About Polk State

Polk State College Winter Haven Campus. (Photo by Tom Hagerty, Polk State.)


Polk State College has been thriving since it was founded in 1964 and has become one of the fastest growing colleges in the state.

Polk State currently serves nearly 20,000 students in over 160 academic programs, including associate's and bachelor’s degrees, as well as certificates and other non-degree options designed to prepare students for success. 

No matter what you’re into – health science, business, engineering, information technology, education, public safety, fine arts – we’re into it too!

Polk County is located in the middle of the Sunshine State, midway between Tampa and Orlando, along Florida’s High Tech Corridor. The College maintains campuses in Winter Haven and Lakeland, as well as centers in Bartow, Lakeland, and Lake Wales. 

The College boasts excellent academic programs, outstanding intercollegiate athletics, stellar cultural and arts programs, thriving campus life, and an impressive array of distinguished alumni. We make a difference in the lives of our students, and they make a difference in their communities.

Our grads are managing corporations, nonprofits and cities. They’re teaching our children and nursing the sick. They’re patrolling our streets and pioneering new technologies. They’re making laws and making music.

They’re changing the world, right here in Polk County and – literally – around the globe.

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Polk State College is committed to equal access/equal opportunity in its programs, activities, and employment. For additional information, visit polk.edu/equity<http://www.polk.edu/equity-diversity/>.