Polk State College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (4)
I have mixed feelings with Polk. PROS: Cheap tuition, Lakeland campus is pretty, reasonable expectations from Professors, 8-week block scheduling that makes managing school easy. CONS: Financial Aid is a nightmare. They gave FA (even though I don't qualify) around 9am on a Friday. At 5:00pm on the same Friday,which was also the business day before priority registration started, they e-mailed me to return the funds or be locked out of registration. I had no issue returning the funds once they made me aware they had been deposited on to my school account, but I was extremely upset that they waited until 5pm on Friday to notify me. I was even more irritated when I could not register for classes on Monday because of this. It took me until Tuesday and four phone calls to get someone who understood that I needed to return funds. They also don't offer every class every semester so it holds up your degree at times, and trying to reach my advisor is like trying to see the back of my head without a mirror. However, their online system is easy to navigate and their instructors are good at helping their students succeed. Polk is not a bad school, but it will require you to consistently play an active roll in your education and it will require the patience of a Saint.
Polk State has a very friendly atmosphere. The number of students is low, meaning teachers can help you one on one when needed. There is available tutors for every subject, and a great student success center on every campus. The multiple campuses throughout Polk county make it easier to pick up classes close by.
Was able to transition from my Associate's degree to my Bachelor's degree completely online, which was nice while also working full-time as a nurse. I was also able to complete the program in 3 semesters, which allowed me to finish quickly and continue on to my Master's Degree.
I graduated from Polk State College in Dec 2014 with my Bachelors in Business Administration. Polk State College offered online and night classes that worked out great with working full time. The price is also cheaper than other colleges around for a Bachelors. They have a few campuses that you can take your classes at depending on your location or the classes that are being taken. They do have large class sizes when I took classes at the campus, but with most of my classes online, it was not a big concern for me.