Cottey College: Narrative Description

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1000 West Austin
Nevada, MO 64772
Tel: (417)667-8181; 888-526-8839
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Independent, 2-year, women only. Awards transfer associate degrees. Founded 1884. Setting: 51-acre small town campus. Endowment: $67.4 million. Total enrollment: 298. 473 applied, 58% were admitted. 13% from top 10% of their high school class, 46% from top quarter, 83% from top half. 2 class presidents, 3 valedictorians, 20 student government officers. Students come from 42 states and territories, 15 other countries, 78% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 1% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 14% international, 1% 25 or older, 98% live on campus. Retention: 75% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: semesters. Advanced placement, part-time degree program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.6 high school GPA, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. Comprehensive fee: $16,380 includes full-time tuition ($10,800), mandatory fees ($580), and college room and board ($5000).

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 13 open to all. Most popular organizations: International Friendship Circle, Cottey Intramural Association, Ozarks Explorers Club, Inter-Varsity Club, Golden Keys. Major annual events: Hanging of the Greens, Quad C Week, Humanities Film Festival. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 350 college housing spaces available; 311 were occupied in 2003-04. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: women-only housing available. Blanche Skiff Ross Memorial Library with 54,200 books, 246 serials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $194,423. 50 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Located 100 miles south of Kansas City, 60 miles north of Joplin, and 90 miles north of Springfield, Nevada has a population of 10,000 and is the county seat of Vernon County. Although historically an agricultural community, Nevada has a diverse economic base. The Jefferson Bus Lines connect Nevada to the International Airport in Kansas City and the municipal airport in Joplin. The community facilities include 27 churches, a number of civic, fraternal, and veterans' organizations, a municipal hospital, and a community center. Part-time employment for students is available. Recreational activities are hunting, fishing, golf, and bowling. The Chamber of Commerce holds a number of special events during the year.

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