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Founded in 1949 by the Benedictine Sisters and sponsored by the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Donnelly College is a private, Roman Catholic, coed, two-year institution of higher learning. The college is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of NCA. Some of the college’s programs also have individualized accreditation as well. The college offers a wide variety of associate and bachelor’s degree programs. There are numerous certificate programs as well. Popular programs offered at this college include Business, LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse), Pharmacy Technician I & II, Social Science, Mathematics, and Fine Arts. Donnelly offers flexible class options that include online classes and part-time schedules.

The college offers diverse academic support services such as a learning center, distance learning programs, dual enrollment, evening or early morning classes, remedial instruction, reduced course loads, study skill training, and tutoring services. A low student-to-faculty rations means small class sizes with lots of individual attention.

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Donnelly has an open enrollment policy, which means that any person who has either graduated from an accredited high school, successfully passed the GED examination, or met Ability to Benefit testing standards approved by the U.S. Department of Education is eligible to enroll.

Aspiring students must complete the school’s application form, which is available online. There is a nonrefundable application fee. Each applicant must also submit an official high school transcript or GED score report, an official SAT or ACT score report (optional), and any AP or college credit transcripts (where applicable). Letters of recommendation and interviews are not required, but all students have to take placement tests. Students can check the college’s Testing Center for availability and more information on the placement tests. Certain academic programs also have additional requirements. While students are admitted to the college on a rolling basis all year long, students are strongly urged to apply by the priority deadlines, which vary by term. Students should contact the school directly for exact dates and deadlines.

Adult students, non-degree seeking students, transfer students, home-schooled students, and international students may need to use different procedures, so they should refer to the university’s website or contact the Office of Admission for more information about the admissions process and application requirements. Useful statistics, including minimum admission standards and dates are listed on the college’s website.

Financial Aid

Although Donnelly has one of the lowest hourly tuition rates of any private college in the state of Kansas, the majority of its students receive some form of state, federal, private, or institutional financial assistance. In fact, most of the students who applied for financial aid were awarded need-based financial assistance. Forms of aid include grants, scholarships, and loans. The college also offers a limited number of institutional scholarships and grants that include the Presidential Scholarship, the Dean’s Scholarship, the Sister Fran Cross Scholarship, and the Reach Scholarship. Some are based on merit; others require applicants to demonstrate evidence of financial need. All students who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If selected for verification, students will also need to complete a Federal Verification Worksheet and/or submit additional documents.

Students are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office for more information and assistance with completing the financial aid application process. The college’s financial aid website has a wealth of information about the financial aid process, so students are advised to read through the information carefully. Students should note that financial aid applications must be renewed each year. Donnelly also offers a deferred payment plan to help students pay any tuition charges that are not covered by financial aid.

Student Financial Aid Details

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Donnelly has a diverse student body, representing many backgrounds and points of origin. In fact, the college is the only federally designated Minority Serving Institution and Hispanic Serving Institution in the entire region. Students of color make up nearly ninety percent of the student body. Almost eighty percent of the students are first-generation college students.

The school makes available a host of academic and social support services such as academic advising, career counseling, and tutoring to help students make a smooth and seamless transition to campus life. At the college, there are also numerous clubs, organizations, and activities that include academic, professional, political, social, talent, athletic, student government, media, religious, service, multicultural, special interest, and honor groups. Popular activities include the Student Senate, the Healthy Student Task Force, soccer clubs, DLAC, and Student Ambassadors. As the college is affiliated with the Catholic Church, Catholicism is a major part of life on campus. The Campus Ministry program is a core activity at the college and is open to all Donnelly students regardless of religious background. The program is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas and emphasizes scripture study, advocacy, leadership development, catechesis, evangelization, community life development and celebrations, justice and service issues, pastoral care, prayer, and worship.

There is limited housing available on campus, but the college is located fairly close to the city’s downtown area, and the college can refer students to a number of helpful resources that could help them find affordable housing near the school. There are numerous computers available on campus, and all students are provided with email accounts. There is a wired and a wireless high speed Internet network on campus.

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There are men’s and women’s soccer clubs at Donnelly. Most games are held indoors.

Information Summary

Ranks 47th in Kansas and 3239th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 5 0.90
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 534 0.36
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 27 0.02
Forcible Rape 95 0.06
Robbery 291 0.20
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1,827 1.25
Larceny 4,792 3.27
Vehicle theft 1,264 0.86

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Kansas City, KS 66102
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population28,819 (28,819 urban / N/A rural)
Households10,622 (2.70 people per house)
Median Household Income$28,143
Families6,756 (3.38 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate/Associate's Colleges
UndergraduateAssociates Dominant
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time four-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingVery small four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work required2
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Congressional District2003

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 2474th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,920 $5,920 $5,920
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $100 $100 $100
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $234 $234 $234
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $16,833 $16,833 $16,833
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $22,509 $22,509 $22,509
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $10,609 $10,609 $10,609

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,032 $6,579 $6,032 $6,579 $6,032 $6,579
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $830(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $5,774 $6,224
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,900 $3,200
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $11,400 $11,900
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,900 $3,200
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,900 $3,200

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity36
Meals per Week16
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 4379th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $40,428 ($35,910 male / $37,896 female)
Number of FT Faculty 20 (8 male / 12 female)
Number of PT Faculty 56
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $208,255

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608 N 18th St
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