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 Cowley College 

Name: Cowley County Community College (legal name); Cowley College (trade name)
President: Dr. Dennis C. Rittle
City: Arkansas City
Type: Public
Campus Setting: Small City
Year Established: 1922

Governing Board Website 

Cowley College

Student Characteristics Based on Fall 2015 20th Day Enrollment

2015 Fall Credit Enrollment
Total: 3,083
Part Time: 43.46%
Full Time: 56.54%

Female: 59.10%
Male: 40.90%


African American: 7.4%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 1.1%
Hispanic: 10.2%
Native American: 1.7%
White: 72.6%
Other: 6.9%


Cowley College President

Dr. Dennis C. Rittle

Cowley College Board Chair

Mr. Dennis K. Shurtz
Board Chair

Quote from the President

Providing a comprehensive university experience at a community-minded two-year college is a key trademark of Cowley College. Each of the college’s four locations are centrally located in the downtown regions of Arkansas City, Winfield, Mulvane, and Wichita. Cowley College has a ninety-three (93) year tradition of providing outstanding and nationally acclaimed academic and athletic programs. The strategic location of the college communicates a clear message that the college is intentionally engaged with the needs and the expectations of business and industry while providing a comprehensive learning experience which integrates cutting-edge technologies in an average class size of less than twenty (20) students.

Interesting Facts

  • Along with Cowley College’s main campus in Arkansas City, the College has Centers in Wichita, Mulvane, and Winfield. Cowley offers face-to-face learning as well as online options. recognized Cowley College as having one of the most affordable online programs in the country.
  • The Kansas Board of Regents recently approved Cowley College’s application for membership in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). With the approval, Cowley College became the first community college in the state of Kansas to receive membership in SARA. Cowley is now authorized to offer an online degree in all 50 states.
  • The Brookings Institution released its “Beyond College Rankings” report which showed Cowley College was in the top 15% for occupational earnings power for graduates of the Cowley College programs of study.
  • Cowley is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and offers students more than 80 major and degree possibilities.
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