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DePaul University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn what degree programs DePaul University offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About DePaul University

Founded by the Congregation of the Mission, a Catholic organization, DePaul University has been a part of Chicago since 1898. The home of the Blue Demons takes pride in its location, offering students opportunities at five campuses throughout Illinois' largest metropolitan area. Serving over 25,000 students, DePaul is the largest catholic university in the U.S.

The school has been recognized for a number of overarching initiatives. DePaul emphasizes teaching over research, with over 98% of courses taught by professors as opposed to teaching assistants. Among the largest 10 private universities, DePaul counts itself as the school most student-focused. The Princeton Review ranked DePaul among its '322 Green Colleges' for the third consecutive year in 2012. In 2008, the Princeton Review also ranked DePaul 10th for its diverse student body, which hails from all 50 states and almost 100 different countries.


Ten different schools and colleges are housed throughout a number of DePaul University's physical campuses. Forty acres of Chicago's famous Lincoln Park neighborhood are home to DePaul University, as well a 'Loop' campus, located downtown at the intersection of Jackson and State streets. DePaul also operates remote campuses, located in Naperville, Oak Forest, and O'Hare.

A number of DePaul's schools and departments have received national rankings. Hundreds of the judges throughout the Chicago area are graduates of the College of Law, which was ranked 89th in the U.S. by U.S. News and World Report in 2012. U.S. News and World Report also gave the part-time MBA program at DePaul's Kellstadt Graduate School of Business top-ten ranking in 2012. The Theatre School ranked among the top 25 in the nation, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Other schools include the School of Music and the School for New Learning. Also present are the colleges of business, education, science and health, liberal arts and social sciences, computing and digital media, and communication.


DePaul University has different admission processes for different types of students. The Early Action program requires applications be submitted by November 15 the year before the student expects to enroll. Early Action students have the highest possibility of consideration for both admission and subsequent scholarship opportunities. Applications for regular admission are due February 1 the year prior to anticipated enrollment. The School of Music and The Theatre School applications are due December 1 and January 15, respectively. Both schools require an audition as part of the application process. These applicants are notified about their admission status by April 1.

For admission to DePaul, new high school freshman need to submit their transcripts and a high school counselor evaluation form. ACT and SAT scores are optional, but freshman applicants opting not to submit exam scores must answer a number of essay questions as part of their applications. Students may also choose to apply using the Common Application. Applicants can submit either the Common Application or the DePaul's online application; only one will be accepted.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition for all of DePaul's undergraduate programs costs $31,650 per academic year. Junior-standing and higher matriculates of the Driehaus College of Business and the College of Computer and Digital Media will pay a slightly more, totaling $320 extra per-year for those who enrolled in 2012. Students enrolled in the schools of theatre and music pay over $33,430 in annual tuition. Graduate and part-time students are billed by the credit hour, based on their program.

To help students cover these costs, DePaul University administers a number of financial aid opportunities. In addition to federal and state-based grants, the school awards the DePaul University grant to students who have a clear financial need. All freshman enrollees are immediately considered for any internal scholarship, based on academic achievements, leadership abilities or community service records. Scholarships for raw talent are based on an interview, audition or portfolio.

School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Certificates, bachelor's, master's, doctorates*
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic*
Academic Calendar Quarters**
School Setting Large city*
Student Body 16,384 undergraduates and 9,014 graduate students in 2011*
Student Housing Room for approximately 2,800 students across 16 residence halls and apartments**
Schools and Programs Over 275 graduate and undergraduate programs in ten different schools**
Student-Faculty Ratio 17 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: General Studies (285)
Master's: Business Administration and Management (626)
Doctorate: Law (320)
Certificate: Family Practice Nurse/Nursing (10)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 43% four years
63% six years
66% in eight years*
Admission Rate 64% in 2011*
Entering Class Size 2,458 in fall 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 86% (full-time students)*
Average ACT Score of Admitted Students 25.4**
Application Due Date November 15 for Early Action
February 1 for regular notification**
Decision Notification Date January 15 for Early Action
March 15 for regular notification**
Tuition (2012) $31,650 per year for full-time students
$33,440 per year for full-time for music and theatre students
$31,970 for business and computing and digital media matriculates in at least their junior years**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Grant or scholarship aid (67%), Pell grants (37%), federal student loans (60%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 91% in 2010-2011*

Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics; **DePaul University.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, DePaul University, One East Jackson Boulevard, Suite 9000, Chicago, IL 60604
  • Phone: (312) 362-8000
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