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Cottey College

Nevada, MO 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate73%
Acceptance Rate73%

About Cottey College

Cottey College is an independent, liberal arts and sciences women’s college in Nevada, Missouri. Since 1884, the College has offered young women the opportunity to learn and grow into leaders, role models, and confident individuals. Today, Cottey’s unique combination of women’s-only education, high academic standards, focus on leadership development, commitment to an international experience for every student, and a motivated, high-energy community is at the heart of its success. At Cottey, we have multiple degree options intended to fit your needs.

Cottey College Overview

Cottey College is a private, nonprofit school in the small town setting of Nevada, Missouri. Cottey College was founded in 1884 and the school now enrolls around 283 students a year, including 283 undergrads. Cottey College provides on-campus housing for up to 350 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 80% of students spend their weekends on campus.

Student Activities at Cottey College

Are you interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Cottey College's theater groups.

Cottey College does not have any greek life opportunties.

Planning to play sports? Cottey College has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Cottey College on the Student Life page.

2022 Cottey College Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 73%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.4
Tuition $23,350
Percent of Need Met 87%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $22,981

Is Cottey College a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is.

Let's take a look at these factors to get a clearer sense of what Cottey College offers and if the college could be a good fit for you.

Cottey College Acceptance Rate 2022

It is moderately difficult to get into Cottey College. Cottey College admitted 73% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 674 students applied to Cottey College and 491 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Cottey College

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 53% of first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Cottey Collegeare still enrolled the next year. Around 74% of students who started at Cottey College earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for Cottey College Grads

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from Cottey College by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads. Within six months of graduating, 80% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Check with Cottey College directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Cottey College's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of Cottey College's endowment was $123.2 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, Cottey College spends about $27,667 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Cottey College

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Cottey College meets 87% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Cottey College full-time are awarded $22,981 a year in financial aid, on average.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $20,406 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Cottey College.

Based on this information, does Cottey College seem like a good fit? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Cottey College a good school for you?

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Where is Cottey College?

Cottey College is located in the small town setting of Nevada, Missouri, less than an hour from Kansas City.

If you are interested in seeing Cottey College for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 49 to Nevada, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Kansas City International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Cottey College and Nevada are like without leaving home.

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Cottey College Application Deadline

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