Families of Cottey College

Contact Information
College Parent Central: Information for parents of college students
Introduction to Cottey Health Services for Parents

About Cottey

Cottey College is an independent liberal arts and sciences college for women. Founded in 1884 by Virginia Alice Cottey Stockard, it is currently owned and supported by the P.E.O. Sisterhood, a philanthropic women’s organization. Cottey offers a selection of Baccalaureate and Associates degrees.

Academic Programs at Cottey


Second year students (28-56 credits)  or transfer students (after completion of 24 credits at Cottey) participate in a trip outside of the United States. The College pays for airfare and lodging, while students are responsible for meals and incidental expenses. Destinations are announced each spring for the following year. Past classes have traveled to London, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Rome, and Florence. If a student chooses an alternate trip, she may be responsible for additional fees. Alternate destinations have included Japan, Peru, New Zealand, Guatemala, and Thailand.

International Experience – Travel the World

Life at Cottey

Suite Life

Most Cottey students live in suites of 10 to 12 women in one of our residence halls. Each suite contains a shared living area, a small kitchen, a common bathroom, and several single and double bedrooms. Each hall contains a reception area, sitting areas, a storage area, a quiet study room, a computer room, two pianos, and a TV lounge with cable.

The Office of Student Life can answer questions about Orientation, health services, personal counseling, chartered buses to the airport, Family Weekend, and local churches. This office can provide general information about student life.

Life on Campus
Student Health 101


Cottey offers basketball, volleyball, softball, golf, cross-country/track, flag football, and Esports in its intercollegiate sports program. Athletic scholarships are awarded based on demonstrated ability. Prospective students interested in athletics should contact the head coach.

Comet Athletics


We strongly encourage your daughter to visit our campus before making a selection. Our current students, faculty and staff are here to welcome prospective students and show them everything Cottey has to offer. We offer several structured events throughout the year and customized campus visits for students who may be more pressed for time. One of our most popular events, the Summer Workshop, guarantees a $3000 annual scholarship (total of $12,000) for participants who choose to attend Cottey!

Visit Cottey


Our goal is to make the admission process as smooth as possible for your daughter. That means that we are here to answer questions, remind you of deadlines, and walk you through the entire admission and financial aid processes. If you don’t find the information you need online, please contact the admission office or your daughter’s admission representative directly.

The Office of Enrollment Management can answer questions on admission (completion of forms, test scores, high school transcripts, campus visits).

Admission to Cottey

Finance a Cottey Education

At Cottey, most students pay less than the published price thanks to financial aid. There are numerous types of financial aid available in the form of scholarships, grants, student employment programs, and student loans. As a parent or guardian, you can provide valuable assistance to your student in navigating the financial aid application process. Please take a look at the information available on the financial aid pages and contact the financial aid office if you have any questions!

The Office of Financial Aid can answer questions about scholarships and all other types of financial aid.

Tuition and Fees

Cakes For Cottey

Here’s a great way to surprise your student while they are on campus. Check out our Cakes For Cottey program where local P.E.O. chapter members in Nevada, MO will bake a cake and deliver it to your student on campus.

Learn About Cakes For Cottey

Finals Week Care Packages

Click here to order a Finals Week Care Package through the office of student life or orders may be placed by contacting Shaun West at 417-667-8181, x2126. The cost is $20. Finals Week Care Packages are a fund raiser offered by the student life office. Proceeds from the sale of finals week packages support the Nancy Denman Student Life Scholarship, awarded annually to one or two Cottey students. Packages include chips, nuts, cheese and crackers, gum, full-size candy bars, granola bars, two pieces of fruit, usually an apple and an orange, along with a variety of other snacks. Care packages will be distributed to the students before studying begins for finals week! Dr. Denman was the coordinator of counseling at Cottey, an alumna, and a P.E.O. She lost her fight with breast cancer in January 2005. Finals Week Care Packages must be ordered by Wednesday, November 17, 2021, for fall semester and Wednesday, April 20, 2022, for spring semester.  Note: form will be active for the spring 2022 semester on February 1.

Contact Information

Business Office
Phone: 417-667-8181 ext. 2123

The Business Office can assist with questions concerning the payment of College fees and information about the international trips. Billing statements will be mailed prior to July 31. 

Office of Academic Records
Phone: 417-667-8181 ext. 2125

The Office of Academic Records can assist with questions about class registration, grades, transcripts, and transfer credits.

Housing Office
Phone: 417-667-8181 ext. 2104

The Housing Office 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 Enrollment Management
Phone: 417-667-8181 ext. 2107
E-mail: enrollmgt@cottey.edu

Office of Financial Aid
Phone: 417-667-8181 ext. 2190
E-mail: financialaid@cottey.edu

Office of Student Life
Phone: 417-667-8181 ext. 2126

Emergency Contacts

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Degrees & Programs