Students Say

Serious-minded students are drawn to DePauw University for its “small classes,” “encouraging” professors, and the “individual academic attention” they can expect to receive. Academically, DePauw is “demanding but rewarding,” and “requires a lot of outside studying and discipline” in order to keep up. Professors’ “expectations are very high,” which means “you can’t slack off and get good grades.” Be prepared to pull your “fair share of all-nighters.”

Overview

Applicants
5,282
Acceptance Rate
57%
Average HS GPA
3.86

GPA Breakdown

61%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
4%
3.00 - 3.24

Test Scores

SAT Reading
530 - 640
SAT Math
560 - 660
SAT Writing
520 - 630
ACT Composite
25 - 29

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Regular
February 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

Serious-minded students are drawn to DePauw University for its “small classes,” “encouraging” professors, and the “individual academic attention” they can expect to receive. Academically, DePauw is “demanding but rewarding,” and “requires a lot of outside studying and discipline” in order to keep up. Professors’ “expectations are very high,” which means “you can’t slack off and get good grades.” Be prepared to pull your “fair share of all-nighters.” Fortunately, DePauw professors are more than just stern taskmasters. Though they pile on the work, they “are always helpful and available” to students in need. When things get overwhelming, “they are very understanding and will cut you a break if you really deserve” it. As a result, students come to know their professors “on a personal level,” making DePauw the kind of school where it is “common [for students] to have dinner at a professor ’s house.” Beyond stellar professors, DePauw’s other academic draws include “extraordinary” study abroad opportunities and a “wonderful” alumni network great for “connections and networking opportunities.” Alums also “keep our endowment pretty high, making it easy for the school to give out merit scholarships,” which undergraduates appreciate. Student opinion regarding the administration ranges from ambivalent to slightly negative. One especially thorny issue is class registration; you “rarely”get into all the classes you want.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
239
with Terminal Degree
209

133
Men
106
Women
44
Minority
9
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
75%
Graduate in 5 years
80%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Composition
  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Management and Merchandising
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Ferid Murad
1998 recipient of the Nobel Prize in medicine

Vernon Jordan
Civil Rights leader and Presidential adviser

J. Danforth Quayle
America's 44th Vice President

Percy L. Julian
Legendary Chemist

Barbara Kingsolver
Author of The Poisonwood Bible, other best-sellers

Karen Koenig-AbuZayd
Commissioner-general, United Nations Relief and Work

Lee Hamilton
Co-chair, Iraq Study Group, Former Congressman

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
89
Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Mar 10

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile

Bottom Line

DePauw tuition and fees are about $42,750, with an additional $11,200 for room and board. Incoming students are also required to purchase a laptop. Families have the option of paying their college costs monthly (with no deferred payment charge) or each semester. Although DePauw does not guarantee meeting full demonstrated need for each student, the school’s track record is good, with many students receiving all the funding they need.

Bang For Your Buck

Small class sizes, close community, athletic opportunities, alumni network, great scholarships, and campus involvement make DePauw a good value. Need-based aid is available, and DePauw is also strong in the area of merit-based awards. All first-year applicants are automatically considered for scholarships, and awards are determined based on a student’s GPA, course load, class rank, and standardized test scores. Almost 80 percent of the school’s scholarship assistance comes from institutional funds rather than state or federal sources. Once a student is enrolled at DePauw, the only scholarships available come through individual academic departments. In addition to these general scholarships, the school operates several scholarship programs for students that meet specific criteria. To apply for needbased aid, students must submit the FAFSA as well as the DePauw application for need-based assistance. More than half of DePauw’s student body receives some form of need-based financial aid through grants, loans, and work-study. The average financial aid package totals $28,000. Students who aren’t eligible for work-study may still apply for campus jobs through the financial aid office.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$31,067

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$30,895

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,752

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,005

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
50%

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$42,050
Required Fees
$696
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$900

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$300

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

The typical DePauw student is “upper middle class,” “a little preppy, a little athletic,” and “hardworking;” students “[party] hard on weekend,” and “usually become[s] involved with the Greek system.” Students describe their peers as “driven” and wearing “polos and pearls.” They “have all had multiple internships, international experience, and [have held] some type of leadership position.” Though these folks may seem “overcommitted,” they “always get their work done.” For those who don’t fit this mold, don’t fret; most students seem to be “accepting of the different types” of people on campus. Diversity on campus is augmented through the school’s partnership with the Posse Foundation, which brings in urban (though not necessarily minority) “students from Chicago and NYC every year.” These students are described as “leaders on campus” and “take real initiative to hold their communities together.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,216
Out of State
63%

International
10%
Foreign Countries Represented
34

Demographics

3.77%
Asian
6.33%
African-American
3.82%
Hispanic
76.12%
Caucasian
2.41%
Unknown
10.46%
International

54% female
46% male
63% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Few schools are as Greek as DePauw, but students are quick to point out that “it is by no means Animal House.” The Greek system here is more holistic than that. It “promotes not only social activities but also philanthropic events.” That’s not to say there aren’t lots of frat parties here. There are. But “the administration has cracked down big time” on the larger frat parties, and “now there are just small parties in apartments and dorms.” One recently issued rule is that freshmen “will not be allowed on Greek property until after rush, which is the first week of second semester.” In addition to administrative regulation, students exercise their own self-restraint; for the typical undergraduate, “the week is mostly reserved for studying.” Beyond the frats and sororities, “there is always a theater production, athletic event, or organization-sponsored event going on,” and popular bands occasionally perform on campus. It’s a good thing so much is happening at the school because off-campus entertainment options are scarce: “If there is really any fun to be had, it’s not in Greencastle.” The situation could be greatly improved if there were just a few “more restaurants and stores in the town or a nearby town.” As things stand, however, students “have to go to Indianapolis (forty-five miles) to go shopping, watch a good movie, eat at a good restaurant, etc.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
96%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
80
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating
66

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
International Student

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Academic Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Jacqueline D. Gardner

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
It is essential that current typed documentation of a disability include specific information in a signed report from an appropriately qualified professional. Documentation must include the appropriate information as listed below. 1. A comprehensive diagnosis or assessment of a medical or psychological condition that is defined as a disability under ADA, 2. A statement as to how the disability substantially limits the student’s ability to engage in major life activities, as defined by ADA, and that the student’s current functional limitations are the direct result of the disability, 3. A comprehensive description of the assessment methods by which these limitations were determined, 4. The date of the assessment of the disability and determination of the student’s current functional limitations, and 5. The credentials and signature of the professional who is providing the diagnosis or assessment 6. Mail or personally deliver a copy of the original documentation to the Coordinator of Student Disability Services at DePauw University, 115 Asbury Hall, 100 E. Seminary Street Greencastle, IN 46135-0037

Documentation Requred for ADHD
It is essential that current typed documentation of a disability include specific information in a signed report from an appropriately qualified professional. Documentation must include the appropriate information as listed below. 1. A comprehensive diagnosis or assessment of a medical or psychological condition that is defined as a disability under ADA, 2. A statement as to how the disability substantially limits the student’s ability to engage in major life activities, as defined by ADA, and that the student’s current functional limitations are the direct result of the disability, 3. A comprehensive description of the assessment methods by which these limitations were determined, 4. The date of the assessment of the disability and determination of the student’s current functional limitations, and 5. The credentials and signature of the professional who is providing the diagnosis or assessment 6. Mail or personally deliver a copy of the original documentation to the Coordinator of Student Disability Services at DePauw University, 115 Asbury Hall, 100 E. Seminary Street Greencastle, IN 46135-0037

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
119
Number of Honor Societies
13

Number of Social Sororities
11
Number of Religious Organizations
10

77% join a fraternity
63% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Tigers)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Tigers)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: We have a student organization and an office that provides services and programs for GLBT students

Minority Support Groups: We have African-American, Latino, Asian, and International Student groups and an Office of Multicultural Affairs that provides services and programs.

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Rose - Hulman Inst. of Technology
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Indiana University-Bloomington

Sustainability

2014 marked the second year of DePauw’s Campus Farm program, which saw the school grow over 6,000 pounds of produce on University-owned land! Everything from collard greens and beets to corn and kale were harvested. Most of this healthy and organic food was served in DePauw’s school kitchens, but nearly 10 percent was donated to an emergency food pantry in the local community. This innovative program— bringing together students, faculty, and the community—epitomizes DePauw’s commitment to combining sustainability with community engagement. Another prime example is DePauw’s “Move Out” program. At the end of every school year, DePauw collects usable items from students who are moving out to donate to needy families in the local community. In 2015, DePauw will greatly expand its paid summer and school year internship offerings by introducing the Sustainability Leadership Program. The experiential learning focused Sustainability Leadership Program will compliment curricular environmental opportunities like the Environmental Fellows Program. In 2008, DePauw signed the ACUPCC, and adopted a policy that all new buildings must be at least certified LEED Silver. Currently, the school boasts two LEED Gold buildings. DePauw’s campus contains a large 520-acre nature park.

Green Rating
93
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
16%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
108

Average Number of PC's per Lab
4

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
Yes

Undergraduates that Own Computers
94%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Anna Logan
Admission Program and Visit Coordinator

Address
Office of Admission
101 East Seminary St.
Greencastle, IN 46135

Phone
800-447-2495

Email
alogan@depauw.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
DePauw University School of Music
Roy O. West Library, Music Library, and the Prevo Science Library
Cafe Roy coffee shop
Memorial Student Union
Bowman Park

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Indianapolis
Cagles Mill Lake
Turkey Run State Park
Crawfordsville

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; September-April open Saturday
8am-4:30pm; 8am-4pm
800-447-2495

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
10 a.m. and 2 p.m. M-F; 11 a.m. on Saturdays

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Available to high school seniors only; Sun-Thurs night; not during exam periods

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Indianapolis International Airport is 45 miles from campus. The admissions office will provide transportation to campus for students traveling alone; call 800-447-2495 10 days to 2 weeks in advance to arrange for this service.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-70, exit to State Road 231 N. and proceed 7.5 miles into Greencastle. Turn left on Seminary Street. Travel 3 city blocks. The admission office is located on the north side of the road with visitor parking to the east of the building.

Local Accommodations
The Walden Inn (2 Seminary Sq.; 765-653-2761) is a small hotel adjacent to DePauw's campus (within walking distance of the admissions office). Prices are moderate. Ask about the Gourmet Get-Away package, which includes dinner and champagne. You will also be able to use the university's athletic facilities, including an indoor swimming pool and tennis courts. The inn's dining room, the Different Drummer, is known throughout the state. Another lovely spot near campus is the Commercial House Bed and Breakfast,(765)-653-6579. The moderate price includes a full breakfast, full work-out facility, and cable TV in each room.
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Key Stats

5,282
Applicants
2,216
Size
57%
Acceptance Rate
1200
SAT Scores

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