|By A Midwestern Dad on Sunday, September 30, 2001 - 10:25 am: Edit|
Just starting this thread. Plan to add stuff from time to time.
|By Cubby on Sunday, September 30, 2001 - 09:22 pm: Edit|
Hey, AMD, thanks for bringing up DePauw. What's with frat membership there - US News has them at 77%, #3 in the country for highest percentage belonging to frats. I take it frats pretty much dominate social life there? Are there frats for different kinds of people, like non-jocks who study quite a bit?
|By A Midwestern Dad on Monday, October 01, 2001 - 02:23 pm: Edit|
I will try to find out today, if I have time to make it to the College Fair in our area - Depauw is coming. (By the way, thanks for fixing the spelling of 'Depauw' - I tried editing the 'Depaw' I had written originally, but the system wouldn't let me.)
They seem to be marketing pretty heavily. Since I created this thread, I had kind of soured on Depauw because I found out last night from a guidebook that Depauw has a heavy fraternity scene. However, I should find out the answer to the 'non-jocks who study quite a bit' question, before giving up on it. I also know a couple of people who went to Depauw. Thanks for suggesting it.
|By Roger (Roger) on Monday, October 01, 2001 - 02:56 pm: Edit|
I fixed the thread title, AMD. :-) Posters have 30 minutes to edit their own posts, by the way, so if you catch at typo right away you can click on 'edit' and fix it. I don't think that lets you change the title, though.
|By A Midwestern Dad on Monday, October 01, 2001 - 06:04 pm: Edit|
Sorry, I didn't make it clear that someone in College Confidential fixed the thread title - I knew that Cubby didn't fix the title. I was in a great hurry. Thanks for fixing it.
As you mentioned, the system didn't let me change the title - I caught the error right away.
By the way, I created the threads I have created, not because I have a lot of answers but because I would like as much information I can get.
|By Roger (Roger) on Monday, October 01, 2001 - 06:25 pm: Edit|
Darn, AMD, we were hoping that YOU would enlighten US!! ;-) Seriously, if you have any specific questions, or even some general ones, stick them up here and maybe someone will attempt an answer.
|By AMD on Monday, October 01, 2001 - 08:17 pm: Edit|
The young lady (a current Depauw student) I talked to at the College Fair said that there are eighty clubs which kids could use a a foundation for their social life and that if a kid is not self-conscious about not being Greek, he/she wouldn't have any problems. (I hope that I am paraphrasing her right.) She also said that the Greek % is coming down and that the college is consciously attempting to 'integrate' (or something like that).
|By Roger (Roger) on Monday, October 01, 2001 - 08:36 pm: Edit|
Wow, thanks for the first hand research - I wish all our visitors were so diligent in their attempts to get answers for fellow posters!
AMD, I regret to say that I inadvertently deleted your questions about LAC vs. State Honors programs, and whether going out of state to Michigan or Wisconsin is worth it. I was attempting to move the question to College Search:Small vs. Big Colleges and somehow blasted it into cyberspace. Sorry about that. I attempted to repost it there, but feel free to clarify. Ooops!
|By Cubby on Tuesday, October 02, 2001 - 02:54 pm: Edit|
Thanks for the info, AMD. I must admit I'm still kind of concerned about the prospects of a social life without a frat. I think probably it would be a better plan to find one with compatible members & hope I could get in.
|By A Junior at DePauw on Thursday, June 06, 2002 - 01:35 am: Edit|
I am in a fraternity at DePauw University. I love both DePauw and my fraternity. The greek system at DePauw is gargantuous, no doubt, but it's also different from the stereotype most people associate with the system. For one thing, I'm not a jock; I'm more of a "nerd" type. However, my fraternity tends to be pretty "jocky." This has made for an incredible experience of learning how to live and interact with different personalities. True, the system can be exclusive; but when anything is exclusive, it's inherently inclusive, and that's what has made my experience so valuable. And when they say there is a place for everyone, they really are right. I would say almost everyone is happy with his/ her greek chapter, even if he/she wasn't so sure at first. I have already gotten so much out of my fraternity that I couldn't have otherwise: life-long friends, a sense of belonging, leadership roles, community service opportunities, alumni networking, and a lot of fun - which is important in college. The fraternity system has gotten a bad reputation recently, and this has unfairly affected DePauw's reputation. If the negative stereotype results from minor consumption, then we deserve the reputation. But the fact is, that students drink at college regardless of a greek system. Lastly, I want to note that several of my friends at DePauw are not in chapters, but they still love the school. In fact, since the houses are almost always open to everyone, many of them party at my house on the weekends. So I ask you, first reconsider your notions about the greek system; and secondly, don't not consider DePauw because of its strong greek presence.
|By Dadster on Thursday, June 06, 2002 - 11:20 pm: Edit|
Good input, Junior... While we are dealing with stereotypes, how about the one that suggests that everyone at DePauw is from a wealthy family? I'm sure that's not the case, but are there a preponderance of rich kids there?
|By The same Junior at DePauw on Friday, July 12, 2002 - 04:48 pm: Edit|
DePauw is a rich school, meaning it has a huge endowment for a smaller school located in the middle of Indiana. The endowment is the result of wealthy, loyal alumni (which is the norm), and loyal friends of the University. In fact, the three most important donors to the University were not alumni (Washington C. DePauw, the namesake; Rector, who established a very generous scholarship program; and the Ruth Clark and Phillip F. Holton, who are the benefactors of the full-tuition scholarship I received. They actually attended the school, but transferred after one year.) Thus, the "rich-school" reputation is valid. However, because of its large endowment, DePauw is able to (and does) provide significant amounts in scholarship, thereby allowing students of the middle or even working class to attend DePauw. Much of the time, DePauw becomes less expensive than the huge state universities after taking into account both merit and need-based aid. But evenso, many of the students at DePauw are "rich." My best friend, in fact, is a millionaire who has a beach house in Naples. I, on the other hand, am from the middle class. The middle class is certainly the majority, but the fact remains that proportionally DePauw has many more "rich" students than most colleges. With all this said, it's probably also true that students at DePauw tend to be somewhat more "class-conscious."
|By Julia_525 (Julia_525) on Tuesday, February 10, 2004 - 06:09 pm: Edit|
DePauw's website has a merit scholorship indicator. All you need to do is put in your GPA and test scores - very generous. Visited there last year. Beautiful campus and facilities.
|By Nickster (Nickster) on Sunday, February 22, 2004 - 10:48 am: Edit|
I've been admitted and received a generous merit award, but haven't made a final decision yet between DePauw and 2 other schools. I'm visiting DePauw in March and I'm looking forward to it. They've sent terrific recruitment emails, kept me informed on the status of everything, and continue to act very interested, so I'm excited about getting to visit. Haven't been able to visit up until now because of numerous family and school conflicts, because we live 500 miles away. Sure sounds like a great school, though....
|By Nickster (Nickster) on Monday, February 23, 2004 - 11:40 am: Edit|
|By Nickster (Nickster) on Saturday, March 06, 2004 - 10:26 am: Edit|
Have any DePauw prospective students received word on scholarships such as LEAD, Holton, etc.? I know that Rectors were notified in Feb., but what about the others?
|By Nickster (Nickster) on Monday, March 15, 2004 - 07:02 am: Edit|
Anyone else on this board considering DePauw? Info on major scholarships (besides Rector, which was already announced), etc.?
|By Mom44 (Mom44) on Monday, March 15, 2004 - 02:30 pm: Edit|
My D's been accepted to DePauw and will be visiting later this month. She applied for both the LEAD and Bonner scholarships, but has yet to hear anything.
Just saw this on their site today regarding the Holton scholarships:
|By Nickster (Nickster) on Monday, March 22, 2004 - 04:58 pm: Edit|
Got a response on LEAD today - negative, unfortunately. I did get some additional $$$ from Holton, but still have to wait until parents figure out whether we can do it. Having a hard time justifying the additional expense, since I was offered a completely free ride to state U. Anyone have any input for me?
|By Fredo (Fredo) on Monday, March 22, 2004 - 10:21 pm: Edit|
My D was notified yes on a LEAD scholarship on 3/20 (didn't apply for any others). If finances are a big factor, I don't know that Depauw is worth the extra money, assuming that the extra is a "substantial" amount over the 4 years. But maybe it is worth it if you would be unhappy at the state U. If you can afford it, you should go where you would be happiest because that's probably where you'd do best.
|By Anngold (Anngold) on Friday, April 02, 2004 - 01:39 pm: Edit|
My D was named a Holton Memorial Scholar and received full tuition. She is visiting there for the first time in April, so I don't know yet if she will become a member of the class of 2008.
Mom44 and Nickster - Any feedback after the visits?
|By Nickster (Nickster) on Saturday, April 03, 2004 - 09:26 pm: Edit|
I was very impressed with the class sizes of the classes I visited, as well as with the friendliness of the students. I had heard that DePauw was a bit on the "snobby" side, but I didn't personally see it at all. I would definitely say DePauw is at the top of my list, but again, I'm still researching DePauw, one other LAC, and a state U. Got better financial aid at the others, and my big challenge is finances - I want to keep up my music, but not as a major. If I'm working my tail off to pay tuition, I won't have time to keep up the music lessons. But for quality - I definitely would have no problem recommending DePauw.
|By Delt08 (Delt08) on Saturday, May 01, 2004 - 10:15 pm: Edit|
|By Ledyana (Ledyana) on Tuesday, June 29, 2004 - 06:38 pm: Edit|
is frat still an issue in Depauw?
|By Fredo (Fredo) on Wednesday, July 07, 2004 - 10:50 am: Edit|
If you mean, is there still a large percentage of kids going Greek then the answer is yes. As much as the school would maybe like to lessen the negative impact of so much Greek life (read: drinking) it's going to be hard to make a dent when nearly 70% join frats and sororities. But from what I gather, parties are open, it's not hard to join and if you choose not to go Greek it's not the end of the world. It means you might be to "work" a little harder to find a niche group but I don't think the Greeks at Depauw are very "clique-ish." I'm sure some are but that's going to happen anywhere. When something like that is so inclusive, it is no longer exclusive (if that makes sense!).
|By Momofboys (Momofboys) on Wednesday, July 21, 2004 - 06:19 pm: Edit|
Both my husband and I went to DePauw and loved it. It is interesting to note that the majority of the friends we keep in touch with from DePauw ARE NOT from our respective fraternity and sorority. The group we studied abroad with are who we keep up with the most. Both my husband and I were extremely active at DePauw and so had friends at all houses on campus. The business program is wonderful if you are interested in business.
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