Polk County Educational Report

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Polk County has 6 traditional colleges/universities, including the newest state university, Florida Polytechnic University. Combined, these institutions enrolled nearly  20,000 students during the Fall 2015 semester and conferred over 4,000 degrees during the 2014 – 2015 academic year.

Polk State College
Web Address: https://www.polk.edu
Description: Polk State College, a quality driven institution, transforms lives through the power of education by providing access to affordable associate and baccalaureate degrees, career certificates and workforce employment programs, delivered by diverse, qualified faculty and staff.
Contact Info: (863) 297-1000
Total Enrollment (Fall 2015): 10,657
Degrees Received (2014 – 2015 Academic Year): 2,198

Florida Southern College
Web Address: http://www.flsouthern.edu
Description: The mission of Florida Southern College is to prepare students through dynamic engaged learning to make a positive and consequential impact on society. Florida Southern College will achieve national recognition for providing a transformational education for students through its distinctive synthesis of liberal arts and professional programs, and focus on student development through co-curricular and service learning programs. It will become a national model for engaged learning in order to achieve the learning outcomes students need to thrive in a global society. As a result of its pragmatic approach to liberal learning, the global perspective of its academic programs, effective engaged learning pedagogy, and distinctive learning outcomes in all disciplines, Florida Southern will ascend to the top 25 comprehensive colleges/universities in its Carnegie classification. Maintaining its affiliation with the United Methodist Church, Florida Southern will serve as the preeminent mid-size institution within the denomination, always striving to foster students’ spiritual growth.
Contact Info: (863) 680-4111
Total Enrollment (Fall 2015): 2,869
Degrees Received (2014 – 2015 Academic Year): 690

Southeastern University
Web Address: http://www.seu.edu/
Description: Southeastern University is anchored by Spirit-empowered education in a Christ-centered, student-focused learning community. Southeastern’s global impact is marked by a deep commitment to transforming minds and engaging culture through the integration of faith, learning, and service. Each student’s divine design is nurtured and unleashed through the investment of faculty and staff, relationships within the community, the rigor of scholarship, diverse learning experiences, and the discipline of spiritual formation, which propels students into a lifetime of serving the world in the Spirit of Christ.
Contact Info: (863) 667-5018
Total Enrollment (Fall 2015): 4,538
Degrees Received (2014 – 2015 Academic Year): 622

Warner University
Web Address: http://warner.edu/
Description: Warner is a co-educational, Christian university in the liberal arts tradition. Through a wide variety of academic disciplines the institution prepares students to successfully meet the demands of today’s workplace and the challenges of graduate school. We develop servant leaders who evaluate issues from a Christian perspective and who strive to live out their belief in their communities, churches and homes.
Contact Info: (863) 638-7212
Total Enrollment (Fall 2015): 1,183
Degrees Received (2014 – 2015 Academic Year): 214

Webber International University
Web Address: http://webber.edu/
Description: The University’s mission is to offer students an array of pre-professional and liberal arts and sciences programs of study that create a life transforming educational opportunity which is practical in its application, global in its scope, and multi-disciplinary in its general education core. Students will acquire depth of knowledge and expertise in their chosen field of study, balanced by breadth of knowledge across various disciplines. Special emphasis is placed on enhancing oral and written communication, and critical thinking skills.
Contact Info: (800) 741-1844
Total Enrollment (Fall 2015): 733
Degrees Received (2014 – 2015 Academic Year): 146

Florida Polytechnic University
Web Address: http://floridapolytechnic.org/
Description: The mission of Florida Polytechnic University is to prepare 21st century learners in advanced fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to become innovative problem-solvers and high-tech professionals through interdisciplinary teaching, leading-edge research, and collaborative local, regional and global partnerships.
Contact Info: (863) 583-9050
Total Enrollment (Fall 2015): 924
Degrees Received (2014 – 2015 Academic Year): N/A

Source of enrollment and degree data: IPEDS and College Navigator

In addition to the traditional colleges and universities Polk County has vocational, technical and online institutions:

  • Florida Technical College
  • Keiser University
  • Ridge Career Center
  • Southern Technical College
  • Traviss Career Center