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Colleges / DePaul University

DePaul University

Chicago, IL 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate70%

DePaul Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into DePaul University. The acceptance rate at DePaul University is 70%. Last year, 31,785 students applied to DePaul University and 22,302 were admitted.

If you are planning on applying to DePaul University, the regular decision application deadline is February 1 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Students who apply to DePaul University for fall semester should anticipate a decision by March 15.

DePaul University Admissions Stats at a Glance

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

DePaul University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 28.5%
Mean SAT Score 1189
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 43%
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
Regular Decision Yes 2 1 March 15

Considering Applying Early to DePaul University?

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

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

DePaul University accepts roughly 84% of early action applicants and 70% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, DePaul University admitted 12,436 of the 14,837 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early to increase their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of acceptance, since it shows your interest in a school.

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

More on DePaul University Admissions

How Difficult Is It To Get Admitted to DePaul?

DePaul is a moderately difficult school to get into. DePaul evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2022, DePaul accepted 70% of students, around 22,302 from 31,785 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like DePaul, 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.

Transferring to DePaul University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to DePaul University

In 2022, DePaul University waitlisted 2,637 students and 699 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 78 eventually got off the waitlist.

What's Most Important for Getting Into DePaul University?

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

Admissions Factors at DePaul University

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

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

DePaul University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to DePaul University, all applicants must submit the following items. 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
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
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into DePaul University?

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

Out of all students that were admitted, 30.4% submitted a class rank. At DePaul University 28.5% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 58.5% were in the top 25% and 87.2% 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 37.72%
3.75 and 3.99 20.97%
3.50 and 3.74 15.01%
3.25 and 3.49 12.37%
3.00 and 3.24 6.93%
2.50 and 2.9 5.92%
2.00 and 2.49 1.08%

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 University 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 University has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 43% of DePaul University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application.

What is a Good SAT Score for DePaul University?

To be competitive with other DePaul University applicants, you should strive to earn between 1090 and 1290 (or higher!) on the SAT. At DePaul University 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 University student is 1189.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of DePaul University 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 University students scored 660 or higher, and 75% scored a 550 or higher.

More Information on 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

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

DePaul University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to DePaul University?

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

Does DePaul University accept transfer credits?

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

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES • Life Long Learning Credit

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

✅ DePaul University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to DePaul University?

❌ No, DePaul University is test optional, so you can make the call whether or not to include your standardized test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below 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 70%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at DePaul University?

❌ DePaul University does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at DePaul University?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at DePaul University was 84% 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 70%. This means that the institution accepts 70 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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1090 - 1290


Math SAT Range

520 - 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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