DePaul University

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Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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DePaul University is a private, coeducational, Catholic university located in Chicago, Illinois. Established in 1898 by the Congregation of the Mission, the University was named in honor of St. Vincent de Paul, whose teachings the Congregation follows. DePaul University has received numerous recognitions and accolades for its academic excellence; the University was listed among the Most Innovative Schools in the Nation by U.S. News & World Report, and was cited for having the some of the “happiest students” in the United States by The Princeton Review which also recognized the University’s campus as one of the top five Best College Cities in the U.S.

Academic Programs

DePaul University, in its mission statement, declares that, “As a university, DePaul pursues the preservation, enrichment, and transmission of knowledge and culture across a broad scope of academic disciplines. It treasures its deep roots in the wisdom nourished in Catholic universities from medieval times. The principal distinguishing marks of the university are its Catholic, Vincentian, and urban character.” DePaul University is accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1925.

More than 150 undergraduate majors and over 100 graduate programs are offered by DePaul University. The majority of classes are taught by professors, rather than teaching assistances and the University is divided into several colleges and schools. These include the Driehaus College of Business, the 10th oldest business school in the nation; the College of Communication, which is organized into three schools, The School of Cinematic Arts, the School of Computing, the School of Design; the College of Computing and Digital Media; the College of Education; the College of Law; the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences; the College of Science and Health; the School of Music; the School for New Learning; and The Theatre School.

Student Life

DePaul University has a total enrollment figure of more than 23,000, including nearly 16,000 undergraduate students. Though nearly 70% of students are from Illinois, students come from all fifty states and more than 100 foreign countries; 1 in every 3 undergraduates at DePaul University are first generation college students. Student housing is offered with a variety of options, including traditional on-campus dormitories, suites, and apartments as well as several off-campus options.

Numerous student-led clubs and organizations are recognized and active on DePaul University’s campus grounds, catering to a wide range of personal and professional interests. These and other campus events and activities provide ample opportunity for students to interact with one another outside of the classroom setting, and allow students to develop and grow valuable leadership qualities and skills. DePaul University’s varsity athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division I-AAA level and the school is a member of the Big East Conference.

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