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DePaul University

Chicago, IL 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate69%
Acceptance Rate69%

About DePaul

DePaul University Overview

DePaul University is a private, religious school in the city of Chicago, Illinois. DePaul was founded in 1898 and the school now enrolls around 21,670 students per year, including 14,294 undergrad students. DePaul offers on-campus housing for up to 2,719 students. Most students live in off campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2023 is February 1. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should receive admissions decisions by March 15.

There are many ways for students to get involved at DePaul!

Are you interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of DePaul's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? DePaul students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in Greek life? DePaul has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? DePaul has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at DePaul on the Student Life page.

2022 DePaul Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Other
Overall Acceptance Rate 69%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate 78%
Average GPA 3.8
Applicants Submitting ACT scores 78%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 39%
Tuition $42,189
Percent of Need Met 68%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $28,856

Is DePaul a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a look at these factors to get a clearer sense of what DePaul offers and if the college could be a good fit for you.

DePaul Acceptance Rate 2022

DePaul is moderately difficult to get into. The university admitted 69% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 32,075 students applied to DePaul and 22,274 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at DePaul

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Around 84% of students who start at DePaul come back the next year. Around 70% of students who started at DePaul earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook DePaul Graduates

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from DePaul by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads.

The average starting salary for recent DePaul grads is $55,000 a year. Average starting salaries vary by discipline, but the average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year.

DePaul University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

DePaul's endowment was valued at $956.9 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. The school spends $12,060 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at DePaul

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

DePaul meets 68% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend DePaul full-time are awarded $28,856 a year in financial aid, on average.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $28,292 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.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at DePaul.

Based on this information, how does DePaul sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is DePaul a good school for you?

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Where is DePaul?

DePaul is located in the urban setting of Chicago, Illinois, less than an hour from Chicago.

If you would like to see DePaul for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 90/94 to Chicago, or book a flight to the nearest airport, O'Hare International, Chicago Midway.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what DePaul and Chicago are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1 East Jackson Boulevard Chicago, IL 60604-2287

Campus Setting: Urban

DePaul Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

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

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to DePaul is Continuous processing.

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

DePaul ACT Scores


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DePaul SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1090 - 1290


Math SAT Range

530 - 640


Reading SAT Range

550 - 660

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

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Estimated Chance

1290 and Above


1090 to 1290


1090 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for DePaul students is 1189. Applicants with SAT scores of 1290 and above have a good chance of being admitted to DePaul, while applicants with SAT scores between 1090 to 1290 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1090 have a low chance of being offered a spot at DePaul.

DePaul Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at DePaul is like? There are approximately 21,670 students enrolled at DePaul, including 14,294 undergraduate students and 7,376 graduate students. 91% 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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