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Academics

DePaul University’s urban setting means this Chicago school is “all about integrating the opportunities of the city into the classroom,” offering students “the essentials in order for a student to succeed in the business field.” Here, the “dedicated” teaching staff’s “extensive experience outside of the classroom... really brings valuable information into the classroom.” That experience proves beneficial to career-focused students because it “encourages students to become critical life thinkers so that they are not just prepared for a job, but have the skills to become present in all life decisions.” This real-world focus in classroom studies and its “extensive school of commerce curriculum” is part of what has given DePaul a “strong academic reputation.” Internship and career-placement opportunities both during school and after graduation result in, according to some graduates, students who are “some of the hardest working and driven college students around.” The multiple colleges of DePaul University “stress engaging with other students, working collaboratively, combining previous knowledge with new learning, and being an active participant in one’s education.” Students praise the easy access provided by the urban setting and its accompanying public transportation, and like the “practical real world experience” brought to the table by the educators here—though some note “there are ones that are tougher graders,” so applicants should be prepared to work.

Student Body

There is no nailing down the typical DePaul student. “It’s like a melting pot of experience and people from all over the world that come to be a part of the DePaul environment,” a “unique blend of all kinds of students” who are “like a giant mixed bag of Jelly Bellys...every student is so different you have a little bit of everything.” One student goes so far as to suggest it’s “possibly the most diverse school in the country.” Though attendees “come from all walks of life” and “individuality is promoted strongly,” virtually anyone “can fit in easily if they want.” “Every student has a place where they feel comfortable,” one student says, “and it is hard to find a student that doesn’t fit in here.” If there is a tie that binds, it is that DePaul students are “kind and friendly,” “outgoing and respectful,” a group who “study hard to get where they’re going but still find time to socialize.” Hard work is a common trait. “The majority of students seem to hold outside employment,” a student notes, “which brings a strong real world emphasis to the class from staff and students alike.” But hard workers aside, the typical DePaul student? “There is no typical anything.”

Campus Life

The school’s location in downtown Chicago, one of the largest and most vibrant cities in the United States, means that “there is a plethora of choices of things to do” and plenty of transportation to get to them. Students “are always going to the museums, the art institute, Navy pier, shopping on Michigan Ave, the zoo, the beach, etc.,” and “in the summer the outdoor concerts and food tasting events take over Grant Park.” Throw in “the lakefront, bars and restaurants, sports teams (pro and collegiate),” along with “cultural venues [and] free public events,” and it’s no wonder students say they “never get bored.” Sports fanatics will especially find more than enough to keep themselves busy outside of class. If the wealth of riches that is Chicago professional sports is not enough—the Bulls, Blackhawks, White Sox, Cubs, and Bears all play here—“having DePaul in the Big East conference brings great college basketball to Chicago,” too. For those who prefer to stay on campus in this “simply amazing” city, DePaul has a strong Greek scene. The bottom line is, life at DePaul is all about location, location, location, so “the internships, classes, and social life are centered around the city.”

Overview

Applicants
21,613
Acceptance Rate
72%
Average HS GPA
3.60

GPA Breakdown

40%
Over 3.75
18%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
13%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
550 - 670
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
530 - 640
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 28

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 15

Regular — February 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

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Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
16:1
Total Faculty
1,855
with Terminal Degree
1,104

983
Men
872
Women
325
Minority
82
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
59%
Graduate in 5 years
68%
Graduate in 6 years
71%

Majors

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • Architectural History and Criticism, General.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African-American/Black Studies.
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization.
  • Chinese Studies.
  • East Asian Studies.
  • Japanese Studies.
  • Latin American Studies.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Neuroscience.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Actuarial Science.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other.
  • Business/Managerial Economics.
  • Finance and Financial Management Services, Other.
  • Finance, General.
  • Financial Planning and Services.
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General.
  • Management Information Systems, General.
  • Management Science.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
  • Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management.
  • Real Estate.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication and Media Studies, Other.
  • Communication and Media Studies.
  • Communication, General.
  • Health Communication.
  • International and Intercultural Communication.
  • Journalism.
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies.
  • Organizational Communication, General.
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other
  • Radio and Television.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects.
  • Graphic Communications, General.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other.
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance.
  • Computer Graphics.
  • Computer Programming, Specific Applications.
  • Computer Programming/Programmer, General.
  • Computer Science.
  • Computer Software and Media Applications, Other.
  • Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst.
  • Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications.
  • Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration.
  • Information Science/Studies.
  • Information Technology.
  • Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Art Teacher Education.
  • Bilingual and Multilingual Education.
  • Biology Teacher Education.
  • Chemistry Teacher Education.
  • Computer Teacher Education.
  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services.
  • Curriculum and Instruction.
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Education, Other.
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances.
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities.
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education.
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education.
  • French Language Teacher Education.
  • Geography Teacher Education.
  • German Language Teacher Education.
  • Health Teacher Education.
  • History Teacher Education.
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching.
  • Mathematics Teacher Education.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
  • Physics Teacher Education.
  • Reading Teacher Education.
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.
  • Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education.
  • Social Science Teacher Education.
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education.
  • Special Education and Teaching, General.
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other.
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels.
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • Creative Writing.
  • English Language and Literature, General.
  • Rhetoric and Composition.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Arabic Language and Literature.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Italian Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist.
  • Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other.
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General.
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management.
  • Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN).

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Computational Mathematics.
  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Biological and Physical Sciences.
  • Mathematics and Computer Science.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.
  • Environmental Studies.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General.
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Islamic Studies.
  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Clinical Psychology.
  • Community Psychology.
  • Counseling Psychology.
  • Developmental and Child Psychology.
  • Educational Psychology.
  • Experimental Psychology.
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Community Organization and Advocacy.
  • Human Services, General.
  • Public Administration.
  • Public Policy Analysis, General.
  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Applied Economics.
  • Criminology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Geographic Information Science and Cartography.
  • Geography.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Social Sciences, General.
  • Sociology.
  • Urban Studies/Affairs.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Acting.
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production.
  • Commercial and Advertising Art.
  • Digital Arts.
  • Directing and Theatrical Production.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other.
  • Fine and Studio Arts Management.
  • Game and Interactive Media Design.
  • Graphic Design.
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies.
  • Music Management.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music Theory and Composition.
  • Music, Other.
  • Playwriting and Screenwriting.
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology.
  • Theatre Literature, History and Criticism.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Gerald Beeson
COO, Citadel Investment Group

Lourdes Duarte
Co-Anchor of WGN Evening News at 4pm, WGN Television

Justin Dearborn
CEO, Tribune Publishing Company

Richard Driehaus
Founder, Chief Investment Officer & Chairman, Driehaus Capital Management

Judy Greer
Actress, Producer, Writer

Anne Pramaggiore
President and Chief Executive Officer of ComEd

Tarell McCraney
Playwright, actor, MacArthur Fellow, Academy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, Steppenwolf Theatre Ensemble Member

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
59%
Graduate in 5 years
68%
Graduate in 6 years
71%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$21,529

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$19,085

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,080

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
65%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$30,115

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$18,020

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$39,369
Required Fees
$606
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,104

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
$1,653
Transportation for Commuters
$750

On-Campus Room and Board
$14,325
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

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

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
14,816
Foreign Countries Represented
95

Demographics

9.47%
Asian
8.11%
African-American
19.29%
Hispanic
52.70%
Caucasian
3.11%
Unknown
3.33%
International

52% female
48% male
24% are out of state
87% are full time
13% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
18%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
68%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
International Student
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
320
Number of Honor Societies
17

Number of Social Sororities
16
Number of Religious Organizations
20

5% join a fraternity
11% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

18% participate in intramural sports
1% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Blue Demons)
7 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Blue Demons)
8 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus, at cooperating institutions: DePaul University ROTC makes up the Bravo Company in The Rambler Battalion. The Rambler Battalion is comprised of the following schools: Loyola, DePaul, Northeastern Illinois, Northwestern, North Park, and Resurrection University

Sustainability

DePaul University has wholeheartedly embraced the green movement. Indeed, in the last few years, the university’s Sustainability Initiatives Task Force (SITF) has worked tirelessly to ensure that DePaul is an agent of social change. To that end, the school has promised that any and all future construction projects will be LEED-certified. DePaul has also begun installing green roofs on several buildings and expects to add more as funding becomes available. Additionally, the university has installed low-flow shower heads in student dormitories as well as sink hardware that limits use (via either motion activation or compressor timer). Even campus facilities is getting in on the act; they’ve reduced the watering schedule and frequency for the surrounding landscape. Recycling is another environmental initiative that remains extremely popular on the DePaul campus. Due to the school’s robust program, 70 to 80 tons of material are recycled on a monthly basis. The campus also boasts an impressive number of water refill stations (approximately 80). It’s estimated these stations generate an excess of 2 million uses annually, substantially cutting down the number of new water bottles purchased. Moreover, the “Swap Program,” run by the Housing Service, ensures that more than 100 tons of miscellaneous appliances, furniture and other goods avoid landfills. Instead, they are sold at the end of the school year. The proceeds are then donated to local charities as are any unsold goods. In other words, your old, unwanted coffee maker can still find a good home!

89/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
No

% food budget spent on local/organic food
12%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

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

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
No

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
No

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
https://resources.depaul.edu/demon-discounts/technology/Pages/default.aspx

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Carlene Klaas
Director of Undergraduate Admission

Address
Office of Admission
1 East Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60604-2287

Phone
312-362-8300

Email
visitdpu@depaul.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Center, Lincoln Park Campus
Ray Meyer Fitness Center
The Pit, in Schmitt Academic Center (SAC)
11th floor, DePaul Center, Loop Campus
The Bean Cafe in the SAC
CDM Cyber Cafe, Arts and Letters Lounge areas

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Second City
Broadway in Chicago
Wrigley Field
Lincoln Park Zoo
The Lakefront paths and beaches
Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Modern Art, Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, Navy Pier, Millennium Park, Museum of Science & Industry, DuSable Museum of African American History, National Museum of Mexican Art, etc.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Friday, Saturday
M-Th 8am-6pm, Friday 8am-5pm, Sat 9am-noon
312-362-8300

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Lincoln Park: 11 & 3 M-F,10:30 & 11:30 Sat, Loop: M-F 1:30
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Twice Daily M-Sat

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
http://www.depaulbluedemons.com

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Only when classes are in session and not 1 week before and after breaks

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Midway and O'Hare International Airport, Chicago CTA, Metra trains, buses and taxis are also available city wide.

Driving Instructions to Campus
To the Lincoln Park campus take the I-90/94 (Kennedy Expressway) exit Fullerton and head East. Campus along Fullerton between Racine and Halsted St. To get to the Loop campus take I-90/94 (Kennedy) Exit Congress street/I-290 East into city. Turn left/North onto state street (at Harold Washington Library). Turn right/East onto Jackson Blvd, DePaul Center on Corner of Jackson and State St.

Local Accommodations
Please see our website for a comprehensive list of nearby accommodations: http://www.depaul.edu/about/campuses/Pages/lincoln-park.aspx


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