The state of Kansas offers students at least four colleges that are affiliated with the Catholic denomination. These 4-year institutions vary in several different factors, allowing students to select the college that best fits their wants and needs. Learn more about these Catholic schools in Kansas here.
The Catholic colleges in Kansas are all located in the eastern half of the state. Compare the undergraduate tuition rates of each institution in the table below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (2019-2020)*|
|Benedictine College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Atchison, KS||$30,530|
|Donnelly College||4-year, primarily associate's, private not-for-profit||Kansas City, KS||$7,740|
|Newman University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Wichita, KS||$31,906|
|University of Saint Mary||4-year, private not-for-profit||Leavenworth, KS||$29,880|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Description of Catholic Colleges in Kansas
The Catholic colleges in Kansas offer students diverse degree programs, different student population sizes and other unique characteristics. Explore some of these distinguishing traits to find the college that is the best fit for you.
In 2020, U.S. News and World Report ranked Benedictine College #10 for Best Regional College in the Midwest. The school has about 2,057 undergraduate students (per the NCES) and offers bachelor's and master's degree programs. Master's degree programs are primarily offered in education and business administration, but bachelor's degree programs cover a variety of subjects, including journalism, computer science, engineering, Spanish, math, history, astronomy, criminology and theological and ministerial studies. The school offers a variety of unique activities and opportunities specifically designed with students' spiritual growth in mind, including FOCUS Bible studies, Pope John Paul II Distinguished Speaker Series, Benedictine College Rome or Holy Land Pilgrimage and the Catholic Artist Series.
Donnelly College is an undergraduate school with about 364 students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1, according to the NCES. Students at Donnelly College can pursue associate's or bachelor's degree programs, as well as some certificate programs. Programs of study are available in areas like elementary education, liberal arts and sciences, business, information technology and nursing training. The school also has a pre-engineering program where students can easily transfer and finish their bachelor's degree at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. Students at the school can participate in Campus Ministry and/or a variety of student organizations, such as Student Senate, intramural sports, drill team, environmental club, art club and more.
Newman University offers associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs in a variety of subjects, including business, speech, biology, education, criminal justice, chemistry, social work, theology and information science. According to their website, the school is Kansas' leader in science with their new high-tech and hands-on Bishop Gerber Science Center. To further develop their spiritual lives, students can attend various services at St. John Chapel, participate in Bible studies, retreats and service trips, such as the March for Life in Washington, D.C. The school also offers a variety of sports teams, including triathlon, bowling, basketball, soccer, tennis, cross country and golf. The NCES reports that Newman University has a little over 2,766 undergraduate students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.
University of Saint Mary
The University of Saint Mary has a little over 732 undergraduate students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1, per the NCES. Students can attend Mass and activities like Faith Chats, retreats, Spirituality Night and Bible studies to develop their spiritual lives. The school also has various service organizations that students can participate in, including Adopt-a-Family, Hunger Awareness Team, Backpack Buddies and International Service Learning. Students can pursue associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs in a wide range of subjects, such as healthcare, psychology, art, child development, business, computer and information sciences, biology, English and education. The school also offers a doctor of physical therapy program.