Many types of admission for ​the many stages of learning

Many of our st​udents take a fairly traditional route and come to DePaul directly after high school, but we also understand that not every path is traditional, and we believe learning is a life-long process. That’s why we provide an education that’s accessible to all—no matter what stage of life you’re in.

Here are the 11 types of admission we offer. Find the one that best fits your situation and learn more.


  • Freshman Student
    ​You are under age 24 and have completed at least six semesters of high school.
  • Transfer Student
    ​You are under age 24 and have completed college courses at a regionally accredited institution.​
  • Adult Undergraduate Student
    ​You are age 24 or over, with or without prior college coursework, and are interested in an undergraduate degree.
  • Graduate Student
    ​You have an undergraduate degree and are applying for a graduate degree program, or are taking graduate courses (non-degree or as a student-at-large). 
  • International Student
    ​You have been educated outside of the United States and will submit international educational credentials as part of your application, and/or you are or will be in F-1 or J-1 visa status.
  • Online Student
    ​You are interested in completing coursework online.
  • Veteran Student
    ​You are a veteran and interested in an undergraduate degree or non-credit coursework. 
  • Returning Student
    ​You are a former DePaul student previously enrolled in an undergraduate degree program who has been absent from the university for three or more consecutive quarters (excluding summer sessions).

  • Visiting Undergraduate Student
    You are a high school student, high school graduate, or a college student interested in taking undergraduate courses for credit that will transfer back to another institution.
  • Non-Degree Student
    You are a college graduate interested in taking courses for credit (i.e., for graduate school preparation, career development or personal interest) without the intent of completing a degree. This is often referred to as a "student-at-large" at some universities.
  • Continuing Education Student
    You are a professional seeking an online certificate, endorsement or review course. Courses are continually offered at various times throughout the year, ranging from three-hour seminars to 180-hour certificate programs. These options do not require an application. Simply find your program of interest and register.