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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."


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
520 - 650
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
510 - 620

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
520 - 630

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


Early Action — November 15

Regular — February 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

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Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

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


  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architectural History and Criticism, General

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Chinese Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
  • Japanese Studies
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  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

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  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
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  • Finance and Financial Management Services, Other
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  • Financial Planning and Services
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
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  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
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  • Communication, General
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  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, other any instructional program in organizational communication, public relations, and advertising not listed above
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  • Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
  • Graphic Communications, General

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  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
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  • Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst
  • Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
  • Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration
  • Information Science/Studies
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  • Art Teacher Education
  • Bilingual and Multilingual Education
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  • Computer Teacher Education
  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
  • Curriculum and Instruction
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  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
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  • Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
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  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
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  • 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
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  • German Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Adult Health Nurse/Nursing
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Family Practice Nurse/Nursing
  • Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Nursing Administration
  • Nursing Practice
  • Nursing Science
  • Pediatric Nurse/Nursing
  • Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Health Law (LL.M., M.J., J.S.D./S.J.D.)
  • International Law and Legal Studies (LL.M., J.S.D./S.J.D.)
  • Law (LL.B.,J.D.)
  • Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other
  • Tax Law/Taxation (LL.M, J.S.D./S.J.D.)

  • 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, General
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Islamic Studies
  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
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  • Psychology

  • Clinical Psychology
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  • Developmental and Child Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
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  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

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  • Political Science and Government, General
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  • Acting
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
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  • Digital Arts
  • Directing and Theatrical Production
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other
  • Fine and Studio Arts Management
  • 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


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Gerald Beeson
COO, Citadel Investment Group

Lourdes Duarte
Co-Anchor of WGN Morning News, 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, Steppenwolf Theatre Ensemble Member

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


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 15

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

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

Scholarships and Grants


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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



53% female
47% male
23% are out of state
85% are full time
15% are part time


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

5% join a fraternity
12% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division I

1% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Blue Demons)
7 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Blue Demons)
8 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

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


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!

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

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

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Campus Visits Contact

Carlene Klaas-Kennelly
Director of Undergraduate Admission

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



Experience College Life

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

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Second City
Broadway in Chicago
Wrigley Field
Lincoln Park Zoo
Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Modern Art, Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, Navy Pier, Millennium Park, Museum of Science & Industry, etc.

Campus Tours

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

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

Information Sessions

Twice Daily M-Sat

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

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


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
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