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DePaul University provides students with a nationally respected, hands-on education through personal attention, broad-based liberal studies, and an integrated service learning approach. 

More than 150 undergraduate programs of study combine practical experience with current theory, preparing students for both immediate and long-term success.

Located in the heart of Chicago, DePaul offers students unparalleled access to internships and learning opportunities with many of America’s top corporations and cultural institutions. Students build on those experiences through honors courses, service trips, and study abroad programs in over 40 countries.

DePaul is the only one of the nation’s 12 largest private universities with a primary emphasis on teaching. DePaul provides a highly interactive learning environment through expert instruction, small class sizes, and real-world projects. Ninety-eight percent of classes are taught by faculty members. The University is regularly recognized in publications such as The Princeton Review and U.S.News & World Report for the diversity and happiness of its student body.

Outside the classroom, you have your choice of participating in any of the University’s 300 student organizations, ranging from sports and special interest to politics and pre-professional groups. You can join the Blue Crew and cheer on the Blue Demons as they compete in 15 sports in the highly competitive Big East Conference.

And, of course, there is Chicago, with renowned museums; world-class theatre, music, and sports; a wide range of great restaurants; and outdoor events in its many parks and on the lakefront. During the spring and summer, the city comes alive with fairs, concerts, tours, ethnic festivals, and outdoor fun.

As a DePaul student, you’ll be connected to more than 165,000 alumni—108,000 in the Chicago metropolitan area alone—who form a vibrant network as they pursue careers, service, and lifelong learning. DePaul graduates can be found in all 50 states and approximately 80 countries.

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DePaul has eight traditional undergraduate colleges and schools based at two primary campuses in Chicago’s Loop and Lincoln Park neighborhood.
The College of Science and Health offers innovative curricula and research opportunities with a dedicated focus on science and health paths. In fall 2012, DePaul launched an alliance with Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. 
The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences regularly launches new and revised degree programs. Recent additions include Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies; Islamic World Studies; and Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse.
The Driehaus College of Business is known for its entrepreneurship and real estate expertise as well as its top-ranked undergraduate business program.
The College of Communication, located
at the Loop Campus, is known for incorporating digital technologies throughout its curriculum, state-of-the-art facilities, and its partnership with DePaul’s digital cinema program.
The College of Computing and Digital Media, one of the nation’s largest and most innovative information technology programs, includes leading courses in computer game development, computer science, and information assurance.
The College of Education is recognized for its success in preparing teachers for multicultural classrooms and its strategic partnerships with Chicago Public Schools. DePaul now offers a special education degree program.
The School of Music is a premier program whose distinguished faculty include many members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
The Theatre School is one of America’s oldest and most respected conservatory programs. It offers 12 highly structured majors with individualized attention to prepare students for practical experience in the world of theater. A new theater building opened in 2013.

DePaul University: At A Glance


DePaul University is the largest private Catholic institution in America, founded by the Vincentian order in 1898. It is an urban university reflecting a wide range of ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds among its student body.

Chicago; with its world-class theatre, music, and sports, this energizing city is an integral part of the educational, cultural, and social experience at DePaul.

Undergraduate Students: 16,153
Graduate and Law Students: 7,646
Total Enrollment: 23,799

2014 Freshman Profile
Applications: 19,533
Class Size: 2,458 students
Gender: 60% female, 40% male
Ethnicity: 60% Caucasian, 18% Hispanic/Latino, 6% African American, 9% Asian/Pacific Islander, 7% other/unknown
Geographic Origin: 42% Chicago suburbs, 18% Chicago, 37% out of state, 3% from elsewhere in Illinois

Personal Attention
Ninety-eight percent of all undergraduate classes have fewer than 40 students. Student-faculty ratio is 17:1. Faculty at DePaul focus on teaching, giving each student individualized attention.

Awards and Rankings
• In 2011, The Princeton Review recognized DePaul as one of the top 20 Great College Towns, the only Illinois college or university receiving that distinction.
• In 2013, Bloomberg Businessweek ranked DePaul’s Driehaus College of Business the highest-ranked program in Chicago and the second-highest ranked in Illinois.
• In 2013, Affordable Colleges Online ranked DePaul as a top college in Illinois for return on investment.
• In 2012, U.S.News & World Report ranked DePaul in the top 10 schools that produce the most internship opportunities for students.
Academic Calendar
DePaul’s academic calendar operates on a quarter system. The three 10-week terms allow you to take fewer classes at a time but a greater variety of classes over the course of the year.
Fall Quarter: September to November
Winter Quarter: January to March
Spring Quarter: March to June
Summer Quarter: June to August*
* Summer Quarter is optional.

Honors Program
The University Honors Program is an interdisciplinary curriculum that combines a rigorous liberal arts education with the cultural resources of Chicago. Supported by dedicated faculty and mentors, students in the program hone their critical-thinking skills, challenge themselves to excel academically, and deepen their self-knowledge. Admission to the University Honors Program is selective; students will be invited to apply upon admission to DePaul.

Study Abroad
DePaul’s many study abroad programs enable students to expand their world-view while living and learning in a foreign country for one or more quarters. Some options include Beijing, China; Budapest, Hungary; Istanbul, Turkey; Osaka, Japan; Paris, France; and Rome, Italy. And, as a freshman, you can participate in first-year study abroad programs, which offer students the chance to travel to Jordan, Ireland, or Mexico.

Programs of Study
With more than 150 undergraduate programs of study (from majors and minors to concentrations and certificates), we’ve got the degree you’re looking for. For more information about specific programs offered by each college, go to

Student Organizations
With more than 300 groups on campus, student organizations are an integral part of student life at DePaul.

NCAA Division I; the Blue Demons compete in the Big East Conference.