Timeline & Deadlines

The Office of Enrollment Management has developed a timeline to help guide prospective students through the many deadlines and steps that are part of getting ready for college. This is a guide only and may vary, based on each student.

April / May / June (Summer before Senior Year)

  • Submit your application online here.
  • Submit 3 letters of recommendation (optional)

July / August


  • High School Transcript
  • Official Test Scores – ACT, SAT, TOEFL, or IELTS
  • Personal Statement

September / October

  • Retest – If you didn’t get the score you were expecting on your SAT/ACT, now is the time to schedule another test!
  • If you’ve already applied and been accepted, deposit! Your $125 non-refundable tuition deposit guarantees your spot in the upcoming fall class and gives you priority on housing.
  • VISIT! We have many opportunities to see campus in the fall, including “C” for Yourself! Register online here.
  • Begin filling out external (non-Cottey) scholarship applications.
  • October 1: Families can begin the financial aid process by filling out the FAFSA. Have the results sent to Cottey. Cottey’s FAFSA Code: 002458

November / December

  • After your fall semester, send us your new transcripts, as well as any new test scores.
  • Make connections with the P.E.O. Chapter who will sponsor you for your state’s scholarship. Contact your Enrollment Counselors for more details!


  • There’s still time to apply!

February / March

  • February 1 is the deadline for Cottey’s Fine Arts Scholarships.
  • P.E.O. scholarship deadlines vary by state. Ensure you are communicating with your Admission Representative and P.E.O.s who are helping you through the process.
  • VISIT! Just can’t get enough? We have plenty of opportunities to visit this spring, including “C” for Yourself!


  • Deposits and housing paperwork are still being accepted. Be sure to send them in early. Remember, an early deposit means housing priority!
  • Health Forms are sent to deposited students. Be sure you submit these ASAP for a smooth transition into Orientation this fall.
  • Reply to your Financial Aid Offer, by accepting your aid
  • Applications are still being accepted!

May / June / July

  • Submit final high school transcripts upon graduation. If applicable, submit transcripts for college credit received.
  • Late applications are still being accepted.
  • Housing Assignments are sent to deposited students in July.
  • Register for classes.



You’ll move in, register for classes, and get everything lined up to begin your life at Cottey College!

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