DePaul University

DePaul University Admissions and General School Information

DePaul University's two main campuses are situated in Chicago, IL, with four other in surrounding suburbs. The school offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in areas such as accounting, finance, computer science and early childhood education.

About DePaul University

DePaul University is one of the nation's ten largest private universities, with a current enrollment of more than 25,000 students including 16,000 undergraduates. It is also the nation's largest Roman Catholic university. Students can choose among 260 undergraduate and graduate degrees, many of which are nationally acclaimed. The school's two campuses in Chicago are found in the Lincoln Park and Loop neighborhoods, with four others in Naperville, O'Hare, Oak Forrest and Rolling Meadows.

Founded in 1898 by a religious community, DePaul was named after a 17th-century priest, Saint Vincent de Paul. The university has received several nation accolades, including a number one ranking from The Princeton Review in 2008 for being a great college town. Additionally, U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked the university's service learning program at the top of the America's best colleges ranking since 2004.

Admissions and Enrollment Information

Potential freshmen must send in a completed application, SAT or ACT scores, high school transcript and non-refundable application fee. The fee is cheaper if applicants apply to DePaul online rather than through paper application. Transfer students must submit a completed application, high school and college transcripts and non-refundable application fee. Music and theater applicants must also submit photo identification, three recommendations and schedule a portfolio review or interview.

Colleges of DePaul University

College of Communication

Recently relocated to DePaul's Loop campus, the College of Communication is the university's newest college, as it joined in 2007. The more than 1,400 students enrolled in the college can choose from five bachelor's or four master's degree programs. Areas of study available to students include television and film, advertising and public relations, communication and journalism. With several state-of-the-art facilities available, students have access to green screens, editing suites and a digital studio lab. Students are encouraged to partake in the internships available at nearby Chicago-area media outlets.

College of Commerce

DePaul's College of Commerce was established in 1912, is the tenth oldest business school in the country and the first business school to open at an American Catholic university. The school has accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, which is limited to a small number of business schools. Among some of the areas of study students can choose from, include undergraduate or graduate degrees in commerce, business administration, accounting and marketing.

College of Computing and Digital Media

Formerly the School of Computer Science, Telecommunications and Information Systems, this college was renamed in 2008 to reflect the changes in technology. The College of Computing and Digital Media contains 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students and is divided into two separate schools: the School of Computing and School of Cinema and Interactive Media. Located on the Loop campus, the college is one of the largest of its type in the country, offering students the latest in digital production equipment and numerous computer labs.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

As the oldest and largest college at DePaul, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is primarily housed at the Lincoln Park campus. It offers more than 40 undergraduate and 25 degree programs for its 5,400 undergraduate and 1,700 graduate students. Among the degrees offered include English, history, nursing, military science, applied statistics and social work.

School of Public Service

The School of Public Service was established as a part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1970 and became its own school in 2007. It encompasses 500 students, many of which come from a dozen foreign countries. Offering only master's degrees, the college has its classes at the Loop campus and teaches students practical management skills for those entering the public and nonprofit sectors.

College of Law

The College of Law enrolls around 1,000 students at its Loop campus, offering a Juris Doctor (J.D.), joint degree and graduate programs. In its 2010 edition, U.S. News & World Report ranked DePaul's College of Law as one of the nation's top 100 law schools. Additionally, two of the school's specialty programs, health law and intellectual property, were cited as the 13th best in their respective categories.

School of Education

Begun in 1911 as a department, DePaul's School of Education officially became a college in 1962. The college was accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in 1965, making DePaul's education program the first in the state to be NCATE-accredited. Today the college focuses on numerous aspects of education while working with more than 150 Chicago-area schools for student teaching purposes.

School for New Learning

The School of New Learning was created in 1972 to help students who are already in the working world. It was one of the first colleges in the nation to be created specifically for adult students. Its undergraduate courses are offered online or at four of DePaul's campuses while the graduate courses are all at the Loop campus. Students are also encouraged to learn outside the classroom from personal experience through internships.

School of Music

Situated at the Lincoln Park Campus, DePaul's School of Music has been part of the university since 1912. Within the school's seven-mile radius, students have access to more than 200 professional theater and music companies. Undergraduate programs include a Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science in Sound Recording Technology and Bachelor of Arts in Music. Also, there is a graduate degree program offered as a Master of Music.

The Theater School

Established in 1925 at the Goodman School of Drama, The Theater School joined DePaul in 1978 and is now the Midwest's oldest theater training conservatory. It is also considered to be one of the nation's top professional training programs. Students can choose from 15 areas of study, including several master's degree programs. Of the around 300 students enrolled in the school, they perform 40 productions annually in a variety of venues.

Contact Information

  • Address: 55 E. Jackson, Chicago, IL 60604
  • Phone Number: (312) 362-8000