Why should I pursue a bachelor's degree?
Attending college to get your bachelor’s degree is a major commitment, but the benefits you reap after earning your degree make the investment well worth it. One reason to earn a bachelor’s degree is to increases your earning potential. According to the United States Census Bureau, the median annual salary for individuals who earn their bachelor’s degree is $55,700 versus $32,500 for individuals who earn only their high school diploma.
As a college graduate you are highly marketable in a wide range of lucrative fields. This differs greatly for high-school graduates who might never break out of entry-level positions. College also offers professional networking and career counseling opportunities, which help students find the field, industry and job that fit them best.
Most college graduates walk away with attractive qualities that employers are looking for, paving the way to multiple opportunities. Individuals who have gone to college typically know how to think analytically — a very valuable capability to many employers.
Bachelor’s degree earners also typically know how to see a task through from beginning to end despite challenges and obstacles along the way. That is an important skill in a real-world professional setting where things don’t always go as planned. These are skills and attributes that employers expect from college graduates.
"The professors care about their students inside and outside the classroom. You come into this program alone, but you leave with a family that you can call on for life. I am excited for this program and all the leaders it will be developing for years to come."
-- DaWanda Dawn, Business Leadership, Class of 2020
Why earn a bachelor’s degree at Donnelly College?
Donnelly offers a bachelor’s degree in Business Leadership. As the only bachelor’s degree granting college or university in Wyandotte County, Donnelly can push you even further than before on your path to success while you study in a convenient location that is close to home. The Business Leadership degree is designed to develop your leadership potential and prepares you to work in a variety of business environments. Students can finish their bachelor’s degree at Donnelly in as little as four semesters as a full-time student after completing their associate degree requirements.
Although our bachelor’s program is demanding, our department is relatively small compared to other competitive programs and has fostered a unique sense of community among students and faculty. Our classes have a 10:1 student-faculty ratio. As a result, the bachelor’s program is successfully able to implement collaborative relationships between students and faculty. Donnelly's faculty are leaders in their industries and in the community and bring with them a unique experience that we believe is important for academic success.
Our department values a balance between academic and personal life. In doing so we offer students the ability to earn their bachelor’s degree while taking evening and night courses giving them the opportunity to work during the day if they prefer. In addition to evening and night courses, we also offer several courses online throughout the academic year.
Donnelly College provides a unique collaborative and community environment that fosters academic and future success for our students.