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DePaul University Overview

DePaul University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Chicago, Illinois. The location of DePaul is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

What Is DePaul University Known For?

3,522 Undergraduate Awards
$43,335 Avg Cost After Aid
72% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at DePaul is 4%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The highest award offered at DePaul is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 49% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from DePaul with a bachelor's degree make about $53,300 a year. That's 31% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • The average DePaul student graduates in 4.2 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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DePaul University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

DePaul has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#56 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#158 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at DePaul.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#4 Best Value Film, Video & Photographic Arts Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Value Real Estate Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Value Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Value Liberal Arts General Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Computer Systems Networking Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Value Taxation Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Most Popular Computer & Information Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Management Information Systems Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards DePaul has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#2 Best Colleges for Liberal Arts General Studies College Factual
#5 Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities College Factual
#13 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific College Factual
#21 Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences College Factual
#45 Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#57 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual

Where Is DePaul University?

Location of DePaul University

Contact details for DePaul are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1 E Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 312-362-8000
Website: https://www.depaul.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DePaulUniversity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DePaulU

How Do I Get Into DePaul?

You can apply to DePaul online at: https://www.depaul.edu/apply/Pages/default.aspx

Admission Requirements for DePaul

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into DePaul?

72% Acceptance Rate
61% Of Accepted Are Women
With an acceptance rate of 72%, DePaul may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 39% of accepted students are men and 61% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 69%, and the acceptance rate for women is 73%.

Can I Afford DePaul University?

$43,335 Net Price
62% Take Out Loans
4.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of DePaul is $43,335. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At DePaul, approximately 62% of students took out student loans averaging $6,816 a year. That adds up to $27,264 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at DePaul is 4.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

DePaul University Undergraduate Student Diversity

12,784 Full-Time Undergraduates
54% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 14,214 undergraduate students at DePaul, with 12,784 being full-time and 1,430 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  DePaul

There are also 7,850 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 12,784 full-time undergraduates at DePaul, 46% are male and 54% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  DePaul

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of DePaul University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of DePaul Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,398
Black or African American 902
Hispanic or Latino 2,446
White 6,709
International Students 449
Other Races/Ethnicities 880

Geographic Diversity

Illinois students aren't the only ones who study at DePaul University. At this time, 47 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 111 countries are represented at DePaul. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at DePaul University

1,835 Took All Classes Online
6,441 Took At Least One Class Online
1.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 3 bachelor’s degree and 14 master’s degree programs available online at DePaul. In 2017-2018, 6,441 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at DePaul has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 6th most popular in Illinois for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of DePaul

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at DePaul University was 1.1%. This is the #1,960 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at DePaul regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of DePaul majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Accounting 1%
Business, Management & Marketing 2%
Computer & Information Sciences 10%
Computer Information Systems 15%
Computer Science 14%
Computer Software & Applications 7%
Computer Systems Analysis 33%
Educational Administration 23%
Health Professions 7%
Information Science 12%
Medical Illustration & Informatics 67%
Nursing 5%
Public Administration 19%
Public Administration & Social Service 30%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at DePaul ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at DePaul.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Computer Systems Analysis #6
Taxation #11
Medical Illustration & Informatics #27
Computer Science #46
Information Science #51
Computer Software & Applications #63
Management Information Systems #66
Computer Programming #68
Public Administration #90
Communication & Media Studies #96
Information Technology #111
Communication & Journalism #145
Computer Information Systems #170
Public Administration & Social Service #199
Educational Administration #232
Computer & Information Sciences #375
Nursing #443

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

DePaul University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 0 69 0 494 12 575
Accounting 0 247 0 177 0 424
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 280 0 31 0 311
Public Relations & Advertising 0 267 0 36 0 303
Finance & Financial Management 0 254 0 34 0 288
Computer Science 0 121 0 125 0 246
Nursing 0 0 0 216 28 244
Marketing 0 175 0 56 0 231
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 170 0 47 0 217
Law 0 0 0 0 211 211
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 159 0 39 0 198
General Psychology 0 193 0 1 0 194
Health Sciences & Services 0 180 0 0 0 180
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 72 0 105 2 179
Communication & Media Studies 0 154 0 13 0 167
Information Science 0 24 2 119 0 145
Computer Software & Applications 0 15 4 99 0 118
Political Science & Government 0 99 0 0 0 99
Drama & Theater Arts 0 63 0 26 0 89
Music 0 36 5 47 0 88
General English Literature 0 69 0 15 0 84
Other Computer & Information Sciences 0 0 0 76 0 76
Public Administration 0 0 0 68 0 68
Computer Systems Networking 0 42 0 25 0 67
Information Technology 0 17 1 49 0 67
Student Counseling 0 0 0 66 0 66
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 64 0 64
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 23 1 39 0 63
Design & Applied Arts 0 61 0 2 0 63
Graphic Communications 0 34 0 28 0 62
Sociology 0 52 0 10 0 62
Journalism 0 40 0 21 0 61
Computer Information Systems 0 57 0 0 4 61
Management Information Systems 0 44 0 7 0 51
Taxation 0 0 0 48 0 48
Mathematics 0 41 0 7 0 48
General Biology 0 40 0 7 0 47
Computer Programming 0 33 0 10 0 43
Business/Managerial Economics 0 40 0 0 0 40
Legal Research 0 0 0 40 0 40
Special Education 0 7 0 32 0 39
International Relations & National Security 0 25 0 13 0 38
Writing Studies 0 8 0 29 0 37
History 0 26 0 10 0 36
Educational Administration 0 0 0 32 3 35
Hospitality Management 0 21 0 13 0 34
Computer Systems Analysis 0 0 0 33 0 33
Public Policy 0 16 0 17 0 33
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 19 10 29
Natural Resources Conservation 0 26 0 0 0 26
Economics 0 26 0 0 0 26
Social Work 0 0 0 26 0 26
Fine & Studio Arts 0 18 0 0 0 18
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 0 17 0 0 0 17
Physics 0 12 0 5 0 17
Applied Mathematics 0 0 0 16 0 16
Statistics 0 0 0 16 0 16
Philosophy 0 12 0 0 4 16
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 15 0 0 0 15
Real Estate 0 7 0 8 0 15
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 0 15 0 15
Public Health 0 0 0 15 0 15
Chemistry 0 9 0 6 0 15
Area Studies 0 14 0 0 0 14
Ethnic Studies 0 8 0 6 0 14
Arts & Media Management 0 12 0 2 0 14
Anthropology 0 13 0 0 0 13
Romance Languages 0 10 0 2 0 12
Architectural History 0 11 0 0 0 11
Geography & Cartography 4 7 0 0 0 11
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 2 6 2 10
Mathematics & Computer Science 0 10 0 0 0 10
Health & Physical Education 0 9 0 0 0 9
Multilingual Education 0 0 0 7 0 7
Education Philosophy 0 0 0 6 0 6
Urban Studies 0 0 0 6 0 6
Other Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 0 0 5 0 5
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 0 4 1 5
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 4 0 4
Teaching English or French 0 0 3 0 0 3
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 0 2 0 1 0 3
Criminology 0 3 0 0 0 3
Germanic Languages 0 1 0 1 0 2
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 0 0 0 2 0 2
East Asian Languages 0 0 0 1 0 1
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 1 0 0 0 1
Religious Studies 0 1 0 0 0 1
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 0 1 0 0 1
General Business/Commerce 0 0 0 0 0 0
International Business 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Sales & Marketing 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Health Professions 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Social Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 4 3,518 19 2,605 277 6,423

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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