DePaul University

Chicago, IL

DePaul University

Chicago, IL

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Undergrad Health & Medicine

Health & Medicine Profile

Would you like to begin exploring your health care career as a freshman—perhaps even earn your professional degree a year early?

In DePaul University’s Pathways Program, you’ll learn how to prepare for admission to selective professional programs—including Medicine, Pathologists’ Assistant, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, and Podiatric Medicine—from faculty members who teach in them. 

The Pathways Program is part of the Alliance for Health Sciences between DePaul and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Our faculty members work together to design curricula that emphasize interprofessional collaboration and hands-on experience. Together, we’ll provide you with a strong undergraduate and liberal studies foundation, contemporary professional health education, and state-of-the-art medical training facilities.

You don’t have to declare your interest in a specialty when you begin; we let you explore your options to find the health career that’s best for you. Key undergraduate classes are taught or co-taught by faculty from Rosalind Franklin, exposing you to professional perspectives. Upper-level classes average 25 students or fewer. You’ll explore issues with classmates who are pursuing related careers, from direct patient care to hospital administration, preparing you to succeed in interprofessional practice settings.

You can pursue a traditional four-year program or an accelerated three-year option. If you’re accepted into the accelerated program, you’ll spend three years at DePaul then complete your undergraduate requirements at Rosalind Franklin while simultaneously beginning your graduate studies. You’ll save the time and expense of a year of study.

The newly developed Early Opportunity Program is open to select Pathways Program students pursuing three- or four-year degrees. The program offers early admission into one of six professional programs atRosalind Franklin: Medicine, Pharmacy, Podiatry, Physician Assistant, Pathologists’ Assistant, or Physical Therapy. It also includes a waiver for standardized entrance exam requirements (MCAT, PCAT, etc.). Admission opportunities occur after freshman, sophomore, or junior year.

You’ll make connections throughout Chicago, a world-class health care hub. And you’ll explore renowned museums; legendary theatre, music, and sports; great restaurants; and historic Lincoln Park. It’s time you found out more about DePaul.


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 early admission 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. Housed within the College is the newly formed Grace School of Applied Diplomacy, which takes a transprofessional approach to diplomacy and prepares students to apply the tools of diplomacy to international contexts and domestic challenges. 
The Driehaus College of Business is known for its top-ranked undergraduate Business program and entrepreneurship expertise. In 2019, The Princeton Review ranked DePaul’s Entrepreneurship program as #13 in the nation.
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 in the country—as its classroom. In 2018, DePaul was named #1 outstanding PR Education program of the year by PR Week.
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, includ
ing 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. 


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

Personal Attention
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.”
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. Program-specific Honors Programs are also available in business and the sciences.

Study Abroad
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

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.

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