Applicants: Donnelly College is having a technical issue with the application. PRIOR to selecting your Major from the drop-down menu, please save your application by pressing the "Save Progress" button. That button is located at the bottom of the Personal Information page on the application. COMPLETE our application troubleshooting form if you are unable to complete the application. 

How to Apply

Donnelly has an OPEN ADMISSIONS POLICY & NO APPLICATION FEE. Below are step-by-step instructions to walk you through our admissions process. Some programs in the nursing department have additional admissions requirements and may be selective.


Donnelly has a rolling admissions process, which means there are no deadlines to apply. Apply for free. You will receive a confirmation email when your application has been submitted. After your application is processed, you will receive an acceptance letter and welcome packet in the mail within 5-10 business days.

Donnelly College is not accepting international students at this time.


After your application has been accepted, a Donnelly Admissions Counselor will reach out to you to help you navigate your next steps. There are three required documents you must submit before you can enroll at Donnelly:

1. Complete the FAFSA or Institutional Aid Form. 

2. Send us your transcripts.

  • Transcripts are your official academic record. Unofficial transcripts are accepted for the enrollment process, but official transcripts must be submitted by the first day of classes. You can order your official transcripts at the National Student Clearing House or have them mailed from your high school.
  • Learn more about unofficial vs. official transcripts here.

3. Test for proper course placement.

  • Donnelly requires every student to go through the course placement process. Sign up for the ACT here. ACT scores can be sent to us by using Donnelly’s ACT code 1404 or by requesting the scores be sent to Donnelly.  
  • We accept ACCUPLACER scores in place of the ACT. To schedule your ACCUPLACER test, email us.


The FAFSA must be completed before you can apply for scholarships.

  • Scholarships - More than 50 merit-, criteria- and need-based scholarships, including a GUARANTEED MERIT SCHOLARSHIP! 
  • 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!


After all required documents listed above are submitted and processed, a Donnelly Admissions Counselor will contact you to get enrolled. You will need to visit campus to complete the final steps of becoming a Donnelly Dragon. Here's what you can expect during your visit:

  • Get your student ID.
  • Get scheduled for an "Ignite Your Start" student orientation.
  • Meet your academic advisor, enroll in classes, and order your books.
  • Meet with Financial Aid and the business office to discuss payment options.

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-to-One Tour

We would love for you to visit campus. Join an admissions counselor for a one-to-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. 

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 an "Ignite Your Start" 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 orientation once you are at that step in the admissions process.

2022 "Ignite Your Start" Orientation Days:

  • June 30, 2022, from 5-8 p.m. in the Donnelly Event Center  
  • July 30, 2022, from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Donnelly Event Center
  • August 17, 2022, from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Donnelly Event Center 

Interested in Transferring to Donnelly?

Donnelly College is here to help you continue your educational journey and realize your goals in a friendly, diverse and supportive environment.  Donnelly has an OPEN ADMISSIONS POLICY & NO APPLICATION FEE. Check out these links for more information:


Transfer Course Equivalency 

Check to see if your credits from other institutions will transfer to Donnelly, and if your Donnelly credits will transfer to other institutions. It's recommended that you visit with your Academic Advisor and Registrar and your current and transfer institution to verify this information. 


Contact Us:

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

Veteran Students

At Donnelly, you will find a veteran- and active-duty-friendly institution where your service is appreciated, and your life experiences add to the richness of campus life. In addition, Donnelly President Monsignor Swetland is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and served in the United States Navy. 

We will make your transition to college life as easy as possible. Here are just a couple ways we can help:

  • Donnelly accepts the GI Bill (Chapter 30), Post-Vietnam Veterans Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 32), Post-911 GI Bill (Chapter 33), Survivors and Dependents Assistance Program (Chapter 35), Selected Reserve GI Bill (Chapter 1606), and Active Duty GI Bill (Chapter 1607)
  • Donnelly is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program


Donnelly College is approved by the state approving agency for the training of veterans under the provisions of Section 3675(a) (1) of Title 38, United States Code.

Any veteran who leaves Donnelly to perform military service will be re-admitted with the same academic status as when they departed.

Contact Us 

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

 ¿Necesitas información en Español?

Juliette Paquette

Student Engagement Coordinator

This site provides information using PDF, visit this link to download the Adobe Acrobat Reader DC software.