Academics

Location
Greencastle, IN
Undergrads
2,307
Tuition
$38,750
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Academics: I know it is really good to graduate from this school. It is extremely hard though.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The professors on DePauw's campus are the pushing force that keeps students working hard.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: DePauw Challenges students to step into new realms of studies by offering a liberal arts education.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: There is position for everyone in every field!

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Communications majors have a lot of opportunities and options at their disposal, with a fantastic Media Fellows program.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 154th
    Smartest Professors
  • 210th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 274th
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 301st
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 383rd
    Professors Most Interested in Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lynn Demos
Hometown
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You can't make it through DePauw without having a professor who went to or taught at Harvard, Yale, or Princeton, or who has written a book that now sits on the shelf at Barnes & Noble. DePauw's professors love what they do and want to be here. Really, why else would extremely intelligent adults move to "middle-of-nowhere, Indiana" unless they truly loved to teach? They're smart, and they want their students to rise to their highest potential. They make their pupils work hard. So, be prepared to hold your own.

DePauw's class sizes are small, and a majority of them are discussion-based. You are expected to do your work, prepare for class, and attend class. If you don't, the professor will know. Most of your professors will know your names, where you're from, and where you live on campus. Dinner parties with professors and students are a regular occurrence at DePauw, which adds to the personal relationship in and outside of the classroom. Some professors have been known to call their students and wake them up for eight o'clock classes so they don't oversleep and miss the class. Granted, not all professors will get that personal with you, but a lot will. It keeps you on your toes, and it keeps you learning. It pays to get to know your professors. Stay and chat with them after class. They want you to succeed in life, and they will do anything to help you along the way. You can learn a lot from them besides just classroom knowledge. They have quite a bit to offer.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
10:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
218
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
47
Total FT Faculty
218
Faculty with Terminal Degree
88%
Average Faculty Salary
$76,474
Full-Time Retention Rate
89%
Transfer-Out Rate
22%
Graduation Rate
78%
Programs/Majors Offered
46
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 70%
  • 20 to 49 students: 31%
  • 50 or more students: 0%
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: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • School of Music
Degrees Awarded
Bachelor's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Economics and Econometrics: 4%
  • Music Performance: 3%
  • Professional, Technical, and Creative Writing: 4%
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric: 5%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Julian Math and Science Center
  • Pulliam Center of Contemporary Media
  • Roy O. West Library
Tips to Succeed
  • At least go through Rush.
  • Attend mentor group activities.
  • Be prepared for small-town life.
  • Check out teachers before enrolling in classes.
  • Do not go home on the weekends.
  • Do work out, the weekends catch up with you fast.
  • Don't sneak on Greek property before you are allowed.
  • Don't think you can get away with skipping class.
  • Get involved early.
  • Strong organizational skills-Post-Its are key.
  • Time management.
  • Try and find an advisor you like early.
  • Try lots of different classes-beauty of liberal arts.
  • Try to complete group requirements early.
Did You Know?
  • Standard & Poor's ranks DePauw University #8 among 800 liberal arts colleges as a source of top business executives.
  • DePauw requires students to fulfill group requirements to have the opportunity for study in multiple fields-a well-rounded liberal arts education.

Student Polls

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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 15 responses

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

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