Polk State College

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$2,483
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$8,573
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
10.1%
Default Rate
2020 Enrolled Students
9,961
35.7% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
32.2%
264 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 (238 degrees awarded), Registered Nursing (87 degrees), and Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (45 degrees).

In 2020, 2,539 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Polk State College. 64.5% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 35.5% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,397 degrees), 2.43 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (575 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Polk State College is $2,483, which is $−9,346 less than the national average for Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges ($11,829).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Polk State College is $2,483, which is $−9,346 less than the national average for Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges ($11,829).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $8,573.

In 2020, 41% of undergraduate students attending Polk State College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 14% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$2,483
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Polk State College was $2,483. The cost of tuition at Polk State College is $−9,346 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges ($11,829).

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Average Net Price

$8,573
2020 Value
9.6%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Polk State College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $8,573. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Polk State College grew by 9.6%.

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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 2020. 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 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

41%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
14%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

41% of undergraduate students at Polk State College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a decline of 2.38% with respect to 2019, when 42% 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.
10.1%
2018 Default Rate
101
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Polk State College was 10.1%, which represents 101 out of the 998 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 9,961 students. The full-time enrollment at Polk State College is 3,556 students and the part-time enrollment is 6,405. This means that 35.7% of students enrolled at Polk State College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Polk State College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 48.7% White, 26.1% Hispanic or Latino, 16.1% Black or African American, 3.84% Two or More Races, 2.6% Asian, 0.271% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.251% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Polk State College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (31.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Female (17.5%) and White Male (17.5%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

35.7%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Polk State College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 9,961 students. The full-time enrollment at Polk State College is 3,556 and the part-time enrollment is 6,405. This means that 35.7% of students enrolled at Polk State College are enrolled full-time compared with 44.3% at similar Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

70%
2020 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 70%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges (66%), Polk State College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    4,854
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    2,598
  3. Black or African American
    1,606

The enrolled student population at Polk State College is 48.7% White, 26.1% Hispanic or Latino, 16.1% Black or African American, 3.84% Two or More Races, 2.6% Asian, 0.271% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.251% 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 44.2% White, 26% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.5% 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, 89 students (0.893%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 737 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 (1,397 degrees awarded). There were 2.43 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (575 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Polk State College is Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations (238 degrees awarded), followed by Registered Nursing (87 degrees) and Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (45 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 (1,307 degrees awarded), Transportation (47 degrees), and Protective Services (206 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 Police officers (126,687 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (118,545 people), Other managers (75,843 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (39,556 people), and Social workers, all other (39,356 people).

The most specialized majors at Polk State College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (1,307 degrees awarded), Transportation (47 degrees), Protective Services (206 degrees), Human Sciences (79 degrees), and Communication Technologies (12 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 Surgeons, Skincare specialists, Physicians, Other financial specialists, and Broadcast announcers and radio disc jockeys

The most specialized majors at Polk State College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (1,307 degrees awarded), Transportation (47 degrees), Protective Services (206 degrees), Human Sciences (79 degrees), and Communication Technologies (12 degrees).

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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 (304,849 people), Elementary & secondary schools (225,776 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (71,927 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (66,008 people), and Individual & family services (49,441 people).

The most specialized majors at Polk State College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (1,307 degrees awarded), Transportation (47 degrees), Protective Services (206 degrees), Human Sciences (79 degrees), and Communication Technologies (12 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.
Most Common
  1. 238 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 87 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 45 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Polk State College was Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations with 238 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

901
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
1,638
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 901 degrees were awarded to men at Polk State College, which is 0.55 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,638).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 423 degrees were awarded to men at Polk State College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 0.479 times less than the 884 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 884 degrees were awarded to women at Polk State College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 2.09 times more than the 423 male recipients with that same degree.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Polk State College is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

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, 6.82% of graduates (18 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,397 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    575 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    337 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Polk State College is white (1,397 degrees awarded). There were 2.43 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (575 degrees).

2.05% of degree recipients (52 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    890 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    507 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    368 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Polk State College is white female (890 degrees awarded). There were 1.76 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (507 degrees).

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Operations

Polk State College has an endowment valued at nearly $32.2M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $92k (0.285%), compared to the 2.62% average return ($302k on $11.5M) across all Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges.

In 2020, Polk State College had a total salary expenditure of $85.5M. Polk State College employs 152 No academic ranks, 0 N/A, and 0 N/A. Most academics at Polk State College are Female No academic ranks (84), Male No academic ranks(68), and N/A (0).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Polk State College are: Office and Administrative Support, with 103 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 99 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 33 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$32.2M
2020 Endowment
74.2%
growth from 2019

Polk State College has an endowment valued at about $32.2M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Polk State College grew 74.2% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $20.7M 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. $1.61M - Federal
  2. $1.33M - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Polk State College received $1.61M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $1.33M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$48.9M
2020 Salaries
5.5%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Polk State College paid a median of $48.9M in salaries, which represents 57.2% of their overall expenditure ($85.5M) and a 5.5% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.39% growth from 2018 and a 33.1% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges is 10.7M (32% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$8.57M
Instructional Salaries
152
Number of Employees

In 2020, Polk State College paid a total of $8.57M to 152 employees working as instructors, which represents 17.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $3.2M (29.9%) for similar Baccalaureate/Associates Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

No academic rank
Most Common Instructor
152 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
103 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Polk State College were No academic rank with 152 employees; false with 0 employees; and false with 0 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Polk State College were Office and Administrative Support with 103 employees; Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 99 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 33 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female No academic rank
  2. Male No academic rank

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Polk State College was Female No academic rank with 84 employees, and Male No academic rank with 68 employees.

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