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DePaul University

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

DePaul Admissions

Reach out to DePaul University's admissions department for any important information, including application fees.

Students who apply to DePaul for the fall semester should hear back from DePaul by March 15.

DePaul Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of DePaul's admissions stats.

DePaul 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 30%
Mean SAT Score 1189
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 39%
Waitlist Yes

DePaul University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for DePaul University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action Yes November 15 December 15

Considering Applying Early to DePaul?

DePaul does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 15. DePaul will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.

DePaul accepts roughly 78% of early action applicants and 69% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, DePaul admitted 11,573 of the 14,931 who applied early action.

➡️ Find a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on DePaul University Admissions

Transferring to DePaul University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to DePaul

DePaul has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does DePaul Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at DePaul

What does DePaul consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Class Rank Important
Work Experience Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Talent/Ability Important
Volunteer Work Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Considered
State Residency Considered

Make sure to check with DePaul for more information on admission factors.

DePaul 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to DePaul, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with DePaul's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements Audition/interviews required for School of Music and Theatre School applicants. Animation majors must submit portfolio and creative statement.
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into DePaul?

Students admitted to DePaul have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Out of all students that were admitted, 30% submitted a class rank. At DePaul 30% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 60% were in the top 25% and 89% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At DePaul University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 37.46%
3.75 and 3.99 22.12%
3.50 and 3.74 17.12%
3.25 and 3.49 10.49%
3.00 and 3.24 6.49%
2.50 and 2.9 5.21%
2.00 and 2.49 1.07%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to DePaul directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

DePaul looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

DePaul is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 39% of DePaul's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application.

What is a Good SAT Score for DePaul?

To be competitive with other DePaul applicants, you should strive to score between 1090 and 1290 (or higher!) on the SAT. At DePaul 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1290 and 25% of scored lower than 1090, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a DePaul student is 1189.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of DePaul students scored 640 or higher and 75% of students scored 550 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of DePaul students scored 660 or higher, and 75% scored a 550 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for DePaul?

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More Information on Transferring to DePaul University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to DePaul. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in DePaul during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

DePaul Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to DePaul?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to DePaul.

Does DePaul accept transfer credits?

✅ DePaul accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. DePaul accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • Life Long Learning Credit

Does DePaul accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ DePaul accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to DePaul?

❌ No, DePaul is test optional, so you can make the call whether to send your ACT or SAT scores. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is DePaul's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for DePaul is 69%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at DePaul?

❌ DePaul does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at DePaul?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at DePaul was 78% in 2021.

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DePaul Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into DePaul? DePaul is a somewhat selective institution. The DePaul acceptance rate is 69%. This means that the institution accepts 69 out of every 100 applicants.


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

SAT Score

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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At DePaul, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.8. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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