarded), Registered Nursing (120 degrees), and Physical Therapy Technician (33 degrees).

In 2022, 2,489 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Polk State College. 64.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 35.6% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,300 degrees), 2.14 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (607 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Polk State College is $2,483, which is $−9,481 less than the national average for Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges ($11,964).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Polk State College is $2,483, which is $−9,481 less than the national average for Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges ($11,964).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $9,588.

In 2022, 49% of undergraduate students attending Polk State College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 8% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$2,483
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Polk State College was $2,483. The cost of tuition at Polk State College is $−9,481 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges ($11,964).

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Average Net Price

$9,588
2022 Value
16.5%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Polk State College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $9,588. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Polk State College grew by 16.5%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,339
Room and Board
$2,000
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Polk State College was of $8,339 in 2022. The cost of room and board did not change between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $2,000. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

49%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
8%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

49% of undergraduate students at Polk State College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 36.1% with respect to 2021, when 36% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
3.92%
2019 Default Rate
37
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Polk State College was 3.92%, which represents 37 out of the 944 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Enrollment

Polk State College had a total enrollment of 8,180 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Polk State College is 3,023 students and the part-time enrollment is 5,157. This means that 37% of students enrolled at Polk State College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Polk State College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 45.4% White, 28.1% Hispanic or Latino, 16.7% Black or African American, 3.64% Two or More Races, 3.24% Asian, 0.22% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.22% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Polk State College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (28.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Female (18.1%) and White Male (17.1%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

37%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Polk State College in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 8,180 students. The full-time enrollment at Polk State College is 3,023 and the part-time enrollment is 5,157. This means that 37% of students enrolled at Polk State College are enrolled full-time compared with 43.2% at similar Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

67%
2021 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Polk State College was 67%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges (63%), Polk State College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    3,711 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    2,296 enrolled students
  3. Black or African American
    1,368 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Polk State College is 45.4% White, 28.1% Hispanic or Latino, 16.7% Black or African American, 3.64% Two or More Races, 3.24% Asian, 0.22% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.22% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges is 42.6% White, 27.7% Hispanic or Latino, and 14% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 90 students (1.1%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 715 more women than men received degrees from Polk State College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Polk State College is white (1,300 degrees awarded). There were 2.14 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (607 degrees).

The most common Associates Degree concentration at Polk State College is Liberal Arts & Sciences (1,210 degrees awarded), followed by Registered Nursing (120 degrees) and Physical Therapy Technician (33 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Polk State College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Liberal Arts & Humanities (1,210 degrees awarded), Protective Services (278 degrees), and Transportation (57 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Polk State College are Police officers (134,395 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (113,238 people), Other managers (87,140 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (42,448 people), and Aircraft pilots & flight engineers (38,280 people).

The most specialized majors at Polk State College in 2022 are Liberal Arts & Humanities (1,210 degrees awarded), Protective Services (278 degrees), Transportation (57 degrees), Human Sciences (87 degrees), and Communication Technologies (17 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Polk State College are Surgeons, Physicians, Skincare specialists, Photographic process workers & processing machine operators, and Broadcast announcers and radio disc jockeys

The most specialized majors at Polk State College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (1,210 degrees awarded), Protective Services (278 degrees), Transportation (57 degrees), Human Sciences (87 degrees), and Communication Technologies (17 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Polk State College are Justice, public order, & safety activities (319,891 people), Elementary & secondary schools (241,404 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (77,574 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (72,216 people), and Computer Systems Design (52,259 people).

The most specialized majors at Polk State College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (1,210 degrees awarded), Protective Services (278 degrees), Transportation (57 degrees), Human Sciences (87 degrees), and Communication Technologies (17 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Polk State College.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 1,210 degrees awarded
  2. 120 degrees awarded
  3. 33 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common associates degree concentration at Polk State College was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 1,210 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

887
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
1,602
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 887 degrees were awarded to men at Polk State College, which is 0.554 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,602).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 417 degrees were awarded to men at Polk State College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 0.526 times less than the 793 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 793 degrees were awarded to men at Polk State College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 1.9 times more than the 417 male recipients with that same degree.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (75%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Polk State College is Female and Asian (75% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 2.21% of graduates (6 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    1,300 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    607 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    378 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Polk State College is white (1,300 degrees awarded). There were 2.14 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (607 degrees).

1.08% of degree recipients (27 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    821 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    479 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    391 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Polk State College is white female (821 degrees awarded). There were 1.71 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (479 degrees).

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Operations

Polk State College has an endowment valued at nearly $37.6M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNk (−0.0372%) compared to the 0.527% average return (72.1k on 13.7M) across all Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges.

In 2022, Polk State College had a total salary expenditure of 81.1M. Polk State College employs 150 No academic ranks. Most academics at Polk State College are Female No academic rank (83), and Male No academic rank (67).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Polk State College are: Office and Administrative Support, with 101 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 78 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 41 employees.

Endowment

$37.6M
2022 Endowment
10.2%
growth from 2021

Polk State College has an endowment valued at about $37.6M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Polk State College grew 10.2% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $24M higher than than the median endowment of Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$41.9M
2022 Salaries
7.67%
decline from 2021

In 2022, Polk State College paid a median of $41.9M in salaries, which represents 51.6% of their overall expenditure ($81.1M) and a 7.67% decline from the previous year.

The median for similar Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges is 13M (33.2% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$8.95M
Instructional Salaries
150
Number of Employees

In 2022, Polk State College paid a total of $8.95M to 150 employees working as instructors, which represents 21.4% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $3.45M (26.6%) for similar Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

No academic rank
Most Common Instructor
150 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
101 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Polk State College was No academic rank with 150 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Polk State College were Office and Administrative Support with 101 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 78 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 41 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female No academic rank
  2. Male No academic rank

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Polk State College was Female No academic rank with 83 employees, and Male No academic rank with 67 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Polk State College.

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