Education a Woman's Way
Cottey College is an independent, liberal arts and sciences women's college in Nevada, Missouri. Since 1884, the college has offered young women the opportunity to learn and grow into leaders, role models, and confident individuals.
Today, Cottey's unique combination of women's-only education, high academic standards, focus on leadership development, commitment to an international experience for every student, and a motivated, high-energy community is at the heart of its success. At Cottey, we have multiple degree options intended to fit your needs. You can complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in four years with any of the following majors - Business, English, Environmental Studies, Health Sciences, International Business, International Relations, Liberal Arts or Psychology. Graduates of our BA program are well prepared to enter the world of work and for advanced study in graduate or law school. Additionally, Cottey offers two-year, associate degree options. You can earn an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Fine Arts - Art, Associate in Fine Arts - Dance, Associate in Fine Arts - Theater, or Associate in Arts - Music degree. These degree programs are carefully designed to facilitate transfer to a four-year college or university if you want to complete a major in an area other than one of the majors listed above. Our alumnae go on to dynamic careers in business, entertainment, marketing, education, sports, communications, and many others. Most importantly, they continue their special connection with the College and each other throughout the course of their lives and careers.
President: Jann Rudd Weitzel, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs: Chioma Ugochukwu, Ph.D.
Vice President for Administration and Finance: Amy Ruetten
Vice President for Student Life: Mari Anne Phillips, Ed.D.
Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement: Sherri Taylor
Vice President for Enrollment Management: Natalie Herring
Associate Vice President for Marketing & Strategic Communication: Carla Farmer
Board of Trustees
Peggy Bottorf, California
Mathilda Hatfield, Arkansas
Kathy Leffler, Arizona
James Bickel, Missouri
Grace Chalker, Ohio
Gary Cox, Kentucky
Jan Hansen, Wisconsin
Sandra Laney, Washington
Diann McChesney, Connecticut
Jackie McMorris, Georgia
Christine Scheuneman, California
Beth Ledbetter, Tennessee
Sue Baker, Ohio
Type: An independent, liberal arts and sciences college for women.
Student Body: Cottey's residential student population of 350 women typically represents 40 states, Canada and 26 countries.
Location: Nevada, Missouri (pop. 9,000), approximately 100 miles south of Kansas City. The campus occupies 14 buildings on 11 city blocks, and a 33-acre wooded recreational area with lodge.
Heritage: Virginia Alice Cottey founded the College in 1884 with the firm belief that women deserved the same quality of education as men. She bequeathed the College to the P.E.O. Sisterhood in 1927, making it the only nonsectarian college owned and supported by women. The P.E.O. Sisterhood, a philanthropic educational organization of over 225,000 members, is dedicated to providing educational opportunities for women.
A Cottey Education: Emphasizes high academic standards with unique opportunities for personal growth through residential, cultural and intellectual experiences. More than 8,900 alumnae live throughout the world. Cottey College does not discriminate in admission or access to, or treatment in, its program and activities on the basis of race, creed, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or physical disability.
Residence Halls: Three residence halls each house 100 to 150 students who live in apartment-style suites. Each suite accommodates 10 to 12 students, and includes single and double bedrooms, a living room, large bathroom and a kitchenette.
Organizations: Students can be leaders in more than 40 organizations on campus representing academic areas, cultural and recreational interests or social, religious and volunteer activities.
Services: The Office of Student Life provides leadership development, counseling services and a limited health clinic.
Cottey College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
The Higher Learning Commission
230 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1413
(800) 621-7440 / (312) 263-0456 or fax: (312) 263-7462
National Association of Schools of Music
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA 20190-5248
(703) 437-0700 fax: (703) 437-6312
Cottey College is proud to be recognized among the most elite colleges and universities in the country. We offer this as proof of our commitment to providing students a challenging curriculum at an affordable price.
- Best Regional Colleges Midwest - U.S. News and World Report
- Best Value College in Missouri - BestValueSchools.com
- Most Affordable Women’s Colleges - BestValueSchools.com
- Honor Roll with Distinction - President’s Higher Education Community Service