Cottey College is an independent liberal arts and sciences college for women. Founded in 1884 by Virginia Alice Cottey Stockard, it is currently owned and supported by the P.E.O. Sisterhood, a philanthropic women’s organization. Cottey offers baccalaureate degrees in the following programs: Biology, Business, Criminology, English, Environmental Studies, Health Sciences, International Business, International Relations, Liberal Arts, Organizational Leadership, Psychology, Secondary Education, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies as well as Associate degrees in Arts and Science.
Second year students (28-56 credits) or transfer students (after completion of 24 credits at Cottey) participate in a trip outside of the United States. The college pays for airfare and lodging, while students are responsible for meals and incidental expenses. Destinations are announced each spring for the following year. Past classes have traveled to London, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Rome, and Florence. If a student chooses an alternate trip, she may be responsible for additional fees. Alternate destinations have included Japan, Peru, New Zealand, Guatemala and Thailand.
Life at Cottey
Most Cottey students live in suites of 10 to 12 women in one of our residence halls. Each suite contains a shared living area, a small kitchen, a common bathroom and several single and double bedrooms. Each hall contains a reception area, sitting areas, a storage area, a quiet study room, a computer room, two pianos, TV’s, cable and DVD players. Up to seven fourth-year students may live in the Cottey House, across the street from the Cottey College campus.
The Office of Student Life can answer questions about Orientation, health services, personal counseling, chartered buses to the airport, Family Weekend, and local churches. This office can provide general information about student life.
Cottey offers basketball, volleyball, softball, and cross-country/track in its intercollegiate sports program. Athletic Scholarships are awarded based on demonstrated ability. Prospective students interested in athletics should contact the head coach.
We strongly encourage your daughter to visit our campus before making a selection. Our current students, faculty and staff are here to welcome prospective students and show them everything Cottey has to offer. We offer several structured events throughout the year and customized campus visits for students who may be more pressed for time. One of our most popular events, the Summer Workshop, guarantees a $3000 annual scholarship (total of $12,000) for participants who choose to attend Cottey!
Our goal is to make the admission process as smooth as possible for your daughter. That means that we are here to answer questions, remind you of deadlines, and walk you through the entire admission and financial aid processes. If you don’t find the information you need online, please contact the admission office or your daughter’s admission representative directly.
The Office of Enrollment Management can answer questions on admission (completion of forms, test scores, high school transcripts, campus visits).
Finance a Cottey Education
At Cottey, most students pay less than the published price thanks to financial aid. There are numerous types of financial aid available in the form of scholarships, grants, student employment programs, and student loans. As a parent or guardian, you can provide valuable assistance to your student in navigating the financial aid application process. Please take a look at the information available on the financial aid pages and contact the financial aid office if you have any questions!
The Office of Financial Aid can answer questions about scholarships and all other types of financial aid.
The Business Office can assist with questions concerning the payment of College fees and information about the international trips. Billing statements will be mailed prior to July 31.
The Office of Academic Records can answer questions about class registration, grades, transcripts, and transfer credits.
The Housing Office can answer questions about roommate and hall assignments and provide general information about the residence halls. Housing information will be emailed near the end of June for those students with completed health files.