About Polk State College


may 2019 polk state graduation

Lakeland, Fla. May 2, 2019. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)

Polk State College, established in 1964, is a multi-campus institution serving over 20,000 students with Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science, Associate in Arts and  Associate in Science degrees, as well as a wide range of certificate and workforce training options. The College also operates three charter high schools.

Polk State’s advantages include small class sizes; hands-on learning; dedicated faculty; day and night classes; online options; affordable tuition; excellent financial aid; a diverse community and vibrant student life, including fine arts opportunities, clubs, and intercollegiate athletics.

We are the perfect place to soar. We are Polk.


Polk State College Mission

Polk State College, a quality-driven institution, transforms students’ lives through the power of education by providing access to affordable associate and baccalaureate degrees, career certificates and workforce employment programs, delivered by diverse, qualified faculty and staff.

Polk State College Vision

Promote excellence and student success through innovation, community impact, and engagement.

Polk State College Core Values

  • Service
  • Integrity
  • Knowledge
  • Diversity
  • Leadership