Polk State College

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$2,483

0% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$8,402

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

10.2%

Default Rate

2017 Enrolled Students

10,659

34% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

27.5%

310 Graduates

About

Polk State College is a higher education institution located in Polk County, FL. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Polk State College were Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations (266 degrees awarded), Registered Nursing (73 degrees), and Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (31 degrees).

In 2017, 2,130 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Polk State College. 62.2% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 37.8% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (1,251 degrees), 3.36 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (372 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Polk State College is $2,483, which is $-10,407 less than the national average for Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges ($12,890).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Polk State College is $2,483, which is $-10,407 less than the national average for Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges ($12,890).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $8,402.

In 2017, 42% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 11% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$2,483

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Polk State College was $2,483. The cost of tuition at Polk State College is $-10,407 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges ($12,890).

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Average Net Price

$8,402

2017 Value

1.29%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Polk State College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $8,402. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Polk State College grew by 1.29%.

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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 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $2,000. The cost of room and board did not change between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

42%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

11%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

42% of undergraduate students at Polk State College received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a decline of 8.7% with respect to 2016, when 46% 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.

10.2%

2016 Default Rate

98

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Polk State College was 10.2%, which represents 98 out of the 965 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 has a total enrollment of 10,659 students. The full-time enrollment at Polk State College is 3,627 students and the part-time enrollment is 7,032. This means that 34% of students enrolled at Polk State College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Polk State College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 52% White, 22.3% Hispanic or Latino, 15.6% Black or African American, 3.2% Two or More Races, 2.36% Asian, 0.235% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0844% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Polk State College in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (29.9%), followed by White Male (20.3%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (14.2%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

34%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Polk State College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 10,659 students. The full-time enrollment at Polk State College is 3,627 and the part-time enrollment is 7,032. This means that 34% of students enrolled at Polk State College are enrolled full-time compared with 45.4% at similar Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

N/A%

N/A 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 N/A%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges (64%), Polk State College had a retention rate approximately the same as its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    5,544

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    2,382

  3. Black or African American

    1,668

The enrolled student population at Polk State College is 52% White, 22.3% Hispanic or Latino, 15.6% Black or African American, 3.2% Two or More Races, 2.36% Asian, 0.235% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0844% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges is 46.1% White, 24.4% 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, 339 students (3.18%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 518 more women than men received degrees from Polk State College. The majority of degree recipients at Polk State College are white (1,251 degrees awarded). There were 3.36 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (372 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Polk State College is Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations (266 degrees awarded), followed by Registered Nursing (73 degrees) and Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (31 degrees).

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 (1,096 degrees awarded), Protective Services (169 degrees), and Human Sciences (58 degrees).

Workforce

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 Accountants & auditors (1,092,027 people), Other managers (637,681 people), Financial managers (424,841 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (326,458 people), and Chief executives & legislators (316,528 people).

The most specialized majors at Polk State College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (1,096 degrees awarded), Protective Services (169 degrees), Human Sciences (58 degrees), Transportation (21 degrees), and Business (321 degrees).

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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 Personal financial advisors, Surgeons, Physicians, Medical & health services managers, and Dentists

The most specialized majors at Polk State College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (1,096 degrees awarded), Protective Services (169 degrees), Human Sciences (58 degrees), Transportation (21 degrees), and Business (321 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Polk State College are Elementary & secondary schools (643,036 people), Banking & related activities (497,035 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (449,432 people), Computer Systems Design (419,857 people), and Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping & payroll services (390,683 people).

The most specialized majors at Polk State College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (1,096 degrees awarded), Protective Services (169 degrees), Human Sciences (58 degrees), Transportation (21 degrees), and Business (321 degrees).

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Degrees

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.

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Polk State College was Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations with 266 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 806

  2. 1,324

In 2017, 806 degrees were awarded to men at Polk State College, which is 0.609 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,324).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 383 degrees were awarded to men at Polk State College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 0.537 times less than the 713 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 713 degrees were awarded to women at Polk State College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 1.86 times more than the 383 male recipients with that same degree.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

Asian Male

Highest Graduation Rate (60%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Polk State College is Male and Asian (60% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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, 2.26% of graduates (7 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,251 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    372 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    298 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Polk State College is white (1,251 degrees awarded). There were 3.36 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (372 degrees).

3.62% of degree recipients (77 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    759 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    492 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    231 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Polk State College is white female (759 degrees awarded). There were 1.54 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (492 degrees).

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Operations

Polk State College has an endowment valued at nearly $18.3M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $15.4k (0.0839%), compared to the 1.44% average return ($144k on $10M) across all Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges.

In 2017, Polk State College had a total salary expenditure of $81.4M. Polk State College employs 161 No academic ranks, 0 N/A, and 0 N/A. Most academics at Polk State College are Female No academic ranks (87), Male No academic ranks(74), and N/A (0).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Polk State College are: Office and Administrative Support, with 106 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 93 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 35 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$18.3M

2017 Endowment

2.54%

growth from 2016

Polk State College has an endowment valued at about $18.3M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Polk State College grew 2.54% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $8.33M higher than than the median endowment of Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges: Mixed Baccalaureate/Associates Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $1.26M - Federal

  2. $5.73M - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Polk State College received $1.26M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $5.73M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$34M

2017 Salaries

3.51%

growth from 2016

In 2017, Polk State College paid a median of $34M in salaries, which represents 41.7% of their overall expenditure ($81.4M) and a 3.51% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.51% decline from 2015 and a 0.0749% decline from 2014.

The median for similar Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges is 6.2M (33.2% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$9.05M

Instructional Salaries

161

Number of Employees

In 2017, Polk State College paid a total of $9.05M to 161 employees working as instructors, which represents 26.6% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $916k (25.3%) for similar Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges: Mixed Baccalaureate/Associates.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

No academic rank

Most Common Instructor

161 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

106 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Polk State College were No academic rank with 161 employees; false with 0 employees; and false with 0 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Polk State College were Office and Administrative Support with 106 employees; Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 93 employees; and Business and Financial Operations with 35 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Female No academic rank

  2. Male No academic rank

  3. false

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Polk State College was Female No academic rank with 87 employees, Male No academic rank with 74 employees, and false with 0 employees.

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