Dear Incoming Cottey Student,

Welcome to Cottey College and to the opportunity to create your own incredible future. We are so excited and pleased to welcome you to our campus and to inspire you, throughout your Cottey experience, to become the learner, leader, and citizen you have the potential to become. Whether you are from the local community or from hundreds of miles away, we are delighted that you are joining our campus of intelligent, creative, adventurous, caring, and talented women.

Our entire Cottey community, including faculty, staff, alumnae, and the P.E.O. Sisterhood, ensures that you are a priority. From individualized mentoring, to an intimate classroom setting allowing true student/professor collaboration, to approachable and accessible faculty and staff, we are committed to — and believe in — advancing women’s education. Whether in the classrooms, the dining room, the library or leadership center, the residence halls, Hinkhouse Center, or elsewhere, we are all here to assist you as you develop and effectively use your voice and act with courage. Please, don’t ever hesitate to ask questions; each of us is here to help you reach your academic, personal, and professional goals.

We are confident that you will find the community of Nevada welcoming to you and your family. Within our safe community, you will find many opportunities to interact with residents through community service, internships, attendance at church or local events and celebrations, or when shopping or enjoying any of our local restaurants.

Personally, I wish to welcome you and your family to Cottey. As President and as an individual, I greatly admire the campus, students, staff, and faculty. Virginia Alice Cottey founded Cottey over 130 years ago to ensure a quality education for young women, and our campus continues today to meet that goal.

Welcome. I’m so excited to meet you!

Jann Weitzel, Ph.D.

President, Cottey College

Next Step: Orientation

On behalf of Student Life at Cottey College let me begin by saying we are thrilled you have chosen to join the Cottey family! We are counting down the days until Friday, August 23, when you arrive on campus. We know you have many questions and we will do our best to answer them on the Orientation webpage.

August 23 represents far more than the day you change your address. August 23 will be a transition into the next phase of your life—your first step on the path to an incredible future. College is a life-changing experience. At Cottey, you will enjoy the fruits of a challenging curriculum and a dynamic campus experience. Welcome to Incredible: Orientation 2019 is our way to ensure you, your family and your guests receive the information needed to make your transition a success!

Welcome to Incredible: Orientation 2019 will provide you a host of opportunities to connect with your classmates and learn about your new home. If you aren’t able to register before arriving at Cottey, or if you need to change your schedule, your academic advisor will help you finalize your fall course registration. Cottey’s faculty and student life staff will be available throughout orientation and we are excited to meet you in person.

During the four-day orientation, our orientation leaders will assist you from the moment of your arrival through your first days on campus. It is our objective to integrate you into the fabric of Cottey’s community as quickly and seamlessly as possible.

We will communicate with you before you arrive through your new Cottey email address. Monitor it, as it will be our primary means of communication with you. Feel free to contact us over the summer if you have any questions.

We know transitions can be challenging. It is our highest priority to make your transition a success. We have a phenomenal team in Student Life including staff in Housing, Counseling, Health Services, Spiritual Life and Campus Diversity, Campus Activities and Athletics. When the time comes that you need support, we will be waiting and ready to provide it.

We could not be happier that you have chosen Cottey. Welcome to Incredible: Orientation 2019 is the first step on your path to an incredible future! We look forward to welcoming you, your family and guests to the Cottey family!

Landon Adams, Ed.D.

Vice President for Student Life

Friday, August 23
8 a.m.-5:30 p.m*Residence Hall Check-In
9 a.m.-5:30 p.m*Orientation Check-In
Including Business Office Review, Financial Aid Review,
Technology Assistance, Academic Records Review,
Health Record Review, Emergency Contact Review, Obtain ID/Keycard
9 a.m.-Noon, 15 p.m.*Bookstore Open
9:30 a.m.-Noon, 1-4 p.m.*Nevada Bank Representatives
11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.*Deli Bar Luncheon
1 p.m.*Tour of Nevada
1-3 p.m. (Every Half Hour)*Tours of Campus
5 p.m.*Dinner on Your Own
7 p.m.*Get the Scoop Ice Cream Social
8:30 p.m.Get to Know Your Orientation Group
Saturday, August 24 
7-8:30 a.m.*Breakfast
8-9 a.m.*Optional Health Services and Counseling Consultation
8:45-9:45 a.mForeign Language Placement Testing
10-11 a.m.*Presidential Welcome
11-11:30 a.m.*Meet the Faculty
11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.*Lunch
1-2 p.m.*Academic Resources for Students and Families
2-3 p.m.*Parents and Guests Session
2-3:30 p.m.*Bookstore Open
2-3:30 p.m.Math Placement Testing
2-3:30 p.m.*Library Open
2-3:30 p.m.Music Information Session and Auditions
2-3:30 p.m.*Swimming Pool Open
3:30-4:30 p.m..*Academic Pointers Session
4:30-5:30 p.m*Alumnae Legacy Meet and Greet
4:30 and 5 p.m.*Walmart Shuttles
4:30 and 5 p.m.*Tours of Campus
6-8 p.m.*Nevada Community Dinner and Partner Fair
8:30 p.m.Catch Up with Your Orientation Group
Sunday, August 25
8:30-10 a.m.*Coffee Social at President’s House
10-11:30 a.m.*International Student Welcome
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m*Brunch
12:45 p.m.Parents and Guests Depart
12:45-1:45 p.m.Residence Hall Orientation
2 p.m.Returning Students Arrive
2-3:30 p.m. or 4-5:30 p.m.Personal Safety Session
2:30-4:30 p.m.Swimming Pool Open
2:30, 3:30 and 4:30 p.mWalmart Shuttles
5-6 p.m.Dance Auditions
6:30 p.m.Pizza and Dinner Theatre
8:30 p.m.From Homesick to Happy with Peer Listeners
Monday, August 26
7-9 a.m.Breakfast
8:30 a.m.Optional Health Services
8:30 a.m.-Noon.Health Screening
9-9:45 a.m.Mandatory Advising Group Meetings
10-11 a.m.The Learning Center Open House
10 a.m.-NoonIndividual Academic Advising Appointments
10 a.m.-NoonTechnology Information Sessions
10 a.m.-NoonLibrary R and R, The Research and Relax Tours
10:30-11:30 a.m. or 2-3 p.mCampus Employment/Work- Study Session (attend either)
11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.mLunch
1:30 and 2:30 p.mWalmart Shuttles
1:30-4:30 p.m.Obtain ID/Keycard
1:30-4:45 p.m.Individual Academic Advising Appointments
1:30-4:45 p.m.Technology Information Sessions
1:30-4:45 p.m.Library R and R, The Research and Relax Tours
2-3 p.m.Campus Employment/Work-Study Session
4:30-6 p.mDinner
6 p.m.New to Cottey Class Photo
6:30 p.m.Convocation Preparation
7 p.m.136th Opening Convocation
Tuesday, August 27
7-9 a.m.Breakfast
8 a.m.Classes Begin
8:30 a.m.Optional Health Services
11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m.Lunch
4:30-6:30 p.m.Dinner
7 p.m.Theater Information and Auditions
8 p.mResidence Hall Meetings
Wednesday, August 28
9 a.m.-Noon, 1-5 p.mInternational Student Check-In

*Denotes families and guests are welcome to attend.

Please note: This schedule is subject to change.

Overnight Accommodations in Nevada

Friends and/or family members who plan to visit the Cottey campus during Orientation, Family Weekend, Founder’s Weekend or Commencement should make lodging reservations early, as the hotels will fill up.


  • Country Inn & Suites, 2520 E. Austin Blvd., 417-667-9292
  • Holiday Inn Express, 311 S. Johnson Drive, 417-283-6177


  • America’s Best Value Inn and Suites, 2345 E. Marvel Rd., 417-667-6777
  • Nevada Inn, 1514 E. Austin Blvd., 417-667-5273
  • Super 8 Motel, 2301 E. Austin Blvd., 417-667-8888


Osage Prairie RV Park, 1501 N. Osage, 417-667-2267

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