Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


We want to help you get answers to your questions quickly! Contact the offices below by calling the College switchboard during business hours at 417-667-8181 and asking for the noted extension.

BUSINESS OFFICE (ext. 2123) can assist with questions concerning the payment of College fees and information about the spring break international trip. Billing statements will be mailed prior to July 31.

OFFICE OF ACADEMIC RECORDS (ext. 2125) can answer questions about class registration, grades, transcripts, transfer credits and graduation requirements.

OFFICE OF ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT (ext. 2107) can answer questions on admission, completion of forms, test scores, high school transcripts, campus visits. You can reach them by dialing 1-888-5-COTTEY or by email at admit@cottey.edu.

THE OFFICE OF FINANCIAL AID (ext. 2190) can answer questions about scholarships and all other types of financial aid. You can reach them by calling 1-888-5-COTTEY or by email at financialaid@cottey.edu.

HOUSING OFFICE (ext. 2104) can answer questions about roommate and hall assignments and provide general information about the residence halls. Housing information will be emailed near the end of June for those students with completed health files.

OFFICE OF STUDENT LIFE (ext. 2126) can answer questions about Orientation, health services, personal counseling, chartered buses to the airport, Family Weekend and local churches. This office also provides information about student activities, clubs and organizations and athletics.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Where do Cottey students come from?

In 2018-2019 students came from 35 states and 20 countries. International students come from countries across the globe including Ethiopia, France, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, Micronesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

What if I don’t get along with my roommate?

One of the most important things to do at the start of any roommate relationship is to communicate your likes, dislikes, boundaries and “rules” for the room. If a conflict arises, an R.A., hall director, or peer listener can meet with you and your roommate to help discuss the situation and come to a solution. Room changes are possible within the options available.

How do I get a campus job?

If you qualify for a campus job, you will be notified through your financial aid offer. Students work an average of ten hours per week and receive a paycheck twice per month. If a job becomes available at the beginning or during the academic year, it will be posted on the electronic job board. Anyone who was not awarded a campus job as part of their financial aid can then apply, regardless of financial need.

How do I join a musical, dance or theater group?

Cottey students have the opportunity to participate in the arts no matter what their major! If you’re a new student, make plans to audition for theater, dance, or music during Orientation.

What if I am having trouble with a class?

You should talk with the course instructor and outline your specific areas of concern. You might also want to form a study group with your classmates. Additional help is available through your academic advisor or the Kolderie Center, located in RBAC.

How can I stay in balance throughout the year?

  • Pay attention to your diet and nutrition
  • Relax
  • Exercise
  • Get enough sleep
  • Socialize with friends and have fun

Is Cottey a safe campus?

Yes; however, always use good judgment and practice reasonable safety precautions. For safety reasons, the residence halls are locked 24 hours a day. Your ID/keycard allows you to enter the halls and the other buildings on campus. Emergency call boxes are located strategically around the campus.

Are there housekeepers on campus?

There are several housekeepers in each residence hall. They vacuum and dust the suite areas and clean the bathrooms. Students are responsible for cleaning their rooms, doing their dishes and picking up personal items.

Will I really gain 15 pounds as a freshman?

Not necessarily, although the food at Cottey is very good. By creating a balance of exercise, good nutrition, rest and relaxation you should be able to maintain your desired weight.

What happens if I get sick while at Cottey?

Local physicians, under contract with the College, perform treatment for minor illnesses and injuries, provide health counseling, write prescriptions and make referrals. Your semester student health fee provides for this service. Students are strongly encouraged to be covered by adequate health insurance while at Cottey, and international students are required to maintain coverage.

What is a dormitory?

While many colleges have dormitories, we prefer to call ours “residence halls.” Cottey has three residence halls: Reeves, Robertson and P.E.O.

Will there be a lot of homework?

College classes are different than high school classes. You probably will have more reading assignments, and the exams and papers will cover a greater amount of material. You will be expected to do a fair amount of work outside of class. The general rule is you will need to study two hours for every hour in class. That means if you are taking 15 credits, you should study for 30 hours each week!

Is Cottey smoke-free?

In accordance with Cottey’s student-centered approach to education, commitment to creating a healthy learning environment, and general concern for the well-being of women’s and men’s lives, smoking and the use of other tobacco products is not allowed on the Cottey campus. This includes the use of e-cigarettes or other electronic devices. Students and employees found smoking or using tobacco products on campus will be subject to disciplinary action.

What the Parents of a Residence Hall Student Should Know

Suite Life May Have Moments When It Isn’t So Sweet

Written by Helen Lodge, Director of Housing, 2003-2019

Helen LodgeOur students tell us that in addition to the fine academic programs that Cottey offers, suite life is one of the best things about Cottey. I believe Cottey and the suite system in the residence halls possess one of the finest opportunities for personal growth in a residence hall system. This suite system, as envisioned and implemented by Virginia Alice Cottey Stockard, results in students learning many important life skills such as cooperation, tolerance of others with differing views, communication skills and how to resolve conflicts with others. These skills, learned and practiced in our residence halls, will continue to assist students with the challenges of life far beyond their Cottey years.

But these life skills have to be learned, and they often don’t just happen without a few growing pains. It would be unusual for ten or more young women from all over the world, who didn’t know each other, to come to campus and live together without some inevitable conflict. There will be disagreements among roommates and/or suitemates. My favorite saying about suite life is, “We could learn a lot from crayons: some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names, and all are different colors . . . but they all have to live in the same box.” Unknown

It is how residents choose to handle and address these conflicts, large and small, that makes suite life the learning experience that it is. If large amounts of drama accompany every conflict, then suite life can be more stressful. You will undoubtedly hear about some of these conflicts in detail, and there are ways that you, as a parent, can assist.

Keep an Open Mind

Please model for your student the value of keeping an open mind. Usually in every conflict, there is merit in each opinion. Please encourage your student to also try to view the conflict through the other person’s eyes to better understand the other person’s viewpoint.

Molehills, Not Mountains, Please

Encourage your student to address her concerns up front directly with the other party at the beginning of every concern. Too often, a student may choose to let her concerns slide in the hopes that things will go away or improve. While this may happen, it is not common, and what usually happens instead is that issues and concerns build up until there is an explosion, which may be out of proportion to the concern. It is easier to remain silent and thus avoid conflict, but usually that is only a postponement of the resolution of the conflict. Please encourage your student to speak up early.

Communicate, Communicate, Communicate!

Encourage your student to begin her roommate relationship with discussions about some basic topics: How does she feel about borrowing or lending personal items? How neat does the room need to be? What does she expect from a roommate relationship (never leave the room without each other or simply two people sharing the same physical room with independent lives)?

You probably have had about 18 years to learn how to live with your student, but she is a brand new person to her roommates and suitemates. She may want to communicate with other suitemates the answers to questions: What does she do when she is stressed or excited? If she is upset or crying, does she want to be left alone or talk with someone? What things make her stress out, and what things don’t bother her? In addition to communicating at the beginning of the relationship, please encourage her to keep the lines of communication open in a conflict and to communicate her concerns directly to the involved party or parties, and not with others who are not involved. Too often, I have seen students who cut off communication with the involved parties as a coping technique or communicate with everyone but the involved parties.

Car Anyone?

If your student will have a car on campus, please discuss with her any guidelines that you have for the use of the car. I have observed students who were the only person who ever drove the car, and students who have simply handed the keys over to anyone who asked. Up front discussions about your expectations about car use can save potential headaches later.

As a final thought, I would ask you to encourage your student to seek out the many resources that exist on campus to help her with any questions, concerns, or problems that she may encounter. Any member of the hall staff or Student Life staff can guide her to the right source to help her.

Finals Week Care Packages Will Brighten Your Student’s Day

The Office of Student Life will prepare a care package for your student during finals week. She will appreciate the care package and know you are thinking of her.

Ordering is easy!

Care packages are $20 each. Place your order by calling Shaun West in the Office of Student Life at 417-667-8181 (ext. 2126); email her at swest@cottey.edu; or send a $20 check (payable to Cottey College) to Care Packages, Cottey College, 1000 W. Austin Blvd., Nevada, MO 64772. Please include the student’s name, residence hall and suite, and a special message. Payment should be received by Wednesday, December 4, 2019, and Wednesday, April 29, 2020, as the packages will be distributed the following week, just in time for the final studying hours of the semester! You may also make a $20 donation to fund a care package for an international or other deserving student. Thank you for your support!

While each care package brings surprises, they usually include Fruit, nuts, chips, candy, suckers, gum, cookies, breakfast bars, full-size candy bars, crackers with cheese, macaroni and cheese packets, and, of course, chocolate!! All packages are assembled in a reusable Cottey tote bag. Due to the volume of orders, special orders cannot be accepted.

All proceeds are used for the Nancy Denman Student Life Scholarship awarded to one or two returning students. This scholarship was named in honor of Dr. Denman, Cottey’s coordinator of counseling from 1997-2005, who lost her battle with breast cancer in January 2005.

(Students, please share this information with your family members and other special folks.)