Cowley County Community College

  • Cowley County Community College and Area Vocational-Technical School is committed to learning excellence and personal enrichment in an open access environment.

School Highlights

Cowley County Community College serves 2,463 students (54% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 11:1 is lower than the state community college average of 12:1.
Minority enrollment is 30% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 38%.

Top Rankings

Cowley County Community College ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in Kansas for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 231 teachers has grown by 122% over five years.
Cowley County Community College(KS) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: High Transfer-High TraditionalAssociate's Colleges: High Vocational & Technical-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty231 staff156 staff
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School CalendarLink to School Calendar

Student Body

The student population of Cowley County Community College has declined by 27% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 11:1 has decreased from 33:1 over five years.
The Cowley County Community College diversity score of 0.49 is less than the state average of 0.58. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment2,463 students1,734 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio11:112:1
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# Full-Time Students1,337 students777 students
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# Part-Time Students1,126 students957 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
500 students342 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
2%
1%
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% Asian
1%
3%
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% Hispanic
11%
14%
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% Black
5%
8%
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% White
70%
62%
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% Two or more races
6%
4%
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% Non Resident races
4%
2%
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% Unknown races
1%
6%
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Diversity Score0.490.58
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College Completion Rate
34%
38%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$35,600$34,000
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $3,204 is less than the state average of $3,484. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $5,256 is more than the state average of $4,443. The out-state tuition has grown by 16% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,204$3,484
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Out-State Tuition Fees$5,256$4,443
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Tuition NotesTuition and fees bas
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid100%91%
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Median Debt for Graduates$8,000$9,000
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Median Debt for Dropouts$4,500$5,466
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Sports

Total Sports Offered10 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseball, Basketball,
Cheering, Cross Country,
Dance, Soccer,
Softball, Tennis,
Track and Field, Volleyball,
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Cowley is both a community college with transfer programs and a vocational/technical school offering two-year job-ready degree programs, students with very diverse needs will find us a perfect educational fit. The College works hard to maintain standards of quality that will provide students with an education that will prepare them to transfer to a four year program or enter the workforce. Cowley is a cutting edge institution, respected throughout the country as a leader in innovation and quality. We strongly encourage both parents and prospective students to explore their educational opportunities with us. Cowley has over 70 majors and programs of study. Degrees offered include the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, Associate of General Studies, and the College Certificate. Cowley College is among the fastest growing community colleges in the nation. We take pride in the quality of our education, small classes and student activities. Our main campus is located in Arkansas City, a small community of around 13,000 people in south-central Kansas. We have several outreach centers across the region including two enrollment locations located in Wichita and a center in Mulvane. If you are unable to attend our physical locations you are able to earn an accredited degree fully online! Cowley County Community College and Area Vocational-Technical School is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and by the Kansas State Board of Regents.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Cowley County Community College is Northern Oklahoma College (30.0 miles away).
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Did You Know?
For Kansas public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,484 per year for in-state students and $4,443 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $18,155 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Kansas community colleges have a diversity score of 0.58, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Kansas is Kansas City Kansas Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.