Cottey College

Tel: (417)667-8181
269 students
Private not-for-profit
Cottey College will educate qualified women in the arts and sciences to prepare them for transfer to programs beyond the associate’s degree by enhancing their intellectual ability, their store of knowledge, their personal skills and thereby their capacity for contribution to society and their chosen ends.
School Highlights
Cottey College serves 269 students (99% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 7:1 is lower than the state community college average of 28:1.
Minority enrollment is 35% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 33%.
Cottey College is the only community colleges within Vernon County, MO.
The nearest community college is Fort Scott Community College (18.90 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 41 teachers has declined by 43% over five years.
College Cottey College (MO) Community College Avg.
Institution Level Four or more years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Private not-for-profit Private not-for-profit
Total Faculty 41 staff
24 staff

Student Body

The student population of 269 has declined by 16% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 7:1 has increased from 5:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.56 is more than the state average of 0.51. The school's diversity has grown by 36% over five years.
Total Enrollment 269 students 580 students
Student : Teacher Ratio 7:1
# Full-Time Students 267 students
396 students
# Part-Time Students 2 students
501 students
Total Dormitory Capacity 7 150
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
% Non Resident races
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.56 0.51

Finances and Admission

The private state tuition of $17,400 is more than the state average of $13,610. The private state tuition has grown by 9% over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees $17,400 $13,610
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 97%
Percent Admitted 71%
SAT Total Avg. 1,025
SAT Reading 515
SAT Math 510
ACT Total Avg. 67
ACT Composite 23
ACT English 23
ACT Math 21
Source: 2014 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Cottey College is a two-year independent, residential, liberal arts and sciences college for women. The college is located at Nevada, Missouri (pop. 9,000), approximately 100 miles south of Kansas City. The campus occupies 14 buildings on 11 city blocks, and a 33-acre wooded recreational area with lodge. Virginia Alice Cottey founded the College in 1884 with the firm belief that women deserved the same quality of education as men. When the founder became a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, she realized the organization paralleled her own goals and ideas about higher education for women. The P.E.O. Sisterhood accepted the College as a gift from Virginia Alice Cottey in 1927, which made it the only nonsectarian college owned and supported by women. The P.E.O. Sisterhood, a philanthropic educational organization of over 250,000 members, is dedicated to providing educational opportunities for women. Cottey helps young women reach their true potential in a dynamic, residential learning environment emphasizing the liberal arts. Our faculty and other campus resources are in place to provide guidance and to promote academic inspiration. Our students cultivate both academic and life skills including problem solving, effective writing, researching and analytical thinking.

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Did You Know?
For Missouri public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,690 per year for in-state students and $4,950 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,610 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Missouri is 83%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Missouri community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.51, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Missouri is Sanford-Brown College-Fenton. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.