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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?

12,886 Full-Time Undergraduates
$28,410 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.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest one a student can attain at DePaul.
  • 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.

DePaul University Rankings

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, DePaul is ranked #270 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. It is also ranked #11 out of 61 schools in Illinois.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that DePaul has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for DePaul

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 101
Best Colleges for Diversity 109
Best Colleges for Veterans 120
Best Colleges for International Students 154
Best Colleges 270
Best Colleges for the Money 891

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?

$28,410 Net Price
62% Take Out Loans
4.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of DePaul is $28,410. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for DePaul

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$24,170 $25,457 $25,607 $29,629 $33,989

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

12,886 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 14,816 undergraduate students at DePaul, with 12,886 being full-time and 1,930 being part-time.

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

There are also 7,953 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 12,886 full-time undergraduates at DePaul, 48% are male and 52% 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 1,271
Black or African American 892
Hispanic or Latino 2,424
White 6,965
International Students 481
Other Races/Ethnicities 853

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 Majors

In 2017-2018, DePaul University awarded 7,036 undergraduate degrees and 5,764 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 247 177 0
Anthropology 0 13 0 0
Applied Mathematics 0 0 16 0
Architectural History 0 11 0 0
Area Studies 0 14 0 0
Arts & Media Management 0 12 2 0
Business Administration & Management 0 69 494 12
Business/Managerial Economics 0 40 0 0
Chemistry 0 9 6 0
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 4 1
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 19 10
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 1 0 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 154 13 0
Computer Information Systems 0 57 0 4
Computer Programming 0 33 10 0
Computer Science 0 121 125 0
Computer Software & Applications 0 15 99 0
Computer Systems Analysis 0 0 33 0
Computer Systems Networking 0 42 25 0
Criminology 0 3 0 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 6 2
Design & Applied Arts 0 61 2 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 63 26 0
East Asian Languages 0 0 1 0
Economics 0 26 0 0
Education Philosophy 0 0 6 0
Educational Administration 0 0 32 3
Ethnic Studies 0 8 6 0
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 170 47 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 254 34 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 18 0 0
General Biology 0 40 7 0
General English Literature 0 69 15 0
General Psychology 0 193 1 0
Geography & Cartography 0 7 0 0
Germanic Languages 0 1 1 0
Graphic Communications 0 34 28 0
Health & Physical Education 0 9 0 0
Health Sciences & Services 0 180 0 0
History 0 26 10 0
Hospitality Management 0 21 13 0
Human Resource Management 0 0 64 0
Information Science 0 24 119 0
Information Technology 0 17 49 0
International Relations & National Security 0 25 13 0
Journalism 0 40 21 0
Law 0 0 0 211
Legal Research 0 0 40 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 280 31 0
Management Information Systems 0 44 7 0
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 159 39 0
Marketing 0 175 56 0
Mathematics 0 41 7 0
Mathematics & Computer Science 0 10 0 0
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 15 0
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 0 2 1 0
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 0 0 2 0
Multilingual Education 0 0 7 0
Music 0 36 47 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 26 0 0
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 15 0 0
Nursing 0 0 216 28
Other Computer & Information Sciences 0 0 76 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 4 0
Other Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 0 5 0
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 0 17 0 0
Philosophy 0 12 0 4
Physics 0 12 5 0
Political Science & Government 0 99 0 0
Public Administration 0 0 68 0
Public Health 0 0 15 0
Public Policy 0 16 17 0
Public Relations & Advertising 0 267 36 0
Real Estate 0 7 8 0
Religious Studies 0 1 0 0
Romance Languages 0 10 2 0
Social Work 0 0 26 0
Sociology 0 52 10 0
Special Education 0 7 32 0
Statistics 0 0 16 0
Student Counseling 0 0 66 0
Taxation 0 0 48 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 72 105 2
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 23 39 0
Urban Studies 0 0 6 0
Writing Studies 0 8 29 0
Total 0 7,036 5,210 554

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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