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4 College Freshman

Facilities: We have a beautiful farm and nature park that is unspeakable.

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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: About 90% of the time, the campus at DePauw is very clean and well maintained. As for the other 10%, the campus can be totally trashed because of that Saturday party that everyone looks forward to during the entire week.

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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: DePauw is changing up the looks in a lot of different areas. The athletics facilities are getting remodeled as well as the fields getting turfed and getting a new track. The dining hall is expanding as well. Hopefully by the end it will all look amazing!

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Everyone is very friendly. The school provides many opportunities for students to get to know one another.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: DePauw is wonderful. Our campus is beautiful, we have a huge nature reserve that is about 4 times as big as the campus, and we take great care of it.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 110th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 329th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 524th
    Best Library
  • 603rd
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 913rd
    Best Student Centers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lynn Demos
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DePauw has a $412 million endowment and has put much of that money towards improving campus facilities and aesthetics. Campus is constantly changing and growing with a multitude of new buildings or improvements and additions to existing buildings. The most recent change to be seen on DePauw’s campus was the completion of the Green Center for the Performing Arts and the removal of Bowman Pond, a longtime hangout at DePauw that is sorely missed by those who remember it. Completed for the fall 2008 semester, the GCPA, as it is known on campus, is home to the School of Music as well as the communication department. The center boasts practice rooms, performance venues, Café Figaro, and much more.

The $14 million Peeler Art Center is another relatively new addition to the DePauw campus. The center features state-of-the-art studios for ceramics and photography as well as top digital photography and video facilities. There is 5,000 square feet of museum-quality gallery space, as well as 3,000 square feet of additional space. Julian Math and Science Center has also undergone renovations in recent years that added of 100,000 square feet to the building. Each faculty member in the Julian building has their own personal research lab which allows students private places to research when collaborating with a professor. With the exception of the Lilly Center, DePauw facilities are very well maintained. The campus is constantly growing and improving, keeping up with the high quality of students it attracts each year with the fast pace of technology. The Lilly Center could use updated equipment, a better air conditioning system, and more machines, but this neglect is definitely not the norm at DePauw. The majority of facilities are top-of-the-line inside and out, adding to both the function and beauty of campus.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
655 acres
Student Centers
The Memorial Student Union Building (UB)
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Music Library
  • Prevo Science Library
  • Pulliam Center Media Library
  • Roy O. West (main library)
  • Visual Resource Center
Popular Places to Chill
  • Bowman Park (surrounding Walter Pond & Fountain)
  • Café Roy (in Roy O. West Library lobby)
  • The Duck
  • East College lawn
  • Holton Memorial Quad
  • The Hub
Bar on Campus
Fluttering Duck is located in the Walden Inn
Bowling on Campus
There is a bowling class offered, but the lanes are about a seven-minute walk from the heart of campus.
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • CafĂ© Roy, a full espresso bar in the Roy O. West Library
  • Starbucks in the Walden Inn
Movie Theater on Campus
Ashley Square Cinemas
School Slang
  • Boulder Run: Running naked around the East College boulder on the first snow fall of the year-campus tradition.
  • Bowman: Pond on campus where frat guys are thrown after presenting a lavaliere or engagement ring to their girlfriends.
  • The Bubble: DePauw's sheltered community nature.
  • Camp DePauw: Affectionate name attached to first-year seminar ice breaker games.
  • Campus Golf: Campus favorite that involves golf clubs, tennis balls, and stationary objects on campus serving as golf holes. Students play this game all over campus on nice days in the fall and spring.
  • CCM: Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media where the newspaper, radio, and television station is located.
  • Dells: Wooded area behind South Quad dorms, prime (and only) sledding spot when it snows.
  • Depauwperator: This is the term used for DePauw's Operator. Dial "0" on any campus phone, and they will give you any number you need on campus or in Greencastle. Call (765) 658-4800 if you are not using a campus phone.
  • The Facebook: DePauw's latest technological advancement that allows students to link up online and with other universities-amazingly addictive.
  • Fishbowl: Meeting area in the Hub that is surrounded in glass, making it very much a fish bowl.
  • Fratastic: Term used to describe most DePauw guys. The adjective encompasses regularly wearing popped collars, playing football in your front yard, and sitting outside of your house with a beer bong more than three days of the week.
  • GCB: Marvin's garlic cheeseburgers are the hottest item on campus. Students love them and often use ranch dressing as a dip on the burger-greatest creation ever.
  • HoScho: Honors Scholars Program of Distinction.
  • The Hub: Student Memorial Union Building where many students eat, check mail, and shop at the bookstore.
  • ITAP: Information Technology Associates Program (kids with computers).
  • Lil' 5: Spring bike race that weaves through the streets on campus-all day party.
  • Marv's: Home of the GCB, GCCB, and a whole host of other garlic and ranch coated delicacies.
  • MeFe: Media Fellows Program of Distinction.
  • Mofo: Management Fellows Program of Distinction.
  • Monon Bell: Beloved prize of the DePauw vs. Wabash football game.
  • PAC: Performing Arts Center.
  • RA: Resident's Assistant.
  • Riptide: Concoction of beer, lemonade, and vodka found in most coolers.
  • Roy O: Main campus library-students spend many an evening with Roy O.
  • S & M: Julian Science and Math Building.
  • Safe Ride: Shuttle with bright flashing lights that drives students from the bar to campus-second best creation ever, next to the GCB.
  • Wallies: Wabash men, also referred to as little giants or sheep lovers. They are DePauw's biggest rival in football and love to come to DePauw to find women.
  • Wally World: Wal-Mart, no matter if you have never set foot in one in your life, it will become one of your most favorite places.
  • Boulder Runs : On the first snow of every season, students run naked around the boulder, a staple outside of East College, which was once thought to be a petrified turtle.
  • Dance Marathon : Annually, teams of students compete in a 24-hour dance-a-thon to raise money for pediatric AIDs research. The event is hosted in the indoor tennis and track facility, and supplies activities and events for all of campus for the 24-hour span.
  • Lil' 5: This event is a close second to the Monon game. Little Five is a cycling race that takes place in the spring. All the fraternities and sororities create teams along with other non-Greek students and sometimes faculty. The teams race a track around campus as peers, faculty, and locals cheer from the sidelines.
  • Monon: Monon Weekend is without a question one of the biggest weekend's on campus. The Wabash and DePauw rivalry is one of the oldest and most intense rivalries in the country, despite the schools' small sizes. It is always the last game of the football season and the victor leaves with the Monon Bell, an old Monon Railroad bell. Tiger fans, past, present, and future, make their way out for this event-rain or shine it is not to be missed!
  • Old Gold Weekend : Old Gold is DePauw's homecoming weekend. It allows any alumni to come back and relive their college experience, while also selecting a current senior Old Gold King and Queen.
  • Recruitment : Greek recruitment or rush, as it is more commonly called, is a huge event on DePauw's campus. The recruitment process differs slightly for males and females, but it begins when students return to campus second semester and lasts for three to four days.
  • Relay for Life : The first weekend in May, students all gather on the football field for a day and night philanthropy that goes to benefit cancer research. Students collect money and walk the track to honor those that are battling or have lost the battle with cancer.
Urban Legends
  • Meharry Hall is haunted.
  • The covered bridges surrounding DePauw are haunted.
  • The tunnels underneath DePauw were part of the underground railroad.
  • Wabash men prefer sheep to women.
Favorite Things To Do
The Lilly Center offers workout facilities, racquetball courts, personal training options, and dance and aerobic classes if you want to add a little physical activity to your day. You can hit around the tennis ball or run laps at the Indoor Tennis and Track Facility. The Nature Park offers hiking trails, a canoe launch, and an amphitheater within its nearly 500 acres of woodlands. The CCM offers video and editing equipment for students, as well as a campus radio station and full television station. If you would rather just watch television, you can lounge by the big screens in the basement of the UB or at the Duck in the Social Space. Sip on Starbucks and people-watch in the quad before class, attend open-mic night at the Duck, drink 40s at 4 p.m. or any casual drinking on frat porches, compulsively check Tigermail, or attend Theme nights!
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 19 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)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 22 responses

  • 0% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 32% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 27% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 41% 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 19 responses

  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 0% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 47% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 53% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.


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