DePaul has eight undergrad colleges and a law school. The largest of these is the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, but all have their own benefits and bragging rights. The academic experience of an individual DePaul student is highly dependent on the college they are in, but, overall, classes are generally very small, professors are young, yet fairly experienced in their field, and they will almost always know each student’s name by the end of the second week of courses.
The academic load is not terribly challenging for many students, but there is a component of community service to many courses that is very unique to DePaul. The University’s service-learning, or experiential-learning, requirement is a seminar-style class paired with out-of-class community service work. Students have the opportunity to work with an organization in the Chicago area, and a large component of what is taught in these courses focuses on the DePaul and Chicago communities and each individual’s responsibility to give back. Even if you learn nothing else at DePaul, you will almost definitely learn the importance of community and conscious living. Going to school in a large city offers another advantage—Chicago itself becomes another classroom. With so many things at students’ fingertips here, professors often assign projects that may involve going to a museum, a speaking event of a popular author or industry professional, or volunteering at a particular organization. The learning experience is taken to an entire new level when bridged out of the classroom.