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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Amazing campus with family feel!

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The small student population size makes the campus very unique. Everyone is so friendly and willing to help everyone. There is a lot of emphasis of teamwork and community. You couldn't pay me to go to a different school.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I think the way Greek Life is handled at DePauw is unique to other schools. Kids rush during the spring semester so they can get to know everyone and all the houses before making a decision. They don't have to pick a fraternity without getting to know all the guys in the house first. Almost all of DePauw's social scene is at the fraternities.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Well over half the student population at DePauw are or were athletes. For the most part, all programs are competitive in their sport and compete for conference titles consistently. Intramural sports are big as well, where athletes can participate if they don't play that sport for the University. We just renovated our weight room facility, and we get a decent amount of fan support. Students attend football and basketball games the most, but get a decent amount for baseball and soccer as well.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Monday: Phi Delt, Tuesday: Delt, Wednesday: Phi Psi, Thursday: ATO, and then Friday and Saturday are usually anywhere. Other houses throw parties during the week as well, but those are the "unwritten designated" days people throw down. I think the party scene has a positive impact because unlike big schools, fraternities allow all students to come over, regardless if they're in a different house or not. Brings everyone together.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Getting food off campus is fairly easy, but you find yourself eating at the same places over again. it's pretty easy to get sick of some of the food, limiting your options even more.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: Freshman year is always the hardest because RA's are very strict with drinking in the dorms. But once people go to the fraternities and such it gets a lot less stressful. I've never created an organization but I know that there is a wide variety of different groups on campus, meaning that they had to be created by someone somehow. Public Safety can be a little harsh at times and break up the fun too early, but it's much better than the Greencastle Police, so i'm not complaining.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I'm getting some aid but we're still paying too much. I received some scholarships based on GPA but because of the flawed class selection system, I was taking some classes that I had no interest in/ no experience in, causing me to struggle more than I ever have in school

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The Hub usually has the most variety of types of foods, but the quality of the food isn't always that great. The Den has better quality but it's not all you can eat like the Hub. Plus it's convenient because it's located in the basement of one of the freshman dorms. The Fluttering Duck is somewhat expensive but is a great place to eat on the weekends. Two West has the best brunch in town, all you can eat for $12

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: All academic buildings and University housing is within a 10-15 minute walk. Housing offers the students to live by themselves, with one roommate, two roommates, or even three roommates. All but one freshman dorms are in the same region of campus, and that one freshman dorm is next to the dining hall, less than a five minute walk to the other freshman dorms. Some dorms are nicer than others, but that's based on how old the building is. All dorms are great and will be a great living unit to all.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Not hard to apply for housing and you can usually get close to where you want.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are not enough options for students. More ethnic restaurants and nicer options are not present off campus. You have to drive all the way to Indy to go out for a nice date. Crawfordsville is another place to get food.

4 College Junior

Administration: This campus has it's very own system for dealing with illegal practices allowing students to not have to worry about a mistake affecting their permanent record. It is called Community Standards and it helps the student get back on track with counseling sessions and meetings rather than having the stupid night affect the rest of their life.

The university has recently added new rules to Greek parties, stating that they must use a security service that the university has set up a contract with. Because the university has the contract with them, the group tends to be awful. They are not actually caring about what they are hired for, instead they are more interested in getting a fraternity in trouble. I've personally felt victimized by one of them. The groups name is Nolan.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: I've always had a safe and fun experience at DePauw when it comes to partying. Since the campus is so small you feel comfortable walking from house to house and you typically will know plenty of people at each party. Partying, in a sense, has impacted my ability to communicate with new people and feel more confident in stressful situations. You can see those qualities shine through in many of the students who go out often.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: Received the financial aid I needed easily.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: The new food program they brought in after freshmen year really brought the quality down. There are less options now at both the Den and the Hub and nothing is really that good. Having the ability to eat at the Duck is really nice and helps add some variety into the daily meals.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: As a freshman, DePauw makes all of the freshman students live together either in the same dorm or ones next to each other. It creates a great sense of unity on campus before everyone goes Greek in the spring semester. As an upper classman if you get stuck in a dorm it just feels like a repeat of freshman year. The best place to live is in the duplexes on campus that each have their own washer and dryer, kitchen and two bathrooms. You can live with whoever you want and that creates a great social environment at your own home.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I don't have anything negative to say, I like it all.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love my room, I have a lot of room and storage space. I feel really lucky to go to a school with such nice housing and so many options.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is little to choose from in this small town. The school is trying to bring in some popular chains.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: The administration allows students to drink as long as they are discreet or stay on private party. Students are expected to attend class every day. The RA's enforce the rules and keep students from annoying other students.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are lots of activities for freshmen to help them get to know each other. The frats have regular parties, some of which are campus-wide and anyone can attend them. There are always people hanging out somewhere on campus. Because everything is within walking distance, it is safe for everyone to get home from parties. This is a small student body and you will see everyone that attends a party, so students are more respectful of one another, even at parties.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I needed financial assistance for the past 2 years. The financial aid office will work very closely with you and your parents to provide as much assistance as possible. They will let you know if you are missing information that they need to provide the assistance. There are a variety of scholarships and grants available. I even received a scholarship and a grant to help me afford studying abroad next year.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are not a lot of options yet, but they are building a new dining hall that will have more food options and seat more people. The fraternities and sororities will partially participate in this dining venue.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: All freshman live in dorms which encourages them to meet tons of other students. If you join a fraternity or sorority, you will move in there for your sophomore through senior years, but you will still have the friends you made freshman year, regardless of where they live the next 3 years. The campus is very small so everything is within minutes, even the athletic venues.

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DePauw is definitely home to the quintessential college experience. Students are offered a college town that dominates a small town environment, where full focus is placed on over 2,000 young people who call campus home for nine months of the year. The classes and professors keep students very busy but supply a wealth of knowledge and opportunity.

As with all universities, the experience is what students make of it, but DePauw professors and programs seem to make success especially accessible for those who try. The University is also very conducive to building strong social skills and tight knit friendships that tend to carry on long after graduation. The DePauw network extends across the country and maintains ties between classes, houses, and majors.

A DePauw education has a multitude of benefits, and the allowance to try many different fields and explore areas outside your specific major. The different disciplines teach you how to think, learn, and question. Within the cornfields of north western Indiana, you will learn everything from formulas of physics to the values of friendship. DePauw will offer you four of the best years of your life; it's up to you to take it.

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