About Cottey

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. The proof is in the numbers. More than 95 percent of our associate degree graduates go directly to four-year institutions, many among the best in the country. With the addition of selected four-year degree programs, Cottey women can now take advantage of the unique benefits of this institution for their entire undergraduate program. 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.

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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.
Vice President for Institutional Advancement: Vacant
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

Grace Chalker, Ohio
Gary Cox, Kentucky
Jan Hansen, Wisconsin
Greg Hoffman, Missouri
Sandra Laney, Washington
Diann McChesney, Connecticut
Jackie McMorris, Georgia
Christine Scheuneman, California

Ex-Officio members:
Maria Baseggio, Pennsylvania
Beth Ledbetter, Tennessee

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Quick Facts

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 250,000 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.