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May 16, 2016


Cowley listed among top-50 best value community colleges

Top 50 Best Value


Based on graduation/transfer rates, mid-level salary for graduates, and actual tuition, Cowley College was selected to the top-50 list of Best Value Community Colleges of 2016 by


Cowley not only made the list, the school came in at No. 22 out of the top-50 Best Value Community Colleges.


Using data from College Measures, a Gates Foundation-supported database, Value Colleges surveyed the 1,717 Community Colleges in the United States that offer two-year Associate Degrees. The results were filtered to find schools that met criteria that relevant in finding the Best Value Community College: average to high graduation rates (over 45%), low-to-average cost (under $10k per year), over 1,000 enrolled students, and AACC membership.


Here is what Value Colleges had to say about Cowley.


“Cowley College in Arkansas City, KS, provides two-year education to over 6,000 students in the southern Kansas region. Whether students are looking for an associate’s degree to enter the workforce, certification to improve credentials, or foundational courses to transfer to a four-year institution, Cowley can provide it. With one of the lowest tuition rates in the nation, and an exceptionally high transfer and graduation rate, Cowley makes sure students in Kansas have what it takes to make their future their own.”