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DePauw University

Greencastle, IN 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate65%
Acceptance Rate65%

About Depauw University

DePauw University is a small, Midwestern liberal arts institution dedicated to creating leaders the world needs. The university’s steadfast belief that the liberal arts and sciences develop well-rounded, capable individuals is demonstrated in its Gold Commitment. Students are career-oriented, eager to take on rigorous classwork and enthusiastic about real-world experiences; 90% of students serve internships or study off-campus/abroad. The campus is 100% residential, enhancing the sense of community and camaraderie that develops in the classroom, and 63% of DePauw students participate in the Greek system, creating lifelong connections. More than 26% of students participate in at least one of 23 Division III athletic teams. The combination of demanding academics, supportive faculty and staff members, consequential cocurricular experiences and an inclusive community results in a life of meaning and means among graduates.

DePauw University Overview

DePauw University is a private, religious school in a small town setting in Greencastle, Indiana. Depauw University was founded in 1837 and enrolls 1,724 undergrads and no graduate students. Depauw University provides on-campus housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to Depauw University for Fall 2023 is February 1.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Depauw University!

Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Depauw University's theater groups.

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

Interested in joining a fraternity or sorority? Depauw University has both fraternities and sororities.

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

2022 Depauw University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar 4-1-4 (2 long terms separated by a month-long mini-term)
Overall Acceptance Rate 65%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 67%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Average GPA 4.0
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 43%
Tuition $54,400
Percent of Need Met 87.6%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $44,011

Is Depauw University a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a better sense of what Depauw University offers and if it could be the right college for you.

Depauw University Acceptance Rate 2022

Depauw University is moderately difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at Depauw University is 65%. Last year, 5,695 students applied to Depauw University and 3,683 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Depauw University

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

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Depauw University, around 88% come back the next year. Depauw University's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 83%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook Depauw University Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with Depauw University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Depauw 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.

As of 2022, the total market value of DePauw University's endowment was $801.7 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, Depauw University spends about $22,059 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Depauw University

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

Depauw University meets 87.6% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $44,011 a year.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $26,761 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 asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Depauw University.

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

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Where is Depauw University?

Depauw University is located in the small town setting of Greencastle, Indiana, less than an hour from Indianapolis.

If you would like to see Depauw University for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 70 to Greencastle, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Indianapolis International.

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

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College Info

Depauw University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jun 1

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

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Depauw University is Jun 1.

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

Depauw University ACT Scores


ACT Range

24 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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31 and Above


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Depauw University is 27. Students with an ACT score of 31 and above have a good chance of getting into Depauw University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 24 and 31 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 24 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Depauw University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1180 - 1400


Math SAT Range

580 - 740


Reading SAT Range

580 - 680

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1400 and Above


1180 to 1400


1180 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Depauw University students is 1245. Applicants with SAT scores of 1400 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Depauw University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1180 to 1400 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1180 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Depauw University.

Depauw University Tuition & Fees

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Wondering what life at Depauw University is like? There are approximately 1,724 students enrolled at Depauw University. 99% percent of students attend school full-time, 43% percent are from IN and 57% percent of students are from other states.


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