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Learn about the best liberal arts & sciences independent college in the Midwest.

A highly rated college in Nevada, Missouri 

U.S. News & World Report

#1 2019 Best Value School
#3 2019 Lowest Student Debt Load at Graduation
#3 2019 Largest Proportion of International Students
#9 2019 Best Regional Colleges

2019 College Consensus

#2 Best Colleges in the Midwest
#2 Best Colleges & Universities in Missouri
#4 Best Women’s College in the Nation
#18 Best Small College in the Nation


Every Students Travels Internationally

An international trip your sophomore year is included in your enrollment!

A Supportive Community

  • Classes taught by professors, not grad students.
  • The P.E.O. Sisterhood owns Cottey and takes care of students with care packages and more!
  • Making friends is easy in apartment-style suites.