Why Choose Donnelly?


A Place That Feels Like Home

At Donnelly College, we respect the individuality of every student and are committed to helping students become the best version of themselves. In our small-campus community, faculty will know you by name. You’ll feel supported 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.



Map showing Donnelly's campus in comparison to downtown Kansas City


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. 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 #8 for Economic Diversity of Students by U.S. News and World Report, so you can attend college no matter your financial situation. When you graduate, you shouldn't need to be overly burdened by student loan debt.



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.



With an average class size of 10 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. Other perks:

  • Free counseling services
  • Career services: resume prep, mock interviews, internships
  • On-campus, paid work opportunities
  • Dragon's Den coffee shop
  • Campus Cupboard food pantry
  • Career clothes closet
  • Quad green space and futsal field
  • Student clubs



Donnelly has been named the #1 Most Diverse College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the seventh year in a row. Learn more.

As Kansas City’s only federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution and Minority-Serving Institution, 85% of our students are students of color.


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John A. Vargas

Admissions Counselor

  • www.donnelly.edu/admissions/become-a-student (opens in new window)