Cottey College

Tel: (417)667-8181
283 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 283 students (99% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 6:1 is lower than the community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 31% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 20%.
Cottey College is the only community colleges within Vernon County, MO.
The nearest community college is Fort Scott Community College (18.9 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 47 teachers has declined by 24% over five years.
Cottey College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level Four or more years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Private not-for-profit Public
Total Faculty 47 staff
59 staff
Cottey College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 283 teachers has declined by 11% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 6:1 has increased from 5:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.29 is less than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
283 students
1,282 students
Cottey College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
Cottey College student staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students
281 students
810 students
Cottey College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 2 students
1,017 students
Cottey College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Cottey College Enrollment Breakdown Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Cottey College American Indian/Alaskan (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
Cottey College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Cottey College Black (2006-2013)
% White
Cottey College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
Cottey College More (2007-2013)
% Non Resident races
Cottey College non_resident (2006-2013)
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. 0.29 0.53
Cottey College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $18,800 is more than the state average of $5,742. The in-state tuition has grown by 24% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $18,800 is more than the state average of $10,294. The out-state tuition has grown by 24% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $18,800 $5,742
Out-State Tuition Fees $18,800 $10,294
Cottey College Out-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Total Dormitory Capacity 350 252
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 99%
Cottey College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Percent Admitted 71%
Cottey College Percent Admitted (2006-2013)
SAT Total Avg. 1,025
Cottey College sat total (2006-2013)
SAT Reading 515
Cottey College sat reading (2006-2013)
SAT Math 510
Cottey College sat math (2006-2013)
ACT Composite Avg. 23
ACT English 23
ACT Math 21
Source: 2013 (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 $4,853 per year for in-state students and $6,240 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,404 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Missouri is 84%. 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 0.34, which is lower than the national average of 0.53. The most diverse community college in Missouri is Concorde Career Colleges. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.