Complete the Admissions Process

Donnelly has an OPEN ADMISSIONS POLICY & NO APPLICATION FEE. Below are step-by-step instructions to walk you through our admissions process. Some programs in the nursing department have additional admissions requirements and may be selective.


There are three required documents you must submit before you can enroll at Donnelly: 

1. Application for Admission

  • While Donnelly admits students year-round, we encourage all students to apply by the following priority deadline to ensure you receive your maximum federal and institutional aid and ideal course selection. Apply here.
  • Donnelly College is not accepting international students at this time.

2. Transcripts

3. Official test score / placement testing

  • Donnelly requires either an ACT/SAT test score, or students can take the Accuplacer Next-Generation on campus (FREE) to be placed into appropriate level courses. Sign up for the ACT here. ACT scores can be sent to us by using Donnelly’s ACT code 1404 or by requesting the scores be sent to Donnelly.  
  • We accept ACCUPLACER scores in place of the ACT. To schedule your ACCUPLACER test, email us.
  • Testing can be waived if a student has completed Composition I and College Algebra with a C or better. 
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1. Complete the FAFSA.

If you have not applied for the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), apply for free here. Donnelly’s school code is 001914. If you need further assistance, please schedule a time to meet with our TRIO associate.

We have many scholarships that do not require you to be FAFSA eligible. Fill out Donnelly's Family Contribution Estimator Form here.

The FAFSA must be completed before you can apply for scholarships.

  • Scholarships - More than 50 merit-, criteria- and need-based scholarships, including a GUARANTEED MERIT SCHOLARSHIP! 
  • Tuition & Fees - Our listed tuition is before scholarships and grants are applied.
  • Financial Aid - Many programs qualify for federal financial aid (FAFSA Code 001914). Most full-time students who qualify for full Pell Grant pay little to no tuition!


After all required application documents listed above are submitted and processed, a Donnelly admissions counselor will contact you to get enrolled. You will need to visit campus to complete the final steps of becoming a Donnelly student. Here's what you can expect during your visit: 

  • Meet with your academic advisor, enroll in classes, and order your books.
  • Meet with Financial Aid to discuss your financial aid offer.
  • Get scheduled for student orientation. Parents/guardians welcome!

Visit Campus

For a future student, there’s no better way to get a feel for campus life at Donnelly than by coming for a visit. That’s why we’ve created several opportunities that will show you what Donnelly has to offer. 

One-to-One Tour

We would love for you to visit campus. Join an admissions counselor for a one-to-one tour and chat about your future. Email to set up an appointment.


Information Sessions

Have questions about Donnelly? An information session may be perfect for you. You have the opportunity to join an admissions counselor on campus to learn about Donnelly's academic programs and campus life. Email to reserve a spot.


Orientation Days

All new students who plan to begin classes must attend orientation. Orientation is a time to learn about Donnelly, meet faculty and staff, complete the enrollment process and receive information that will help you get off to a good start as a Donnelly student. Your admissions counselor will assist you in registering for an orientation once you are at that step in the admissions process. Click here for more information.

2024 Fall Orientation: Monday, August 12 - Tuesday, August 13 (both days mandatory)


Interested in Transferring to Donnelly?

Donnelly College is here to help you continue your educational journey and realize your goals in a friendly, diverse and supportive environment.  Donnelly has an OPEN ADMISSIONS POLICY & NO APPLICATION FEE. Check out these links for more information:


Transfer Course Equivalency 

Check to see if your credits from other institutions will transfer to Donnelly, and if your Donnelly credits will transfer to other institutions. It's recommended that you visit with your Academic Advisor and Registrar and your current and transfer institution to verify this information. 


Contact Us:

Donnelly Admissions - Meet the Admissions Team
(913) 621-8706

Veteran Students

At Donnelly, you will find a veteran- and active-duty-friendly institution where your service is appreciated, and your life experiences add to the richness of campus life. In addition, Donnelly President Monsignor Swetland is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and served in the United States Navy. 

We will make your transition to college life as easy as possible. Here are just a couple ways we can help:

  • Donnelly accepts the GI Bill® (Chapter 30), Post-Vietnam Veterans Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 32), Post-911 GI Bill® (Chapter 33), Survivors and Dependents Assistance Program (Chapter 35), Selected Reserve GI Bill® (Chapter 1606), and Active Duty GI Bill® (Chapter 1607)
  • Donnelly is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program


Donnelly College is approved by the state approving agency for the training of veterans under the provisions of Section 3675(a) (1) of Title 38, United States Code.

Any veteran who leaves Donnelly to perform military service will be re-admitted with the same academic status as when they departed.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at

Earn college credit for prior workforce experience!

Do you have significant job/career experience? Are you interested in a fast-track way to earn a college degree? Donnelly's Prior Learning Assessment track may be the path for you.

To be eligible for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), a student must have earned at least twelve (12) credit hours at Donnelly College. Credit through PLA may be awarded through portfolio assessment. Applications for PLA through portfolio begin with an interview with the PLA committee during the semester in which the credit is to be awarded. Credit awarded through portfolio is charged at one-third the rate of tuition, assessed at the time credit is awarded. A maximum of 20 credit hours through PLA may be applied to an associate or bachelor’s degree, and federal funds are not applicable for PLA. This policy is not applicable to students in the nursing program. 


Check out this resource for FAQs on Prior Learning.

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Contact Us 

Donnelly College Admissions

Meet the Admissions Team
(913) 621-8706

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