New Cowley Dorms In Sumner County Expected To Be Ready By This Fall

Student housing at Cowley College’s Sumner County campus is on track to open for use this fall, school president Dr. Dennis Rittle said Monday.

Rittle gave an update to the college’s board of trustees. He said construction is expected to be complete in time for the opening date suggested when the project was first approved.

 In September 2021, trustees unanimously approved the purchase of 3.5 acres of land for the building of a 17-unit dormitory south of the current campus in east Wellington. The dormitory project is financed through the sales tax funds designated for the Sumner campus and operations of the college. There will be no property tax increase in Sumner County for the project, school officials have said.

Land was purchased from the Bill and Marjorie Short family. 

The land is directly south of the Cowley College Technology and Innovation Center. The dorms will include rooms for students, a kitchen, recreational commons area — for residents to play games, watch television, and socialize — and a laundry room. There will be a full-time residential assistant.

Dr. Rittle, will conduct spring Tiger Talks at Cowley’s Arkansas City, Wellington, Mulvane, and Wichita sites.