DePaul University is the largest private Catholic institution in America, founded by the Vincentian order in 1898. It’s 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—is an integral part of the educational, cultural, and social experiences at DePaul.
• Undergraduate students: 14,214
• Graduate and Law students: 7,850
• Total enrollment: 22,064
2019 Freshman Profile
• Applications: 26,895
• Class size: 2,627 students
• Gender: 57% female 43% male
• Ethnicity: 52% Caucasian, 21% Hispanic, 7% African American, 11% Asian/Pacific Islander, 9% unknown
• Geographic origin: 44% Chicago suburbs or elsewhere in Illinois, 18% Chicago, 38% 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 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked DePaul among the nation’s “Most Innovative Schools.”
• In 2017, Forbes named DePaul one of the nation’s “Best Value Colleges.”
• In 2019, The Princeton Review named DePaul as one of the “Best Midwestern Colleges” in the United States.
• In 2019, U.S. News & World Report ranked DePaul among the country’s “Best National Universities.”
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. 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.