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Chicago's DePaul University is located right in the heart of the city. Its tree-lined campus is walking distance to an elevated train stop, Chicago hot dog stands, and Lake Michigan. The 14,000 students that fill its undergraduate classes hail from every state in the U.S. and all are eager to explore Chicago as well as their chosen field.

Overview of DePaul University

In fact, DePaul students have a lot of options. The 10 colleges and schools support an astounding 300 majors and the class size averages under 40 students. Thus, entry-level classes are bound to be a bit larger but, once students reach the upper level major courses, they find a more intimate learning environment. When they're not studying, DePaul students root on the 15 NCAA Division I teams or find individual ways to enrich their educational experience.

DePaul is home to over 350 student organizations that provide opportunities for student leaders to shine. Students can also engage in fun activities such as E-sports, intramural sports teams, and a campus recreation center with something for everyone. The Ray Meyer Fitness Center & Recreation center is a hub for students who wish to play racquetball, pick up a game of basketball, or swim laps. Students can even sign up for thrilling outdoor adventures. The Ray also provides swimming lessons as well as any sort of fitness class imaginable.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting City: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 16:1
Graduation Rate 74%
Year Founded 1898

Student Enrollment

Total Students22,064


Undergraduate Student

Male 6,681
Female 7,533

Graduate Student

Male 3,690
Female 4,160

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Male 10,579
Female 16,316


Male 6,876
Female 11,584

Acceptance Rate68%

Male 65%
Female 71%

Enrollment 2,560

Male 1,112
Female 1,448
Application Fee NA
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Recommended
SAT/ACT Recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline February 1
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Since DePaul is a private university, it needs to charge more for tuition and other costs. However, these higher costs are validated by the terrific academic value. In fact, for a full year at DePaul, the gross price tag for tuition, books, fees, and supplies is around $42,000. One room, board, and other estimated expenses are tallied, students and their families face a cost of just under $60,000. However, this gross price tag is offset by the financial aid packages provided by the Financial Aid Office, who arranges for grants and scholarships that make a huge difference.

Once students receive their financial aid packages, their costs are nearly cut in half. The average net price for DePaul is thus reduced to $32,000. At the lower end, households with income up to $30,000 pay only $26,000. Top income households, which report earnings over $100,000, pay a mere $35,000, inclusive of room and board.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $32,022
Average Total Aid $24,087
Students Receiving Financial Aid 98%
Room & Board $14,736

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $41,202
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $41,202
  • Books and Supplies - $1,104
  • Room & Board - $14,736
  • Other - $2,364


DePaul University has a lot going for it. It's location in downtown Chicago provides non-Chicagoans with an eye-opening experience on its own, especially for those from warmer climates. The academic experience is what students are primarily on campus for, however. On that note DePaul delivers an outstanding academic experience. To measure how students feel, the best measures are the retention and graduation rates. The retention rate shows what students feel about the school and whether they are interested in a second year. A full 85% of DePaul's first-time, full-time students are thrilled with the professors, classes, and campus resources.

Not only do 85% return for a second year, but the great majority go on to graduate. DePaul reports an overall, and six-year, graduation rate of 74% and a transfer-out rate of 16%. Since transfer students tend to take their transcripts to schools of equal or greater academic quality, it’s evident that DePaul has prepared them for great things.

These strong academic numbers can be attributed to many things such as how the faculty approaches students, the administrations attention to the student experience, or the student-to-faculty ratio. The latter is undoubtedly the more important and DePaul delivers a 16 to 1 ratio which provides students with ample opportunities to approach their professors and even each other in classroom discussion.

Student Population Total

Student Population 22,064

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 1,016 Total Graduates / 29%
Finance, General 254 Graduates
Accounting 247 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 175 Graduates
Management Science 145 Graduates
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 461 Total Graduates / 13%
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other 244 Graduates
Mass Communication/Media Studies 91 Graduates
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 41 Graduates
Journalism 40 Graduates
Visual and Performing Arts 360 Total Graduates / 10%
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 170 Graduates
Graphic Design 52 Graduates
Acting 27 Graduates
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology 22 Graduates
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 309 Total Graduates / 9%
Computer Science 121 Graduates
Information Technology 57 Graduates
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 42 Graduates
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 29 Graduates
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 280 Total Graduates / 8%
General Studies 280 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 31%

Outcome & Salary

DePaul's 14,000 undergraduate students are all working for one thing – their future. Thus, they are interested in knowing what they can do with their bachelor's degrees, including what sort of salary to expect. While there are no financial guarantees attached to an education, alumni do report earnings relative to their degrees. Of the top-ten earning degrees, DePaul's computer systems grads report the highest median income of $60,000. Of the top ten, the computer and information sciences graduates report the lowest income of $47,000. The remaining top-earning degrees include mathematics, accounting, computer programming, and business/managerial economics.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $55,700
College Grads Average Salary $69,935
College Grads Mid Career Salary $102,900
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $699,350
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,728,350
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $128,088
10 Year Projected ROI $571,262
20 Year Projected ROI $1,600,262
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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