Because DePaul has always considered applicants from a holistic point of view, the review process for students who submit ACT or SAT scores and students who do not submit scores will be very similar. When considering an applicant for admission, we will closely evaluate your overall academic record, including grades earned in academic coursework, performance in honors, International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement courses, and grades trends throughout your high school career. In addition, other factors will include letters of recommendation, co-curricular activities, community involvement, writing ability and other achievements.
Generally, students who are most competitive in DePaul’s admission process have taken four years in each of the core areas (English, math, natural science and social science/history). If your high school offers advanced placement (AP) or honors courses or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, your involvement in this type of rigorous high school curriculum will reflect positively on your application. We will carefully review the strength of your high school classes and your performance in them.
If you apply test optional, you will be required to respond to several short essay questions about your personal experiences. Essay questions for students applying test optional do not replace the writing sample required of all applicants. In addition, applicants applying test optional will be reviewed separately from applicants applying with SAT or ACT scores. Because we conduct a thorough review of your high school curriculum and grades (paying particular attention to any honors and advanced level courses you have taken) and carefully consider your responses to the essay questions, your application may take additional time to review.