Location: Chicago, Illinois
Type of Institution: Private
Academic Calendar: Quarter System (Full academic year is 3 quarters – Fall, Winter, and Spring -with an optional 4th quarter- Summer)
Early Action/Decision: Early Action Available
Application Deadline: Early Action – November 15th
Music and Theatre Schools – January 15th
Regular Decision – February 1st
Tuition & Fees: $39, 010 (2017-18 academic year)
Room & Board: $13, 797 (2017-18 academic year)
Scholarship Dollars Given Each Year: $28 Million+
Mascot: Blue Demons (portrayed by DIBS – Demon in Blue Suit)
Number of Colleges Offered by the University for Undergraduate: 9 (Top 3 choices in Fall 2107, Driehaus College of Business, College of Computing and Digital Media, and College of Science and Health)
Retention and Graduation Rates
First-Year Freshman Retention: 84%
Four-Year Graduation Rate: 60%
Six-Year Graduation Rate: 71%
DePaul University is the nation’s largest Catholic university, which was founded 1898 by Members of the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians). It has five campuses within the Chicagoland area, including Chicago’s Loop and Lincoln Park neighborhoods. This allows students to enjoy classes in a fast-paced business setting as well as a quiet neighborhood setting that students traditionally experience in small college towns. DePaul has 9 undergraduate colleges, some are exclusive to one campus while others offer courses on multiple campuses. Student housing options are offered at both main campuses. The Lincoln Park campus offers more traditional housing options, while the Loop campus offers the University Center. The University Center is a multi-college community residence hall for students at DePaul University, as well as students from Columbia College, Roosevelt University, and Robert Morris University. DePaul is a member of the NCAA Division I Big East Conference. In the Fall of 2017, DePaul’s men’s and women’s basketball teams found their new home at Chicago’s newly built Wintrust Arena.
A Student’s Prospective
As a student at DePaul University, I had the opportunity to meet some unique individuals, students as well as faculty and staff. I was able to learn in what some may say is a warm classroom setting due to the fact that the majority of the courses offered has less than 40 students enrolled, instead of a large lecture hall packed with over 100 students. There are many opportunities to be involved on campus with over 300 student organizations available and the option to create your own. During my time at DePaul, I had the pleasure of being a member and/or leader of several organizations such as the Black Student Union, where I served as the Director of Community Service.
While at DePaul, I developed a surrogate family. My fellow classmates and organization members became like my sisters and brothers walking alongside of me as I pursued my degree. We could be found studying in the library, hanging out in the Student Center, or at a campus event. The faculty and staff became like my aunts and uncles who encouraged me to keep pushing when I would feel like giving up and genuinely cared about my dreams and aspirations. Upon graduating from DePaul, that sense of family did not dissolve. I still interact with my DePaul family, whether it is working alongside my DePaul “sisters and brothers” in the non-profit sector, updating my favorite DePaul “aunts and uncles” on special milestones in my life and career, or having lunch with my DePaul “sisters” Anitra and Jaymee, to catch up on life in general.
*All data included in this article was retrieved from DePaul University’s website (www.depaul.edu). If you are interested in learning more about my experience at DePaul or are a Far’falla Girl interested in having me write a letter of recommendation for admission to DePaul, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.