Cottey College

Cottey College, an independent liberal arts college, educates women to be contributing members of a global society through a challenging curriculum and a dynamic campus experience. In our diverse and supportive environment, women develop their potential for personal and professional lives of intellectual engagement and thoughtful action as learners, leaders, and citizens. ~ The Cottey College MissionFounded in 1884 by Virginia Alice Cottey--who believed women should have the same educational opportunities as men--Cottey College added interdisciplinary baccalaureates to its degree options in 2011. These programs share three common threads: Leadership, Social Responsibility and Global Awareness. Cottey is owned and supported by the P.E.O. Sisterhood, a philanthropic, educational organization. P.E.O. also supports 5 philanthropies that offer scholarships and grants to women to further their education. Students attend Cottey from around the country and across the world. In 2015-16, students from 43 states attended Cottey with 24% diversity. An additional 19% of Cottey students were from 25 different countries. Cottey alumnae report at least one aspect of their college experience in common--the ability to shape their destiny based on the intellectual motivation and excellent academic preparation they received as a result of their Cottey education.A Cottey education includes:A high quality curriculum that challenges students to explore a range of academic disciplines. Professors who are scholars trained at excellent institutions, with over 90% holding the highest degree in their field. They are outstanding teachers committed to encouraging curiosity and thoughtful inquiry. Intentionally small class sizes that encourage students to explore concepts and express ideas.Excellent experiential learning opportunities, including individualized internships, study abroad options, and community service. These opportunities enhance our bachelors degree programs with practical experience. A leadership development program open to all students. Combining theory and practice, students develop the skills and self-confidence that will shape their future education and career path. A study abroad experience for students in their sophomore year, paid for by the College with very little expense for the student. Learning modules developed by faculty enhance the experience. Destinations vary each year, and in recent years include cities in Europe (London, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Florence, and Rome) as well as Guatemala, Peru, New Zealand, Japan, and Thailand. Interdisciplinary baccalaureate programs in Business Administration-Management, Criminology, Education, English, Environmental Studies, Health Sciences, International Business, International Relations, Liberal Arts, Organizational Leadership, and Psychology.Other degree options, including Associate in Arts, Associate in Arts-Music, Associate in Fine Arts, Secondary Education or Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, and Associate in Science degrees. Students may begin study in their chosen major or receive assistance in determining their interests and academic strengths. Outstanding resources dedicated to the education of women. Modern, well-equipped classrooms and laboratories and a commitment to the use of technology to enrich learning, create an excellent learning environment. An intercollegiate sports program offering volleyball, basketball, softball, and cross country. Cottey is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II, Region XVI. Unique apartment-style suites where students live and learn with young women from across the nation and around the world. In this context of both diversity and community, there are significant opportunities for personal growth and building friendships.

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School Details

school_type year_founded religious_affiliation academic_calendar year_2016_endowment address telephone
Private, Women's college 1884 N/A Semester $101.9 million 1000 W Austin, Nevada, MO 64772 (417) 667-8181
overall score total score state city online paying global
85 100.0 Missouri Nevada 202
Key Value
ID 243
Tuition $20,200 (2017-18)
Room and Board $7,400 (2017-18)
Total Enrollment 288
Application Deadline rolling
Application Fee $20
Acceptance Rate 68%
Description When applying to Cottey College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at Cottey College is $20. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due Aug. 1. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 68 percent.


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Application deadline rolling
Early decision deadline N/A
Application fee $20
Common Application accepted Yes
Deadline for housing deposit N/A


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Admission interview Neither required/recommended
Required standardized tests Either SAT or ACT
SAT/ACT scores must be received by Aug. 1

Entering Class Stats

Title Value
Selectivity Selective
Fall 2016 acceptance rate 68%
Early decision acceptance rate N/A

Transfer Students

Title Value
Accepting applications Fall, Spring
Minimum credits to apply 12
Minimum required college GPA 2.6
Has guaranteed admission agreement with at least one other institution No
Guaranteed admission agreement URL N/A

International Students

Title Value
Separate application form required No
Conditional admission offered No
Early decision or early action options available N/A
TOEFL (paper) Required
TOEFL (internet-based) Required
Michigan Test Considered
IELTS Required
SAT Required of some
SAT Subject N/A
ACT Required of some
Advance deposit required No
TOEFL accepted instead of SAT or ACT N/A
International student contact Angela Moore, Director of Admission, (417) 667-8181, amoore@cottey.ed