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Ancilla College, founded in 1937, provides educational programs in small classes, with comprehensive tutoring and personal learning support. Ancilla, located near Plymouth, Indiana, offers over two dozen associate
degree programs that empower students to achieve
high academic goals, build lifelong learning skills, launch successful careers and pursue values-centered lives.
Ancilla College is a fully accredited liberal arts institution
of higher learning, a ministry sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ at The Center at Donaldson. The college’s religious tradition is Roman Catholic but its climate is ecumenical — open to any person seeking an education and opportunity. Ancilla is a non-profit college operating as a 501(c)(3) organization.
We’re a liberal arts institution of higher learning sponsored
by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ and located at
The Center at Donaldson. The college’s religious
we transform and empower students to achieve high
academic goals, lifelong learning, successful careers
and values-centered lives.
We Care About
At Ancilla, professors get to know who you are and what you need to develop core knowledge. With small classrooms and high-quality instructors – not teaching assistants – student success is our reason for being!
- With just under 500 students, you can’t get lost in a crowd here.
- Student to faculty ratio of 14:1
Did you know that Ancilla is the most affordable private school in the state? Ancilla College is Indiana’s only junior college — a private, two-year institution that integrates academic programs with student life options like 13 men’s and women’s athletic teams and a solid community focus.
- Over 93% of our students receive financial aid.
- $3.8 million awarded to students last year
Ancilla has a purpose for many types of students. Some may come from a small high school and want a similar experience in college before moving on to a larger university. We may have an adult student who is taking a computer science class to advance their career. There may be an athlete who wants to continue playing a sport they love or improve their skills and then transfer to a four-year school after gaining experience at Ancilla. We have helped students like these meet their personal goals in a small, caring atmosphere. Our students have the opportunity to graduate with a degree, transfer credits to a four-year institution, take needed courses to improve their academic performance, or advance their career with certifications.
What does "private" college mean?
Private colleges are funded by endowments and donations. That means we have a large pool of committed givers who want to see Ancilla College succeed. Our biggest donor is the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, but a lot of alumni, community members and even our own faculty and staff are invested in providing the best possible education for our students. Being private also means we aren’t beholden to state tax dollars and can follow our college mission.
Why a small school?
Do you want to sit at the back of a large lecture hall and be a number, or do you want your professors to know your name by the end of the first week of class? Because Ancilla is a two-year college, our total focus is on our students. With small classrooms and high-quality instructors – not teaching assistants – your success is our reason for being!
What are classes like?
Our student to faculty ratio is 14:1, which means classes are small, allowing for more interaction with instructors and classmates. As with all colleges and universities, our instructors teach in a variety of ways, with lectures, small group work, hands-on labs, and outside on campus, allowing students to find what works for them. Students learn best when they are able to connect to the material and how it is presented. Most of all, our instructors get to know students and students can feel comfortable approaching their instructors.
I need to add ancilla for fasfa. what's your number?
Our ID number is 001784 if you have questions, Financial Aid counselors can help: 574.936.8898 x. 373
Where are you located?
On 1,100 beautiful, wooded acres with a lake in Donaldson, Ind., just west of Plymouth. See our maps page for more complete directions.
graduation & transferability
Ancilla students can earn Associate in Science, Associate in Art or an Associate in Applied Science degrees through on-campus or on-line courses. Students attending a two-year school are more likely to graduate on time, saving time and money. We have articulation and transfer agreements with dozens of universities around the country, many offering tuition discounts and scholarships to Ancilla students. For students who start at Ancilla, 57% graduate or transfer successfully to larger university programs within three years, above the average of other two-year institutions.
Do you have housing on campus?
Hardesty Hall for male students and Miller Hall for female students opened in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Each residence hall has 48 spacious rooms, each with a full bath. Housing plans are available for single, double or triple rooms for various costs. The buildings have wireless internet, free laundry facilities, close parking, and a variety of meal plans to choose from are available. The common areas of each hall contains a fireplace, loft, large lounge, study areas and meditation room. There is a resident assistant on each floor and a resident director in each hall. Click here for the housing application.
Zirkle Dining Commons was opened in January 2016 and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday-Friday and brunch and dinner on the weekends.
what kind of financial aid is offered?
I'm a high school student & I want to earn college credit. can i do that at ancilla?
Yes! Our Jump Start program helps high school students get ahead of the game. Jump Start involves some online and on-campus classes you can attend in the middle of your school day. In addition, these classes are offered at a discounted rate!