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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Being in the city, there isn't a ton of green space on campus, but the quad is a nice little retreat. The fitness center is great, and the student center, which is relatively new, is also very clean and convenient. There are plenty of places on campus for hanging out and studying.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: There are a lot of new buildings, and most buildings are clean, modern, and well-kept.

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3 College Freshman

Facilities: Student life on campus is decent at DePaul. This school is probably like any other school.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: The school offers many programs of a wide variety. However, I would like there to be more.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Not much I can say it's really good, have more equipment and tech than any gym I have ever seen!


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 45th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 89th
    Best Library
  • 104th
    Best Student Centers
  • 128th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 143rd
    Greenest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kristian Gist
Cleveland, Ohio
Business Management and Hospitality Leadership
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The facilities at DePaul are generally regarded by the student body as phenomenal, with very little exception. Despite the fact that the University is smack dab in the middle of Chicago, DePaul’s has carved out a beautiful haven where students can step onto the quad and almost forget they are in the middle of one of the biggest cities in the United States. DePaul maintains its facilities impeccably—everything has a very clean and modern feel. There are often new buildings being built on campus or upgrades taking place within the older ones. While this sounds like campus is constantly under construction, the University generally makes these changes with little disturbance to the faculty and students.

The Ray Meyer Fitness Center is a prime example of the quality of DePaul’s buildings. The four-story gym is visited by hundreds of students, faculty, alumni, and Lincoln Park locals every day, and the building and tons of exercise equipment show little wear and tear. The newest building on DePaul's campus is the McGowan Sciences Center. Funded by donations from two of DePaul's prestigious alumni, this building is one of the most eco-friendly buildings in Chicago. It features luxurious classrooms with carpet made of recycled materials and bathrooms with regulated water pressure that help save tons of water each day. Overall, every building at DePaul is kept exceptionally well, and students enjoy hanging out on campus way past the end of their classes.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
36 acres (Lincoln Park Campus)
Student Centers
  • DePaul Center (Loop campus)
  • Student Center (Lincoln Park campus)
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • John T. Richardson Library (Lincoln Park campus)
  • Loop Library (Loop campus)
Popular Places to Chill
  • Fullerton Avenue Beach
  • Outdoor deck of University Hall (especially popular for residents and smokers).
  • The Pit in the SAC
  • The quad
  • Ray Meyer Fitness Center. Many students enjoy working out and then studying at The Bean with a delicious smoothie.
Bar on Campus
None directly on campus, but the nearby Kelly's is a staple for all DePaul students. It's steps from the Ray Meyer Fitness Center, and students and alumni alike share many memories from the place. There is even a blue demon painted on the side of the building.
Bowling on Campus
None, but there are a number of places to bowl in Lincoln Park.
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Brownstones Cyber CafĂ© in the Student Center
  • The Bean in Schmitt Academic Center and Ray Meyer Fitness Center
Movie Theater on Campus
None, but there is a theater not to far away on Webster Avenue. And, if you're looking for a more regal movie experience, the theater downtown by Navy Pier has an in-house bowling alley and restaurant.
"Green" Initiatives
DePaul has started a huge green initiative. Even though it's located in the middle of the city, it's rare to see trash lying around campus, and you can find recycling cans in every classroom on both Loop and Lincoln Park campuses and around just about every corner. All new buildings on campus are built with environmental awareness in mind. It might not be long before there is a completely green college campus in the middle of Chicago.
School Slang
  • Allstate: Allstate Arena, in the northwest suburb of Rosemont, where the men's basketball team plays
  • B-Dubs: Buffalo Wild Wings, located on Lincoln Avenue and popular because of its weekly beer and chicken wings specials
  • The Bean: The Bean CaffĂ©, a coffee bar with locations in the Schmitt Academic Center and the Ray Meyer Fitness Center
  • Beer Pong: Don't call it Beirut here! This is a drinking game consisting of 10 beer cups arranged in the shape of a pyramid on either end of a table. The goal is to throw a ping-pong ball into one of the opposing team's cups. If the ball lands in the cup, the opposing team has to drink the beer and remove their cup from the table. The first team to land a ping-pong ball into all of the cups wins.
  • CDM: College of Computing and Digital Media
  • The Cheese Grater: Nickname for McGaw Hall because the metalwork surrounding the building looks like a cheese grater
  • The Circle: Saint Vincent's Circle, an area just off the quad with a statue of Saint Vincent and two students, and the DePaul emblem
  • DCSA: DePaul Community Service Association
  • The Green Man; The Statue: The large, green statue of "Monsignor Egan" outside the Student Center, which is usually a meeting point for clubs, volunteer groups, or friends. Few students seem to know who Monsignor Egan is or why there is a large, very green statue erected of him on DePaul's campus.
  • LA&S: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • LPC: Lincoln Park Campus
  • The Pit/SAC Pit: A large lounge/study area in the Schmitt Academic Center that has a coffeeshop and serves as a central meeting or study place for students
  • Quarter: Really a trimester because it's one of three 10-week academic sessions
  • The Ray: Ray Meyer Fitness Center
  • SAC: Schmitt Academic Center
  • Sage: Sage Medical Center, DePaul-provided student medical services
  • Saint Vinnie: Nickname fondly used by students for Saint Vincent de Paul
  • Stucen: The Student Center
  • U-Min: The University Ministry Office
  • U-Pass: A University-provided CTA pass, valid throughout the school year
  • V and L House: The Vincent and Louise House, named after Saint Vincent de Paul and Louise de Marillac. Ten residents who commit one academic year to service, social justice, simple living, and intentional community can apply to live here.
  • DePaul-Marquette Game: Marquette is DePaul's biggest rival in men's basketball. This is usually an intense game and a really good time. While the majority of the tickets for this game are snagged early by alumni, get a hold of some tickets, if you can.
  • FEST: This concert features a big-name artist, and is a favorite DePaul tradition. Early in the year, students vote for three popular bands or musicians, and the winners perform in a concert in the quad, generally held in an academic lull between spring quarter and spring finals. Past performers have included Jason Mraz, A Fine Frenzy, Common, and Girl Talk.
  • New Student Service Day: This community service event is held the day before autumn quarter starts. All incoming freshmen are strongly encouraged to attend.
  • Vincentian Service Day: This University-wide day is dedicated to community service. Often, more than a thousand DePaul volunteers-faculty and students-venture out into Chicago for a day to volunteer in whatever areas they are needed.
Urban Legends
  • It's said that DePaul had its affiliation with the Catholic Church removed because of its urban atmosphere, diverse student body, and open-minded integrity.
  • Malcolm X once used McGaw Hall as his headquarters. The ironwork outside the building was allegedly constructed to keep protesters (inside and out) from breaking the windows.
  • Saint Vincent de Paul was also the Patron Saint of Fake IDs-supposedly Saint Vincent forged his birth certificate to make himself old enough to join the clergy.
Favorite Things To Do
During the day-to-day grind, many students kick back with a Chilluchino at The Bean, read a RedEye in the quad, relax by the lakeshore, exercise at The Ray, or walk to Lincoln Park Zoo. Students can also cheer on the men's or women's Blue Demon teams, listen to a panel discussion, go to a School of Music concert or Theatre School play, check out an open mic night at the Lincoln Park Student Center Atrium, or attend student Mass at St. Vincent de Paul Church. One event that students look forward to is FEST, the end-of-the-year music festival held in the quad, which is definitely a highlight of the school year.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The DePaulia
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
DePaul has more than 300 organizations, which include fraternities and sororities, professional organizations, political and social activist groups, academic associations, departmental, honorary, media/entertainment, religious, or service-dedicated groups. DePaul really pushes for students to get involved in whatever may interest them on campus, and with so many active organizations to choose from, there is something out there for everyone.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 100 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 7 responses

  • 38% FEST
  • 23% DePaul-Marquette Game
  • 15% Turtle Tug (Delta Zeta)
  • 15% Vincentian Service Day
  • 8% New Student Service Day

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 122 responses

  • 1% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 12% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 40% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 47% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 111 responses

  • 4% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 8% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 52% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 36% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 6 responses

  • 45% Library, the ray meyer fitness center
  • 27% College, administrative, or departmental office
  • 18% RA
  • 9% Grading for professors

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 5 responses

  • 38% Student Center
  • 25% The quad
  • 25% Fullerton Avenue Beach
  • 12% The Pit in the SAC

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 5 responses

  • 83% Cafeteria jobs
  • 17% Any place that serves food



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