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Location
Chicago, IL
Undergrads
13,657
Tuition
$32,295
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Academics: small class size. professors care. not many large lectures

5 College Freshman

Academics: Being a psych major can get you many opportunities and internships. The professors are great and always helpful and they always help you with your research. The professors also have good connections and are very involved in the psychology department and are always encouraging everyone to join.

5 College Freshman

Academics: They work hard to accommodate students. There is a great range in academics to be prepared in many different areas in the future. There is a lot of writing but I think it is important they stress our writing based learning.

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3 College Student

Academics: Not very challenging, not very rewarding. Mediocre all around.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The amount of workload at the school is not too crazy, but challenging. It is not easy to be in a school that is a ten week quarter compared to schools that are a 16 week semester. Sometimes the workload can be challenging and sometimes it is not, it all depends how a person balances out their time and effort.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 29th
    Best Course Variety
  • 51st
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 54th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 66th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 126th
    Best Registration Process

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kristian Gist
Hometown
Cleveland, Ohio
Major
Business Management and Hospitality Leadership
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
16:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
956
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
952
Total FT Faculty
956
Faculty with Terminal Degree
88%
Average Faculty Salary
$88,257
Full-Time Retention Rate
85%
Part-Time Retention Rate
67%
Transfer-Out Rate
24%
Graduation Rate
68%
Programs/Majors Offered
127
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 35%
  • 20 to 49 students: 64%
  • 50 or more students: 1%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Commerce
  • College of Communication
  • College of Computing and Digital Media
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • School for New Learning
  • School of Education
  • School of Music
  • The Theatre School
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 3%
  • Business Administration and Management: 5%
  • Finance, General: 3%
  • Law: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English
  • Experiential service learning
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Senior year capstone course
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
  • Weekend college
Online Courses
DePaul's School for New Learning offers an online Customized Bachelor of Arts degree.
Best Places to Study
  • Brownstones
  • CDM Commons (Loop campus)
  • Richardson Library
  • SAC Pit
Tips to Succeed
  • Enjoy it while you can because it goes fast.
  • Get involved-you'll hear this over and over again, but it's true.
  • Go to class.
  • Keep an open mind.
  • Live with awareness and diligence.
  • Save money.
  • Try everything.
  • Visit your professors during office hours, especially if you really enjoy their class.
  • Volunteer-there is such a good community of service-oriented students and faculty members at DePaul.
Did You Know?
  • The University's College of Law was one of the first law schools in the state of Illinois to admit women.
  • DePaul offers more than 200 undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • The Honors Program is a smaller, more challenging alternative to the Liberal Studies Program.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 17 responses

  • 30% Richard M. Daley - mayor of Chicago
  • 13% Peter Wentz (did not graduate) - bassist, Fall Out Boy
  • 11% Frank Clark - president of ComEd electric company
  • 9% Jack Greenberg - former president/CEO, McDonald's
  • 9% Anne M. Burke - Illinois Supreme Court justice
  • 7% Samuel Magad - former concertmaster, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • 7% Ray Manzarek - keyboardist for The Doors
  • 2% Quentin Richardson (did not graduate) - NBA player
  • 2% Monique Coleman - actress, singer, dancer
  • 2% Tim Nordwind - member of OK Go
  • 2% Elizabeth Perkins - actress
  • 2% Gillian Anderson
  • 2% John C. O'Reilly
  • 2% St. Vincent DePaul
  • 0% Jeremy Barnes (did not graduate) - drummer, Bright Eyes
  • 0% Gillian Anderson - actress
  • 0% Leonard Roberts - actor

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 110 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 108 responses

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Excellent
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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