DePaul University - Online College Review

Friday, February 19, 2016

DePaul University

Image result for DePaul UniversityDePaul University is a private institution that was founded in 1898. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 16,153, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 38 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. DePaul University's ranking in the 2016 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 123. Its tuition and fees are $36,361 (2015-16).


DePaul University has five campuses in and around Chicago, and its two main locations, the Loop and Lincoln Park campuses, are located downtown. Individual academic colleges, such as the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the Driehaus College of Business, are located exclusively on one campus. DePaul is also home to the School for New Learning, which caters to adult students. Universitywide, there are more than 300 student organizations to check out, and students are allowed to form their own clubs, too. More than 5 percent of students join fraternities and sororities. The school's sports teams, the Blue Demons, compete in the NCAA Division I Big East Conference. The university operates on quarters, not semesters, and each year, students gather for events such as FEST, an outdoor concert and festival in the spring, and Homecoming.

University housing is offered to all DePaul students. Freshmen and sophomores are permitted to live in residence halls or residence hall apartments. Juniors and seniors have a selection of university-owned lofts, townhouses and apartments. There is also a multi-college community residence hall for students of any age, known as University Center, where students from DePaul University live alongside peers from Roosevelt University, Robert Morris University and Columbia College. Notable alumni of DePaul University include actor John C. Reilly, star of films including "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" and "Step Brothers," and Samuel Magad, former concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.


Located in the heart of Chicago, IL, DePaul University prepares students to succeed through an experience-based, multicultural education that draws on our broad array of corporate, cultural and community partnerships. We serve nearly 24,000 students--making us the nations largest Catholic university--through about 300 academically rigorous programs of study. Many faculty members are nationally recognized in their field, yet they are accessible and approachable, taking an active interest in our students' aspirations. More than 98 percent of classes are taught by faculty members, not teaching assistants, while 90 percent of classes have 40 or fewer students. All full-time faculty members teach, and those who teach graduate students also teach undergraduates. Our students are urban educated; DePaul is nationally recognized for the strength of our service-learning curriculum. Nearly half of our undergraduates complete at least one internship before graduation, putting us among the top 10 universities nationally. DePaul offers students unparalleled learning opportunities with many of the nation's top corporations and organizations as well as a rich array of cultural events and institutions. An example is DePaul's recent partnership with Cinespace Chicago, which provides students with film and television production experience in the midst of the city's premier movie studio. Through our Alliance for Health Sciences with Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, we offer 3+ undergraduate programs leading to graduate degrees in medicine, pharmacology and four other health care careers. Our Steans Center, one of a handful of endowed service-learning programs in the nation, coordinates courses that teach students while simultaneously helping more than 400 organizations throughout the metropolitan area. DePaul was one of the first universities nationwide to qualify for the Community Engagement citation given by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Our faculty and staff forge global and local educational partnerships impacting key ethical and social justice issues. Our mission is to provide a high quality, values-based education to a wide range of students, with particular attention to first-generation students and those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Our student body is diverse; 37 percent of all undergraduates are of color, and 34 percent of freshmen are first-generation students from families where neither parent holds a college degree. DePaul maintains high standards for admission; 21 percent of incoming freshmen graduated in the top 10 percent of their class. Students admitted under DePaul's test-optional policy succeed at similar rates to students who submit the ACT or SAT. About 37 percent of all freshmen are from outside Illinois. International students represent about 6 percent of the student body and come from more than 80 nations. This wide range of backgrounds and perspectives enables students to learn from each other through our discussion- and project-oriented approach. Of DePaul's 160,000 living alumni, about 100,000 reside in the metropolitan area, providing students with a network locally and around the world.

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