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.


Cottey was founded by a woman who wanted to create a college where women were the center of attention. Today, almost 130 years later, that legacy continues. As a student you experience the support and connection with a sisterhood that lives on after you graduate.


At Cottey you can complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in four years with any of the following majors – Biology, Business Administration-Management, English, Environmental Studies, International Business, International Relations, Liberal Arts or Psychology. Or you can complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences. Graduates of our BA and BS programs are well prepared to enter the world of work and for advanced study in graduate or law school. Additionally, Cottey offers two-year, Associate degree options. You can earn an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Fine Arts – Art, Associate in Fine Arts – Dance, Associate in Fine Arts – Theater, or Associate in Arts – Music degree. These degree programs are carefully designed to facilitate transfer to a four-year college or university if you want to complete a major in an area other than one of the majors listed above.


We believe there’s a leader in everyone. The key is understanding the kind of leader you are. Is your leadership style charismatic, participative, situational, transactional, transformational, or are you a quiet leader or servant leader?  That’s what you learn about yourself at Cottey. You’ll find your style by taking the lead in one of the many clubs and organizations on campus or by participating in our leadership program: Leadership, Experiences, Opportunity (LEO)

International Experience
International Experience

We believe every student deserves a global education, and the best way to do that is to travel to another country. At Cottey, sophomore level students (28-56 credits) will have the opportunity to spend the first week of spring break visiting a European city with classmates and faculty, learning about art, history, science and culture. There is no extra tuition fee for the trip and Cottey pays for your airfare and hotel. You’re only responsible for meals and incidentals.

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