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Donnelly College

Donnelly College is Catholic college with 474 students located in Kansas City, KS.

Offers Baccalaureate Degrees, Open Admissions, Religiously affiliated


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Welcome to Donnelly College, located in the heart of Kansas City, Kansas!

Donnelly is an independent, coeducational, Catholic institution founded by the Benedictine Sisters and sponsored by the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. The College was established in 1949 to meet the needs of urban immigrants and the working class, with special focus on "those who might not otherwise be served."

Today, Donnelly continues that proud tradition by providing access and affordable education within a culture that promotes student success, and by serving as the region's only federally designated Minority Serving Institution and Hispanic Serving Institution. Our community is proud of the rich racial and ethnic diversity of our students, staff and faculty and how that diversity supports our learning environment.

Through a strong general education curriculum integrated with career-oriented majors, Donnelly College offers programs leading to bachelor and associate degrees and certificates such as:

  • Bachelor's Degrees
  • Associate Degrees
  • English as a Second Language
  • Practical Nursing

Donnelly continues to fulfill its mission by serving those who would not otherwise be served. In 2000, the College expanded its outreach to include an accredited satellite campus at the Lansing Correctional Facility. This program has transformed the lives of not only the students, but their families and future generations.

Mission Statement

Donnelly College is a Catholic institution of higher education that seeks to continue the mission of Jesus Christ in our time by making the love of God tangible in our world. Specifically, the mission of Donnelly College is to provide education and community services with personal concern for the needs and abilities of each student, especially those who might not otherwise be served.

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 474
Gender 31% Male / 69% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 58% Full Time / 42% Part Time
Geography 75% In State / 25% Out of State / 6% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 60% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
White 15%
Multi-racial 3%
International 6%
Hispanic/Latino 32%
Ethnicity Unknown 1%
Black or African American 39%
Asian 4%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%


3% of students live on-campus.

  • Men's Dorms
  • Women's Dorms


Student Publications: Donnelly Digest

  • Soccer
  • Drill Team
  • Campus Ministries

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: tutoring study skills assistance writing center
  • Computer Services: computer center, libraries dorms wired for access to campus-wide network dorms wired for high speed internet connections wireless network available
  • Counseling Services: career counseling financial aid counseling personal counseling chaplain/spiritual director economically disadvantaged students services
  • Facilities
  • Special Needs Services: services and/or facilities for hearing impaired partial services for students with learning disabilities services and/or facilities for speech or communications disorders services and/or facilities for visually impaired wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): dual enrollment of high school students english as a second language (esl) liberal arts/career combination double major
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services



Popular Majors

Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies (75%), Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management (25%)

Majors Offered


A program that is a structured combination of the arts, biological and physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities, emphasizing breadth of study. Includes instruction in independently designed, individualized, or regular programs.

Job Opportunities:

Postsecondary Teachers, All Other
All postsecondary teachers not listed separately.


A program that prepares individuals to manage the business affairs of non-profit corporations, including foundations, educational institutions, associations, and other such organizations, and public agencies and governmental operations. Includes instruction in business management, principles of public administration, principles of accounting and financial management, human resources management, taxation of non-profit organizations, and business law as applied to non-profit organizations.

Job Opportunities:

Social and Community Service Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. Oversee the program or organization's budget and policies regarding participant involvement, program requirements, and benefits. Work may involve directing social workers, counselors, or probation officers.
Managers, All Other
All managers not listed separately.

Administration & Faculty

President Monsignor Stuart Swetland
Accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Full-time Faculty 20
Student : Faculty Ratio 9 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 40 : 60
Percentage of Faculty Members
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 100




Selectivity Score: 22/100

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Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $7,819 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $7,067
$30K-$48K $7,798
$48K-$75K $4,575

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $6,552, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $5,920 Same as On-Campus
Fees $100 Same as On-Campus
Housing $6,224 $11,900
Books $830 $830
Total (before financial aid) $13,074 $18,750

Students Receiving Aid

92% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 8% $4,007
Federal Scholarships/Grants 60% $4,629
Institutional Grants 65% $3,288
Other Federal Grants 22% $1,835
Pell Grants 60% $3,965
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 35% $1,646
Student Loans 8% $4,007

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

30% of students graduated in six years.

17% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

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