Options for Adult Students

DePaul makes it easy for adult stud​ents (age 24 and above) to find a program of study that fits their needs. Choose from these options: 

Adult Accelerated Degree Completion Programs


If you have an associate degree and are ready to complete your education, then the accelerated adult degree completion programs are for you. You can earn your Bachelor of Arts Degree in 24 months in Leadership Studies or Applied Behavioral Sciences by attending class on campus one night a week (other courses are available online). All admitted students qualify for a scholarship and flexible payment options are available to those who are eligible. To request more information about these programs click here or register online to attend an information session.

Program​​​ Guidelines
​Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Applied Behavioral Sciences



*We offer the B.A. in Leadership Studies at our Loop and Naperville Campuses.
Associate of Arts (A.A.) or an Associate of Science* (A.S.*) (*A.S. from Illinois) or 66 semester hours applicable​ to the degree program based upon review.

GPA of 2.0 or above


School for New Learning (SNL) Competence-based Programs

The School for New Learning provides a distinctive approach to learning for adults. You'll design your own customized program that builds upon the abilities and experience you already possess. This program allows you to add new knowledge and develop innovative skills to help you achieve your personalized career goals. To request more information about these programs click here or register online to attend an information session.
​Program​ Guidelines
B.A. with an Individualized Focus Area

Example Concentrations include:

B.A. in Computing
B.A. in General Business​
​Students may enter with or without previous college credit. 

Students transferring college credit must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 from the last college attended.

Exceptions may be made if transcripts are older than three years. 
​B.A. in Early Childhood Education​ ​Students may enter with or without previous college credit.  If you have earned fewer than 12 semester (16 quarter) hours of college credit, please submit an official copy of your high school transcript or GED score report.

Students transferring college credit must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  

Traditional Programs


DePaul's traditional programs combine liberal studies with majors in more than 150 areas. Find traditional degree programs here. To request more information about these programs click here or register online to attend an information session.

​College/School​ Guidelines
College of Communication
College of Computing and Digital Media
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
College of Science and Health
The Theatre School​
​Minimum of 2.0 GPA
12 semester (16 quarter) hours of transferable credit completed*

Driehaus College of Business
College of Education
School of Music​
​Minimum of 2.5 GPA
12 semester (16 quarter) hours of transferable credit completed*
 
*If you have earned fewer than 12 semester hours (16 quarter) hours of college credit, please submit an official copy of your high school transcript or GED score report. 

Continuing and Professional Education


Through DePaul's Office of Continuing and Professional Education (OCPE) you may benefit from high-quality certificate programs for adult learners seeking new skills for professional development and certification for career advancement. The Institute for Professional Development -- a unit of the College of Computing and Digital Media -- offers certificate programs in computer science. These programs are geared towards working professionals in information technology who would like to update a skill, or who are seeking career advancement. Read more about Continuing and Professional Education.

Instructions by Student Type



Adult/Adult Transfer Student Applicants

  1. Apply online at depaul.edu/apply​ ($25 application fee) or submit a completed downloaded Application for Adult/Adult Transfer Admission​​ ($40 application fee).
  2. Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (regardless of grades or amount of credit earned or attempted).
    • If you have completed 12 semester (16 quarter) hours of transferable credit at another college or university when you apply, your admission decision will be based on your college performance.
    • If you have completed fewer than 12 semester (16 quarter) hours of transferable credit at another college or university when you apply, your admission decision will be based on your high school GED score report and college performance.
  3. Submit an official high school transcript if you have fewer than 12 semester (16 quarter) hours of transferable credit. If you received your high school equivalency, you must submit your GED score report.
  4. Send all materials to:​
    Office of Undergraduate Admission
  5.      1 East Jackson Boulevard
         ​Chicago, IL 60604
  6. If you are currently taking college courses, please indicate (on a separate sheet of paper) what courses you will be enrolled in for the current term or for a future term. (Example: Eng​ 101/English Composition I - 3 semester hours.) Include your name and birth date and send it to admission@depaul.edu​.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​





International Student Applicants


For international student admission information, visit our Office of International Admission.

If you have earned college coursework outside of the United States, please visit the International Admission website for details on the documents you will need to provide for admission consideration. Applicants who graduated from high school outside the United States may also have to submit proof of English proficiency. For questions regarding submission of international documents, please contact International Admission at (312) 362-8376.


Application Deadlines

Priority Application Filing Period​​ For ​Deadline Classes Begin​
Fall Quarter​  -  ​January 1 to April 1 ​August 1 ​September
Winter Quarter​  -  June 1 to October 1 ​November 1 ​January 
Spring Quarter ​November 1 to February 1 ​March 1 ​March/April
Summer Quarter​  -  February 1 to April 1​ ​May 1 ​June (Session I)
July (Session II)
 
Students who apply for admission after the deadline will have their application considered on a space-available basis until the first day of class. 


Application Fee

Apply online for $25. If you choose to submit a paper application, the application fee is $40. We strongly encourage you to apply online to take advantage of the lower application fee as well as to streamline your admission process. The application fee is non-refundable. Make your check payable to DePaul University. Send in your application fee, and be sure to write your name and date of birth on the check. When it arrives at DePaul, we will match it up with your application. You should send in your application fee as soon as possible after submitting the application.

Updating Your Application

Applicants who need to update their application for admission (e.g., changing a major or admit term), please use our Information Update Form.



Our Commitment to Educational Opportunity



 True to its original mission, DePaul is committed to serving individuals from a broad range of cultural backgrounds, particularly first-generation Americans and non-traditional students.



For More Information

Contact the Adult Enrollment Center​ to receive more information: 


 
1. Online: Complete the Contact Us form.
 
2. Schedule an appointment with an admission counselor. Call: (312) 362-6338 

3. Attend an information session at a campus near you. Register online

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You may check the status of your admission application by logging in to Campus Connect​ with your previously mailed user ID and password.

DePaul's Adult Enrollment Center location:



Loop Campus 

DePaul Center 

Joan H. Wish Center, Room 101 
 
1 East Jackson Boulevard 
 
Chicago, IL 60604 ​​​
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