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: 14,507
• Graduate and Law students: 7,930
• Total enrollment: 22,437
2018 Freshman Profile
• Applications: 21,613
• Class size: 2,575 students
• Gender: 59% female, 41% male
• Ethnicity: 52% Caucasian, 22% Hispanic/Latino, 6% African American, 10% Asian/Pacific Islander, 10% other/unknown
• Geographic origin: 47% Chicago suburbs or elsewhere in Illinois, 18% Chicago, 35% out of state
Ninety-eight percent of all undergraduate classes have fewer than 40 students. The student-faculty ratio is 15:1. Faculty at DePaul focus on teaching, giving each student individualized attention.
Awards and Rankings
• In 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked DePaul among the country’s best undergraduate Business programs.
• In 2017, Forbes named DePaul one of the nation’s “Best Value Colleges.”
• In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked DePaul among the nation’s “Most Innovative Schools.”
• In 2014, The Princeton Review recognized DePaul as one of the top 10 college towns, the only Illinois college or university receiving that distinction.
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.
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. Program specific Honors Programs are also available in Business and the sciences.
DePaul’s many study abroad programs enable students to expand their worldview 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 China, Ireland, Italy, Peru, Scotland, and many other countries.
Programs of Study
With more than 130 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 go.depaul.edu/majors.
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.
DePaul has eight traditional undergraduate colleges and schools based at two primary campuses in Chicago’s Loop and Lincoln Park neighborhoods.
• 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. First-year students with certain LAS majors also have the opportunity to be admitted into the BA/JD program, where they become law school students after three years of undergraduate education.
• 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 15 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 using Chicago—the third-largest media market—as its classroom.
• The College of Computing and Digital Media, with one of the nation’s largest and most innovative Information Technology programs, includes leading courses in animation, computer science, and film and television.
• 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 with distinguished faculty, including many members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. A new state-of-the-art music building opened 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 theatre. In 2015, The Hollywood Reporter ranked The Theatre School as one of the top 25 drama schools in the world.