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Reviews 475 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The academics are rigorous and diverse. However, the location of the campus is not nearly as interesting.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school's Hubbard Center works hard to ensure that opportunities are continually available for you. Great team of advisers.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Never have I felt in danger on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Gets better as you become an upperclassman.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Apart of the fabric of this school.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Varsity isn't huge, fun options for non-athletes.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: School location unfruitful, academics rewarding.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: We're a top party school for a reason. Because we are so small, you basically just have to walk into a party and that's it. Everything is free, too. I'm told at other schools people have to pay for alcohol or admission.... I couldn't imagine that here. We offer Safe Ride, which is a shuttle service, essentially, that will pick you up and take you to or from your residence hall if you feel like you cannot walk back or feel unsafe doing so. Administrators know that people are going to party and drink, and they all take precautions before any large event like Monon or Little 5. Campus is small, so security is at most 5 minutes away. You can always call public safety or safe ride if you feel like you aren't in a safe situation.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Everyone at DePauw is extremely driven to succeed. We are the only school to make it onto the list of top party schools and make it onto a list of schools with top academics in the same year. We all do work hard and play hard, and you will hear it often.

There is a wide array of majors to choose from. Not as many as your average state school or anything, but we do offer interdisciplinary majors where you essentially build your own from different courses. Professors are very willing to help students for any reason at any time. Most syllabi (syllabi? really?) are easy to follow and have all the information you would need on them.

The workload is a bit harder than other schools I have noticed, but nothing is filler. Everything is assigned for a reason, and it is all worth it in the end.

There are tons of spaces to study. Some are harder to find than others (basement of Roy, I'm looking at you). Our library has a silence-to-floor rule, so you can talk on the first floor, but the third floor has to be absolutely silent. It's easy to find your spot here.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: We have tons of students representing various countries, most notably east Asian countries! However, it is most definitely a predominantly white school. But coming from someone who grew up in a town that is almost 98% white, it is extremely diverse and there are a ton of opportunities to learn new things and meet new diverse people. Politically speaking, we are diverse. I've seen many arguments on YikYak about politics. You can come from a super conservative lifestyle and still be accepted here, and the same for someone coming from a liberal background. The LGBTQ community is wonderful and super supportive here, and that's something that is very important to me. This coming year we will even have an LGBTQ floor in a first year residence hall for those that are interested. There are also plenty of things to do around campus if you are religious. There is a popular Christian coffeehouse that people visit and do youth group type of activities each week, and Young Life is another group that visits a local middle school to mentor young kids. You can be a purple alien from space and still find your niche here, basically.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It's college... some people do drugs. Some people do not. In general, you can stick to your beliefs and nobody will judge you for them.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Quality of courses: Excellent. I have yet to take a class and feel like I learned nothing.

Professors: Even when they're the crazy mad-scientist type of professor, they are always willing to help. They all are very good at what they do, and each one wants to know their students personally. The personal attention to students is one of my favorite aspects of the school.

Variety of courses: Pretty great selection, but you have to cross your fingers if you want to get into a popular class. They fill up quickly and many people are often waitlisted for things like Psych and Sociology. Criminology was a big one recently that many people could not get into quickly enough.

Class sizes: I haven't had a class bigger than 30 people, and probably never will. It feels very much like a high school class size.

If you're looking for a great school where you will get a lot of personal attention from professors, this is the place for you. DePauw cares about its students and provides great resources to ensure you'll get all the help you need with things like internships, finding a job, connecting with alumni, and even helping you to write an awesome resume. The atmosphere is always friendly and people are always willing to go the extra mile to help you out. I love it!

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: DePauw has an entire student center that focuses on getting you ready for a career. Our Hubbard Center is where you go to get help with interviews, finding internships, writing your resume, and more. There are so many opportunities to really get a head start on your career here. There are multiple job fairs a semester, and there is a large alumni network that is provided to students.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: My only complaint is the lack of security cameras. We would have way less residence hall vandalism if there were cameras around campus. I know of maybe four cameras throughout campus, and no idea if they are even hooked up to anything...

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The only problem with housing is the fact that oftentimes, underclassmen in first-year residence halls make it difficult for everyone. Housing will charge everyone for damages unless someone comes forward or turns in a silent witness form, and that does not often happen. There is a lot of vandalism (at least there was my first year) that resulted in many, many people being charged for the actions of a few. Apart from that, housing is great.

Rooms are generally what you would expect. Humbert (often called Humbert Hotel) is the nicest and newest first-year residence hall. People complain about Hogate, but I was there my first year and I wouldn't have had it any other way. It is the only building with single rooms and it is all suite style living with two doubles and two singles attached to a small common room, which was so much fun. It really made me feel comfortable, and the only people that bash Hogate are the people that have never lived there. Bishop Roberts is all double rooms, and they are pretty spacious. Longden is all triples and doubles. It's definitely old, but the rooms are huge there. College Street is the smallest first-year hall, but the people that live there are like a huge family by the end of the year. It is all double rooms as well.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: As an independent student, I'm in the minority here, but I have tons of friends that decided to go Greek. Greek life here is different than at other places because we are so small. Everyone is friends with everyone, it isn't cliquey. Greeks don't treat independents differently than any other person. Our recruitment process is deferred until second semester in order to stress the importance of community and academics overall, as well. I think that's a great way to go about it. Don't expect to rush during your first month here like at other big schools.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: DePauw is unique because it is a very small school with very focused and determined students. Professors are always there to help and the small class sizes make it easy to know your professors on a personal level. DePauw is, for many people, a home away from home, and it is easy to see why after visiting. I am happy to be able to attend DePauw and would choose it all over again if I were given a do-over.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I generally feel safe on campus, there are lines that can be called to give rides to and from places on campus, if you're not comfortable walking by yourself. Public safety and community police regularly patrol campus during the day and night to ensure the safety of students.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: While some dormitories may have big spacious rooms, or smaller ones, they're comfortable to live in. All dormitories are a good walking distance from classrooms and food places. Social atmosphere is great. Housing process is very easy, but sometimes can be difficult to get into the kind of room you want.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is very dominant on campus, you see posters and banners everyday for different events for greek events on campus. The campus does seem united with the bonds between the greek houses. However, since greek life is very prominent on campus it's hard to find a non-greek member on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics at DePauw is a big thing, and it can be displayed by the school spirit. Many students wear their college gear to show support everyday.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: This school is very diverse in educational topics despite the small campus. Classes are challenging and do require a lot of priority and time management. There are a lot of academic resources open for students that need the extra push.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Lucy Rowland, the resident housing that I lived in my freshman year, was a great dorm to live in. It was healthy living, which meant no drugs, alcohol, etc. It was kept very clean. All of the other freshman dorms were not healthy living and were pretty dirty most of the time. Lucy was away from all of the other freshman dorms but all of the dorms are pretty close to all classes. The housing process was quite simple to figure out and apply for.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is a huge part of DePauw. It's really the only thing that most people do in Greencastle. It is 85% Greek. There is a lot of partying going on. It's kind of hard to find your group if you're not in Greek life, which is where I am currently at (trying to find the right group for me).

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The student involvement could definitely be a lot better than it is right now. The athletic facilities are pretty great. Our gym is amazing. I love being a college athlete.


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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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