High School Applicants


Admission Requirements

Cottey College encourages applications from students who are serious about enrolling in a women’s liberal arts and sciences college and who are well-prepared through college preparatory, honor and advanced placement high school courses. All candidates for admission must be graduates of accredited high schools, or have satisfied high school graduation requirements through the G.E.D. or by special official arrangements. Admission is based on prior performance and ability to succeed at Cottey.

  • Minimum GPA of 2.6
  • Minimum ACT score of 21
  • Minimum SAT score of 1060 – total in critical reading and math (no writing)

As a high school junior, you may start the admission process as early as April to ensure that you and your enrollment counselor have enough time to move through the appropriate admission stages before it is time to begin the financial aid process (in the fall of your senior year).

Admission Process

Step 1: Apply online.

Step 2: Submit the non-refundable application fee.

Step 3: Official high school transcripts showing at least 6 semesters of completed coursework must be received by mail directly from high schools.

Step 4: Applicants are required to submit ACT or SAT scores. If scores appear on your official transcript, they need not be submitted separately. You may use Cottey’s school codes of 2286 (ACT) and 6120 (SAT) to ensure your scores are received during test registration.

Step 5: Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements listed above may be asked to submit the following to aid the Admission Committee in its decision making process

Step 6: Submit the non-refundable tuition deposit.

Early Admission for High School Juniors

Exceptionally mature and academically able students who have completed all but one year of high school and have the endorsement of their high school officials for early entrance to college may be considered for admission to Cottey. Recommendations will be requested. With the approval of the high school, courses successfully completed at Cottey may be counted toward a student’s high school graduation. Students interested in applying for early admission should contact the Office of Enrollment Management as early as possible.

Home School Students

Students who have been homeschooled and have completed high school graduation requirements under a homeschool program may be considered for admission. Cottey has accepted and enrolled homeschooled students. Homeschooled students follow the same application guidelines and procedures as all other applicants. In order to be considered for admission, homeschooled students will need to submit:

  1. Online Application
  2. Non-refundable application fee
  3. ACT or SAT standardized test scores
  4. Home school credit evaluation form (including at least 6 semesters of course work in 9th, 10th and 11th grades) prepared and signed by home-schooling parent/guardian

The Office of Enrollment Management may also ask for a portfolio detailing all high school work completed (including courses studied, textbooks, assignments, extracurricular activities and writing samples). Evidence must show completion of courses in English, social studies, mathematics, science and foreign language. The student may also be required to furnish proof that home schooling requirements within their state of residence have been satisfied. Home-schooled students who have received a General Educational Development test (G.E.D.) may also be admitted to Cottey. In this situation, copies of the G.E.D. scores as well as an official copy of the certificate will be required.

Admission of non-degree High School Students

Cottey provides an opportunity for qualified local high school students to enroll in a maximum of six credit hours per semester, at a special tuition rate. Such students must apply using a special application form available in the Office of Enrollment Management. Admission will be based on a combination of factors, including an evaluation of previous academic work, an interview with the vice president for academic affairs, available standardized test scores, and a recommendation from the high school counselor.

Single Sex Admission Policy

Cottey's admission policy is consistent with board policy and is consistent with state and federal law, and specifically informed by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which allows for single-sex admission policies in institutions of higher education that have historically served women. This policy affirms Cottey's proud historical tradition as a women's college and its legacy of providing a community specifically designed for women.

As a historically women's college, Cottey considers for admission those applicants who indicate a legally-assigned sex of female on their application. Cottey applies the same admission standards and criteria to all applicants. In reviewing applications, Cottey performs a holistic assessment using GPA, test scores, recommendations, activities, goals, and character. Overall, we seek to admit students whose interests and aspirations match the opportunities provided by Cottey and who will contribute to Cottey's unique educational environment.

With regard to admission, Cottey relies upon the information provided by each student applicant. Applicants who indicate a legally assigned sex of female are considered for admission. In cases where supporting documentation does not reflect an applicant's legally assigned female sex, Cottey may request additional information.