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Close-knit learning environments focused on helping personalize learning and development for students. Degree programs also integrate leadership development into the curriculum, preparing students for successful careers and the world.

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Friends Become Family.

Cottey creates a unique community — something you can feel the moment you step foot on campus. We purposefully foster a culture that is inclusive, supportive, and welcoming, and encourages collaboration and connectedness among everyone who is and has been a part of the Cottey family. Our students, alumnae, faculty, and staff feel a common bond that they can depend on for life.

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Best Liberal Arts & Women’s Independent College In The Midwest

Our mission is to deliver the best education for women. A women’s college education provides inherent benefits not found in a coed setting and a women’s education at Cottey provides a global perspective not found anywhere else. Cottey College helps each student excel as learners, leaders, and global citizens — providing a comprehensive and empowering experience in an intimate academic setting that transforms them to reach their highest potential.

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Explore your interests, express your passions, and show your abilities to the world with like-minded women as a member of one or more of 40 clubs, teams and student-supported organizations.

The women who come to Cottey aren’t looking for an easy path for a degree. They are looking for an experience that enables them to discover their passions, find their voices and achieve their goals—both academically and socially.

Hailey Lovgren Class of ‘20

Growing up my teachers never had time to notice who I was. My Cottey professors were my educators, and also my friends. I genuinely looked forward to class.

Lauren Stephens Class of ‘16

The most important skill learned at Cottey was understanding others' perspectives. Learning to listen is a skill that's necessary in one's life and career.

Christina Litherland Class of ‘17

Cottey taught me how to be a woman of the world. From being globally conscious, to advocating for myself without fear, Cottey made me brave in the best way.



Since 1927 P.E.O. International has owned & supported Cottey College.

Comprised of over 210,000 members, the P.E.O. Sisterhood is a philanthropic educational organization whose goal is the support and advancement of women’s education. This unique relationship provides our students with many benefits and connections beyond those found at many colleges and universities.