Ancilla College is a liberal arts institution of higher learning sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. The College’s religious tradition is Roman Catholic but its climate is ecumenical- open to any person seeking an education and opportunity. Ancilla serves a diverse population with small classes, comprehensive tutoring and personal learning support, and personal interaction.

Instagram photo by nursing student Chris Miller ’16

Ideal Location

The college is located in a beautiful, rural Indiana setting approximately two hours from Chicago, an hour from Fort Wayne, and a half an hour from South Bend. (You’re just 15 minutes from Plymouth and the shops typical in a community of 10,000.)

Ancilla College sits on over 1,200 acres of rolling farm-type land that also includes a beautiful 37-acre lake. As a part of the Center at Donaldson, we also have a beef and grain farm, art studio, organic/natural food market and assisted living facilities on campus. There is a gorgeous 300+ capacity Roman Catholic chapel, and a tiny hidden chapel in the woods on campus. We have an osprey platform, miles of bike and running routes and plenty of wildlife.

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Enrollment and Class Size

Ancilla College hosts 400 full and part-time undergraduate students. Some are on-campus residents, some are in-town apartment dwellers, some commuter and some non-traditional. Our student-to-faculty ratio is 10:1.

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According to several recent reports, college graduates make more money. On average, a college graduate with a bachelor’s degree earns $30,000 more per year than a high school graduate, or about $500,000 more over a lifetime, as of Apr. 2013.* Earning an associate degree is worth about $170,000 more than a high school diploma over a lifetime in 2011.**

Of course, it’s not all about money. A college education can lead to more fulfillment and a more interesting career. You’ll gain crucial life skills in writing, speaking, critical thinking and problem solving. Those who are active in campus activities experience growth in leadership, teamwork and social skills.

* Michael Greenstone and Adam Looney, “Is Starting College and Not Finishing Really That Bad?,” www.thehamiltonproject.org, June 2013
** Michael Greenstone and Adam Looney, “Where Is the Best Place to Invest $102,000—In Stocks, Bonds, or a College Degree?,” www.hamiltonproject.org, June 25, 2011

Why a Small College?

At Ancilla there is no sitting at the back of a large lecture hall. With small classrooms and high quality instructors – not teaching assistants  – your success is our reason for being! Your professors (and often the president of the school) will know your name by the end of the first week of class! As a two-year college, Ancilla is focused is on first- and second-year students who want to transition to something bigger later. Or maybe you aren’t sure if college is for you — this is a good, safe and inexpensive way to test yourself. We believe in you.

Ask our graduates and they will tell you the personal relationship formed with teachers is what made them successful. You will get used to chatting with your professors before and after class — it’s part of what makes Ancilla unique. Alumni tell us that even if they transferred to a larger school later, the foundation laid here made it easier to learn at a bigger school. Our students are used to close attention, accountability and personal relationships with instructors, staff and classmates. It’s a good transition to a bigger school or the workplace where those habits are rewarded.

Why Ancilla?

Ancilla College is Indiana’s only remaining junior college—a two-year institution that integrates academic programs with student life options like men’s and women’s sports and a solid community focus.  We’re the most affordable private school in the state and much of the surrounding region. Ancilla College distributes $3.8 million annually in financial aid, including over $400,000 annually in scholarships.

For more about Ancilla, look over our web site, join us on Facebook, and call or email us today to schedule a visit. See how Ancilla can be a great start for you!

Who We Are

Ancilla College is a liberal arts institution of higher learning sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. The College’s religious tradition is Roman Catholic but its climate is ecumenical- open to any person seeking an education and opportunity.  Ancilla serves a diverse population with small classes, comprehensive tutoring and personal learning support, and personal interaction. Ancilla College offers 17 different degree programs that transform and empower students to achieve high academic goals, build lifelong learning skills, launch successful careers and pursue values-centered lives.

  • We offer Associate Degrees that launch a career or transfer to nearly 20 nearby colleges and universities.
  • Ancilla offers different pathways to success: 18 different degree programs.
  • You will not get lost in the crowd:  Ancilla has some 400 students.
  • Small, interactive classroom learning:  The student-to-faculty ratio is just 10:1.
  • Graduates: 78% of our students successfully graduate or transfer to continue their education within 5 years.
  • Financial Aid: 83% of our students receive some form of aid; $3.8 million awarded to students last year.
  • Athletics: 10 NCJAA teams, including men’s baseball, men’s & women’s basketball, men’s & women’s golf, men’s & women’s soccer, softball, volleyball, and co-ed cheer leading.
  • Activities: Student Ambassadors, Student Government, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Dance Club, bowling and more.
  • History: Founded in 1937; sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.
  • Location: a rural, wooded campus just 2 miles south of U.S. 30 near Plymouth, Indiana.

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