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Founded in 1964, Polk Community College (PCC) serves students on two campuses in Polk County, Florida. The school has awarded more than 26,000 degrees since its inception.

PCC offers associate degrees, including associate in arts (AA), associate in science (AS), and associate in applied science (AAS). The AA degree program is designed to prepare students for four-year colleges or universities, while the AS and AAS degree programs focus on preparing students for entry into the workforce.

PCC has two main academic programs including liberal arts and sciences program, as well as allied health program. The liberal arts and sciences program consists of the following fields of study: physical sciences, liberal arts, mathematics, and biological sciences. The allied health program provides students several areas of study including occupational or physical therapy assistant programs, emergency medical services, respiratory care, cardiovascular technology, and a radiography program.

New to PCC is the Bachelor of Applied Science Program in Supervision & Management which is scheduled to become available in January 2010. Students may earn this degree with a choice of concentration in one of the following areas of study: business administration, public safety management, or public administration.

In addition, PCC also offers continuing education for students seeking professional development courses, community education classes, or licensure courses which are managed by the Corporate College. PCC’s Lakeland campus maintains the Collegiate High School which is designed for high school students seeking an accelerated program in which students may complete their high school diploma as well as many requirements for an associate degree, simultaneously.

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Polk Community College (PCC) is open to all students interested in furthering their education, who have graduated with a diploma from a secondary school or equivalent.

To attend PCC, prospective students should:

  • submit an application for admission online, along with a $20 non-refundable registration fee
  • provide transcripts (high school or prior college)
  • apply for financial aid
  • take the college placement test
  • meet with an academic advisor
  • attend student orientation

International students are asked to check out the “International Students Admissions Guidebook” found on PCC’s website for specific guidelines and admissions instructions.

As part of PCC’s admissions process, the National Student Clearinghouse performs all degree and enrollment verification, available all day, every day.

Financial Aid

Polk Community College (PCC) provides many financial aid options for qualifying students including grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs. The types of grants offered include the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and the Florida Student Assistance Grant. PCC also offers short-term loans and Stafford loans. There are a variety of scholarships for students to investigate. Visit PCC’s website for all scholarships available, along with descriptions and requirements for each. All students are required to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for financial assistance.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5190th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Florida.


Polk Community College (PCC) serves a variety of commuting students, including students preparing for four-year institutions, students seeking associate degrees, continuing education students, international students, and working professionals. PCC maintains two campuses to fulfill the needs of its students. Those locations are Winter Haven campus and Lakeland campus.

Students have a variety of opportunities to get involved in campus life. There are 15 student clubs and organizations, an international circle, an academic quiz team, international honor society, intercollegiate sports, community service projects, intramural sports, and a virtual student gallery on the school’s website which displays a variety of students’ paintings and photography.

In addition, PCC offers a new service to students through the Career Center, called OptimalResume. This is a free service to help students develop a strong resume, write effective cover letters, prepare for future interviews and assess personal skills.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


Polk Community College (PCC) supports several intercollegiate sports teams including men’s baseball, women’s softball, men’s basketball, women’s volleyball, and women’s soccer. The Vikings compete in the Suncoast Conference and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). All home games are played at the Winter Haven campus.

The Lady Vikings softball team won this year’s Suncoast Conference title, while the men’s basketball team is the Suncoast Conference champions for the last two years.

In addition, PCC offers intramural sports such as table tennis, flag football, bowling, golf, basketball, and badminton. Intramural events are organized throughout the school year and may include other sports activities.

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2 0.02
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.01
Arrest 2 0.02

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 208 0.61
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 4 0.01
Forcible Rape 12 0.03
Robbery 78 0.23
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 458 1.33
Larceny 1,294 3.77
Vehicle theft 105 0.31

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Winter Haven, FL 33881-4299
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population28,225 (27,127 urban / 1,098 rural)
Households12,236 (2.26 people per house)
Median Household Income$30,438
Families7,829 (2.81 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Large
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingLarge two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work required2
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1210

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 2991st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,483 $2,483 $9,933
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $832 $832 $2,338
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $112 $112 $409
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $5,366 $5,366 $14,272
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,401 $17,401 $26,307
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $12,221 $12,221 $21,127

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,114 $3,306 $3,114 $3,306 $11,677 $12,212
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $2,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,339(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,696(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $6,855(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2904th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $55,065 ($56,018 male / $52,829 female)
Number of FT Faculty 161 (64 male / 97 female)
Number of PT Faculty 654
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $3,802,315

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