DePaul University.

DePaul University

Chicago, IL4 year degree
Acceptance rate

About DePaul University

DePaul University is a private Catholic research university in Chicago, Illinois. Founded by the Vincentians in 1898, the university takes its name from the 17th-century French priest Saint Vincent de Paul. In 1998, it became the largest Catholic university by enrollment in the United States. Following in the footsteps of its founders, DePaul places special emphasis on recruiting first-generation students and others from disadvantaged backgrounds.DePaul's two campuses are located in Lincoln Park and the Loop. The Lincoln Park Campus is home to the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Science and Health, and Education. It also houses the School of Music, the Theatre School, and the John T. Richardson Library. The Loop campus houses the Colleges of Communication, Computing and Digital Media, and Law, as well as the School of Public Service and the School for New Learning. It is also home to the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, which is part of the nationally ranked Driehaus College of Business, the tenth oldest business school in the nation. The Loop campus also houses the Loop Library, the Rinn Law Library, and the Barnes and Noble-based Student Center. DePaul is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity".The university enrolls around 14,500 undergraduates and about 7,900 graduate/law students. According to the Division of Student Affairs website, about 90% of DePaul's students commute or live off campus. The student body represents a wide array of religious, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds, including over 60 foreign countries.DePaul's intercollegiate athletic teams, known as the DePaul Blue Demons, compete in the Big East Conference. DePaul's men's basketball team has made 18 NCAA tournament appearances and appeared in two Final Fours. DePaul's softball team in 2019 had their third consecutive BIG EAST Tournament title and 21st NCAA Tournament appearance in program history under head coach Tracie Adix-Zins.


  • Offers certificate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 14,591 students
  • 0.25 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at DePaul University

Environmental Science
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Environmental Science, Biology, Neuroscience, Business, Accounting, Actuarial Science, Marketing, and Finance.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

15,506 students out of 21,613 applicants were accepted into DePaul University.

Tuition and costs

Undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the cost of tuition at DePaul University was $39,010. After taking into account the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for students was $56,275.

Financial aid available at DePaul University

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

81% of undergraduate students at DePaul University received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at DePaul University

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at DePaul University was of $13,797 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,104.

Diversity at DePaul University

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017