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Learn More about Cottey

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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The P.E.O. Connection

In 1927, the P.E.O. Sisterhood accepted Cottey College as a gift from Virginia Alice Cottey Stockard. This made Cottey College the only nonsectarian college owned and supported by women. Ever since, the P.E.O. Sisterhood has continued to support and help provide excellent educational opportunities for women. (text from the P.E.O. International site)

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Virginia Alice Cottey Stockard

Virginia Alice Cottey Stockard founded Cottey College in 1884 with the firm belief that women deserved the same quality education as men. When she became a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, Virginia Alice Cottey Stockard realized that P.E.O. paralleled her own goals and ideas about higher education for women.

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Nevada, Missouri

Cottey is located in Nevada, Missouri, a town of approximately 9,000 residents. The local climate offers pleasant falls, mild winters and colorful springs as campus community gardens burst into bloom. Nevada has become the hub for recreational, educational, and medical amenities for the area.

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The Mission of Cottey College

Cottey College, an independent liberal arts and sciences college, educates women to be contributing members of a global society through a challenging curriculum and a dynamic campus experience.  In our diverse and supportive environment, women develop their potential for personal and professional lives of intellectual engagement and thoughtful action as learners, leaders, and citizens.

Read our Mission Statement, Vision Statement, and Learning Outcomes here:

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Current Press Releases

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Experience the Cottey difference and come see Cottey College for yourself! Schedule a visit and enjoy a student led walking tour, attend P.E.O. Visit Day, a basketball game, or any other campus or non-campus event. Find listings of sporting events, admissions representative travel, marketing gatherings, or student academic travel schedules. We would love to visit with you!

Campus Tours

Cottey College offers P.E.O.s, BILs, and P.E.O. Chapters student-led walking tours Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.  If you are scheduling a tour for a prospective student and/or her family, please contact the Office of Enrollment Management at 1-888-5-COTTEY (1-888-526-8839) or email the office at enrollmgt@cottey.edu.

Campus Tours for P.E.O.s, BILs, and P.E.O. Chapters

Schedule A Tour for Yourself or Your Chapter

Learn More about Prospective Student Campus Visits

P.E.O. Visit Day

October 21, 2017

Cottey celebrated its first P.E.O. Visit Day in 2005. This event is the premier visit event for P.E.O.s. During the visit, P.E.O.s have the opportunity to see the Cottey Campus and meet other sisters. Activities include touring campus, meeting students, and experiencing the great Cottey food. Registration is required!

The registration form is under construction.

Vacation College

May 16-21, 2017

Vacation College is a wonderful opportunity to combine a Cottey experience with personal enrichment, and have some fun along the way. Participants experience Cottey from the inside out as they stay in one of the residence halls, eat in Raney Dining Room and attend classes taught by Cottey College faculty and staff - all without the pressure of mid-term exams or finals! Nightly entertainment, recreational activities, and extraordinary chances for fellowship are all a part of this exciting week.

It is bound to be an experience you will never forget! P.E.O.s, BILs, alumnae, and friends of the College are invited to attend. Check back for class listings in January! Online registration will begin January 15, 2017.

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International COTTEY Day

Monday, March 27, 2017

In March 2005, Cottey College, P.E.O.s and alumnae everywhere celebrated the first ever International COTTEY Day, celebrating the life and memory of Virginia Alice Cottey Stockard, the founder of Cottey College. This year, plan to celebrate International COTTEY Day on March 27, Virginia Alice Cottey's birthday. Imagine the recognition from not only wearing a Cottey promotional item, but explaining what Cottey College is. This is a fantastic way to help get the word out to prospective students that Cottey College is not only a great institution, but there is a legion of women who support the goals and ideals of women's education.

Where to Stay in Nevada

If you’re coming for a visit and are staying overnight, click here for the hotels and restaurants in Nevada, Missouri.


Are you getting ready for a college fair or high school event? Do you have chapter program to present? Are you looking for ways to promote the College? Click here to refer a student, access the online promotional order form, or to find tips on how to recruit students. We want to help you get the word out about Cottey!

Tips for promoting Cottey to students

Order Materials

Order Free Materials for your Promotional Event

PLEASE NOTE: Please make orders one month prior to date needed. Due to shipping costs and the cost of materials, please do not order one of each packet "for your files." Only order materials for the recruitment activities for which you are planning. For example, if you are planning on representing Cottey College at a college fair, the only packet of materials you need to request is one "College Fair Packet." If you are planning on visiting a high school, you only need to request one "High School Packet" per school. If you have questions, please call before placing your order (417) 667-8181, ext. 2122.

Download a Digital File of Cottey Promotional Materials

2017-2018 Cottey Facts

Cottey Viewbook

Cottey at a Glance

Student Interest/Referral Sheet

Printable poster for Student Gathering or Recruitment Event (PDF)

Chapter Programs That Help You Promote Cottey!

A Minute for Cottey

Think About Who You Know

Chapter Programs That Help You Learn More About Cottey!

Cottey BINGO

Chapter Program link to Online Video

"There's No Place Like Cottey" Recruitment Video (running time: 11 minutes)

Contact a Cottey College Alumnae

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High-Resolution Images

Download a high-resolution Cottey image here

Evaluate Your College Fair, High School Visit or Student Gathering




Learn More about Admission to Cottey

If you know a young woman who is ready to grow and wants to learn in an environment that promotes leadership, social responsibility, and global awareness, you should tell her about Cottey College!

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Has your chapter been assigned a suite or student by your state’s Adopt-A-Suite or Adopt-A-Student program? Are you interested in finding out more about how you can support state funded endowed suites? Are you interested in discovering details about the Annual Fund? Click here if you are looking for information on philanthropic giving, or details on gift opportunities.

Gift Opportunities

State Resources for P.E.O.s

Adopt-A-Suite and Adopt-A-Student Programs

The adopt-a-student/suite program is coordinated by the individual state/district/provincial Cottey committees. The Office of P.E.O. Relations and the Student Life Offices at Cottey do not have information regarding the assigning of students and suites. All questions regarding these programs should be addressed to the state Cottey chairmen or advisors. Please note: the College does not maintain records of which students/suites are sponsored more heavily than others.

State Cottey Committee Chairmen and Advisors

You will be able to find your state/district/provincial Cottey Chairmen and Advisor information on your state/district/provincial website.

Historic Distribution of Students by State (PDF)

Admission Representative for Your State

Suggested P.E.O. Scholarship Timeline

Thank you for all you do to help make a Cottey education affordable for our students. We recognize that each S/P/D has their own way of deciding and distributing scholarship funds and are very grateful for your efforts. Listed below are a few suggestions to help align your award schedule with the timeframe in which students receive financial aid information from the colleges they are considering. We hope this information will be helpful to you as you perform your volunteer duties.

If you are responsible for awarding P.E.O. scholarships to Cottey students, this information is for you even if you don’t have the title of Scholarship Chairman. If you have questions, please contact the Cottey financial aid office at 417-667-8181 ext. 2190 or by email at financialaid@cottey.edu.

Scholarship Applications:

  • November to January – distribute scholarship applications for following academic year.
  • February – review submitted applications and make award decisions.
  • March 1 (or as soon as possible) – email the Cottey financial aid office the scholarship award winners. Please include student names and scholarship amounts. It may be helpful to include a spreadsheet if scholarships are coming from multiple funds/sources.
  • April to August – email the Cottey financial aid office if there are any changes to the original scholarship awards. Complete all of the necessary steps to request funds, especially funds held at P.E.O. Foundation. Case history forms must be submitted electronically to the Foundation. Questions? Call the Foundation at 515-255-3153.

Authorizing Disbursement of Scholarship Funds:

  • Late August for fall semester AND early January for spring semester – authorize disbursement of scholarship funds to Cottey.

    • For funds held by State Chapter - contact the treasurer/appropriate officer in your state to have funds disbursed to Cottey. To verify enrollment of students, contact the financial aid office. Checks should be made payable to Cottey College and sent to the financial aid office with a listing of student names and amounts so the funds can be applied correctly.
    • For funds held at P.E.O. Foundation – the Foundation will verify enrollment of the students directly with Cottey prior to disbursement.

Chapter Resources for P.E.O.s

How to Give to and Support Your Student

Sending Funds to Students

Monetary gifts of $49.99 or more to a student will impact her financial aid package. This does not apply to gift cards.

States may now set up a fund for “emergency needs.” Please call the office of Institutional Advancement, at 417-667-6333, ext. 2120 to find out more information on how your chapters can put money into a fund that will go towards special needs such as a trip to the dentist, special school supplies, or personal athletic equipment. Funds may be designated specifically for your students!

Please notify the Office of P.E.O. Relations if a student contacts you requesting money. The College will assess the student's needs and will proceed accordingly. 

Support Ideas

Cottey's student body is made up of students from over 40 states and 15 foreign countries, so many students are a long way from home. Hearing from P.E.O. s from their states can be a great way to help students keep connected to home and reduce homesickness. Most Cottey students are in their late teens and early twenties, so keep in mind young people's tastes when compiling your care package. Here are some suggestions for keeping connected:

Send birthday cards.

Send care packages.

Students really appreciate receiving the following items:

  • snack food, such as single-serving microwavable macaroni and cheese, chips, breakfast bars, crackers, candy, gum, and cookies
  • spiral notebooks, pens, scotch tape
  • body lotions, hair products (shampoos, conditioners, gels)
  • coffee, tea, and beverage mixes
  • laundry detergent and softener
  • quarters for laundry machines
  • stamps
  • disposable cameras

Students also appreciate bookstore gift certificates. In addition to books, the Cottey bookstore has a variety of merchandise including clothing, bags, cups, and much more! Order gift certificates from Cottey's bookstore by calling, 417-667-8181, x 2154.

Purchase a gift card to from one of the national chain restaurants that students have in Nevada. The following national chains are located in Nevada and accept gift certificates: Domino's Pizza, Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, Burger King, Sonic and Walmart. You may purchase these gift cards at your home store and mail the certificate to the student. The closest Starbucks and Target locations are 60 miles south.

Sending Mail and Packages

Due to student privacy laws, the College is not allowed to release the home addresses of students attending Cottey College. Current student lists are given to state Cottey chairmen and these lists are updated throughout the year to reflect room changes, semesters abroad, and withdrawals. Due to student privacy laws, the College cannot release information pertaining to a student's decision to withdraw from the College.

To ensure delivery, send packages between September 1 and December 1 for the fall semester and from January 15 to May 1 for the spring semester. Students are away from campus during spring break, which is typically the first two weeks in March. Be sure to include a return address on the package to make it easier for the student or suite to send a thank you note.

Addressing Mail to an Individual Student

When addressing mail to an individual student, please format the address as:

Student Name
Residence Hall
1000 W. Austin
Nevada, MO 64772

Example:Charlotte Wade
Robertson Hall
1000 W. Austin
Nevada, MO 64772

Addressing Mail to Suites

When addressing mail to an entire suite, the package should be addressed as follows.

Suite Name
Residence Hall
1000 W. Austin
Nevada, MO 64772

Example: Oklahoma Suite
Robertson Hall
1000 W. Austin
Nevada, MO 64772

Addressing Mail to Commuter (non-residential) Students

All mail for commuter (non-residential) students should be addressed:

Student Name
Rubie Burton Academic Center - Commuter
1000 W. Austin
Nevada, MO 64772

Addressing Mail to Cottey House

The Cottey House, formerly known as Ewing House, is located across the street from Main Hall. It houses up to seven fourth-year students, and is designed to provide students a more independent living/learning experience. All mail for students residing in the Cottey House should be addressed:

Student Name – Cottey House
Cottey College
929 W. Cherry
Nevada, MO 64772

Current Students and Their Relationship with Emily Post

Thank you for supporting Cottey students! A list of distributed gifts is kept at the P.E.O. Relations Office and students must initial this list when they pick up their gift if it is addressed “in care of P.E.O Relations.” Envelopes are sent through campus mail, but when students pick up a package, they are asked to send a thank you note. Some students follow through with that request, but we do not monitor that process. Please consider including a stamped envelope with the name and address of the P.E.O. Sister that should receive the "Thank You" for the gift. The College does not have access to P.E.O.  Membership records and will address any unknown mail to the chapter president or state Cottey committee chairman.

How to Order Chellie Bucks

There is only one way to order Chellie Bucks! Credit card orders via phone are not accepted. Send a check made payable to Cottey College to: Office of P.E.O. Relations, Cottey College, 1000 W. Austin, Nevada, MO  64772.  Be sure to write "Chellie" and the name of the student or suite on the memo line. The Office of P.E.O. Relations will process the check and place the Chellie Bucks in campus mail. If you wish to send cards along with the check for the Chellie Bucks, please mail the cards and check to the Office of P.E.O. Relations and the office will insert the Chellie Bucks into the cards and send them through campus mail.

Final's week packages

Purchase final's week packages through the office of student life at 417-667-8181, x 2126 or dmartin@cottey.edu. The cost is $20. Packages include chips, nuts, cheese and crackers, macaroni and cheese, granola bars, stress-reduction toys, and a big apple or orange. Packages are distributed in December and May. Proceeds from the sale of final's week packages support an annual scholarship for Cottey students. Click here for the Student Life Care Package order form.

Digital Files

Cottey Minute ~ Enrollment Management Update

October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015

Scholarship Awards by State

Digital Files
Order Materials
Chellie Bucks
Refer a Student
P.E.O. International
Office of P.E.O. Relations
Phone: 417-667-8181 ext. 2122
E-mail: peorelations@cottey.edu

Campus Information
Campus Resources
Cottey College
For Women • By Women • About Women

1000 West Austin
Nevada, Missouri 64772
Phone: 417-667-8181
Fax: 417-667-8103
Admission: 888-5-COTTEY