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Cowley County Community College Overview

Cowley County Community College is a public institution located in Arkansas City, Kansas. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Arkansas City draws many to the area.

What Is Cowley County Community College Known For?

805 Undergraduate Awards
  • The associate's degree is the highest award offered at Cowley College.
  • In 2017-2018, 100% of the faculty were full-time.

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Cowley County Community College Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Cowley College.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Value Nuclear & Radiological Technology Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Food Processing Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Nuclear & Radiological Technology Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#28 Most Popular Science Technologies Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#59 Best Value Liberal Arts & Humanities Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#59 Best Value Liberal Arts General Studies Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#115 Most Popular Precision Metal Working Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#121 Most Popular Precision Production Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Cowley College has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Nuclear & Radiological Technicians Schools College Factual
#1 Best Industrial Radiologic Technology/Technician Schools College Factual
#1 Best Value Colleges for Science Technologies / Technicians College Factual
#1 Best Value Colleges for Nuclear & Radiological Technicians College Factual
#5 Best Science Technologies / Technicians Schools College Factual
#121 Best Value Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities College Factual

Where Is Cowley County Community College?


Contact details for Cowley College are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 125 S 2Nd St, Arkansas City, KS 67005
Phone: 620-442-0430

How Do I Get Into Cowley College?

You can apply to Cowley College online at:

Cowley County Community College has an open admissions policy, so you don't have to worry about getting into the school if you have a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Can I Afford Cowley County Community College?

31% Take Out Loans
7.0% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Cowley College, approximately 31% of students took out student loans averaging $3,826 a year. That adds up to $15,304 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Cowley College is 7.0%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Cowley County Community College Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,327 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,475 undergraduate students at Cowley College, with 1,327 being full-time and 1,148 being part-time.


Gender Diversity

Of the 1,327 full-time undergraduates at Cowley College, 48% are male and 52% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Cowley County Community College students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 14
Black or African American 77
Hispanic or Latino 137
White 852
International Students 111
Other Races/Ethnicities 136

Over 31 countries are represented at Cowley College. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Brazil, France, and United Kingdom.

Online Learning at Cowley County Community College

861 Took All Classes Online
1,652 Took At Least One Class Online
-3.7% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 1,652 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Cowley College has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 40th most popular in Kansas for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Growth Rankings of Cowley College

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Cowley County Community College was -3.7%. This is the #1,905 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Cowley College regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Cowley College majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Accounting 33%
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 11%
Business Support & Assistant Services 33%
Business, Management & Marketing 17%
Health Professions 4%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Cowley College ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Cowley College.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Agricultural Economics & Business #53
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations #155
Entrepreneurial Studies #186
Human Development & Family Studies #284
Information Technology #324
Business Support & Assistant Services #342
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #357

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Cowley County Community College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate TOTAL
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 320 0 320
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 110 0 0 110
Precision Metal Working 33 12 38 83
Health Aids/Attendants/Orderlies 64 0 0 64
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 51 0 0 51
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 0 7 23 30
Nuclear & Radiological Technicians 0 28 0 28
Design & Applied Arts 13 11 0 24
Health & Medical Administrative Services 2 9 10 21
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 7 6 7 20
Human Development & Family Studies 8 4 0 12
Cosmetology 0 2 10 12
Allied Health Professions 0 11 0 11
Food Processing 0 0 8 8
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 1 3 4
Accounting 0 3 0 3
Business Support & Assistant Services 0 3 0 3
Agricultural Economics & Business 1 0 0 1
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 0 0
Information Technology 0 0 0 0
Fire Protection 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 289 417 99 805


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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