What to Bring

What to Bring and What to Leave at Home

This list contains suggestions on what you may need at Cottey. The rooms and closets are most likely smaller than what you have at home, so plan accordingly! If you have a roommate, you might want to coordinate who is bringing what. It may be more convenient to purchase some items after you arrive in Nevada.


Backpack • Calculator • Calendar/planner • Cell phone • Clothes hangers • Desk lamp • Desk/class supplies • Dress clothes (for Sunday brunches and special events) • Electric fan • Electronics chargers • Hair dryer • Laundry supplies • Multi-plug surge protector • Pillow • Posters/pictures •  Sheets (standard twin-size) and blankets • Shower tote • Toiletries • Towels and washcloths • Umbrella/raincoat • Wastebasket • Water bottle • Winter coat, hat and gloves

Nice to have but not necessary

Area rug • Bicycle • Bed Risers • Closet/shoe organizer • Computer • Curtains (sizes vary) • Dry erase board and marker (for door) • First aid kit • “Hold It” poster adhesive/3M Command hooks • ‘S’ hooks and string/wire for hanging objects • Shelves/bins/boxes • Tool kit

What Cottey provides

. . . for each student

  • Clothes closet • Desk and desk chair • Dresser/Chest of Drawers • Mattress pad • Twin bed (standard size) • Mini-blinds

. . . in each suite

  • Broom and dust pan • Hot plate • Ironing board • Microwave • Refrigerator

Most suites are furnished with cooking utensils, dishes, silverware and irons. Since these are stored by returning students during the summer, they may not be available immediately.

. . . in each hall

Computer suite with IBM-compatible computers with Internet, printers, scanners and CD burners • Oven • Parlor with TV • Quiet study room • Recreation room with cable TV • Television room with DVD player • Trunk room for storage • Washers and dryers (at no additional cost)

Not allowed on campus

Alcohol or alcohol containers • Burning candles/incense/ infusion lamps • Extension cords, electric multi-plug adapters • Guns/knives • Hookahs • Loft beds • Personal microwave ovens • Personal refrigerators • Pets (except fish) • Room air conditioners • Space heaters • Street signs • Swamp coolers • Tattoo guns • Vapes/e-cigarettes • Wireless printers • Dehumidifiers

Parking and Transportation

All students are allowed to have cars on campus if the cars are registered. Parking, registration and your car sticker are free. If you live on campus you will not need a car to get to and from classes; however, many students like the convenience of having a car or bicycle. Cottey is one mile from the town square and three miles from the Walmart Super Center and movie theatres. Limited in-town taxi service is available. Cottey provides free shuttles to Walmart every weekend for students.

Computer Access

Having your own personal computer on campus is optional because the technology fee you will pay every semester provides you access to the computer suites, labs and wireless Internet. Most students do find it beneficial and convenient to use their personal computer on campus. With the ability to remain connected wirelessly across campus, you may agree that having your own personal computer on campus makes life easier.

Cottey’s computer-to-student ratio is one to four. All of Cottey’s computers are networked and offer full Internet access and email accounts for every student. There are two computer labs, and each residence hall has a computer suite.

Wireless printers, Chromecast, wireless hotspots, or any other device broadcasting a wireless network can cause interference with other students connecting and is not allowed while on campus.

You receive your official Cottey email address when you register for classes. Your Cottey email may be checked on or off campus.

Weather and Clothing

Southwest Missouri is hot and humid in late summer, when you will arrive on campus. Temperatures will reach well into the 90s (32-37 Celsius). Robertson Hall and most academic classrooms are air-conditioned. P.E.O. Hall and Reeves Hall are not air-conditioned. You may want to bring, or purchase in Nevada, an electric fan to create a breeze in your room.

The chart below lists the average high and low temperatures in Fahrenheit and Celsius each month.

August  October DecemberFebruaryApril
Average High90 (32)71 (22)45 (7)47 (8)69 (21)
Average Low66 (19)46 (8)25(-4)25(-4)45 (7)

Summer-weight clothes are worn through much of October and again in the spring. Winters are usually moderate but some snow does fall, so bring a warm coat. Casual clothes are appropriate most of the time. However, certain special events and all Sunday brunches necessitate dressier clothes. Students usually wear formal dress during the Hanging of the Greens dinner in December. A white outfit is needed for Commencement in May.

Mailboxes and Banking

Receiving Mail and Packages

You will have a lockable mailbox in your residence hall. Packages and mail should be addressed to you as

Your Name

Your Residence Hall

Cottey College

1000 West Austin

Nevada, MO 64772

Packages may be shipped via US mail, United Parcel Service (UPS), or Fed Ex and will be available when you arrive. You may want to ship some packages prior to your arrival on campus, but please schedule them to arrive after August 15.

Banking in Nevada

Representatives from some of the Nevada banks will be available during Orientation. If you would prefer to speak with them in advance, you may contact them at the addresses below (Nevada has one zip code, 64772):


401 E. Austin Blvd.



1625 E. Hedges Plaza



100 W. Walnut St.



201 E. Cherry St.



123 N. Osage Blvd.



200 E. Cherry St.


Students may cash personal checks up to $125 in the Cottey Business Office. An ATM machine is available at Woods grocery store near campus, and other places, in town but not on campus.




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