About 100 miles south of Kansas City lies the town of Nevada, MO. The western edge of town, in a rural 70-plus acre setting, is home to Cottey College, a private two-year liberal arts college for women. Founded in 1884 by Virginia Cottey, the college was donated to the P.E.O. Sisterhood in 1927. As a part of this philanthropic educational organization, Cottey is the only non-sectarian college in the United States owned by women for women.
The student body consists of approximately 350 students from 15 countries and 35 to 40 states. Admissions are highly selective and Cottey College prides itself on preparing its students to go on for four-year degrees at other institutions.