Type of school: Private, selective, coeducational, residential undergraduate College of Liberal Arts and School of Music
Campus: Greencastle, Indiana; 45 minutes west of Indianapolis (12th-largest city in the US); includes a 520-acre nature park featuring the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics and the Barlett Reflection Center
53% female, 47% male
93% freshman-to-sophomore retention rate
Minority enrollment: 20%
International enrollment: 9%
Honor Scholar Program
Science Research Fellows
Athletics: DePauw is a member of the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC), a leader in NCAA Division III sports that includes Allegheny, Denison, Hiram, Kenyon, Oberlin, Ohio Wesleyan, Wabash, Wittenberg, and Wooster. DePauw won the NCAC All-Sports trophy in 2017.
Field Hockey W
Swimming & Diving M/W
Track & Field (indoor and outdoor) M/W
At DePauw, you are the author of your liberal arts story. You enter our community of roughly 2,200 students from 42 states and 43 foreign countries a curious first-year student and leave a transformed alum. You navigate the waters all four years, deciding which community service organization you’re going to join, which off-campus Winter Term program you’re going to participate in, and in which country you’re going to spend a semester abroad.
During your four years at DePauw, you will create your own journey, choosing from 45 majors, five Honor Scholar and Fellows Programs, or three degree programs within our School of Music. We encourage you to explore new ideas, to hone your critical reasoning and communication skills in an environment where the student-faculty ratio is 10:1. This means more, not less, is expected of you in the DePauw classrooms.
DePauw offers five unique Honor Scholar and Fellows Programs for academically motivated students to enhance their educational experiences and gain a deeper understanding for the interdisciplinary nature of the liberal arts education. From business to science and media to history, the programs allow students to add another layer to their educational story.
Honor Scholar Program is open to students from all majors where the goal is to develop communication and collaborative skills. Students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty members on a thesis by their senior year.
Management Fellows connects students interested in business and management with the best of a liberal arts education and real-world experiences. Graduates go on to become successful leaders at some of the world’s top public, private, and nonprofit enterprises.
Media Fellows features semester-long off-campus internships and a robust speaker series that encourages exploration of theory and practice of media, giving students insight into the evolving world of media.
Science Research Fellows prepares students to become top candidates for postgraduate study and a wide variety of careers in science by offering a minimum of three scientific research opportunities over the course of four years.
Environmental Fellows is designed for students who exhibit intellectual curiosity, high academic achievement, and a strong motivation to explore environmental issues. The program works hand-in-hand with the Sustainability Leadership Program.
Open Door ranks DePauw fourth in the nation for the number of students studying abroad during their collegiate years. Close to 500 students study abroad each year between semester-long and short-term programs. When students aren’t abroad, DePauw provides an equally global experience right in the heart of Indiana. The Ubben Lecture Series brings national and international leaders, entertainers, politicians, screenwriters, authors, and artists to campus throughout the year, giving students a chance to absorb worldly ideas from Greencastle. Past lecturers have included Malala Yousafzai, Leslie Odom Jr., David Cameron, Peyton Manning, Spike Lee, Bill Clinton, and Jane Goodall.
Outside of the academics and international experiences, DePauw’s Hubbard Center plays a vital role to any DePauw journey. The Hubbard Center supports students by facilitating experiential learning experiences ranging from internships to study abroad to research opportunities. Because of its resources and its one-stop-shop nature, 94% of DePauw’s students are employed, have landed fellowship opportunities, or have been admitted into a postgraduate program within six months of graduation. The Hubbard Center helps students as they start down their next path: life after DePauw.
School of Music
Located in the stunning Judson and Joyce Green Center for the Performing Arts, the School of Music provides well-balanced opportunities for students to refine their musical skills while developing their abilities to think and reason. Over 200 performances occur each year. Program offerings include Music Performance, Music Education, Music with a second major, and Music with a business emphasis.