Cottey College

Nevada, MO

Cottey College

Nevada, MO

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Since 1884, Cottey College has been educating women to become globally aware and socially responsible leaders.

We’re a private, four-year liberal arts and sciences institution in Nevada, Missouri, dedicated to creating incredible futures for our students.

We infuse leadership qualities into our students throughout their entire educational experience—these lessons are the foundation and inspiration for everything we do. Our small, tight-knit campus community shares a collective enthusiasm and builds each other up as individuals, forming an unbreakable bond that connects them with generations of Cottey alumni.

See the world
Part of becoming a globally aware and socially responsible leader is experiencing the world around you. Cottey offers multiple opportunities to travel, but our sophomore trip is the premier opportunity to see the world and learn about art, history, science, and culture. The sophomore international experience includes airfare, hotels, and bus tours paid for by the College. It’s open to all sophomore students—and eligible transfer students—as part of their education. These trips include one week of incredible cultural opportunities and plenty of free time to explore! 

Make your education affordable
Cottey College is owned by a philanthropic women’s organization called the PEO Sisterhood. The organization consists of more than 225,000 professional females who want to see young women succeed, supporting them through cards, candy, letters, and individual interactions—and they put their money where their hearts are! In addition to federal grants, Cottey scholarships and awards, and other outside sources, most accepted students have the opportunity to apply for scholarships from the PEO Sisterhood. It’s no surprise with all these aid opportunities that 41% of our 2019 graduates left with no debt at all.



#1 in the nation among all colleges and universities for best student-to-tenured-faculty ratio |The Chronicle for Higher Education


#4 Best College Midwest Region | U.S. News & World Report


#5 Best Undergraduate Teaching | U.S. News & World Report


#19 Best Value College | U.S. News & World Report


#14 Social Mobility | U.S. News & World Report


#4 Most International Students by percentage | U.S. News & World Report

New Cottey Ameneties

Cottey College’s new Stock Trading Lab and eSports Arena gives students a competitive advantage through hands-on experience and advanced technology, providing a space where technology enhances their ability to collaborate, debate, and innovate. For example, students can cast their screens to the classroom TVs and present findings in real time. They come together to learn financial philosophies, choose their stocks, and experience trading in a way that’s current and impactful in a safe, low-risk environment. Also doubling as an eSports Arena, this space features custom-built computers, large monitors, and top-of-the-line gaming chairs.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “I’m a first-generation American, and English is my second language. The PEO Sisterhood has supported my education financially—and even helped me do my paperwork, including the FAFSA. I’m not sure I would be in college without them.”

    • Luci Olvera
  • “Coming to Cottey opened many doors to unique opportunities. I took private piano lessons, joined the dance company, became a certified lifeguard, and even traveled to Spain! Cottey helped me set my sights high, and I’m ready to soar.”

    • Stephany Crooks
  • “During my time at Cottey College, I’ve grown into a person I’m proud of. Cottey has helped prepare me for an amazing career after graduation.”

    • Lily Miller