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About Depaul University

DePaul University is a private, religous school located in the urban setting of Chicago, IL, less than an hour from Chicago.

Founded in 1898, the institution currently enrolls around 21,922 students a year, including 14,145 undergrads. The institution runs on a quarter academic calendar.

Depaul University's endowment was valued at $751,412,000 in 2021. The school spends $12,889 for each full-time student enrolled.

Admissions Facts About Depaul University

Acceptance rate: 70%

Average GPA: 3.8

Mean SAT score: 1171

Does not offer early decision.

Offers early action.

Get ready! The 2022 regular decision application deadline for Depaul University is February 1

All regular decision applicants should hear back March 15.

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Depaul University Acceptance Rate 2021

Admission to Depaul University is moderately difficult. Depaul University accepts around 70 percent of applicants each year. Out of 27,869 applications received, 19,575 students received an admissions offer.

The average high school GPA for a student at Depaul University is 3.8 on a 4.0 scale. The mean composite SAT score is 1171.

Depaul University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

Is Depaul University a good school?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Depaul University, around 83 percent return for their sophomore year. Out of the 2,540 students who started at Depaul University as first-time freshman, 1,473 graduate within four years.

Depaul University's six-year graduation for undergrads is 71 percent. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. In 2020, students graduated with an average of $30,330 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Depaul University sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So the real question to ask yourself: is Depaul University a good school for YOU?

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Depaul University's application deadline is February 15. All applicants will receive an admissions decision by March 15.

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College Info

1 East Jackson Boulevard Chicago, IL 60604-2287

Campus Setting: Urban

Depaul University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Depaul University is Feb 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Depaul University is Jul 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Depaul University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1080 - 1280


Math SAT Range

530 - 640


Reading SAT Range

540 - 650

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1280 and Above


1080 to 1280


1080 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Depaul University students is 1183. Applicants with SAT scores of 1280 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Depaul University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1080 to 1280 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1080 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Depaul University.

Depaul University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Depaul University is like? There are approximately 22,064 students enrolled at Depaul University, including 14,214 undergraduate students and 7,850 graduate students. 90% percent of students attend school full-time, 75% percent are from IL and 25% percent of students are from other states.


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