Donnelly College is an independent, co-educational college. Founded in 1949, affiliated with the Catholic Church and sponsored by the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, Donnelly was located and has remained in the heart of Kansas City, Kansas.

As a Catholic liberal arts and professional college, Donnelly's institutional philosophy derives from a belief in God and the dignity of each person.

As an educational institution, Donnelly believes that education can lead people to recognize their potential and value as human beings, to be aware of their relationship to God and to function as constructive members of society.

As a college in the heart of the city, Donnelly is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex, age, handicap, national origin, religious tradition or family status as specified by federal and state laws and regulations. This policy is applicable to all employment practices, admissions procedures, and services to students, faculty, staff and the community.