Cowley County Community College and Area Vocational-Technical School, commonly referred to as Cowley College, is a two-year college and vocational / technical school located in Arkansas City, Kansas.
Established in 1922 as Arkansas City Junior College, most of the school’s initial classes were held in the basement of a local high school. It was not until 1952 that the institution nicknamed “Basement University” moved to its own building – Galle-Johnson Hall.
Today, the school is recognized nationally for its classroom quality and the success of its graduates. In addition to the main Arkansas City campus, the school operates four satellite locations in Winfield, Wichita, Mulvane, and Wellington as well as distance learning programs at nine local high schools.
Cowley received its current name in is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.