How to Become a Student
Donnelly has an OPEN ADMISSIONS POLICY & NO APPLICATION FEE. Some programs in the nursing department have additional admissions requirements and may be selective. Students who do not have recent ACT scores are assessed through placement exams before enrolling in classes.
MEET YOUR ADMISSIONS COUNSELOR
Your Admissions Counselor will help you navigate your next steps including testing, transcripts and exploring scholarships.
ENROLL IN CLASSES
Share your goals with an Academic Advisor and select the best program and classes to get you there.
Scholarships - More than 50 merit-, criteria- and need-based scholarships, including a GUARANTEED MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS!
Tuition & Fees - Don't forget, our listed tuition is before scholarships, grants and other financial aid you may qualify for. Be sure to apply -- you might be surprised how affordable Donnelly can be!
Financial Aid - Many programs qualify for federal financial aid (FAFSA Code 001914). Most full-time students that qualify for full Pell Grant pay little to no tuition!
Why Choose Donnelly?
AFFORDABILITY & SCHOLARSHIPS
ALL students pay the same tuition rate, no matter where they live or where they were born.
Donnelly is ranked the #1 Most Affordable Private College in Kansas and Missouri by the U.S. Department of Education and the #4 Least Expensive Private College in the United States by U.S. News and World Report. Most of our students receive scholarships, and most programs are eligible for federal financial aid.
Donnelly is also ranked #3 for Least Student Debt Upon Graduation and #3 for Economic Diversity of Students by U.S. News and World Report, so you can attend college no matter your financial situation, and when you graduate you shouldn't need to be overly burdened by student loan debt.
Donnelly is ranked
Donnelly has been named the #1 Most Diverse College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the fourth year in a row.
SMALL CAMPUS EXPERIENCE
With an average class size of 11 students, you won't get lost in the crowd. Plus, personal attention from faculty, one-on-one advising, free tutoring and more are part of the Donnelly experience.
Donnelly is a Catholic college open to all students from any faith tradition, or no tradition at all. Donnelly is a values-based institution where students Seek Truth, Build Community and Pursue Excellence. Learn more about what it means to attend a Catholic college.
Your Path to Donnelly
For a future student, there’s no better way to get a feel for campus life at Donnelly than by coming for a visit. That’s why we’ve created several opportunities that will show you what Donnelly has to offer.
We would love for you to visit campus. Join an admissions counselor for a one-on-one tour and chat about your future. Register for an appointment here.
Have questions? An Information Session may be perfect for you. During this time, we are not hosting Information Sessions in person, but you do have a couple virtual options.
You can join a Zoom-based LIVE Virtual Information Session. Just email email@example.com to reserve a spot.
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Those times don't work? No problem! You can also check out a Pre-Recorded Information Session in English or Spanish anytime you want to learn about Donnelly College programs, admission, scholarships and more!
All new students who plan to begin classes must attend a New Student Orientation. Orientations are a time to learn about Donnelly, meet faculty and staff, complete the enrollment process and receive information that will help you get off to a good start as a Donnelly student. Your Admissions Counselor will assist you in registering for an Ignite Your Start Orientation once you are at that step in the admissions process.
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