DePauw University campus


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
530 - 640
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
560 - 660
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
520 - 630
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
25 - 29


Early Decision
November 1

Early Action
December 1

February 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • 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

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.



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary

Median Mid-Career Salary

Alumni with High Job Meaning

Return on Education (ROE) rating

Students Say

DePauw students “are very focused on getting their degrees and [landing] really good jobs.” Considering that the average starting salary of recent grads is $46,600 (source:, we’d say they’re achieving their goals. This is no doubt due to DePauw’s “amazing” resources to help students find internships, jobs, etc. To begin with, undergrads love to highlight the “alumni database [which is teeming with] successful people.” Additionally, students can scour TigerTracks, an internal site that allows undergrads to search for jobs and internships listed specifically for DePauw students. Career Services also offers some really unique programs beyond the traditional resume workshops and mock interviews. For example, collaborating with Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business, DePauw offers the Liberal Arts Management Program, which teaches how businesses (from for-profit companies to entrepreneurial start-ups) are created and how they function. The insight gleaned from programs like this is enormous.

Colleges that Create Futures

Practical Experience

The four Fellows programs on campus help students to build community and find their intellectual homes. Designed for students who share similar academic interests, these programs offer multiple hands-on experiences on top of course work. Students can take part in semester-long internships or research experiences and frequent opportunities to engage with leading scholars and industry leaders on and off campus. Several of the students we surveyed credited acceptance into one of the Fellows Programs as their reason for choosing DePauw. Here’s a quick rundown of what makes each Fellows program unique:
Blending a traditional liberal arts curriculum with real-world experiences in business and entrepreneurship, the Management Fellows Program also includes a full-time, semester-long, credit-bearing business internship. More than 700 Management Fellows have successfully completed internships in a wide variety of companies across the United States and around the world, gaining valuable experience in finance, consulting, sales and marketing, strategic planning, and investment banking. Graduates of the program have accepted positions after graduation with Accenture, BMO Harris Commercial Bank, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Cummins Inc., Deloitte & Touche, Eli Lilly and Company, Epic Systems Corporation, GE Oil & Gas, Golfstat, KA+A, Milhaus Development, Walker Information, WebLink International, and West Monroe Partners, among others. Current students are currently interning at BBDO, Eli Lilly, Guardian Life, Road2Argentina, and Ronald McDonald House Charities, among other business and non-profits.
Combining classes with hands-on experience, the Media Fellows Program trains students in the theory and practice of media. Media Fellows benefit from semester-long, off-campus media internships at sites such as The Today Show, The Colbert Report, the White House, USA Today, and C-SPAN; a robust speakers series that brings students face-to-face with professionals from premier media and governmental organizations; and resources like the Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media, a living laboratory where students gain experience in radio and television production, newspaper and magazine publishing, and multimedia for the web. A current Media Fellow told us that the program “has allowed me to take this semester to do a full-time off campus internship for academic credit. It’s also given me access to speakers and networking opportunities that will become even more valuable as I approach graduation. Also, it’s great to be able to take a semester off campus and still graduate in four years. DePauw’s flexible course requirements make it easy to do so.” As for the Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media, its resources include WGRE radio (the oldest originally 10-watt college FM radio station in the U.S.), The DePauw Newspaper (the oldest college newspaper in Indiana), D3TV Student Television studios, A Midwestern Review (a national literary magazine), The Cauldron monthly (a student magazine), as well as general video, audio and still photographic production, teleconferencing, word processing and large-scale audio-visual presentations.
An honors program for outstanding students interested in studying science and getting significant hands-on research experience as an undergraduate, Science Research Fellows begin learning and experiencing authentic scientific research in a wide variety of disciplines from their very first year. SRF students go on to major in chemistry, biochemistry, physics, biology, kinesiology, computer science, geosciences, mathematics, or psychology. They collaborate with DePauw faculty in summer-long, on-campus research, and they experience research internships at leading facilities across the globe. As for what the program directly entails: Preparation for thoughtful and productive scientific research begins with the fall semester course “Understanding Science” and continues with the spring semester course “Research Methods,” and while there are no SRF requirements during the summer following the first year, research opportunities do exist for interested students. In the summer following the second year, students join the lab of a science faculty member for a collaborative ten-week summer research experience. All students present their findings in a poster session at an open-university forum in mid-fall. Depending on the outcome of the research, students may have opportunities to present their research at regional, national and/or international conferences, or work with faculty members to publish results in a professional journal. In their third year, students complete an additional research experience, generally in the summer, but students may also choose a semester long internship for academic credit. This is followed by a capstone seminar in the fall of students’ senior year.
The Environmental Fellows Program is a four-year honors program for students who are interested in addressing the complex, interdisciplinary environmental challenges facing humanity today, and is designed to complement a student’s academic pursuit of any major that DePauw has to offer. During the first year, Environmental Fellows will participate in an environmentally focused first-year seminar. Fellows will also attend monthly luncheon discussions with faculty members, professionals, and their upperclassman colleagues. Sophomores will begin the process of fulfilling the summer-long or full semester field experience component of the program. This experiential learning opportunity could take the form of research with faculty, internships, or off campus study. As juniors, Environmental Fellows are expected to continue developing and exercising collaborative leadership skills by creating a junior leadership project. This will involve assuming responsibility for planning environmentally themed co-curricular events and activities to take place during the year. Finally, seniors will take part in a capstone seminar that will call on them to integrate all the aspects of their environmental education. Upon graduation, seniors will have completed six environmentally focused courses—three in the humanities and social sciences and three in the sciences. Plus, each semester, Environmental Fellows will have attended special lectures, luncheons, and seminars sponsored by the Environmental Fellows Program and other organizations on campus.
Faculty Mentors

In the liberal arts tradition, DePauw’s faculty members are expected to be teacher-scholars, exemplifying a commitment to teaching while also advancing their own scholarship. It is not uncommon to regularly see faculty members attending events on campus (athletic events in which their students are competing) or musical events at which their students are performing. Students often meet with faculty members at Starbucks or in the faculty member’s office.
Through a robust faculty development program, faculty are also encouraged to include undergraduate students in their own research. A few examples of faculty accomplishments (many of them related to their work with students) include the following: a professor who included students in his research about heart regeneration in zebrafish; a DePauw biology professor who served as a CDC infectious disease responder during an outbreak of Ebola in Uganda; a former English professor whose work formed the basis of the HBO hit “True Detective”; and yet another English professor whose work regularly appears in Esquire.
Alumni Network

The Tigers are an extremely talented bunch. Notable alumni include Bill and Scott Rasmussen, founders of ESPN; Ben Solomon, whose work as The New York Times Middle East Correspondent on the Ebola outbreak in Liberia won the Pulitzer Prize; Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List; Tim Solso, the Chairman of the Board of General Motors; famed fiction writer Barbara Kingsolver; Ford Frick, Commissioner of Major League Baseball from 1951 to 1965; NASA Astronaut Joseph P. Allen; and 44th Vice-President Dan Quayle. A 2014 graduate in political science admits that the “strong alumni network” was a huge factor in making DePauw her alma mater. And more than a few of the current students we surveyed cited DePauw’s unofficial motto “Uncommon Success.” Overall, a music education major summed up, “DePauw does a great job instilling pride in its students and preparing them for careers in the real world.”


Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Mar 10

Required Forms

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

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants


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

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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



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

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.”


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
International Student

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.”

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Academic Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Jacqueline D. Gardner

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

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

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

77% join a fraternity
63% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Tigers)
11 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Tigers)
12 Sports

Cross Country
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

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


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.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

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

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2015.

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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

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

Campus Visits Contact

Anna Logan
Admission Program and Visit Coordinator

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



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
Cagles Mill Lake
Turkey Run State Park

Campus Tours

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

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

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

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

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


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.