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 12 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.​
  • 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). 
  • Adult/Adult Transfer Student
    ​You are age 24 or over and are interested in an undergraduate degree or non-credit course work.
  • 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 course work. 
  • 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 Summer Student
    ​You are interested in taking courses this summer to transfer to another institution.
  • Student at Large
    ​You are a college student interested in taking courses to transfer to another institution.
  • Non-Degree Student
    You are a high school student or high school/college graduate interested in taking undergraduate courses for credit that will transfer to another institution (i.e., for graduate school preparation or career advancement). 
  • 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.