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Quick Info

Institution Type: Independent, liberal arts and sciences college for women.
Location: Nevada, MO
Student Body: 350
On-campus Housing: Suite-style residences
Regular Application Deadline: No closing date
Priority and International Application Deadline: May 1
Application Fee: $20
Tuition & Fees:  $26,300 (includes Room and board*)
ACT Code: 2286
SAT Code: 6120
FAFSA: 002458

* For P.E.O. and Reeves residents. Students living in Robertson Hall add $650 to annual cost. Also, there is an additional $800 charge for single rooms in any residence hall.

Cottey College - Distinctive Features

all women

Because Cottey is a women's college, young women can focus on their education.  The stress of gender competition is removed.  In classes, the atmosphere is collaborative rather than competitive.  Students have a chance to share opinions and viewpoints.  The result is that young women do better academically.

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Leadership development is an essential part of Cottey's academic program.  All Cottey women are encouraged to participate in the College's formal leadership development programs and also have many opportunities to apply those skills in the classroom and out.

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global view

International travel is built into the Cottey experience. All second-year Cottey women travel somewhere in the world, paid for by Cottey, with the exception of some meals and ancillary expenses. The experience of traveling and being immersed in other cultures is a potent knowledge and character-building activity.

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Cottey graduates claim that one of the best parts about their Cottey experience was the camaraderie they had with their fellow classmates and faculty and staff.  It's a connection that lasts well beyond their stay at Cottey.  It starts with the suite-style campus residence halls -- a kitchen and living room surrounded by single or double bedrooms occupied by 10 to 12 women -- grows during exchanges in our small classes and spills over into a campus social life that is creative, lively, interesting, and loaded with traditions.

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two years or four years

At Cottey, you can design your education one of two ways. You can come for the full four years in one of our new Bachelor of Arts degree programs. We are now offering degrees in Business, English, Environmental Studies, Health Sciences, International Business, International Relations, Liberal Arts or Psychology, and there are other programs are currently under development. When you leave with your BA, you'll be well prepared for a career or graduate school. OR, come for two years and earn an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Arts-Music, Associate in Fine Arts-Dance, Associate in Fine Arts-Art or Associate in Fine Arts-Theatre degree. When you complete your associate's degree, you'll be ready to transfer with junior status to a four-year college or university to complete your education. We'll even help you with the transfer process.

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Not only are Cottey's tuition and fees reasonable, but the college also offers payment plans, scholarships and grants, and financial aid packages. 97 percent of Cottey women receive some type of financial assistance.

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Women Who Thrive Here

Women who do exceptionally well at Cottey College are academically motivated, like to get involved in activities and events, and tend to be very social.  They are comfortable in tight-knit communities.  Although they might not recognize their own talents and capabilities, they exhibit a great deal of potential to excel academically and in leadership situations.

Admission Criteria

Required high school curriculum
Grade point average of at least 2.6
ACT composite of 21 or better, or SAT total of 970 or better (not including writing)
TOEFL 500 or better (international students only)

Students are notified of an admission decision shortly after receipt of the completed application.
Students whose academic credentials fall below the guidelines listed may be asked to provide additional information.

Admissions Contacts

If you have questions or want to talk to us in person, please call or email us.  We're also happy to schedule a visit to your school.

Office of Enrollment Management
Phone: 1-888-5-COTTEY
E-mail: Enrollment Management

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Cottey College
For Women • By Women • About Women

1000 West Austin
Nevada, Missouri 64772
Phone: 417-667-8181
Fax: 417-667-8103
Admission: 888-5-COTTEY