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Reviews 2153 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Junior

Diversity: Everyone is so accepting of everyone else! No matter what gender, race, religion, etc., there are no social pressures and everyone gets along.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: You need to apply for as many scholarships during your Freshman year, as they have the most scholarships available. DePaul has TEACH grants that are only available for educators in the common core subjects, not art, so I wasn't able to obtain that. Otherwise, scholarships are something you have to actively seek out for.

1 College Junior

Parking: There are parking garages, but they cost $8.50 everyday, unless you pay for a permit. Otherwise street parking is unbearable, because the free parking is always taken, so paying is a must.

5 College Junior

Computers: The computers are all Apple computers and very high-tech. Wireless access basically everywhere, but printing can be a problem. Each student gets $12 of free printing at the beginning of each quarter, but that's hardly ever enough once you are an upperclassmen as readings and papers tend to get longer.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is not prevalent at all. You are still respected if you are in one, but Greeks usually hang out together and are exclusive.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: People do it, but it's regulated fairly well. Students know not to do drugs on campus, because it's prohibited and rules are strictly enforced; scholarships become at risk, and that's something that people do not mess around with.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Since DePaul lies in the heart of Lincoln Park, there is an abundance of criminal activity that occurs from time to time. Generally, I always feel safe during the day, but once it gets dark I like to be in groups. Public Safety is present, but they do not operate in the area in which my apartment is located.

5 College Junior

Academics: I love being an Art Education major; I get access to the studios whenever I want, and DePaul is always keeping me updated with things from art shows/ events, to job opportunities. They are very accommodating with everything you need, and there are several campus resources that help develop professional requirements like resumes. The workload is fair.

3 College Junior

Transportation: DePaul's campus has Public Safety, but they only operate during evening hours, and the staff can be a bit nasty sometimes. Plus, the only operate within the perimeters of the campus. Public Transportation is my preferred method of transportation, as DePaul provides us with U-Passes which give us free fares between all CTA and Pace transit options. Taxis are always available, if you are willing to spend the money.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Prices in Chicago are ridiculous. One really needs to learn to budget their money accordingly, especially if they are receiving no financial help from outside parties.

5 College Junior

Majors: I don't participate in an internship, necessarily, since I am studying Education. Instead, education majors do field observations in lieu of internships, where we get to observe teachers in CPS and sometimes we are able to engage with the students. I think it's wonderful, because it gives me a taste of what I will be doing in the future and gages what I want to be doing and what I don't want to be doing for my students. The more experience a novice teacher has in the classroom, the better.

4 College Junior

Majors: I have had a few professors which have deviated a bit from things I could actually use in the classroom. Additionally, sometimes it's hard to follow concepts in class since I am one of the few Art Education majors, and education classes tend to be geared more towards the core subjects like English, Math, Social Science, etc.

2 College Junior

Athletics: Students do not pay attention to athletics as DePaul is a commuter school. Students are dispersed all over the city, so it's hard for all of us to come together for large sporting events. In addition, DePaul does not necessarily promote athletics as a big part of campus life; DePaul chooses to focus on the diversity of our students and academics.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports are one of the prides and joy of the school.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus is fair in its rules.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Good amounts of resources open to all students.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Good unique choices in meals.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Its usually quick about warning students.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It can get bad sometimes almost impossible to get to campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I wouldn't know much about the housing.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I don't see drugs used around campus.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The school is very diverse but students tend to be more clique

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: more of club and drugs scene rather than your typical college house parties

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I got mugged my freshman year. If you go to Depaul then you know someone/you have been mugged/robbed or your home burglarized.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: people make fun of you for being in the business school.


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Kristian Gist
Cleveland, Ohio
Business Management and Hospitality Leadership
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There is a reason why DePaul students have been voted the happiest college students—they are given a more "real-world" experience, while going to school in a prime spot of Chicago. Freshman move-in day at DePaul doesn't include driving to some campus tucked away in the forest where shopping sprees at Walmart are the highlight of the week. Students here really discover what it's like to live on their own in a big city, and they are given an independence that most college students don't get right away. However, this type of environment is definitely not for everyone, and there is a definite “culture-shock” aspect that goes beyond that of the general college-transitional period.

DePaul students represent the University well by maintaining their diverse beliefs, while keeping an open mind; living the Vincentian model by becoming socially responsible leaders; and striving for academic excellence and lifelong learning. At the end of the day, for better or for worse, most students will stand by their love of the University and its many quirks. DePaul definitely has a heart and a spirit that transcends “college” and becomes applicable to life beyond the time a student will spend within the University's walls.

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