Apply for Admission

Communication is the key to a successful and stress-free admission experience! At Cottey College, we understand that there is more to a person than just her test scores, so if you have concerns about meeting any of the admission requirements please speak to your admission representative.

Cottey College Admission Requirements:

  • Minimum GPA of 2.6
  • Minimum ACT score of 21
  • Minimum SAT score of 970 – total in critical reading and math (no writing)
  • Required college prep coursework
    • English – 4 years
    • Social Studies (history, government, psychology, economics, etc.) – 2 years
    • Foreign Language – 2 years of the same language
    • Laboratory Science (biology, chemistry, and/or physics) – 2 years
    • Math (algebra I, algebra II and geometry) – 3 years

If you have a high school grade point average of at least 2.6 (as calculated by the Office of Enrollment Management) and standardized test results that meet our current eligibility requirements, you will be notified of an admission decision within two to four weeks after completing the application process.

Cottey College Admission Process

Cottey College encourages applications from students who are serious about enrolling in a women’s liberal arts and science 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.

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

- Step 1: Complete Your Application for Admission

If you’d like to submit your application online, you may do so here:

If you’d rather print and mail your application to the Enrollment Management Office, you may download an application instead: HERE.

+ Step 2: Submit the Application Fee

+ Step 3: Send Your High School Transcript

+ Step 4: Send Your Standardized Test Scores

+ OPTIONAL Step 5: Supplemental Admission Items

+ Step 6: Pay Your Tuition Deposit

Notice of Availability of the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report
Cottey College is committed to assisting all members of the community in providing for their own safety and security. The Annual Security & Fire Safety Report is available on Campus Security website at:

If you would like to receive a hard copy of the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report which contains this information, you can stop by the Office of Student Life at 1000 W Austin Blvd. Nevada, MO, or you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling 417-667-8181, ext. 2126.

The report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, public safety authority, crime reporting policies, fire safety, disciplinary procedures and other matters of importance related to security on campus. The report also contains information about fire statistics in Cottey Residential Facilities and crime statistics for the three previous calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the College; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

This information is required by law and is provided by the Office of Student Life.