Cottey College is a fully accredited, private liberal arts and sciences college for women with two-year and selected four-year programs. Cottey is located in Nevada, Missouri and the campus occupies 14 buildings on 11 city blocks.
Cottey consists of 350 students from about 40 states and 15 foreign countries.
Cottey College is designed as a transfer institution with 95% of graduates transferring to four-year colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad, including Smith College, University of Missouri, University of Washington, Pepperdine University, Mount Holyoke College, and others.
Virginia Alice Cottey Stockard founded Cottey College in 1884 with the firm belief that women deserved the same quality education as men. When she became a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, Virginia Alice Cottey Stockard realized that P.E.O. paralleled her own goals and ideas about higher education for women.
In 1927, the P.E.O. Sisterhood accepted Cottey College as a gift from Virginia Alice Cottey Stockard. This made Cottey College the only nonsectarian college owned and supported by women. Ever since, the P.E.O. Sisterhood has continued to support and help provide excellent educational opportunities for women.
The P.E.O. Hall, pictured to the left, was built in 1939 and was the first building erected after Cottey was accepted as a gift by the P.E.O. Sisterhood. It has 10 suites and houses approximately 105 students.