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 29:1.
Minority enrollment is 34% 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 39% over five years.
College Cottey College Community College Avg.
Institution Level Four or more years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Private not-for-profit Public
Total Faculty 41 staff
62 staff
Cottey College Total Faculty (2006-2014)

Student Body

The student population of 269 has declined by 12% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 7:1 has increased from 5:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.55 is less than the national average of 0.70. The school's diversity has grown by 17% over five years.
Total Enrollment 269 students 1,371 students
Cottey College Total Enrollment (2006-2014)
Student : Teacher Ratio 7:1
Cottey College Student Staff (2006-2014)
# Full-Time Students 267 students
779 students
Cottey College Full-Time Students (2006-2014)
# Part-Time Students 2 students
1,083 students
Cottey College Part-Time Students (2006-2014)
Cottey College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Cottey College American Indian/Alaskan (2006-2014)
% Asian
Cottey College Asian (2006-2014)
% Hispanic
Cottey College Hispanic (2006-2014)
% Black
Cottey College Black (2006-2014)
% White
Cottey College White (2006-2014)
% Two or more races
Cottey College More (2007-2014)
% Non Resident races
Cottey College Non Resident (2006-2014)
Cottey College Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
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. 0.55 0.70
Cottey College Diversity Score (2006-2014)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $19,300 is more than the state average of $5,664. The in-state tuition has grown by 21% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $19,300 is more than the state average of $10,360. The out-state tuition has grown by 21% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $19,300 $5,664
Cottey College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
Out-State Tuition Fees $19,300 $10,360
Cottey College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
Total Dormitory Capacity 7 271
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 97%
Cottey College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2014)
Percent Admitted 71%
Cottey College Percent Admitted (2006-2014)
SAT Total Avg. 1,025
Cottey College SAT Total (2006-2014)
SAT Reading 515
Cottey College SAT Reading (2006-2014)
SAT Math 510
Cottey College SAT Math (2006-2014)
ACT Total Avg. 67
Cottey College ACT Total (2006-2014)
ACT Composite 23
Cottey College ACT Composite (2006-2014)
ACT English 23
Cottey College ACT English (2006-2014)
ACT Math 21
Cottey College ACT Math (2006-2014)
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 $4,484 per year for in-state students and $5,948 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,351 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Missouri is 82%. 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 higher than the national average of 0.50. The most diverse community college in Missouri is Sanford-Brown College-Fenton. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.