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DePaul University

United States


DePaul University is a private university in Chicago, Illinois in the United States. It has been ranked as one of the Best National Universities by U.S News & World Report, as well as one of the nation's Best Value Colleges by a report in Forbes in 2017. The University is split across two campuses in the centre of the city - Lincoln Park Campus, close to Lake Michigan, and Loop Campus in Chicago's largest business district.

DePaul offers over 300 undergraduate and postgraduate programs, and boasts small classrooms – with an average student to faculty ratio of 15:1 to ensure that everyone receives the attention they deserve.

In their spare time, students can get involved with over 350 student organisations, ranging from sports clubs to specialist interest groups, as well as community service initiatives and professional development.

Students come from all over the world to study at DePaul University, which is very proud of its international population.

After graduation, 92% of students go on to find employment or further education within six months of leaving DePaul. There is also a Careers Centre, with career counsellors available to chat to, each specialising in a different subject area. Students can also get help online, with everything from CV writing tips to interview skills.

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What's new

What's new

The Second City and DePaul University have announced a collaboration designed to expand comedy education. Starting in the upcoming fall semester, DePaul’s School of Cinematic Arts will offer comprehensive new undergraduate and graduate degrees in comedy filmmaking:

  • Master of Fine Arts in screenwriting with a concentration in comedy
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in film and television with a concentration in comedy filmmaking
  • Minor in comedy filmmaking

Students will attend classes at The Second City, as well as within DePaul’s expansive studio and classroom facilities at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, where network dramas “Empire,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago P.D.” and “Chicago Med” regularly shoot. Classes offered to DePaul students will include:

  • DNA of The Second City
  • Evolution of Comedy
  • Comedy Improvisation for Filmmakers
  • The Comedy Director at Work
  • Second City

"Second City has been nurturing comedic talent in Chicago for nearly 60 years. Two years ago, in starting the Harold Ramis Film School, we successfully expanded our approach to attracting and developing nascent screenwriters and directors. By partnering with DePaul, we will now have the opportunity to teach an even broader range of student’s comedy in an accredited environment," said Second City CEO Andrew Alexander.

“Together, DePaul and Second City will merge the crafts of comedy storytelling and filmmaking into the most comprehensive program of its kind. The curriculum will give students the opportunity to create, develop and showcase their comedic writing and directing from the script to the screen,” said Gary Novak, director of DePaul’s School of Cinematic Arts.

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The following are some of the distinctions achieved by DePaul University in recent times:

  • Ranked among the Best National Universities, U.S. News & World Report (2018)
  • Named one of the Best Midwestern Colleges in the U.S., The Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges (2018)
  • Among the Forbes Best Mid-Size Employers (2017)


  • 28th undergraduate school for video game design, The Princeton Review (2019)
  • 7th game design program in the nation, Animation Career Review (2018)
  • 14th animation program in the nation, Animation Career Review (2018)
  • Top 10 graduate schools to study video game design, The Princeton Review (2017)


  • 22nd best undergraduate entrepreneurship program in the nation, The Princeton Review (2019)
  • Among the country’s best undergraduate business programs, U.S. News & World Report (2018)
  • 20th MBA entrepreneurship program in the nation, The Princeton Review (2018)
  • Doctorate in Business Administration ranked among the world's premier DBAs, CEO Magazine (2018)


  • 13th best film school in the nation, The Hollywood Reporter (2018)
  • Top 50 film schools in the U.S., The Wrap (2017)

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Schools and Colleges

Schools and Colleges

DePaul University’s Schools and Colleges include:

College of Communication

Students can pursue communication studies including media and cinema studies, multicultural, organizational, and relational communication digital communication health communication sports communication journalism or public relations and advertising.

College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM)

CDM offers students a collaborative education where technology, artistry and business intersect. CDM is organized into three schools:

  • The School of Cinematic Arts
  • The School of Computing
  • The School of Design

College of Education

The College offers degree programs in bilingual/bicultural education counselling curriculum studies early childhood education educational leadership, and world language education.

College of Law

The DePaul College of Law’s health law and intellectual property programs are among the best in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report.

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (LAS)

LAS offers more than 30 undergraduate and 27 graduate degree programs.

College of Science and Health (CSH)

CSH provides multiple undergraduate majors and graduate programs in the areas of biology, chemistry and biochemistry, environmental science, health sciences, mathematics, neuroscience, nursing, physics and psychology.

The Theatre School

Known for its highly structured program and set in a world-renowned theatre city, the School has earned a reputation as a standard of excellence in American professional theatre training.

Driehaus College of Business

The College provides access to the highest-quality business education as a means for achieving intellectual and professional goals.

Kellstadt Graduate School of Business

The Kellstadt Graduate School of Business prepares students to be leaders by frequently updating its programs to keep pace with the dynamics of global business.​​

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Undergraduate admissions

Students educated outside the U.S. for secondary school (high school) are required to submit an exam score that meets our English proficiency requirement.

If the English proficiency scores are below the minimum requirement, students might be considered for Conditional Admission.

Students can demonstrate proof of English proficiency by ​one of the following:

  • TOEFL - 80 on the IBT TOEFL with no subsection lower than 17
  • IELTS Academic​ - 6.5
  • SAT - minimum evidence based reading and writing score of 540
  • ACT - minimum reading score of 18 and English score of 20
  • PTE Academic- minimum English academic score of 53

Conditional Admission English Language Requirement

  • TOEFL - 60 - 79 on the IBT TOEFL
  • IELTS Academic - 6.0
  • PTE Academic - 42 on the English academic score

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Postgraduate admissions

Graduate applicants are those who have completed or are in the process of completing the equivalent to a United States bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, either in the United States or abroad, and are welcome to apply to a graduate or professional program of study. The programs offered by DePaul University includes MA, MS, MFA, PhD, LLM and JD.

Each graduate program establishes its own application and admission standards. The deadlines may differ from program to program even within the same department.

In order to review degree options and ensure compliance with the application requirements of the students’ chosen specific program, students are required to visit the website of the graduate college they are applying to.

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The University’s facilities include:

DePaul University Library

The DePaul University Library is a partner in a number of campus programs, including the first-year experience (Chicago Quarter), the Teaching Commons, and the Graduate Certificate in the Digital Humanities. In 2013, a major renovation of the Richardson Library facilitated the launch of the Richardson Library Information Commons, a technology-enhanced space including individual, group, and collaborative work spaces, Learning Commons and Scholar’s Lab.


  • Lincoln Park Housing Options
    If students are looking for a traditional college setting, they can choose the Lincoln Park Campus. Located just a mile from Lake Michigan, this 30-acre campus boasts traditional residence halls as well as apartments. Lincoln Park buildings are fully furnished and provide residence through Lincoln Park Residence Halls and Lincoln Park Apartments​.
  • Loop Housing Options
    For those students who prefer high-rise living and convenience to DePaul's Loop Campus, the University Center provides accommodation options suitable for them. The University Center is a DePaul University residence hall that is shared with other local universities including suites and apartments.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

DePaul awards more than USD 28 million in scholarships to incoming freshman students each year, and more than USD 11 million in need-based gift aid on an annual basis.

If students are applying to enroll in the Fall Quarter, they will automatically be considered for freshman academic scholarships of up to USD 23,000 annually when they complete their application.

DePaul Freshman Scholarships

Students are automatically considered for one of the University’s four academic scholarships - Presidential Scholarship, Deans’ Scholarship, DePaul Scholars’ Award, and St. Vincent DePaul Scholarship when they apply to DePaul. The scholarships consist of an award amount of USD 13,000 to USD 23,000.

Find out more about the scholarships available to undergraduate students.

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International students

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DePaul University was founded in 1898, by the Congregation of the Mission (or Vincentian) religious community, which follows the teachings of 17th century French priest St. Vincent de Paul. The university's mission emphasizes academic excellence, service to the community, access to education and respect for the individual. Teaching and learning are the priorities at DePaul. Students come from all 50 states and 114 countries.

DePaul has more than 300 undergraduate majors and graduate programs, so chances are good that students will have what they are looking for. Many of its professor?s work in Chicago as consultants, researchers and entrepreneurs, and incorporate their experiences in the classroom. 92 percent of DePaul undergraduates and 93 percent of graduate students are employed or continuing their education within a year of their graduation. At DePaul, professor?s focuses on students. More than 98 percent of all classes are taught by faculty members and not by teaching assistants. The class size is fever than 40 students.

The university has more than 350 student organizations dedicated to community service, student government, professional development, recreational sports and more. The easiest way to learn about all of DePaul's student organizations is to attend the semi-annual Student Involvement Fair. It's held at the beginning of the Fall and Winter quarters at both the Loop and Lincoln Park campuses.

Some of the world?s most famous museums are just a train ride away, but there?s also one right in the university backyard and it?s free. The DePaul Art Museum (DPAM) features international and national, contemporary and historical work, including work from Salvador Dali, Francisco De Goya and Andy Warhol. The museum has over 3,000 works in its permanent collection with 4-6 rotational exhibition each year. Numerous programs, screenings, talks and films are held there regularly.

DePaul has one campus in Chicago?s business district and another in Lincoln Park. Chicago itself is an ideal classroom and the university takes full advantage of it. The location provides students with thousands of internship opportunities, more than 118,000 alumni in the metro area and connections that impact students education and career opportunities. Lincoln Park campus is just north of downtown Chicago and feels like a traditional university campus, quad and all. It is home to a sprawling lakefront park and some of the best restaurants in the nation. The neighborhood is a live music hub, with jazz clubs and leading rock venues. Students will also find some of the best local bookstores, boutiques and grub. The Loop is in the heart of the city, home of Chicago's largest business district and five DePaul colleges and schools.
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