How to Apply

  • You must be a high school junior or senior with an un-weighted GPA of 2.5 or higher to qualify for COL’s Information Systems, Allied Health, or Criminal Justice program, or a 3.0 un-weighted GPA for the AA (Associate of Arts) degree program. You must have a minimum of 11 high school credits at the end of your tenth grade year and be on track for earning a standard Florida high school diploma.

  • Students may apply in the spring of their Sophomore or Junior year of high school.  Public information meetings will be held in the month of February each year on the campus of Polk State College to provide detailed information about the school and the application process.  All potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of these information sessions.

  • All applicants are required to take the PERT Test.

  • The PERT Test is an un-timed assessment taken on a computer.

  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to deliver a copy of the test score sheet to Chain of Lakes Collegiate High School office either in person or by fax (863-298-6801) or mail (999 Avenue H N.E. Winter Haven, FL 33881).

  • The test may be taken Monday – Saturday during the posted testing hours at the TLCC on any campus. However, a “PERT Testing Ticket” is required and must be obtained at the COL main office during regular business hours 7:00 AM – 3:30 PM.   All testing supplies are furnished. Calculators are NOT permitted. You must bring a photo ID to test.

  • The lottery application deadline is March 2, 2018 at 3:30 PM.  The application will be available on the webpage beginning February 1, 2018.  Completed application, including valid PERT score sheet, should be submitted on-line or delivered to the COL main office at the Polk State College Winter Haven Campus at 999 Avenue H NE or placed in the mailbox (pictured below) located on the wall at the entrance of the COL building . COL Recruit nights will be February 6 and 15th at 6:30 pm in WST 106.

Polk State College PERT Test Review 

PERT Study Guide