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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.

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, the nation’s 13th-largest private university, is primarily a teaching institution. 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 350 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 171,000 alumni—111,000 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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The College of Science and Health offers innovative curricula and research opportunities with a dedicated focus on science and health paths. As part of DePaul’s alliance with Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, the newly launched Early Opportunity Program offers select students the opportunity for an early admission decision into one of six professional programs, including pharmacy and physical therapy. 

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences offers a diverse range of opportunities for students, including creative writing, public policy, and sociology. It is also home to seven academic journals and three student publications.  

The Driehaus College of Business is known for its top-ranked undergraduate business program as well as its entrepreneurship expertise. The Princeton Review ranked DePaul in the top 25 of the country’s best academic institutions for undergraduate entrepreneurship education. 

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 animation, computer science, and game design. 

The College of Education is recognized for its success in preparing teachers for multicultural classrooms and its strategic partnerships with Chicago Public Schools, hospitals, and community agencies.

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. A new music building is scheduled to open in 2018.

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. In 2013 The Hollywood Reporter ranked The Theater School as the 17th-best drama school in the world. 

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: 15,961
Graduate and Law Students: 7,578
Total Enrollment: 23,539

2015 Freshman Profile
Applications: 19,628
Class Size: 2,519 students
Gender: 59% female, 41% male
Ethnicity: 59% Caucasian, 17% Hispanic/Latino, 7% African American, 8% Asian/Pacific Islander, 9% other/unknown
Geographic Origin: 29% Chicago suburbs, 26% Chicago, 43% out of state, 2% from elsewhere in Illinois 

Personal Attention
Ninety-eight percent of all undergraduate classes have fewer than 40 students. The student-faculty ratio is 16:1. 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 2015 U.S. News & World Report ranked DePaul among the nation’s Most Innovative Schools.  


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 350 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.