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DePauw University Overview

DePauw University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Greencastle, Indiana. Greencastle is a good match for students who enjoy small-town life.

What Is DePauw University Known For?

595 Undergraduate Awards
$37,762 Avg Cost After Aid
67% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at DePauw may have an easier time interacting with their teachers since the student to faculty ratio at the school is 9 to 1.
  • Students at DePauw have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 2%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The bachelor's degree is the highest award offered at DePauw.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 87% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from DePauw makes roughly $54,000 a year. This is 32% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • On average, it takes about 4.1 years for students from DePauw to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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DePauw University Rankings

According to our 2021 analysis, DePauw is ranked #67 out of 2,320 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. DePauw also holds the #3 spot on the Best Colleges in Indiana ranking.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#42 Best 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 DePauw.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Neurobiology & Neurosciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Communication & Media Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best General Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#49 Best Anthropology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#50 Best Economics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#67 Best Political Science & Government Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

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

Rank Ranking Name Source
#5 Best Colleges for Communication & Media Studies College Factual
#10 Best Value Colleges for Economics College Factual
#24 Best Colleges for General Biology College Factual
#27 Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#41 Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual
#75 Best Value Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual

Where Is DePauw University?

Location of DePauw University

Contact details for DePauw are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 313 S Locust St, Greencastle, IN 46135-1772
Phone: 765-658-4800

How Do I Get Into DePauw?

You can apply to DePauw online at:

Admission Requirements for DePauw

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank considered but not required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into DePauw?

67% Acceptance Rate
56% Of Accepted Are Women
56% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 67%, DePauw does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 44% of accepted students are men and 56% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 64%, and the acceptance rate for women is 70%.

Average Test Scores

About 56% of students accepted to DePauw submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 560 and 650. Math scores were between 550 and 680.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for DePauw University  ( 560 to 650 )

SAT Math Scores for DePauw University  ( 550 to 680 )
DePauw received ACT scores from 68% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 23 and 28. Math scores were between 23 and 30. Composite scores were between 24 and 29.

ACT English Scores for DePauw University  ( 23 to 28 )
ACT Math Scores for DePauw University  ( 23 to 30 )
ACT Composite Scores for DePauw University  ( 24 to 29 )

Can I Afford DePauw University?

$37,762 Net Price
45% Take Out Loans
2.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of DePauw is $37,762. 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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At DePauw, approximately 45% of students took out student loans averaging $5,498 a year. That adds up to $21,992 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at DePauw is 2.0%. 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.

DePauw University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,943 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,972 undergraduate students at DePauw, with 1,943 being full-time and 29 being part-time.

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

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,943 full-time undergraduates at DePauw, 48% are male and 52% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  DePauw

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of DePauw Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 67
Black or African American 111
Hispanic or Latino 185
White 1,241
International Students 264
Other Races/Ethnicities 75

Geographic Diversity

Indiana students aren't the only ones who study at DePauw University. At this time, 27 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 29 countries are represented at DePauw. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Vietnam, and Japan.

DePauw University Undergraduate Concentrations

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

Major Bachelor’s TOTAL
Economics 95 95
Communication & Media Studies 89 89
Computer Science 50 50
Writing Studies 26 26
Music 26 26
General Psychology 23 23
Political Science & Government 23 23
Public Health 22 22
Health & Physical Education 21 21
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 19 19
General Biology 19 19
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 19 19
Romance Languages 14 14
General English Literature 12 12
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 11 11
History 11 11
Mathematics 9 9
Natural Resources Conservation 9 9
Anthropology 9 9
General Education 8 8
Sociology 8 8
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 7 7
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 7 7
Fine & Studio Arts 7 7
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 6 6
Philosophy 6 6
Classical & Ancient Studies 5 5
Arts & Media Management 5 5
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 4 4
General Engineering 4 4
Area Studies 4 4
Religious Studies 4 4
Teacher Education Subject Specific 2 2
Ethnic Studies 2 2
Germanic Languages 2 2
Physics 2 2
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 2 2
Chemistry 1 1
Geological & Earth Sciences 1 1
Drama & Theater Arts 1 1
Classical Languages & Literature 0 0
Allied Health Professions 0 0
General Physical Sciences 0 0
Sociology & Anthropology 0 0
TOTAL 595 595


*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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