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Depaul University Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Depaul University, the regular decision application deadline is February 1 and the application fee costs $0. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply for Fall should hear back from Depaul University by March 15.

Considering Applying Early to Depaul University?

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

Mark your calendar! The Early Action deadline is November 15, which is coming up fast! Depaul University will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15. Depaul University accepts about 81% of early action applicants* and 70% all applicants for all deadlines.. Last year, Depaul University admitted 11,576 of the 14,335 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into DePaul University

Depaul University is amoderately difficult school to get into. Depaul University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Depaul University **accepted 70% of students, around 19,575 of the 27,869 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Depaul University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT. Admissions to University’s Honor Program, admission to Music & Theatre programs, Pathways Honors Program, Strobel Accountancy Honors Program is program very difficult.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult. Depaul University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Depaul University Look For in an Applicant?

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

Admissions Factors at Depaul University

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

Depaul University 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Depaul University must submit the following items. Double check with Depaul University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School Gpa (On 4.0 Scale) 2.3 2.75 3
Other Requirements audition/interviews required for School of Music and Theatre School applicants, portfolio and creative statement required for animation majors
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Depaul University?

Students admitted to Depaul University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At DePaul University, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
3.75 and 3.99 19.08%
3.50 and 3.74 18.06%
3.25 and 3.49 14.44%
3.00 and 3.24 9.32%
2.50 and 2.9 6.17%
2.00 and 2.49 0.98%
Depaul University does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Depaul University 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 2021, 72% of Depaul University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application.

What's a Good SAT Score for Depaul University?

To be competitive with other Depaul University applicants, you should strive to earn between 1070 and 1280 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Depaul University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1280 and 25% of scored lower than 1070, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Depaul University student is 1171.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Depaul University students scored 640 or higher and 75% of students scored 530 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Depaul University students scored 640 or higher, and 75% scored a 530 or higher.

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Transferring to DePaul University

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

Transfer students can enroll in Depaul University during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term Winter Term Summer Term

Depaul University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Depaul University?

Students who are admitted to Depaul University must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..

Does Depaul University accept transfer credits?

Depaul University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Depaul University accepts:

Life Long Learning Credit ACE recommendations for credit

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

Depaul University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Depaul University?

No, Depaul University is test optional, so you can decide whether to send your ACT or SAT scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

What is Depaul University's acceptance rate?

Depaul University's acceptance rate is [rate]%.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Depaul University?

The early action acceptance rate at Depaul University was 81% in 2021.

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Depaul University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Depaul University? Depaul University is a somewhat selective institution. The Depaul University acceptance rate is 70%. This means that the institution accepts 70 out of every 100 applicants.



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Depaul University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

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

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Depaul University is Continuous processing.

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

1070 - 1280


Math SAT Range

530 - 640


Reading SAT Range

530 - 640

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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Depaul University students is 1171. Applicants with SAT scores of 1280 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Depaul University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1070 to 1280 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1070 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Depaul University.

Depaul University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Depaul University, 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.

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