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.


After your free application is processed, you will receive an acceptance letter and welcome packet directing you on your next steps.


Your Admissions Counselor will help you navigate your next steps including testing, transcripts and exploring scholarships.


Share your goals with an Academic Advisor and select the best program and classes to get you there.


Financial Information

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!

Transfer Students 

Transferring to Donnelly

Scholarships for Transfer Students

Transfer Course Equivalency

 IB - Intl Baccalaureate
 AP - Adv Placement 

After Donnelly, What's Next? 

Additional Information

Veteran students

COVID-19 Information at Donnelly College

Why Choose Donnelly?



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

   Best College Badge Economic Diversity


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. 

Best College Badge Most Diverse


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

At Donnelly College we understand the varied paths that lead students to our door. We respect the individuality of each and every student and are committed to helping all students become the best version of themselves. In our warm and caring campus community, faculty will know you by name. You’ll feel supported and grounded as you explore, discover, question and create. Donnelly takes a holistic approach to education by focusing not only on classroom instruction, but also on service learning and social and spiritual growth. At Donnelly you can speak your mind and live your faith in a Catholic college that encourages you to explore your own beliefs. Donnelly is a place of faith that feels like home. 

Visit Campus

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. 

One-on-One Tour

We would love for you to visit campus. Join an admissions counselor for a one-on-one tour and chat about your future. Email to set up an appointment.


Information Sessions

Have questions about Donnelly? An information session may be perfect for you. You will have the opportunity to join your admissions counselor on campus to learn about our programs. Email to reserve a spot. 

2022 dates coming soon

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!  


Orientation Days

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.

Contact Us 

Donnelly College Admissions - Meet the Admissions Team
(913) 621-8706

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Juliette Paquette

Admissions Counselor

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