“I was looking for a school that was small and I could adapt well coming from Zimbabwe,” said Kundai Matara, Cottey student.
That search led Kundai Matara to Nevada and Cottey College.
“Right now, all my professors can pronounce my name. I didn’t want to be in a classroom where the teacher doesn’t even know that I exist or where I’m from,” said Matara.
She’s getting some high profile backing with a new ranking from Collegechoice.net. They’ve named Cottey as one of the top women’s colleges in the nation. That’s based on academic reputation, financial aid, overall cost and graduate success.
“It is a mixture of academia, various sort of quick stats, student to faculty ratio, how many faculty have PhD’s. And of course, student input,” said Natalie Herring, Cottey College VP.
Cottey is working on a five year growth project, but plans to continue the focus on small class size and individual attention. So this outside recognition is a welcome boost on campus.
“Makes you sit a little higher and puts a little pep in your step. And it’s also a nice affirmation of that fact that they care that we do put into each and every young lady,” said Herring.
The Nevada campus has also recently been recognized as a best value school in Missouri by Bestvalueschools.com. It also ranked ninth of the most affordable colleges in the Show Me State by Collegeaffordabilityguide.org.