Donnelly’s 66-year history is rich with stories, tradition and growth. Learn what makes the College so special — these truths might surprise you.
- 20 percent of Donnelly’s operating budget comes from generous individuals, organizations and private foundations that believe in the College’s mission and students.
- Students hail from 37 countries around the world, in large part because Donnelly boasts an accredited, college readiness-focused English as a Second Language (ESL) program in existence since 1971 — the first in the Kansas City area. Today, it consists of an academic-focused program and community-focused courses
- While most students commute to campus, Donnelly has two residence halls. The men’s hall can house up to 19 students and the women’s hall can house up to 23 students. Most residents receive their own bedroom and bathroom.
- Donnelly is located in the heart of Kansas City, Kansas, and students come from more than 50 high schools in the Kansas City metro.
- The U.S. Department of Education names Donnelly the 71st most affordable private, nonprofit, four-year college/university nationwide.
- Since 1953, notable guests such as Father Flanigan and his Boys Town choir; John Howard Griffin, author of Black Like Me; Martin Luther King, III, son of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Sonia Nazario, author of Enrique’s Journey, have spoken at Donnelly.
- Thanks to a strong liberal arts and sciences foundation and the tireless work of many students, faculty and staff, the College has produced three issues of Dime (pronounced “DEE-may”): The Arts & Literary Journal of Donnelly College. Students’ submissions make up the journal, which includes works of nonfiction, visual arts, poetry and fiction.
- Donnelly holds two distinctions that no other college or university in the region boasts: it is both a Federally Designated Minority Serving Institution and a Hispanic Serving Institution.
- In addition to Donnelly’s bachelor’s and associate degrees, the College removes educational barriers with three programs specifically designed to support student success in high school and college-level courses.
- Gateway to College Through partnerships, students participate in dual credit classes taught by Donnelly College instructors. Most students will accumulate between 15-30 college credits en route to earning a high school diploma.
- Preparatory Education This program develops academic skills so students are prepared for the rigors of
college courses via intensive instruction, cohort support and service learning.
- Conditional Admission Faculty assist and encourage students as they navigate their educational experiences. Students in the program are required to attend tutoring services and also are enrolled in an academic support course.
- Thanks to a new Career Center, all Donnelly students have access to Career Cruising, an online guidance system that offers career exploration tools, personal portfolios and three skills and interests assessments. These help students understand their interests and link them to potential career choices.